Discovery of Lhasa & Shigatse

6-Day Lhasa, Shigatse Tour

Code:TB03
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
fr US$1260based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season
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Discovery of Lhasa & Shigatse

Discover the most popular sights of holy Tibet in 6 days, which offers a chance to explore the symbolic Potala Palace and stunning Norbulingka Garden, immerse into atmospheric Tibetan Buddhism by visiting Jokhang and Sera monasteries, get captivated by the spectacular natural charm of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier, and get in touch with local residence and life at Barkhor Street. Another highlight of this tour is to catch a sight of the Panchen Lama's residence by visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Marvel at the residence of Dalai Lamas at the magnificent Potala Palace and Norbulingka.
  • Have an in-depth Tibetan Buddhism exploration by visiting various monasteries including Drepung, Sera, Jokhang and Palkhor.
  • Take in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier.
  • Discover the Panchen Lama's residence at the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen Lama.
  • Delve into local Tibetan's residence and life at Barkhor Street and Gyantse Old Street.

Discovery of Lhasa & Shigatse

6-Day Lhasa, Shigatse

Code:TB03
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$1260
Tour Highlights
  • Marvel at the residence of Dalai Lamas at the magnificent Potala Palace and Norbulingka.
  • Have an in-depth Tibetan Buddhism exploration by visiting various monasteries including Drepung, Sera, Jokhang and Palkhor.
  • Take in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier.
  • Discover the Panchen Lama's residence at the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen Lama.
  • Delve into local Tibetan's residence and life at Barkhor Street and Gyantse Old Street.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Lhasa
Airport pick-up and private transfer to your hotel.
Luxury: St. Regis Lhasa Resort Superior: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Welcome to Tibet! When you land the Lhasa airport, your thoughtful guide and driver will pick you up, and then escort you to a comfortable hotel for a good rest. Lhasa gets high altitude and thin air that may cause discomfort and sickness to first timers, while a sound sleep at the hotel or a leisure walking outside would help to get accustomed to the climate as soon as possible. Please do not take a shower to avoid getting a cold. 

Day 2
Lhasa
Wonder at the splendid Potala Palace, and be amazed at the prostrating pilgrims at the Jokhang Monastery. Stroll along the Barkhor Street following a clockwise circuit.
Breakfast

Your Tibet exploration unveils from the magnificent Potala Palace, once the political center of Tibet and the winter residence of Dalai Lamas of generations. Ascend to get to the palace and discover the incredible treasures, antiques, murals and artworks hidden in the maze-like chambers, chapels and prayer halls.

Afterwards, you will be taken to marvel at the 1300-year-old Jokhang Monastery, which is regarded as the spiritual center of Tibet. Lingering outside the temple, you could witness flows of pious pilgrims prostrating themselves to worship the Buddha, which is the most awestruck practice of a Buddhist pilgrimage. Enter the temple to admire the golden Buddha statues brought by King Songtsen Gampo's Han wife Wencheng Princess from Tang Dynasty.

Next, proceed to the bustling Barkhor Street, from which tourists start to discover local Tibetan people's life by the busy street vendors and eateries. You could follow the flow of pilgrims for a short circuit to have an overview of the street. At last, you will be transferred back to your hotel for a good rest.


Day 3
Lhasa
Explore the Tibetan architecture masterpiece in Norbulingka. Delve into Tibetan Buddhism by visiting the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
Breakfast

Your first sightseeing attraction is Norbulingka, which used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lamas, and now is a public leisure park for locals. Reputed as the House of Treasures, Norbulingka is blessed with brilliant buildings of Tibetan architecture, precious historical relics and artworks. Discover the resplendent palaces by savoring the exquisite Thangkas, Buddha statues, murals and delicate chinaware, and seek the rare flora and plants in the garden.

Then move to the Drepung Monastery, one of the three pillars of the Tibetan Buddhism. It is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind, which seems a heap of rice seen from a distance. The pilgrim circuit of the monastery is a highlight for you to get inspiration of pious disciples.

Afterwards, proceed to the brilliant Sera Monastery where 600 monks are now in residence. Beside admiring spectacular prayer halls and chapels, the most not-to-miss event is the monk debating between 2pm and 4pm in an open-air courtyard in the northeastern corner of the monastery, where you could watch monks'shouting, hand clapping and exaggerated gesticulation during their fierce debating.

Day 4
Lhasa to Shigatse by Private Vehicle
Marvel at the sleeping beauty of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier. Drop by the exquisite Palkhor Monastery, and hang out at the Gyantse Old Street.
Breakfast
Luxury: QoMoLangZong Hotel Superior: Tashi Choeta Hotel

In the morning, you will be transferred to the stunning Yamdrok Lake, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. The best way to absorb its beauty is to gaze from the viewing platforms near the Kamba-la as when you drive en route between Lhasa and Gyantse, and the lake in turquoise waters is just like jewels inlaid in the pastures. Then continue the ride to the dazzling Karola Glacier. The driver would make a stopover by the road, from where you could capture the splendid appearance of the snow mountain and take some great photos by a distance.

Then drive to the 15th-century Palkhor Monastery famous for exquisite murals and statues. Over 100,000 Buddha images are painted on the pagoda of the temple, which display the harmonious co-existence of different religious sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

When you reach Gyantse, hang out at the Old Street to explore the age-old storied residence of Tibetan locals, and get lodged in a local hotel in Shigatse for an overnight stay.


Day 5
Shigatse to Lhasa by Private Vehicle
Discover the mysterious Tashilhunpo Monastery, and visit the New Palace of Panchen Lama. Return to Lhasa.
Breakfast
Luxury: St. Regis Lhasa Resort Superior: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Start your exploration of Shigatse from the Tashilhunpo Monastery, where Panchen Lamas of generations are in residence. Enter the unscathed monastery to discover the aged buildings along the twisting lanes, and wonder at the gilded golden Buddha statues.

After that, continue to uncover the life of Panchen Lama by visiting the New Palace of Panchen Lama, a resplendent summer retreat built by the 10th Panchen in 1954. Panchen enjoys lofty status in Tibetan Buddhists, and their splendid and imposing palaces also collect numerous historical relics and delicate artworks. Take a paced stroll inside to unlock more Buddhist stories and legends through the exquisite murals and relief sculptures.

At last, you will be transferred back to Lhasa.

Day 6
Departure from Lhasa
Hotel-airport transfer. A nice journey home!
Breakfast

Your wonderful Tibet journey concludes today. Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Gonggar Airport for your departure flight, and say good bye to you there. Wish you a nice trip home.

Accommodations
LhasaShigatseLhasa
Lhasa
Luxury

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.
Superior

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.
Shigatse
Luxury

QoMoLangZong Hotel

The intersection of Shanghai Road and Zhufeng Road, Shigatse, Shigatse
Local best with prime location in the city center within walking distance to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.
Superior

Tashi Choeta Hotel

No.2 Xueqiang Road, Shigatse
Tibetan style hotel with great view and excellent service featuring local cultures.
Lhasa
Luxury

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.
Superior

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.
Luxury
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Lhasa

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.

Shigatse

QoMoLangZong Hotel

The intersection of Shanghai Road and Zhufeng Road, Shigatse, Shigatse
Local best with prime location in the city center within walking distance to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

Lhasa

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

22 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, 850000 Lhasa, China
Ranking 1/373 of Lhasa hotels on TripAdvisor, the hotel is close to Potala Palace and Jokang Temple, featuring with its unique Butler service and nice breakfasts.
Superior
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Lhasa

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.

Shigatse

Tashi Choeta Hotel

No.2 Xueqiang Road, Shigatse
Tibetan style hotel with great view and excellent service featuring local cultures.

Lhasa

Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

10 Bolinka Road, Lhasa, China
With great location, the Starwood member hotel is easy to travel to the major attractions. The hotel rooms are equipped with humidifiers and oxygen for more comfort for its guests.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$1325 US$1787
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$1260 US$1397
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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