About Trip

The Tibet Lhasa city tour is a scintillating journey of getting firsthand knowledge about Tibet’s history of yore. This fly in/fly out visit is ideal for those who want the best of Tibet within the least possible time. The vibrant city of Lhasa, situated in the southern part of the Tibetan high plateau is at an elevation of 3650m above sea level and almost at the same longitude as Cairo. Lhasa physically sits in a valley formed by the river Kyichu, a branch of the Tsangpo (also known as the Brahmaputra in India). The prevailing peaks around Lhasa ranges between 4400m and 5300m above sea level.

The city is built on swampy lands surrounded by three hills Marpori ("Red Mountain"), Chakpori ("Iron Mountain") and Barmari ("Rabbit Mountain"). The valley is protected from the harsh winds that blow mostly towards much of the Tibetan plateau and thus the city bears a moderate climate. The latest measured maximum summertime temperature in the daytime is 28 degrees Celsius and wintertime temperature is 15 degrees Celsius at an average in the night. Lhasa is surrounded by dry air throughout the year except during the summer rainy season. It has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. We can enjoy the mysterious Tibetan culture, history and a lot of tranquil monasteries and White Water Rivers during this brief gripping trip that stirs the emotions of a once thriving independent country, now become an autonomous region of china.

Index Adventure offers us a breathtaking whirlwind tour in Tibet including Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace, Sera Monastery, Depung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Gyantse, Jokhang Temple and the bustling Barkhor market, Shighatse and Tsetang. Tibet is home to ancient monasteries of great value. This region is also a wonderful area to explore and discover a lot of places and enjoy it to the fullest. This tour is a 4 day trip to the Holy city of Lhasa in Tibet. The tour is basically programmed to give you a quick journey of present day Tibet, still a mystery to the world. It is a simple but yet enchanting trip. The tour package incorporates flying in and flying out on a whirlwind flight from Kathmandu. We will get two full days to roam around Lhasa and explore the exceptional cultures and traditions of the friendly, humble Tibetan people.

We will be flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa on the main day of the tour. This is somewhat similar to a mountain flight above the Himalayan skyline from Kathmandu to Lhasa. After the flight we’ll go to our hotel rooms and take a refreshing steam shower and stay there to adapt to the Tibetan environment at high altitude.

After we get comfortable with the environment, the 2nd and 3rd day of the tour is spent sightseeing the famous Lhasa - Jhokhang Temple, the shrieking and crowded Barkhor Streets kicking with life, the gripping Potala palace, the Holy Drepung and Sera monasteries. After these exciting two days of our insightful tour, we get set for our flight back to Kathmandu above the majestic Himalayan ranges that is sure to be etched in our hearts for some time to come. This ultimately brings down the curtains to an extraordinary tour filled with wonderful memories as we head towards Kathmandu or our next destination.

Highlights:

  • Begins with an extraordinary flight over the extensive Himalayas of Nepal & Tibet.
  • A pleasant climate that sets the tone for a lovely exotic tour of the unknown
  • Exploration of Tibetan culture & traditions & their adjustment under Chinese rule
  • Visiting Tibet’s unique monuments, palaces & tranquil monasteries that have that have withstood different dynasties in time.

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa city
  • Day 02: We begin our truly interesting sightseeing in this ancient city of Lhasa
  • Day 03: Further insightful exploration in & around Lhasa.
  • Day 04: Depart Lhasa for Kathmandu or a destination of your choice.

Cost Includes:

  • Private transportation by jeep/ van/ or coaster bus as per the group size
  • Bothway Flight (ktm-Lasha-Ktm
  • Necessary Tibet travel permit  
  • English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary
  • Daily breakfast.
  • All applicable taxes and service charge

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any additional cost in case of natural calamities and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips & etc.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa cityWe can arrange your arrival in Lhasa from anywhere. You can either join the trip from Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or any nearby hub. You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa at (3650 meters). It takes around 2 hours roughly to reach the old city. On the way you will see the Giant Stone Buddha carved into the side of a mountain. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Note: There is no fixed programs arranged for today. O/n at Hotel
  • Day 02We begin our truly interesting sightseeing in this ancient city of LhasaAfter breakfast, you will be briefed on the day's program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You also pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy & happening Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day's tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel. Barkhor Street: this is a circular street that stretches around the Jokhang Temple in the center of the old section of Lhasa; it is the oldest street in typical Tibetan style in, where you can strike up a deal with the local Tibetan vendors for the unique handicrafts which are rarely seen anywhere else on earth. Barkhor Street is one of the most venerated religious routes along which pilgrims walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels in their hands. Jokhang Temple: sits in the center of the old section of Lhasa, built in 647 AD by Songtsen Gampo and his two foreign wives, and later expanded by successive rulers. The temple has now become a huge architectural complex and the spiritual center of Tibet.O/n at hotel
  • Day 03Further insightful exploration in & around Lhasa.After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace is a landmark & dominates the landscapes of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day's tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well-earned rest. Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide. Potala Palace: an iconic monument in Lhasa, Potala palace is nestled high up on Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa Valley, it is the greatest architectural structure in Tibet and one of the most famous ancient building in the world. The construction was started in 641 AD and it was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in three years, while the Thirteenth Dalai Lama extended and repaired it into what it is now. Drepung Monastery: the principal monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet, Drepung monastery stands on the slope of the majestic Mount Gambo Utse; it was built in 1416 AD and this monastery is the place where each reincarnation of the Dalai Lama received his training. In its heydays, it had more than 10,000 monks. Now it is home to about 700 monks only after Tibet became an autonomous region of china. O/n at Hotel
  • Day 04Depart Lhasa for Kathmandu or a destination of your choice. After your morning breakfast, you are transferred to Gonggar airport, fly back to Kathmandu or catch a train to Beijing or Chengdu. The choice is absolutely yours to decide

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