potala palace

A Tale of Two Tibetan Cities — Lhasa and Tsetang

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Lhasa Arrival and Tsetang Transfer

Upon your arrival time, your guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to Tsetang, which is about a 3-hour drive from the airport. Sit back and relax, and take in the sights on route.

Day 2: The Yumbulagang Palace and Trandrunk Monastery Tour

Visit the first palace in Tibet — the Yumbulagang Palace to unfold the anecdote of the 1st Tubo King Niechi, whom became the king unconsciously, like winning a lottery. The interesting story was painted on the murals in the second floor. First built in the 2nd century before Christ, the murals inside the palace record the beginning of Tibet culture.

Explore the ancient monastery built in the 7th century to unlock the history the political marriage of Wen Cheng princess in the Tang Dynasty (618—907). Have a look of the most precious historical relics — the Thangka made with pearls and the Thangka embroidered by Wen Cheng princess. Do not miss the exquisite masks for gods and ghosts. 

After Tsetang discovery you will be driven to Lhasa, and the journey takes about three hours. 

Day 3: The Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor Street, and the Potala Palace Tour
jokhang temple

Feel the sacred Tibetan Buddhism in the magnificent Jokhang Temple, a temple with a history of more than 1,300 years. This 4-storey, golden-roofed temple was built combining Tibetan-styled body and classic Chinese-styled roof. The grand murals over 1,000 meters long in the temple record the history of Wen Chen princess and the construction of the temple. You will come across numerous locals praying there.

Have a leisurely strolling on the Barkhor Street and pick up a unique Tibetan-styled handicraft (like a Thangka or a Tibetan jewelry) at the stalls. The street surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Hence you will come across many pilgrims making their pilgrimage around the temple.

Climb up to the Potala Palace to feel world’s highest ancient palace and to see the numerous invaluable treasures stored in the palace, including over 2,500-square-meter murals and thousands of Thangkas, statues, and other handicrafts. In fact the magnificent palace itself is a real masterpiece.

Day 4: The Sera Monastery, the Drepung Monastery, and Norbulingka Tour
sera monastery in tibet

You will continue your Lhasa discovery today. 

The development of Tibetan Buddhism is the history of Tibet. Today you will visit two monasteries and a garden — Nobulingka.

Stroll in the typical Tibetan-styled garden — Nobulingka to view the elegant landscapes of ancient pavilions, verdant plants, and clean lake. Do not miss the rare flowers and trees (including the species from the Himalaya) and animals in the garden. 

Explore the largest temple in Tibet — the Drepung Monastery, which had more than 10,000 monks in heyday. Built in 1416, 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). You will also learn about the Tibetan culture and the military history in Tibet by seeing the numerous historical relics stored in the temple.

The Sera Monastery was built in the early 15th century. Step out on the very platform used for sunning Buddha in Shoton Festival, you will have a bird’s eye view of the whole monastery, which is ordered like a religious city. We will also arrange for you to view the interesting monks debate in the afternoon.

Day 5: Lhasa Departure

Your private guide and driver will accompany you to the airport and see you off. Enjoy your homebound trip.

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