Tibet Highlights - 5 Days in Lhasa with Potala Place and Namtso

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What To Expect

Experience the culture and learn about the rich history of Tibet! Visit Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Johkang Temple, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Tibet Museum among others, and visit the paradise lake Namtso.

Specifications

Type:
Multi-day Tours in Lhasa
Departs From:
Lhasa
Meeting Point:
Airport/Train Pick-up
Duration:
5 days
Availability:
daily at upon request
Product Code:
11681
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Description

Day 1: Your local guide will pick you up from airport or train station and transfer to your hotel. Rest in the hotel for altitude sickness*.

Day 2: Start the tour by visiting the Potala Palace, a world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is the spiritual center of Tibet is said to be the holiest destination for Buddhist pilgrims. It was named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. Its construction started in 1645 by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Lozang Gyatso. This thirteen-storey building measures 400 meter east-west, contains over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues, and soars 117 meters on top of Marpo Ri the "Red Hill".

After your lunch, we'll proceed for a visit at Jokhang Temple. Founded during the reign of King Songsten Gampo, it was said to have been built for the two brides of the king.

Next, we'll go for a walk at Barkhor Street, the most famous commercial street in Tibet and a must-see place for visitors before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Proceed for a visit to Norbulingka, a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture. Literally meaning "The Jewelled Park", it was built in 1755 and served as summer residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 1780's until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959.

Next, we'll proceed to Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill. One of the three famous monasteries in Lhasa, it is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. The name Sera means wild rose; the monastery was named so because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses when it was built.

Afterwards, head to the Tibet Museum. Inaugurated in 1999, it is the first large and modern museum in Tibet. It has a permanent collection related to its cultural history, including around 1,000 artefacts.

Day 4: We'll proceed for an excursion in Namtso. Literally meaning "paradise lake", it is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in Tibet. The area was created by a shift in the Himalayan tectonic plate movements in the Paleogene age. It has a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers, and is considered as the largest lake in Tibet.

In addition to one or two rocky outcrops, it has five uninhabited islands that were used for spiritual retreats by pilgrims who walk over the lake's frozen surface at the end of winter. They spend the summer there and are unable to return until it is frozen again. Chinese authorities no longer permits this practice today.

During summer time, birds such as Ruddy Shelduck migrate to this area.

Day 5: You may choose to extend your stay, or transfer to airport or train station in Lhasa.

Includes

  • Private deluxe tour van with driver

  • Services of an English-speaking tour guide

  • Transportation tax, tolls and parking fees

  • Tibet Travel Permit

  • Admission tickets as mentioned in itinerary

  • Accident insurance

Excludes

  • Airfare or train tickets

  • Accommodation

  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • A travel permit is required to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region. Processing of your Tibet Travel Permit is included in this package but you must provide the required documents. Please check your email regularly after placing your booking.

  • You may choose to book your accommodation and air/train tickets on your own, or have our local operator arrange it for you.

  • Please provide a scanned copy the following documents for processing of Tibet Travel Permit:

*Photo page of passport

*Valid Chinese visa page

*Employment documents

*Badges or name tag with photo

  • Children under the age of 18 and retired citizens are not required to provide employment documents and badges or name tag with photo.

  • Application for the Permit is subject for approval by the Chinese Government. Application can be declined without any reasons.

  • As a regulation of the Chinese Government, journalists are not automatically declined for this permit.

  • One night stay in a mainland Chinese city is a must before entering Tibet, otherwise there will be an additional charge for the Tibet Travel Permit delivery.

  • It is recommended that you prepare and do appropriate research for your destination before you travel.

  • This tour is not suitable for children 2 years old and below.

  • Should you choose to extend your stay, your transfer service can be changed into your last day in Lhasa free of charge.

  • Snowstorms in Namtso are very common. Please pack warm clothes.

  • *The average sea level in Tibet is over 3,500 meters. Altitude sickness must be taken seriously and guests are advised to be well rested on the first day. Should you feel sick during the tour, please notify the staff immediately.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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