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Journey to the Roof of the World: Unveil the Timeless Beauty of Lhasa

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Lhasa Tour

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Lhasa

Discover the Heart of Tibetan Culture


Unveiling Lhasa’s Historic Treasures

  • This tour offers an immersive experience of Lhasa, showcasing its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Each site holds significant cultural and historical importance in Tibet.

Potala Palace: A Regal Legacy, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

  • Visit the iconic Potala Palace, the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. This architectural marvel stands as a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism and offers a journey through Tibet’s rich history.
  • Explore the sacred Jokhang Temple, revered as the spiritual heart of Tibet. Here, delve into the spiritual practices and traditions that have shaped Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Wander the old alleys of Barkhor Street, pulsating with life and culture. Savour the local sweet tea, engage in conversations with the locals and browse through the vibrant street markets. This experience offers a glimpse into the everyday life of Lhasa’s residents.

Serene Retreat at the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace

  • Visit the tranquil summer palace of the Dalai Lama, a place of peace and contemplation away from the city’s hustle.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the enthralling Monks’ debate at Sera Monastery, an engaging display of intellectual Buddhist traditions.
  • Explore Drepung Monastery, the largest in Tibet, and uncover its unique place in Tibetan history and religion.

Embark on a Journey of Discovery

This tour not only takes you through the landmarks of Lhasa but also immerses you in the authentic Tibetan way of life, from religious practices to local interactions. Experience the true essence of Tibet in the heart of its capital city.

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Tibet Adventure: Lhasa Highlights and Spiritual Discovery

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa – Gateway to Tibetan Culture and Heritage


Welcome to Lhasa

  • Arrive in Lhasa, greeted by our warm-hearted staff, showcasing the vibrant Tibetan hospitality. Upon landing, take your time to acclimatize to the high altitude and relax.
  • Travel Details: Transfer from the airport or station to your hotel, located about 60 kilometres from Lhasa Gongga Airport, with an approximate 1-hour drive.
  • Cultural Insights: En route, enjoy glimpses of unique Tibetan villages and the world’s highest river, the Yarlung Tsangpo.
  • Accommodation: Stay in a comfortable three-star hotel catering to foreign visitors.
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

Altitude Acclimatization Tips

  • Rest and adapt to the high-altitude climate in Lhasa (around 3650m)
  • Remember to take it slow – walk, talk, and think at a relaxed pace.
  • Lhasa’s dry climate may cause mild symptoms like nosebleeds or headaches, which are normal and usually improve by the second day.
  • Hotel Note: Tibetan hotels may differ from those in mainland China, and language barriers can occur. Contact us for any room issues for immediate resolution.

Day 2: Exploring Lhasa’s Historic Landmarks


Heritage Sites: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

  • Visit the magnificent Potala Palace: Perched on Red Hill at 3700 meters, which is a symbol of Tibetan history and culture. Once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, it blends political and religious significance and features over 999 rooms, including the White and Red Palaces.
  • Explore the Jokhang Temple: This architectural marvel combines styles from Tibet, Tang Dynasty China, Nepal, and India. It houses a rare statue of Buddha at age 12 and is a key spiritual site for pilgrims.
  • Stroll along Barkhor Street: The vibrant heart of Lhasa since the Tubo Dynasty, Barkhor Street is known for its religious significance and bustling market. It encircles the Jokhang Temple and is famed for its unique architecture and historic significance.

  • Transportation: Comfortable tour bus.
  • Meals: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and local cuisine during the day.
  • Accommodation: Three-star hotel.

Day 3: Lhasa’s Monastic Treasures – Drepung and Sera Monasteries


Explore Drepung and Sera Monasteries

  • Visit Drepung Monastery, one of the six great Gelugpa institutions, known for its majestic structure and religious significance.
  • Witness the unique and vibrant monk debates at Sera Monastery, one of the highlights of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Transportation: Tour bus for convenient travel.
  • Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable three-star hotel.

Embark on a Spiritual and Cultural Journey in Lhasa This tour is designed to offer an in-depth exploration of Lhasa’s rich heritage and spiritual traditions. From the grandeur of Potala Palace to the lively atmosphere of Sera Monastery, experience the essence of Tibetan culture and history.

Departure from Lhasa: Concluding Your Tibetan Adventure


Final Day in Lhasa – Embrace Freedom and Reflection

  • Spend your last day in Lhasa at leisure, exploring the city or relaxing at your own pace.
  • After checking out from the hotel, our driver will pick you up and escort you to Lhasa Airport or the train station.
  • As you depart, take with you the touching memories and beautiful experiences from the land of Tibet.
  • Bid farewell to this sacred land, ending your extraordinary journey through the mystical and enchanting region of Tibet.

Cherish the Memories of a Lifetime As you leave Tibet, reflect on the journey that has taken you through breathtaking landscapes, spiritual sites, and cultural treasures. The experiences and insights gained during your stay in Tibet are sure to leave a lasting impact, enriching your life with memories to cherish forever.

Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

Compare and Contrast

for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

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with Group Travel

One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

Book Early

for the Best Rates

Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.

Tailored made Tours

Tailor-Made Tours: The Essence of Personalization

  1. Customized Itineraries: Tailor-made tours are our speciality. Craft a unique itinerary that matches your interests, pace, and travel dates. Explore Tibet your way, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker.
  2. Local Insights: Our travel consultants, with their deep local knowledge, can provide insights and suggestions to help you create the perfect journey.
  3. Flexibility: Choose when and where to start, where to go, and how long to stay at each destination. Flexibility is your best friend on a tailor-made tour.
  4. Private Guides: Enjoy the luxury of a personal guide who tailors the experience to your preferences. Dive deep into Tibetan culture and history with your dedicated expert.

Benefits of Tailor-Made Tours: Why Choose Personalization

  1. Exclusive Experiences: Tailor-made tours offer exclusive opportunities, from private audiences with monks to family dinners with locals. You’re not confined to a group schedule.
  2. Travel at Your Pace: Experience Tibet on your terms. Spend more time exploring a particular monastery, enjoying the serene beauty of a lake, or simply relaxing in a scenic spot.
  3. Local Cuisine: Tailor-made tours allow you to savour the authentic flavours of Tibet. Indulge in local cuisine at traditional restaurants, tailored to your taste.
  4. Avoid the Crowds: Smaller, tailor-made groups offer the advantage of experiencing Tibet’s treasures with fewer tourists around.

TOURS FAQs

How many ways can I contact you ?

We offer the following contact ways:
E-mail: info@tourtraveltibet.com
Phone: +86-891-6348848 (24/7)
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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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Miss Josianne Kunde

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Namtso’s Majesty: Lhasa Namtso Lakes captivate with their pristine beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the lakes provide a peaceful retreat, ideal for those seeking solace in nature.

August 17, 2023

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