Tour begins and ends at Lhasa
This tour covers the major tourist sites of Lhasa City: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakor street, Drepung monastery and Sera monastery, and you can see the one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok-tso lake at an altitude of 4400m above sea level with a stunning view of holy Mt Nyenchen Khangsar and rich pasture land of local herdsmen.
Yamdrok Lake (also known as Yamdrok Yumtso or Yamzho Yumco) is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 mi) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake has an outlet stream at its far western end and means turquoise in English due to its color.
According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess.
Like mountains, lakes are considered sacred by Tibetan people, the principle being that they are the dwelling places of protective deities and therefore invested with special spiritual powers. Yamdrok Lake is one of four particularly holy lakes, thought to be divinatory; everyone from the Dalai Lama to local villagers makes pilgrimages there. It is considered sacred as one of the four "Great Wrathful Lakes" guarded by the goddess Dorje Gegkyi Tso. The others such lakes are Lhamo La-tso, Namtso and Manasarovar. The lake is revered as a talisman and is said to be part of the life-spirit of Tibet. The largest lake in southern Tibet, it is said that if its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable.
The lake, its islands, and the surrounding area are closely associated with Padmasambhava, the Second Buddha, who brought Buddhism to Tibet in 8th century AD.
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang and Barkhor street (B)
Day 03: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery (B)
Day 04: Lhasa/Yamdrok Lake/Lhasa (B)
Day 05: Depart from Lhasa (B)
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3650m)
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. You can see Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra river - the Longest and largest river in Tibet and Lhasa river on your way to hotel. After arriving at hotel, you may take a rest and get acclimatized with Lhasa’s high altitude. If you wish to explore some close by then you can go to the Potala Square or close market. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Notes to the first time visitors: to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet it is advised to have a proper sleep in your hotel, drinks lots of water, not to rush and relax in visiting to the monuments.
Day 02: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace. Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa.
Next visit after lunch is Jokhang Temple that has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhang temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.
You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy souvenirs and meet other tourists. Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 03: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)
In the morning visit Drepung monastery which is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1416, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived here and were entombed. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea.
In the Afternoon you will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction would be to see is the Monks debate which happens around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Beside these you can visit the Tibetan religious scripture printing house, inside the monastery, see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. It is very impressive and well preserved monastery that has white-washed walls and golden roofs. Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 04: Visit to Yamdrok Lake (4400m), return to Lhasa (B)
Today you will be driving to Yamdrok Lake by crossing over the Gampala pass (4790 m) and have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso Lake that lies at 4400m. Yamdrok Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake has an outlet stream at its far western end and means turquoise in English due to its color. Spend some times here to get acquainted with the lake, walk through the sore lake shores and enjoy the freshness that offers by the lake. Latter we drive back to Lhasa for last night stay. Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 05: Departure from Lhasa (B)
Your guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board. End of tour.
Private tour arrangement - exclusively you only in the group
2 person US$925 per person
3-5 person US$790 per person
6-9 person US$600 per person
10-15 person US$520 per person
Single room supplement: US$ 145
01. Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis using 3 star Hotel like Hotel Dhoodgu or Yak or similar
02. Daily breakfast
03. English speaking experienced Tibetan guide
04. Transportation as per itinerary
05. Entrance fees at monasteries
06. Tibet Travel permit
07. Mineral water – 2 bottles each day
Cost does not include:
01. China/Tibet visa fee if obtain in Kathmandu (applies as per nationalities)
02. Any Airfare
03. All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry, etc
04. Lunch and Dinner at hotels
05. Alcoholic beverages and bar bills
06. Personal health and accident insurance
If you want to join with other international travellers - the cost would be slightly cheaper compared to above. Let us know which month you wish to travel so we can put you in there.
Note: Present visa formality
1. Chinese Embassy requires passport physically for 3 full days to process China/Tibet visa when you are in Kathmandu
2. Visa working days are Mondays to Fridays from 11 am onward; receiving visa time is in the afternoon of 3rd day
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- Price : USD 925
- Destinations : Lhasa,Potala Palace, Jokhang, Barkhor street,Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery,Yamdrok Lake
- Max Elevation : 4400m
- Weather : May June, July, August, September, October are best time to visit
- Trip Duration : 5 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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