Lhasa City Tour

Tibet, known as roof of the world, third pole of the Earth and the legendary land, is a new destination for unique sightseeing, adventure, expedition and trekking.
Lhasa is one of the top 24 national, historical and cultural cities in China. It is the political, economic, cultural, transportation and tourism center of the Tibet Autonomous Region. "Lhasa" in Tibetan means "sacred place" or "Buddha’s place". Lhasa is the epitome of Tibetan culture; it has over 1300 years of history and is home to numerous cultural relics. Lhasa is sunny all year round, so the city is reputed as a “city of sunshine”.
 
The Tibet Travel Permit for Foreign Tourist
Foreign tourists must be organized to travel to Tibet. They must be organized by travel agencies and with confirmed routes. A Tibet Travel Permit (TTP for short) from the Tibet Tourism Bureau is indispensable, although you already have a China Visa.
Foreign tourists, overseas Chinese, and Taiwanese can entrust the Tibet Tourism Bureau and travel agencies to apply for the permit with the copies of passport, Chinese Visa and work certificate. Normally, it will take about one week, or 2-3 days for emergency.
For going to more remote area, you need more permits such as the Military Allowance.
 
Attractions
Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake, China's tallest saltwater lake, is a sacred lake to Tibetans, attracting many disciples to pilgrim from far and near. The lake, like a huge pearl mirror embedded into the north Tibetan steppe, reflects the belief and pursuit of the Tibetans for many generations. Regarded as a holy lake, the Namtso Lake is the largest saltwater lake in Tibet and the second largest across China. At an elevation of 4,718 meters, it is a must-visit place for tourists from home and abroad.
The NorbuLingka
The NorbuLingka is like a green gem inlaid by the Lhasa River. This quiet and picturesque part used to be the summer residence for the Dalai Lama of various generations. Built during the period of the 10th Dalai Lama in the mid-18th century, it is the ideal venue for worshipping, relaxing and enjoying the best of Tibetan architecture.
Barkor Street
Barkhor is a small neighborhood of ancient street surrounding Jokhang Temple in the old area of Lhasa. The oldest street appeared about 1,300 years ago after Jokhang Temple was built in 647, attracting thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place for the tourists.
The Sera Monastery
The Sera Monastery is one of the three great monasteries in Lhasa and one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism in Tibet. It was built by one of disciples of Zonggaba in 1419. On 27th of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, the monastery holds the grand Sera Bungchen Festival, which attracts flocks of Buddhists and others.
The Jokhang Temple
The Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa in Tibet. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The Jokhang Temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top. It adopted the architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, as well as those of Tibet and Nepal.
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace, The Potala Palace in Lhasa is the best preserved palace complex, with the highest elevation and largest scale in the world. Its many frescos, engravings and Buddhist scriptures are held as symbol of the ancient civilization and culture of the Tibetan race. Over the past three centuries, the palace gradually became a place where the Dalai Lama lives and works and a place for keeping the remains of Dalai Lamas.
The Drepung Monastery
The Drepung Monastery is the most important monastery of the Gelug lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. The first sight to the monastery is this holy cliff, where three Buddha portraits are painted. Since there is one biggest portraits and two smaller ones, the Buddha cliff is called "portraits of master and disciples".
Gandan Monastery
It is one of the six major Gelugpa Sect monasteries in Tibet region with more than 600 years history. Sitting on a hilltop at an altitude of 3,800 meters, Gandan Monastery looks splendid, with its towering buildings of bright red and white.
Samye Monastery
The unique Samye Monastery was designed on the plan of the Odantapuri Temple in Bihar, India and mirrored the basic structure of the universe as described in Buddhist Cosmology. This monastery has much of value from reaching the long and profound Tibetan culture and art.
Lake Yamdroktso
It is one of the three Tibetan holy lakes. The lake covers an area of above 600 square kilometers. To the east and west of the lake stand two mountains with eternal snow. It is the largest habitat for water birds in southern Tibet.
Yumbulakang
The first royal palace built for the First Tibetan King Nyentri Tsenpo during the 5th century A.D. The castle – like building rises on the spur of a hill commanding an impressive view of the entire Yarlung Valley.
Tibetan Cuisine
Tibetan food shows a major influence of Indian and Chinese cooking methods but the ingredients used are mainly from the mountain areas. The food that one gets in mountain area is deliciously different and is known for its exotic flavor. Most dishes derive from yak milk and meat as well as barley flour. Tsamba (roasted barley flour), butter tea, yak meat, Tibetan noodles, sweet tea, highland barley wine are the most popular food in Tibet.

 

Preparation for a Trip to Tibet
Climate
Temperature differs dramatically between daytime and at night. You are advised to bring thick, warm coats when traveling Tibet. Lhasa enjoys delightful weather throughout all seasons. Lhasa’s winter is not severely cold and its summer not extremely hot. It is an ideal summer resort. The average annual rainfall is only 230 – 570 mm. The most favorable time for tourism is from March to October.
Acclimatize to the high altitude
Almost every visitor is affected by the high altitude as Lhasa is over 3000 meters above sea level and some areas are above 5000 meters. Most of the visitors get acclimatized to the high altitude by taking it easy for one or two days, while still paying to their health.
We would like to make several suggestions to those contemplating going to Tibet:
1. People with serious heart diseases should not visit Tibet. Those with less serious heart problems need to consult a doctor before traveling.
2. People with high or low blood pressure need to consult a doctor before traveling.
3. Try to keep healthy and not to catch a cold before entering Tibet.
4. The first day arriving in Tibet, suggest visitors not take a bath and smokers not smoke.
5. Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet. Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy and avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration.
6. It is advisable to use sunscreen, sunglasses, lip creams to protect your eyes and skin.
 
Itinerary
A. Lhasa Golden One Day Tour
√Discover the highlights and the World Culture Heritages in Lhasa – Potala Palace, Jolkhang Temple, and Barkhor Street.
√Pick up from and return to your hotel in Lhasa
√Enjoy a private tour with exclusive sedan or van and English speaking tour guide
√Duration: 8 hours
√Availability: Daily
Price: From US$125/per person
 
√Visit the largest monastery in Tibet and experience the most distinguished monk’s debating – Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
√Pick up from and return to your hotel in Lhasa
√Enjoy a private tour with exclusive sedan or van and English speaking tour guide
√Duration: 8 hours
√Availability: Daily
Price: From US$96/per person
 
C.     Dalai Lama’s Palace One Day Tour
√Discover the former Dalai Lama’s summer and winter palaces in Lhasa – Potala Palace, Norbulinka and Tibet Museum
√Pick up from and return to your hotel in Lhasa
√Enjoy a private tour with exclusive sedan or van and English speaking tour guide
√Duration: 8 hours
√Availability: Daily
Price: From US$119/per person
 
√Visit the highest lake in the world and one of the sacred lake in Tibet – Lake Namtso and Yangpachen Terrestrial Heat Spring.
√Pick up from and return to your hotel in Lhasa
√Enjoy a private tour with exclusive sedan or van and English speaking tour guide
√Duration: 8 hours
√Availability: Daily
Price: From US$230/per person
 
√Discover the highlights of Lhasa – Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka Garden.
√Pick up from and return to your hotel in Lhasa
√Enjoy a private tour with exclusive sedan or van and English speaking tour guide
√Duration: 8 hours
√Availability: Daily
Price: From US$130/per person
 
F.      Cradle of Tibetan Culture One Day Tour
√Discover the first monastery and the first palace in Tibet – Samye Monastery and Yumbulagang.
√Pick up from and return to your hotel in Lhasa
√Enjoy a private tour with exclusive sedan or van and English speaking tour guide
√Duration: 8 hours
√Availability: Daily
Price: From US$170/per person
 
- Pick-up and drop off at the hotel in Lhasa
- Private ground transport by an air conditioned sedan or van
- Entrance tickets to the attractions listed in the itinerary
- English-speaking tour guide service
- Travel service liability insurance
 
Important Note: The above package price is based on two persons. If more people join the tour, please send email to us tour@eduabroadchina.com to get good offer and reserve the tour.
 
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