Lhasa & Environs | Central Tibet

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Cultural Tibet | Lhasa and Environs

If you wish to savour rich Tibetan culture and history but don't have much time to spare, then this tour is just for you.

Lhasa, the most famous among Tibetan cities, was the capital of the first Tibetan emperor Songtsengampo. The city is synonymous with Tibetan culture and heritage and remains the pulse of the Tibetan highland.

Your tour itinerary includes a visit to the majestic Potala Palace, the splendid Norbulingka (summer retreat of the Dalai Lama), the sacred Jokhang Temple and the busy Barkhor Square.

4 Nights
From SGD 903Per Person

Cultural Tibet | Lhasa and Environs

!-- Day 01 / Chengdu (-/-/D) Meet/greet by our guide on arrival in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan. We visit Wuhou (Marquis Wu) Temple dedicated to Zhuge Liang, Prime Minister of the state of Shu during the Three Kingdoms period. We also visit Du Fu's thatched cottage, which used to be the modest house where the world-famous Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu lived for several years. Alternatively, we can visit the famous Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Sichuan dinner with Chinese Face Mask Changing Show. Overnight in Chengdu.

Day 01 / Arrive in Lhasa


Meet/greet at Gonggar Airport or train station by your Tibetan guide and transfer to the 4* Gang-Gyen Hotel located in the Old Town of Lhasa. You can then explore the nearby Old Town of Lhasa and the markets lining Barkhor Square.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Note There is no programme arranged for today.

After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in all of the Himalaya. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have travelled well over a thousand kilometres by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple.
After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old huge monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates.
In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town on your own.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will start your day by visiting the massive 1000 room Potala Palace, the most iconic building in Tibet. You will work your way up the steps of the Potala and then go through the most important rooms in this famous UNESCO site.
After lunch, you will explore another one of Tibet’s important monasteries, Ramoche Temple, famous across Tibet for the 8-year-old statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. It is a great place to observe Local Tibetans.
In the late afternoon and in the evening, you will have free time to explore Lhasa on your own or do some souvenir shopping.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast

Note Chinese Authorities have limited the number of visitors to Potala Palace each day. So, the order of sightseeing places to be visited will be decided by our guide.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Lhasa airport or train station.

Meals: Breakfast

This day is for us to spend it as we wish.

Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favourite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a cafe and watch the pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang.

There is also the option of additional tours to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. Please check with us for additional tour cost.

Land Cost

Price per person in SGD

SGD TBA per person ~ Twin-share Room
SGD TBA per person ~ Single Room

Note

  • We need at least 30 days advance notice in order to facilitate the Tibet Travel Permit (stamping on arrival).
  • We may be able to arrange urgent visas for Singaporeans with at least 24 days notice; kindly check with us.

Inclusions

  • Return airport or train station transfers in Lhasa
  • 03 nights accommodation in The Tibet Gang Gyan (刚坚饭店) or similar 4-star hotel in Lhasa
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners in local restaurants
  • Private vehicle with an experienced driver
  • Guided sightseeing with English-speaking Tibetan guide
  • Entrance fees to sights
  • Tibet Travel Permit (included for Singaporeans only)
  • Tips & gratuities for guides & drivers

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Lhasa, Tibet
  • Tibet Travel Permit - SGD $65 per person
  • All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenditure, e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Internet access, soft/hard beverages at meal times, other optional tours, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities for guide/driver
  • Travel insurance ~ highly recommended when travelling in Tibet (please check with us for attractive travel insurance rates)