Lhasa is the entrance to the mysterious land of Tibet. This 4-day tour shows you all the highlights of Lhasa. Tibetan culture, Buddhism and the local people’s life style will amaze you. This could be your initiation for your Tibetan adventure.
You are warmly welcomed to this mysterious land. Your personal native Tibetan guide greets you at the airport or train station and escorts you to your hotel. Get settled and try your best to acclimatize yourself to the altitude.
Your exciting day starts with The Potala Palace. This great Palace was initially constructed in the 7th century AD. It is witness to the friendship between the Tibetan People and the Han People. The architecture and ancient relics are superb examples of the talent of the ancient Tibetan People. Jokhang Temple, constructed at the same time as the Potala Palace, is the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. The holy religious ceremonies in the temple make Lhasa and Tibet sacred. Out of the Jokhang Temple is Barkor Street, which is called the “Holy Road” by local Tibetans. The old houses and life style on the street show you the real Lhasa.
Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monasteries of Gulu Sect in China, is surrounded by beautiful hills and The Lhasa River. Dalai Lamas used to live here before Potala Palace was built. Standing on a terrace at the monastery, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the valley below. The extensive Shonton Festival is held here every August, which is the most important Tibetan festival.
Sera Monastery is your next destination. The dramatic debate about the Buddhist scriptures is the highlight. The monks strain every nerve to protect their viewpoints about Buddhism with words and gestures. In contrast to the former two temples, your third destination, Norbulingka, is a charming Tibetan garden. It was the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. There are over 100 species of plants in the garden. Some of them were transplanted from the Himalaya Mountains, so Norbulingka enjoys a reputation of being the “Arboretum on Plateau”.
It is time to leave the fascinating Lhasa. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport or train station. There is a lot more to discover in Tibet and we hope to serve you again in the near future!
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