Day 1: Lhasa. Arrive at Lhasa, to be met & transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Lhasa (Meals: -/L/-). Full day private tours to Potala Palace / Jokhang Monastery / Bajiao Street. Depart from your hotel to visit the Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration in Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and the Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on the Red Mountain in the centre of the Lhasa valley, at an altitude of 3,700 M. The beauty and originality of the architecture, the ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking landscape, add to its historic and religious interest.
After having lunch at local restaurant, have a tour to the Jokhang Monastery and Bajiao Street. Founded in the 7th century, the Jokhang Monastery is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex. It is the spiritual center of Tibet. The temple is a combination of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Visitors will see sphinx and other weird and sacred sculptures. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held in the temple. The Jokhang, holiest temple in Tibet, dates back to the 7th century. It was founded by Tibet first Buddhist king, Songtsen Gampo and contains a sacred Buddha image that draws thousands of pilgrims every day.
Bajiao Street also called Barkhor Street, is an old and traditional shopping street in the center of Lhasa. It is also a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. Barkhor is the road on which pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk by body-length kowtow along the street clockwise every day into deep night. Barkhor Street is also a marketplace where shaggy nomads, traders, robed monks and chanting pilgrims join together. Shops and stalls sell printed scriptures, cloth prayer flags and other religious vessels, jewelry, Tibetan knives and ancient coins etc. Then be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 3: Lhasa (Meals: -/L/-). Full day private tours to Sera Monastery / Norbu Lingka / Tibet Museum. Depart from your hotel to visit the Sera Monastery, which is one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden monasteries but had a longer history. Sera in Tibetan means Wild Rose Garden since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it. It was built in 1419 by one of the eight disciples of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Ge-lug-pa Sect. Enshrined in the monastery are over 10,000 golden copper Buddhist statues, the holy prayer scripture written in cinnabar, and other treasures.
Then visit the Norbu Lingka. Meaning "Jeweled Garden," in Tibetan, covering 360,000 square meters, the largest palace garden in Tibet, was built in 1751 by the 7th Dalai Lama. Successive Dalai Lamas inhabited the palace, studying Buddhism until the age of 18. The Dalai Lamas, upon assuming power, moved into the Potala Palace, but from March to October every year, they returned to Norbu Lingka to perform administrative and religious duties.
After having lunch at local restaurant, have a tour to the Tibet Museum. Covering an area of 50,000 sq m with a floor-space of 20,000 sq m, the museum is the largest cultural facility in this ethnic autonomous region. The Tibet Museum has a huge collection of art treasures. Its exhibits include prehistoric cultural relics, Buddhist statues carved in various materials and in different postures, and Tibetan sutras hand written in powdered gold, silver and coral. There are also colorful Thangkas, and a wide range of Tibetan utensils and ritual implements, handicrafts, and ceramics. Then be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 4: Depart Lhasa. To be transferred to the airport for next city.
- All meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Transfers among sightseeing scenic spots & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide
- Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Hotels accommodations and breakfast.
- Any meals which are not included in the "Price Includes".
- Domestic flights, trains or buses, international air and train tickets for coming & leaving mainland China.
- Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Personal expenses: The items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day to day itinerary.
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
- Visa fees.
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