The classic 4 Days Lhasa group tour covers numerous top Lhasa attractions. On the itinerary are Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. In addition, you can visit the Dalai lama’s summer palace Norbulingka and observe the unique monk debate at Sera monastery. This is especially a great opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and connect with Tibetan history. With the services from our knowledgeable English speaking local Tibetan guide, you will immerse yourself in an authentic local environment while having a rich learning experience.
Lhasa Group Tour Summary:
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa by air, shuttle bus to downtown Lhasa by yourself
Day 2: Lhasa highlights: Norbulingka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama, and Sera Monastery
Day 3: Lhasa downtown highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets
Day 4: Final Departure by yourself
What you can expect
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Welcome to the “Roof of the World”. Upon your arrival in airport or station, you will take the airline shuttle bus/taxi to Lhasa by yourself. It is very convenient and cheap to take the comfortable Lhasa Airline Shuttle bus to Lhasa in just one hour. When you check out of Lhasa Gonggar Airport Main Gate, the bus ticketing office is just nearby the gate. Please prepare RMB currency (RMB 30-35 per person). The bus directly takes you to the shuttle bus stop which is just 300 meters to the east of Potala Palace. And it is 10-20 minutes cheap taxi to your hotel and it costs you only RMB 10-30 per taxi transfer at most. Have a good rest! Please provide us your hotel name, room number, reception telephone number for us to be in touch if in need.
Accommodation recommended for you to book: House of Shambhala, Shambhala Palace, Tashi Norta Hotel, Yak Hotel, Regis Hotel, or Dhood Gu Hotel, Heritage Hotel, Snow Heaven Hotel, Ganggyan Lhasa Hotel or Tashi Takgye Hotel
Day 2 Lhasa highlights: Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and Sera Monastery
Today, at 9 am, our Tibetan guide will meet you all at the Lobby of House of Shambhala (normally the breakfast is from 7:30 am to 9 am). Once everyone in the group is ready, we will walk couple of minutes to our car and driver at Ganggyan Hotel. We will drive to Norbulinka at 9:30 am and enjoy the 2 hours trip in the morning. Then you will be transfered back to downtown Barkhor and guide can assist you find restaurants. After lunch and a short break, we will leave Ganggyan Hotel at 2:30 pm on time for Sera Monastery to enjoy the tour from 3 pm to 5 pm.
The Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama: Norbulingka means Treasure Garden in Tibetan language. It locates in the west side of Lhasa, near the southwestern Potala Palace. And It is the largest artificial garden in Tibet. The total area is about 89 acres. As part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace”, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, in 2001 it was considered as an extension of Potala Palace. Today. Despite of the title of World Heritage Site, people recognize it as a unique historical site of Tibet.
The Sera Monastery (1355–1435, founded by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill and it about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday. This is one highlight attraction for travel in Lhasa Tibet.
Accommodation by yourself
Day 3 Lhasa Downtown highlights tour by walking: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
Special notice that: as experienced Tibet travel organizer, we do not suggest you visit Potala on the 2nd day of arrival. It does involve lots of walking up and down for Potala Palace sightseeing. However in most cases, people are used to the high altitude of Lhasa after first two nights, and the third or fouth day will be just perfect for this day trip. If your travel is more than 3 nights 4 days flexibly, we even suggest you have one free day before day 2 as above.
Potala Palace, one of Tibet’s top must see cultural sites, has been capturing travelers’ imaginations as it takes them on an adventure through Tibetan history. With its highest point at about 300 meters (around 1000 feet) above the valley floor its gargantuan size often surprises travelers: this building houses over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and around 200,000 statues.
Jokhang Temple is one of the must see attractions in Tibet. Jokhang Temple houses the only known image of the Shakyamuni Buddha that exists today. Made in his twelve year old likeness, it is a holy destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims from all corners of Tibet.
The Barkhor street market provides tourist a pivotal insight in multiple aspects of Tibetan culture by the vast assortments of authentic Tibetan products easily available to purchase at the visitors discretion. The Barkhor market is constantly alive and thriving with activity as the countless vendors and shops present a utopia of local Tibetan arts, crafts and cultural specialties.
Accommodation by yourself
Day 4 Final Departure by yourself-Extra private transfer to airport optional per your request
When you fly from Lhasa to mainland China, the best and most economical way is to go by airline shuttle bus which just costs you about RMB 30 only. However if you fly to Kathmandu, Nepal, you will need a tour guide to be with you to airport because the tour guide needs to help you clear the custom with permits, additional cost for guide's drop off will be 30 per person, and two pax at least per transfer booking)