Lhasa to Tsedang tour of six days is an exciting cultural journey in Tibet. The trip begins with an excursion around the major attractions of Lhasa. Then, it takes you to explore Tsedang, famous as 'the cradle of Tibetan civilization,' to discover the mystery of Tibetan Buddhists in Tibet's most admired Palaces and Monasteries.
In Lhasa, you will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, and also follow to the Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
Potala Palace is the winter home of the Dalai Lama, famous for its majestic buildings, spiritual atmosphere, and splendid artworks. Built by 33rd great King of Tibet, this palace is one of the highest castles in the world.
Jokhang Temple is the holiest temple in Tibet. This temple is also the principal seat of the Gelugpa group of Tibetan Buddhism and stands proudly in the center of the old Lhasa city.
Barkhor Market is an earliest round street market with numerous shops with native handicrafts of Lhasa. Tibetan houses line the streets with ground paved in flagstones, and the street circumambulates the holy Jokhang temple.
Norbulingka is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and also the most extensive artificial garden in Tibet. Likewise, Sera Monastery is one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries in Tibet, which is famous for the monk's debate held in the afternoon. Drepung Monastery is also one of the Great Three monasteries of Tibet. The monastery is renowned for an enormous monastery kitchen, and it is also famous for its high standards of Buddhist academic study.
In Tsedang, we will visit Yumbulakang. Yumbulakang is the first palace ever built in Tibet. The castle consists of many sculptures and paintings from ancient times. Then, we will visit the Trundruk monastery. This monastery's major attraction is the Thangka adorned with 29026 pearls. Also, we will visit the Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet, built before a thousand years. The monastery has three distinctive styles of architecture: Tibetan, Han, and Indian).
Visit Tibet's First Palace and first Buddhist monastery; Yumbulakang and Samye Monastery
Explore famous sites of the capital city Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, etc.
Engage in Kora in Barkhor Street
Enjoy monk's debate in Sera Monastery
See the most substantial monastery kitchen in Drepung Monastery
- All necessary permits to Tibet according to the itinerary
- All entrance ticket fees for the sites listed in the itinerary
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Ground transfer in a private vehicle
- Experienced English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group
- Comfortable Hotel Accommodations, twin sharing room
- Arrangements include communication, planning, handling, operational, etc.
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Airport Transfer
- Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
- Tibet Handy Map
- Drinking water during the trip
- Tourist accident or casualty insurance
- International flight
- Domestic flight or train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the BEST discount price on domestic flight/train ticket, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region)
- Tips and gratuities to the guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Arrival in Lhasa
After you arrive at Lhasa, our airport representative will welcome and escort you to the hotel. You can get beautiful views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Brahmaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and the Lhasa river on the way to the hotel at Lhasa. We recommend you to rest at the hotel after you arrive at Lhasa. It is common for newcomers to get altitude sickness due to Lhasa's high altitude environment. To prevent altitude sickness, you have to get a proper rest in the arriving day, then take it easy for a few days. So, do not rush to visit the city's attraction. However, if you can handle the altitude and want to explore the city, you can visit the famous Potala Palace, or roam in Barkhor street.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
The Lhasa trip begins today. We will start the journey with the exploration of the grandiose Potala Palace. Potala Palace is the winter home of the Dalai Lama and is one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the world. Climbing up the palace along the twisting stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace, we will get to witness not only the exquisite Tibetan architecture but also get a stunning view of Lhasa city. Then, we walk inside the Potala Palace to see the gorgeous chapels and learn about the history of the palace. After visiting the palace, we will stop for a short lunch break. After lunch, we will head out to the Jokhang Temple. Jokhang Temple is also famous as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhists. Every day, thousands of pilgrims all around the globe come to the temple to worship the Buddha. The temple houses precious Jowo Rinpoche, the life-sized (5 foot/1.5m) image of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12, so it is also known as the "house of Buddha." After Jokhang temple, we will visit the Barkhor street that surrounds the temple. It is a circular and wide street around the temple. You will see lots of local people walking on the street making circles, mostly in the late afternoon as a daily ritual of pilgrimage. There is also a considerable number of shops that sell a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items, and handcrafts.
Tips: 1) You have to climb 1080 steps to reach the top of the Potala Palace, so walk slowly, straining the body might cause altitude sickness in this environment. 2) capturing pictures is not allowed inside the palace 3) today, we will mostly be touring outside, so carry some water, a hat, sun cream, and sunglasses with you.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, we again head out to visit other attractions of Lhasa. Firstly, we will visit Norbulingka, the former palace of the Dalai Lamas, however, now it is a public park. The palace is well-known for its Potrang, the private palaces of previous Dalai lamas with magnificent Tibetan architecture style. Then, we drive a few kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung means prosperity in the Tibetan language. Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has been one of the most significant Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. At its peak, the monastery had more than 10,000 monks living and studying here. Throughout its history, many substantial and famed Tibetan leaders used to study here, particularly the Dalai Lamas. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the "Mother School of Dalai Lamas."
In the afternoon, we will head towards the Sera Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug Monasteries of Tibet. The monastery is particularly famous for the monk's debate that occurs every day in the afternoon from 3 pm and lasts for a couple of hours. As a regular routine, the monks gather in a courtyard and debate on Buddhist philosophy through their whole body. This ritual helps to facilitate better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy and attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the entertaining debate, we will return to the city. The rest of the time is free for leisure activity.
The Manners of Visiting Monastery: 1) you should not wear the short dress that shows shoulders or legs 2) before entering the chapels, take off your sunglasses and hat 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.
Drive from Lhasa to Tsedang
After breakfast, we will drive for around 3hours to reach Tsedang Town. Tsedang Town is the political and transportation center of Shannan Prefecture and also the birthplace of Tibetan Civilization, and also has played an essential role in developing Tibetan Buddhism. We will visit the three most famous attractions of Tsedang. In the afternoon, we visit a couple of the renowned attractions of Tsedang. Firstly, we will visit Yambulakang, the first palace in Tibet's history. The palace has a history of over 2000 years, and possess lots of rare sculptures and paintings from ancient times. Even though the palace is now closed for maintenance and you cannot climb up and visit sites inside, you can still enjoy its magnificent appearance at the foot of the hill.
Then, we will visit the Trundruk monastery. Here, you will get to see a gorgeous Tangkha of Pearl adorned with a total of 29,026 pearls.
Tsedang to Lhasa
In the morning after breakfast, we will explore the famed Samye Monastery. Samye monastery is the first official Buddhist monastery in Tibet with the basic terms of Buddhism – Buddha, scriptures, and monks. With a history of more than 1200 years, it is one of the most influential monasteries in Tibet. There was a famous debate that occurred in this monastery about Buddhism between ancient Indian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism. Samye Monastery was built according to the sketch of the universe in Buddhism scriptures, combined features of Tibetan, Chinese and Indian, symbolizing the center of the universe.
In the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa.
Today, we have to bid farewell to each other. If you have a flight in the afternoon or later, you can enjoy the morning shopping in Barkhor Street. Barkhor Street has numerous shop that sells unique handicrafts. These handicrafts will make a perfect souvenir.
Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport at the scheduled time of your flight.