Experience the Tibetan culture, marvel at beautiful monasteries and enjoy the beautiful views from snowy mountain peaks. Spend three days in Lhasa, visiting palaces, monasteries and colorful markets. Get together with locals and explore the Tibetan culture. Leave the capital behind and drive to Shigatse. On your way stop in Gyantse, pay a visit to the famous fortress Dzong and marvel at the Kumbum pagoda, which is said to be the most beautiful pagoda in Tibet. Continue your way to Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama. The city has a history of over 600years and is the cultural, economic and political centre of Tibet. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery around. Drive back to Lhasa and marvel one more time at Tibet’s beauty, with snowy mountains and crystal clear blue lakes.
Tour Highlights | The Spirit of Tibet Tour
-World Heritage Sites-Potala Palace, Jokhang monastery, Norbulingka Palace
-Explore mysterious Tibetan Buddhism
-Appreciate the beauty of holy Tibetan lakes
-Witness exotic Tibetan culture
-Taste Tibetan, Nepali, Indian cuisine
-A paradise of photography
Brief itinerary | The Spirit of Tibet Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m) (No meal)
Day 2 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Day 3 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Day 4 Drive to Shigatse via Gyangtse (3950 m) (Breakfast)
Day 5 Shigatse (3900 m), drive back to Lhasa departure (Breakfast)
Tour details | The Spirit of Tibet Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa, stay at Lhasa for 3 nights. (3650 m) (No meal)
Lhasa arrival, meet your local guide at Lhasa Gongga Airport and transfer to hotel in Lhasa city (60 km. 1 hour). Take a rest in the afternoon in order to become acclimatized to the thin air. Lhasa is 3,700 meters above the sea level. It is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. Stay at Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa for 3 nights.
Day 2 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Hotel breakfast. You will visit the Potala Palace in the morning. Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky hill tell of a sacred cave, considered to be the dwelling place of the Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara) that was used as a meditation retreat by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century AD.
Then you will visit the Jokhang monastery and walk round the Barkhor Street. Included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang monastery is located in central Lhasa. It is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the Tibetan people are always proud of it. It’s said that in AD 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (AD 617 – 650) built the Jokhang Temple.
Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 km (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the ‘Three Great Monasteries’ (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held once 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures, and is the largest – scale monastery among the ones of the same kind.
Day 3 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Hotel breakfast. Today you will visit the summer resort of Dalai Lama – the Norbulingka Palace. Part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace “, the Norbulingka Palace is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001. It was built by the Dalai Lama VII and served both as administrative centre and religious centre. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture. Then you will visit the Tibetan family.
After lunch, you will visit the notable Sera Monastery for experiencing lamas’ debate on Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are the best locations to witness the “Monk Debates” on the teachings of the Buddha and the philosophy of the Buddhism. The Sera Monastery developed over the centuries as a renowned place of scholarly learning, training hundreds of scholars, many of whom have attained fame in the Buddhist nations.
Day 4 Drive to Shigatse (3900 m) via Gyangtse (3950 m) , stay at Gyangtse for 1 night. (Breakfast)
Hotel breakfast and check out. In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m), and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlungtsangpo River (3570) are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m-high difference contributes a rich water resource to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up.
Pass by the 5.010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.900 m). In the afternoon visit Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse.
In the afternoon drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse, (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. Stay at Gyangtse for 1 night.
Day 5 Shigatse (3900 m), departure (Breakfast)
Today you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha. Today 600 monks live in the monastery.
After visit, drive back to Lhasa airport for departure.
CNY 5950 per double occupancy, twin sharing room
CNY 7480 per single room
Size of group: min. 4-6 persons
-All private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle as indicated in the itinerary
-4 nights hotel accommodation standard single, twin room
-4 hotel breakfasts
-Sightseeing tours, entrance fee & environment protection fee
-English & Mandarin speaking Tibetan local guide during the whole trip
-Driver & guide’s allowance when traveling outside Lhasa
-Tibet Entrance Permit
What’s Not Included
-In and out flight or train (pls ask our assistant)
-Travel Insurances (pls ask our assistant)
-Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings, which are not indicated in the itinerary
-Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied
Accommodation | The Spirit of Tibet Tour
Hotel Name: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa
Information: The hotel has more than 100 rooms and offers dining and wining services with exquisite cuisines; Internet, TV and telephone are available. The hotel amenities and services include 24 hour room service, baby sitting, disabled facilities, 24 hour front desk, medical services, multi lingual staff, elevators, laundry dry cleaning, internet access, no pets allowed.
Location: Overlooking the Lhasa River and facing the Jiangsu Lu. It is 10-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street and only an eight-minute drive from the Potala Palace.
Hotel name: Manarsarovar Hotel
Information: The hotel has 78 rooms including a few suites decorated in Tibetan style; all rooms are well equipped and air-conditioned moisture oxygen generating system, and IDD/DDD services too. Hotel serves Chinese Dishes, Tibetan Dishes, sea food, western food, bar and balcony.
Location: The hotel has the convenient location to the ancient local Tibetan Villages with its traditional market and Tashilhunpo Monastery, 5 hours drive from Lhasa.