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4-Day Shangri-La Exploration Tour

Find 'the Sun and Moon in the Heart'

Shangri-La is also known as 'the sun and moon in the heart' in Tibetan. This famous city is the paradise that James Hilton described in his novel and once you arrive and see its beauty, you'll understand why! Loved by the local Tibetan people, this city is full of uniqueness and natural beauty. It is Shangri-La!

This 4-day Shangri-La tour will not only impress you with charming landscape and the holy Songzanlin Monastery but will also connect you with local people.

Tour 'Wow' Points

Visit a Nonpublic Dormitory of Songzanlin Monastery

Talk with a local religious leader in his dormitory's study room, which is not normally open to tourists. If you are lucky, you might meet a living Buddha!

Songzanlin Lamasery
be blessed by a lama

Walk in a Tibetan Family's House

Avoid the commercial house tours like the one near the Pudacuo National Park and visit a traditional Tibetan family's house near quiet Napa Lake. There, you will enjoy some homemade Tibetan snacks and friendly conversation.

Napa Lake
Enjoy some snacks

Paint Your Own Thangka

Learn how to paint a thangka and take the good luck and energy from Shangri-La back home with you.

Learn to paint a Thangka
learn with a Tibetan Thangka artist

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Shangri-La Arrival

Free Exploration

DAY 2 Shangri-La

Songzanlin Lamasery, Visit a Lama's Dormitory, and Pudacuo National Park Tour.

DAY 3 Shangri-La

Nixi Tibetan Village, Visit a Tibetan Family, Napa Lake, Shangri-La Old Town, and Learn about Thangka.

DAY 4 Shangri-La Departure

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

Songtsam Retreat Shangri-La
the bed room of the hotel
FromCNY2,999p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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