Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa. Your Tibetan English-speaking tour guide will expect you at Gonggar Airport with a comfortable private transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Upon arrival, just take rest for high altitude acclimatization.
Day 2: Dancing Ceremony in Tsupu Monastery. Our wonderful Tibetan New Year Festival tour starts from Tsupu Monastery, the home monastery of Gagyu Order. This day there will be an important dancing ceremony at Tsupu Monastery for driving off evil spirits before the Tibetan New Year.
Day 3: Potala Palace and Local Tibetan Family. This morning we'll visit the Tibet cardinal landmark of Potala Palace and then a local Tibetan family to spend the Tibetan New Year eve with them.
Day 4: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery are two great Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. Drepung is about 8 km west of central Lhasa and was once the world's largest monastery housing more than 10,000 monks (if we are lucky, we can enter into a dark columned hall quite easily to see and hear the lilting, booming, chanting of sutras). And Sera is about 5 km north of central Lhasa where you may have the chance to see the interesting "Buddhism Scriptures Debating" between Lamas.
Day 5: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Visit the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism - Jokhang Temple and the bustling Barkhor Stree around the temple. At this old town area, you'll meet many local Tibetans in traditional clothes celebrating their new year festival..
Day 6: Leave Lhasa. The tour guide will transfer you to the airport or train station for the plane or train to your next destination. Your wonderful Tibetan New Year tour ends.
Note: This itinerary can be tailor-made further for a private trip to meet your requirements such as to add a tour to Shigatse or Mt. Everest Base Camp, etc.
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