Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is one of the holiest cities to numerous Buddhists all over the world to admire the many Buddhist monasteries. This 4-day tour will make sure that you get the best knowledge of the monasteries in Lhasa city, and the day tour to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of a plateau lake.
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Your Tibetan tour guide will greet you warmly by presenting a hata, which is a unique ceremony for welcoming distinguished guests from afar. Bend your head to accept it around your neck, and then you will be taken by private vehicle to your hotel for a good rest to get acclimated.
Today is a big day as we will travel out of the city to Yamdrok Lake. The Lake lies among gently rolling mountains, and after three hours on the winding mountain roads, when you reach Kambala Pass - one of the highest passes in Tibet -you will suddenly catch sight of the dazzling lake. Hold your breath and take as many photos as you like. There are also photo opportunities with yak and Tibetan mastiffs by paying a small fee (seasonal). A lunch box will be prepared for the day, and you can enjoy it sitting by the lake. An optional tour is available to visit a local Tibetan family if you are well acclimated to the altitude. Return to your hotel in Lhasa at end of the day.
Today is packed with holy monasteries in the city. Potala Palace is no doubt the start of the day, and as there are quite a few steps up to the Palace, make sure that you have had a good breakfast. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on Barkhor Street where you may want to browse the shops and stalls for some Tibetan souvenirs. When you see the pavement with pilgrims kneeling down, you have reached Jokhang Temple, and you could try turning the prayer wheels and feeling a respect for the religion. The day will come to an end after a visit to Sera Monastery. Dramatic debates among monks on Buddhist doctrines is the highlight of the visit, so just tell your guide that you want to be a part of it and they will arrange it accordingly as part of the set schedule.
When you are ready, your guide and driver will help you with the luggage, and head for the airport/railway station for your next destination.
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