5 Days Impression of Lhasa and Samye Monastery Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Samye Monastery - Lhasa
- Tour Code:TTO-PT-LS05
- Max Altitude:3,700 m
- Tour Type:Private tour with private guide and vehicle
- Phisycal Demand:
Phisycal Demand Level Guide:
1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
- Theme:Folk & CultureFamily Tours
After this Lhasa city tour showers you with the best of Lhasa includes the World Heritage Site of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor pilgrimage circuit, and the huge monastic institutions of Drepung and Sera Monastery lie on the edge of town, you will have a chance soak up the fabulous location and spectacular circular complex of Samye Monastery, Tibet’s first monastery, which surrounded by barren mountains and dramatic sand dunes and approached via a beautiful river crossing.
- Go down into the bowels of the Potala Palace, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas.
- Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
- Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor Street, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
- Take in a prayer meeting or some monk debating at Sera and Drepung Monastery, two of the largest and most intact of Tibet’s great monasteries.
- Soak up the fabulous location and spectacular circular complex of Samye Monastery, Tibet’s first monastery.
At a GlanceDay 1 Arrive in Lhasa Day 2 Lhasa Highlights Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street Day 3 Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery Day 4 Lhasa - Samye Monastery - Lhasa Day 5 Depart from Lhasa
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
Welcome to Tibet, the roof of the world! Your Tibet journey starts with a warm Tibetan style greeting from your local tour guide who will present you with Hada (traditional Tibetan scarves).
Then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. For most of the way, you follow the Kyichu River, you could see Tibetan homes with their trapezoid shaped windows and fluttering prayer flags, and Tibetans walking beside the roads wearing their distinctive national costumes.
Do have a comfort stop near Nietang Buddha where a giant statue of Buddha has been carved out of a stone cliff-face centuries ago. One of the first buildings you could see as you enter the city is the Potala Palace, sitting majestically on a hill dominating Lhasa.
Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.
Day 2: Lhasa Highlights Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.
In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.
Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor area of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes.
Day 3: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.
The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created 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 still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous monks debate (usually from 15:00 to 17:00) before returning back to Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa - Samye Monastery - Lhasa
Today, you will have a trip to Samye Monastery. You will have a 290km driving along the Yarlung Tsang (Brahmaputra river), and you can see the Sand Mountain, the high mountain meadow, and the wide rivers on the way.
Samye Monastery is the Tibet first Buddhist monastery, built in 8 century and the first monastery to have the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors both at home and abroad.
After visitng Samye Monastery, drive back to Lhasa.
Day 5: Depart from Lhasa
Today, our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
Tour services end and Tibet welcome you back forever.
- Tibet Entry Permit
- Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;
- Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Professional English speaking tour guide;
- Accommodations depend on your preference. Please tell us your preferred accommodation class when submitting the enquiry, and we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
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- Meals not specified in the itinerary;
- Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone call, optional tour activities and so on.
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