Lhasa, the perennially sunny capital city of Tibet, has so much to offer to its visitors. Our professional Tibetan biking guides and tour advisors have worked together to design this unique 1 Day Lhasa Biking Tour for you. This tour offers visit to two famous attractions, Norbulingka and Sera Monastery. It is an especially unique way for avid biking lovers to combine outdoor adventure with serious Tibetan cultural sightseeing.
Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, and one of the must-see attractions in sacred city Lhasa. It is the largest artificial garden in Tibet. It is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as part of Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace.
The construction of Norbulingka began in 1755 by the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso. The three lake palaces located in the southwest area are the most popular point of interest in the park. In addition, Norbulingka hosts celebrations of a number of Tibetan festivals. Local people especially like to gather in Norbulingka and express their happiness through singing, dancing and performing Tibetan opera.
Founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, Sera Monastery sits at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa. The monastery consists of the Great Assembly Hall, dwellings, and three monastic colleges. It is especially famous for the unique Buddhist activity “Monk Debate” that takes place in the afternoon. Between 3pm and 5pm from Monday to Saturday, the monks gather together and challenge each other on matters of philosophy. It is one of the most extraordinary sights you can expect among all your Tibetan monastery visits.
What you can expect
Our English speaking local Tibetan tour guide will meet you at House of Shambhala hotel lobby or Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel lobby around 9:00 AM. If you have a special request for meetup location we can happily accommodate that as well.
We bike to Norbulingka Palace in the west part of Lhasa. Norbulingka showcases the finest of Tibetan architecture. The three palaces in Norbulingka, Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang and Takten Migyur Potrang, are all exemplary of this glamorous architectural tradition. You will find many precious Tibetan historical relics and artworks inside each palace. There are also a great number of Thangkas, Buddha statues, murals, etc. Our knowledgeable guide will tell you about the stories of Dalai Lama and the royal family as well as answer your questions about Tibetan history. We ride back to downtown Lhasa for lunch.
We bike to Sera Monastery in the northern suburb of Lhasa. The highlights of our visit include touring the main architectural structures of the monastery and watching a monk debate session in the main courtyard. Inside the halls, you can find delicate religious objects and decorations such as scriptures in gold powder, colorful statues, and narrative murals. Our guide will tell you about the history of the monastery and everything you want to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. During the debate session, you will see hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups striking different poses as a way to engage in religious topics. It is a spectacle you can't observe anywhere else.
We then ride back to downtown Lhasa and conclude our tour. We wish you the best on your further journey. If you are looking for a unique Tibetan local meal, we welcome you to check out the venues on our local Tibetan food tour.