Your train journey from Beijing to Lhasa takes about one day and 20 hours.
Your private guide will transfer you to Beijing West Railway Station with prepared train ticket. Your train will depart Beijing at 21:30 on the first day.
You will enter the Qinghai-Tibet plateau railway. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery along the way and imagine the tough construction of the plateau railway which took about 56 years.
Arrive in Lhasa at 08:00 in the morning. Your private guide will meet you at the station upon your arrival time and transfer you to your hotel by a professionally-chauffeured vehicle. Have a good rest, for acclimatizing to the high altitude it’s best to avoid strenuous activities on your first day in Lhasa.
Visit the most glorious Tibetan monastery with a history of more than 1,300 years to unfold the mystery of Tibetan Buddhism and to feel the devout hearts of pilgrims. The Jokang Temple is also a nice place for appreciating the Tibetan architectural style.
The Barkhor Street is stretching to surround the Jokang Temple. Strolling on this Lhasa’s most prosperous street, experience the Tibetan customs, see the Tibetan-styled dwellings, and pick up your favorite handicrafts on the stalls. You will also come across pilgrims making their pilgrimage around the Jokang Temple. Your guide will unlock this culture to you.
Your last destination today is the Potala Palace, the former winter home of the Dalai Lama, with a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter burned on the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience.
Kind reminder: You need to be fit for climbing up the long stairways.
Today’s tour includes two important monasteries, so we can unfold the unique Tibetan culture in two different aspects, exploring Tibetan Buddhism with the help of our expert local guide.
Visit the Drepung Monastery to discover the Gelu Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala palace (after the 5th Dalai Lamas was bestowed by Qing emperor Qianlong). It is the venue of the grand Shonton Festival in every early August.
Have a walk in the Tibetan Summer Palace — Norbulingka to enjoy the Tibetan-styled garden and appreciate the precious flowers and trees from the Himalayas.
The Sera Monastery is more like a religious city, neatly laid out. It is also a monastery of Gelu Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the best place for your discovery of the monks’ daily debates.
You will depart Lhasa by air today. Please pack your luggage in advance. You guide will accompany you to the airport and see you off at the security gate. Have a pleasant flight home!
Kind reminder: If your time allows, you also can take a train back to Beijing, which can be more economical than by air. The train will depart Lhasa at 13:45 and arrives at Beijing West Railway Station at 08:06 in the morning of the third day.