Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to different sites in Lhasa would be an overwhelming experience. Potala Palace has been the focus of travellers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. Similarly, Norbulingka is the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Drepung Monastery is one of the world’s largest and most intact monasteries, Jokhang temple the heart of Tibet and Barkhor market is the place to get the necessary resources for locals as well as souvenirs for tourists. At the end of this trip we visit the Samye monastery, a place without which no journey to Tibet is complete.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lhasa

Flight Duration (International Flight from Kathmandu): 1 hour approx.
Distance (Airport to Lhasa):  62kms/ 32 miles
Drive Time: 1 hour approx.
Altitude: 3,490 m/ 11,450ft

Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport (3570m), you will be met and assisted by our representative. After checking in to the hotel, rest for most of the day.

Lhasa is a city of wonders that contain many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist religious sites and lies in a valley next to the Lhasa river.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 2: In Lhasa

Visit Sera and Drepung Monastery
Founded in 1419, Sera monastery is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries in Tibet. 5km north of Lhasa, the Sera monastery’s setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa.The Drepung monastery houses many cultural relics, making it more beautiful and giving it more historical significance.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 3: In Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang, Norbulinka and Barkhor Market

Potala Palace:Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century has been the focus of travellers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its role in the traditional administration of Tibet.

Norbulingka means ‘Treasure Park’ in Tibetan and is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa city, on the bank of the Kyichu river, about one kilometer southwest of the Potala Palace. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. Jokhang temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held here.

Visit Barkhor street, the oldest street in Lhasa and runs through the center of the old city. It is a circular street where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 4: In Lhasa

Visit Drak Yerpa Cave

A short drive to North – East of Lhasa is the Yerpa cave, one of the holiest cave retreats ever. At one time the hill at the base of the cave – dotted cliffs was home to the Yerpa monastery. The monastery, however, was effectively laid to waste in the Cultural Revolution and there is very little to see nowadays. The site is very peaceful and offers stunning views.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 5: Final Departure

You will be transferred to the international airport for your onward journey.

Trip Ends

Destination Tibet Trip Duration
Arrival In Lhasa
Departure From Lhasa
Meals Bed & breakfast basis
Best Season March – May/ July – November
Activity Tour
Grade N/A
Includes •    All necessary arrival/departure transfers
•    Meet assistance at the airport
•    4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Lhasa in a twin sharing basis on bed and breakfast basis
•    Sightseeing tour and all surface transfers in Tibet will be provided as per the itinerary with English speaking Tibetan guide by private vehicle
•    Tibet Travel Permit
•    All entrance and monuments fees as indicated in the program
Excludes •    Chinese Visa Fee [Will be quoted separately and subject to change if revised]
•    International airfare [Will be quoted separately and subject to change if revised]
•    Meals which are not mentioned in the above program
•    Refreshments, bottled drinks
•    Tipping
•    Insurance and rescue of any form
•    Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control
•    Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
•    Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments
•    Any other services and items which are not mentioned in the above cost inclusion