This tour offers a wonderful chance to explore cultural heritages and historical places in and around Lhasa. Two blissful days are packaged in your trip for exploring the charismatic wonders of Lhasa and a day is kept free for your self exploration. Lhasa , most popularly known as ' Sunlight City ', is regarded as the heart and soul of Tibet and hence is the number one tourist destination in Tibet . Visits to white and ochre fortress of Potala Palace and Jokhang temple can be quite spiritually rejuvenating experience. Potala Palace is a UNESCO world heritage and features an overwhelming array of intricate murals, temples, stupas, tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas, exquisite Tibetan Mandalas and other relics of Tibetan history. Jokhang temple lying 2 km to the east is another Tibetan religious site. If you wish to glimpse into Tibetan culture, what could be more insightful than exploring Barkhor markets! As you wander around the markets, you witness Tibetan arts, culture, custom and tradition. With so much to see and explore in Lhasa , this will truly be an unforgettable experience.
Day 1 Kathmandu - Lhasa
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart on your 1hr and 10 min flight to Lhasa . Of course this tour can also be booked excluding the flight when you are arriving at Lhasa from a different destination. Please let us know at our booking form when this is the case. While you land at Lhasa Airport , a representative of Nature Trail Trekking will be waiting for you at the airport and he will clears/help you to check you in Tibet/Lhasa and he will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa . Please note that the distance between Lhasa Airport and Lhasa is 93 km and takes about 2 hours, a very scenic drive and your first experiences with Tibet . Overnight stay your desired hotel.
When you land in Lhasa , you might feel a small headache and some of you could feel uncomfortable due to the altitude and it might take some time to adapt (depending on the person and their physical conditions). Note that Kathmandu is only 1300m while Lhasa is situated at 3600m above sea level.
This evening you will discuss your program with your tour guide and may be shown around before or after your meals if desired.
Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Sera, Jokhang and Barkhor - Lhasa
This day we will visit Sera monastery and continue to the Jokhang Temple , Tibet's holiest temple which contains a jeweled image of the Buddha. After that we will experience the Barkhor Square , an old market where you'll see wily Chinese and ancient Tibetans bargaining for goods. Here you have plenty of time to stroll over the market and go shopping yourself. We will stay overnight in Lhasa .
Day 3 Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
In the morning we will visit the Potala Palace , one of the most famous architectural works of Tibet . In the afternoon we will have a guided tour to the largest monastery in Tibet , Drepung monastery . We will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Norbulinka Palace and Tibetan Medical Centre
In the morning we will visit Norbulingkha which means beautiful gardens in Tibetan where you can walk to the garden and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We will visit a Tibetan Medical Centre before lunch as well and experience how such a centre operates. In the afternoon you have enough free time to go shopping for souvenirs and the explore the city on your own.
Day 05: Final departure
Transfer to Gonggar airport for your flight to Kathmandu or other onward destination. Please note that this tour can be customized to your wishes if you want to skip certain attractions or add other ones. Please let us know at our booking form so we are able to offer you your perfect trip!