Welcome to Lhasa

The centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium, Lhasa (ལྷ་ས་; 拉萨; Lāsà; literally the 'Place of the Gods') remains largely a city of wonders. Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the Holy City raises goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life. It is here in the Jokhang, an other-worldly mix of... Read More

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$58 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour

Meet your guide at the centrally located Kathmandu Guest House and hop on a local bus to Pashupatinath, a significant Hindu temple devoted to the god Shiva. Your expert guide will explain the Hindu spiritual beliefs surrounding the cycle of birth and death. You’ll also have the chance to interact with the colorfully dressed Sadhu monks. Learn why the holy men give up worldly goods to signify devotion and liberation. Outside the 17th-century temple, along the banks of the Bagmati River, cremation ceremonies regularly take place. Respect mourning families by refraining from photos or watching the ritual. Next, travel by local transport for a short distance to Bodhnath. The shrine is an important religious site for Tibetan Buddhists, and one of the only places in the world that you can see the daily routines of Tibetan monks. The stupa sits along a historic trade route that stretches across Lhasa, Tibet, Nepal and India. Today, people still come to Bodhnath to pray before undertaking a daunting journey such as climbing the Himalayas. Marvel at one of the world’s largest stupas as your guide explains Tibetan traditions. You might even see pilgrims spin prayer wheels as they circle the stupa. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with resident monks about Buddhism and the practices you witness at Bodhnath. After wrapping up at Bodhnath, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a nearby rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the stupa (own expense). Then walk to the home of a renowned astrologer who will do a reading for you (own expense), if you wish! After an enlightening day exploring Kathmandu’s spiritual side, your guide returns you to your hotel.

$584.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

Day 1 Lhasa Lhasa is the spiritual heart and capital city of Tibet. You will be picked up from the Lhasa airport and then transferred to your hotel. The rest of day is free to relax and acclimate to the high altitude. Day 2 Lhasa Your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby at 9:00am and then take you to visit Tibet's holiest shrine of Jokhang Temple to see a solid gold enlightened Buddha. You'll feel the electric atmosphere and immerse yourself into Tibetan culture while wandering through the bustling Barkor Circuit. In the afternoon, you'll tour the architectural wonder of Potala Palace, towering 13 stories high and containing thousands of rooms. Drop off at the hotel at 5:00pm . Day 3 Lhasa You will be picked up at the hotel lobby at 9:00am and then brought to explore the former Dalai Lamas’ Summer Palace - Norbulingka Park and 15th century Drepung Monastery. Visit the impressive Sera to observe student monks debating with their masters. A leisurely walk around the Tibetan Quarter will follow. You will be dropped off at the hotel at 5:00pm Day 4 Depart Lhasa Private transfer to the airport.

$390 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

Day 1: Arriving LhasaUpon your arrival, your driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel of your own arrangement for better acclimatization (tour pick up is at 10:30am and 3:30pm daily. If your arrival schedule differs, you will need to take an airline shuttle bus to Lhasa at RMB 35 per person). Your Tibetan guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to give a briefing on your itinerary. Relax for the rest of the day or stroll along the area at your leisure. Day 2: Lhasa walking tourEnjoy a full day of sightseeing in Lhasa on foot. Visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple as well as vital neighborhoods around them. Potala Palace was named after Mt. Potalaka, the mythical abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and a winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. This iconic landmark of Lhasa symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The palace is a complex comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings built on Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley with an elevation of of 11,483ft (3,700 m). Next, you will visit Jokhang Temple located on Barkhor Square. Jokhang Temple is the most revered temple in Tibet. Highlight of the temple is a 85-foot (26 meter) tall image of Buddha along with many other important Buddhist statues and images brought to Tibet as part of the dowries by wives of King Songtsän Gampo who constructed Jokhang Temple around 642 A.D. At the end of the temple visit you will also have an opportunity to shop at nearby market, Barkhor Bazaar, which is a crowd gathering place in the ancient section of Lhasa. Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing by vehicleVisit Norbulinka Park via a comfortable vehicle (ranging from car to mini bus). Norbulinka, the summer Palace of Dalai Lama, is situated on the west side of Lhasa by the banks of Kyichu River approximately 0.7 mile (1 kilometer) southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulinka, meaning “Treasure Park,” has an area of about 224 square miles (360,000 square meters) with 374 rooms regarded as the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, which is a fifteenth century structure with sprawling golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometer) North of Lhasa and home to several hundreds of lamas. Its famous daily monks debate starts at around 3 pm and lasts to 4 pm or so which is a must see activity when you travel to Tibet. Day 4: Departing LhasaDriver will return you to either the airport or the railway station (drop off is at 7:30am and 1:30 pm daily. If your schedule differs, you can take the airline shuttle bus at RMB 35 per person or by taxi to railway)

$1623.99 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

3-Day Best of Tibet Tour from Chengdu by Air

This private three-day tour of Lhasa takes you from historic Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, situated high in the Himalayas, to the bustling stalls of Barkhor Street and back to the quiet solace of Yamdrok Lake. Enjoy two nights of single or shared accommodation, depending on which option you select. Your comprehensive cultural tour includes round-trip airfare, private transport to each location and all meals. Even your visa is taken care of; you only need to provide your passport and China entry visas before the tour! Enjoy personalized attention from your expert guide on this private tour of Lhasa highlights.

$200 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Tour to Visit Top 3 Highlights of Potala Jokhang and Barkhor Including Tibet Permits

At 9:00 am, meet your Tibetan guide at the lobby of Yak Hotel which is just beside Dunya Restaurant in central Lhasa: please arrive around 15 minutes earlier if you are staying at a different hotel.Today the three main attractions to visit are Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. The Potala Palace was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. It has been capturing travelers’ imaginations as it takes them on an adventure through Tibetan history. With its highest point at about 300 meters (around 1000 feet) above the valley floor its gargantuan size often surprises travelers: this building houses over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and around 200,000 statues.Potala Palace was the residence of former Dalai Lamas all the way back to the 5th. Over hundreds of years Potala’s interior has been ornately decorated: vibrantly colored and incredibly detailed paintings cover the walls and shelves of prayers books tower overhead. Travelers can see gold covered statues, shrines of unimaginable beauty, and even look upon the resting places of past Dalai Lamas. Incense fills the air and the glow of yak butter candles illuminates cultural treasures, creating a dream like atmosphere. Another UNESCO-listed attraction you are going to visit is Jokhang Temple, reportedly also founded by Songtsen Gampo, and one of the world's great monuments to Buddhism. A visit to Lhasa without visisting Jokhang Temple is not complete. So Jokhang Temple is by no means one of most important attractions in capital city of Lhasa, Tibet. Included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple is in the heart of Lhasa downtown. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims.Highlights include a statue of the young Gautama Buddha, aged around 12, that's probably the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism.From Jokhang, stroll to Barkhor Street, which runs around the temple. Join pilgrims and locals in circling the shrine, a practice known as kora, or shop for traditional Tibetan handicrafts, souvenirs, or snacks. You'll be walking back to your hotel in downtown. If your accommodation is far from downtown, you can take a taxi which takes from 10 RMB to 40 RMB (1US$=6.8RMB) per transfer.It takes about 4 hours for the Potala Palace walking tour, 2 hours for Barkhor Street walking tour and 2 hours for the Jokhang Temple sightseeing. Lunch is at your own expense, but your Tibetan tour guide will be happy to provide you recommendations of Tibetan, western or Chinese restaurants. Regarding to which attraction to visit first, it depends on the Potala Palace ticket schedule which can only be reconfirmed to you by local supplier half day in advance according to the local policy.

$887.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group 8-Day Best of Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp Adventure

Day 1: Arrival in LhasaYou will be picked up at the airport upon arrival and transferred to your hotel where you will rest and adjust to the higher altitude. Group Tour free pick up time is 10:30am and 3pm. If your flight time is different, you will need to take the airline shuttle bus. Accommodation by yourself. Day 2: LhasaYour attraction today is Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Standing in the "roof of the world", Potala Palace is not only a magnificent building with palaces and monasteries, but also Tibet’s largest and most complete ancient palace buildings. This unbelievable structure has been used as the home of the Dalai Lama for centuries, and is filled with thousands of well-preserved artifacts, marvelous statues, beautiful paintings, religious objects, etc. Visit Jokhang Temple, a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square that is considered one of the most sacred and important temples in Tibet. Afterwards, continue to nearby Barkhor street to see the Barkor, a popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. Overnight: hotel by yourselfDay 3: LhasaToday, you will visit Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung means “rice heap.” It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed Potala Palace. Founded in 1416, Drepung Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery to enjoy the monk's debate. Overnight: hotel by yourselfDay 4: Lhasa - Shigatse (174 mi/280 km, 4-5 hours)Enjoy the views of Tibetan city streets and beautiful rural landscapes during the 4 to 5 hours ride to Shigatse. You will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery,in Tibetan,it means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". Overnight: Gesar Hotel or Shigatse Manasarovar HotelDay 5: (B) Shigatse - Mt. Everest Base Camp (212 mi/340 km, 6-7 hours)Rise early to embark on a 7 to 9 hours road trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp (17,060 ft/5,200 m) via Shegar. Enjoy magnificent landscapes along the way and the view of majestic Mount Everest. Overnight: Nomad Tents Day 6: (B) Everest Base Camp - Shigatse (212 mi/340 km, 6-7 hours)Today, you will trek on the trail along Mt. Everest Base Camp for about 2.5 to 5 miles (4 to 8 kms) to view the peak of Mt. Everest. After the hike, you will return to Shigatse. Overnight: 4-star Gesar Hotel or similar Day 7: (B) Shigatse - Gyantse - Karola Glacier - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa (218 mi/350 km, 7-9 hours)You will set off for a day of sightseeing, visiting Karola Glacier, Lake Yamdrok, Palcho Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda, returning to Lhasa by 6:30 pm. A group dinner will be served around 7:30 pm. Overnight: hotel by yourselfDay 8: Final departure, free airport drop off time is at 7:30am and 1pm