Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, is an ancient town dated back to more than 1300 years in the history of Tibet. The Lhasa Tour hence takes you to some of the ancient and most prominent landmarks of Lhasa, which allow you to look deeper into the cultural beliefs and practices of Tibetan Buddhism while enjoying the natural landscape that Lhasa is composed with.
The 4 day Lhasa Tour starts as you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, enjoying an aerial view of the mountains and the Tibetan Plateau. Lhasa is a famous city as it has been the center of culture, politics, economy, and religion in Tibet. The age-old nunneries and monasteries in the city have conserved many ancient relics and Buddhist scriptures. During this trip, you visit all three UNESCO world heritage sites in Lhasa—Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and Jokhang Temple—including some other landmarks. Potala Palace used to be the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama had to take refuge in India. The palace houses the private quarters of the spiritual leader which is now open for visitors to observe. Similarly, Norbulingka consists of the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and a garden surrounding it. Jokhang Temple, on the other hand, is the most important and sacred temple in the whole of Tibet and is enclosed by Barkhor Market where the pilgrims circumambulate the temple. The tour also features a visit to Drepung Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries in Tibet. This Lhasa Tour package is one of the shortest and enriching trips for someone wanting to explore the great values of Tibetan Buddhism.
With our quality service and experienced guide, we provide you with the amazing experience and an unforgettable journey to Lhasa. Epic Adventures is also open to custom-made itineraries as we believe one must have the freedom of choosing where to go and what to do. We provide you with the best accommodation and transportation facilities and also acquire all your necessary travel documents for you. So, get ready to have the best time with us!
You fly from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, Tibet. The Kathmandu-Lhasa flight takes just 90 minutes where you get the amazing view of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel by our team in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Today you start the day with a visit to the 17th century Potala Palace, the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas. Now a museum and a UNESCO world heritage site, this significant architectural gem is an imposing structure that has barely escaped obliteration on a few important occasions. Later, explore Drepung Monastery, archaeologically the most important monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery used to shelter over 15,000 monks and is the most respected Buddhist foundations in Tibet. Later, leisurely wander through another world heritage site, Norbulingka or “Treasure Park”. This 89-acre park with its amazing garden embraces the Norbulingka Palace, the former summer dwelling for generations of Dalai Lamas. After the sightseeing, you drive back to the hotel for the overnight stay.
In the morning, visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug nunneries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden. You can visit the largest monastery kitchen inside the Drepung and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near the monastery. Then after lunch, move further to Jokhang Temple which was established by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside, you can find a statue of twelve-year-old Sakyamuni Buddha. Outside, you can watch the pilgrims circumambulating around Jokhang Temple via Barkhor Market. Later, you drive back to the hotel for the overnight stay.
After such an amazing trip, you head back to Kathmandu, once again taking the 90 minutes scenic flight. Our team in Tibet drops you off at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport and enjoying the Tibetan as well as Nepalese landscapes, you arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for the overnight stay.