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5-day Tour of Spiritual Lhasa
 

Tibet has always been a dream for travelers, explorers and Jet Setters alike. So we have designed this short trip to Lhasa that offers you an experience to be in the world's highest plateau and observe the day life as it was for past centuries. Although at present, the city of Lhasa is a mixture of old and new, the new Lhasa is a modern town, having a network of streets, apartments, hotels and stores. The old city of Lhasa dates back to 6-7th century is round the Jokhang temple, from here one can still see Lhasa of the old days with pilgrims, traders, people from all walks of life.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Upon you arrival, our local guide and driver will be meeting you and drive to your hotel in Lhasa. For the rest time of the day, you will be free in the hotel to rest in order to adapt the climate of highland. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region and has long been the center of politics, economy, culture and religion in Tibet. Lhasa means "holy land" in Tibetan language. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive to visit the Potala Palace which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet. Later, it was expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures titleogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon, we will visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls selling the local specititleies. Stay overnight in the same hotel.

Day 3 Lhasa (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will drive to the suburb of Lhasa to visit Drepung monastery, the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416. And it is used to be the residence of the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama. We continue to visit Sera monastery which was set up in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called "the court of wild rose". Today there are still 200 lamas living there. Time permitting, we'll attend the debate ceremony in the monastery. In the following, we'll visit Norbulinka, the Summer Palace of previous Dalai Lamas. Stay overnight in the same hotel.

Day 4 Lhasa (B, L, D)
Today, we make a day trip to the holy Yamdrok (4441 m), about 100 km southwest of Lhasa. We have a chance to enjoy the fantastic view of the lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The lake is a beautiful turquoise blue palette occupying an area of 678 square kilometers. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake, lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m). And the two snow peaks, Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo, rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlung Tsangpo 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. We'll visit Dropenling Handicraft Center in the late afternoon.

Day 5 Lhasa -Departure (B)
We'll visit some Tibetan families toady to have intimate contact with local Tibetans. The visit will surely help you to learn more about Tibet culture and its people. Later, we send you to the airport for your departure. End of service. 

Price: USD850 per person for a group of 2 - 6 people

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All 4-star hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, including tax and service
- All meals as stated in the itinerary highlighting the local cuisine with water, tea, coffee, local beer, and soft drinks
- Group airport arrival and departure transfers
- All ground transportation in private air conditioned vehicle with bottled water and snacks on coach
- All sightseeing, entrance fees
- Services of local guides, site experts, and other support personnel
- Tibet Travel Permit

Price Excludes:
- International airfare
- Any en route stopovers, hotels, and meals to and from China
- Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
- Passport and visa fees
- Items of a personal nature such as, laundry, mail, phone calls, faxes, spa treatments, hard liquor
- Normal level of gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.

 
 
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