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Lhasa is an ancient city with a history of 1400 years. It is home to the world’s highest palace, the holiest temples and meditation sites, and the simplest people. Not only rich in cultural and historic sites, but also natural attractions, Lhasa is undoubtedly a wonderful place for tourists to stay for a couple of days. Our Tibetan tour guides who were born and grown up in Lhasa here recommend some uniquely interesting places and things in Lhasa. Following their advice, you will make your tour in Lhasa the most rewarding experience.

Drifting and Boating in Lhasa

Recommend by Tour Guide
Lobsang Tsering

Kyichu River RaftingLhasa is not only rich in cultural tourism resource, but also in natural tourist sights, such as mountains, lakes and rivers. Rivers in Lhasa attract tourists not just for their charming scenery. They are also perfect options for outdoor enthusiasts keen on drifting or boating. 

Lhasa is not only rich in cultural tourism resource, but also in natural tourist sights, such as mountains, lakes and rivers. Rivers in Lhasa attract tourists not just for their charming scenery. They are also perfect options for outdoor enthusiasts keen on drifting or boating. The best rafting time in Lhasa is from June to September. As a professional Tibet travel agency introducing thousands of foreigners to visit Tibet each year, we can provide admirable service and advanced drifting equipment for tourists, such as canoes, paddles, life jackets, helmets, drifting bags, cold-preventing clothing and shoes. Besides, we have an experienced team, including international guides, Tibetan guides, dedicated coaches and a professional rescue team trained in wilderness first aid and river rescue. At present, here are four main drifting/boating rivers with official permits in Lhasa for your option.

One Day Lhasa Cycling Tour to Drak Yerpa

Recommend by Tour Guide
Lobsang Tsering

Cycling Tour to Drak Yerpa along G318A short ride out of Lhasa City to view the countryside scenery and experience local life will make your trip in Tibet more interesting. Located in the beautiful Yerpa Valley and near a Tibetan village, Drak Yerpa is a wonderful destination for cycling and trekking as well as exploring daily life in Tibet.

This short cycling tour will take you to enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery and visit some sacred sites of Lhasa. It takes almost half a day to bike to Drak Yerpa, about 16km away from Lhasa City. Drak Yerpa consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves. When getting to the monastery, you need to walk around 3 hours to visit its meditation caves because there is only a very narrow footpath, no road for bike. 
 

One Day Lhasa Monastery Tour to Drepung and Sera

Recommend by Tour Guide
Choedon

Sera MonasteryMonasteries in Tibet have traditionally served as primary locus for the generation and preservation of Tibetan culture, both material and intellectual. Visiting monasteries, especially the three most important monasteries in Lhasa, you will see many precious cultural relics, traditional Tibetan buildings and monks’ daily life.  

You can visit two of the three most important monasteries in Lhasa in One Day, Drepung and Sera. 
 
About half day tour to Drepung 
 
Drepung Monastery was firstly built in 1416 by Jamyang Chojey who was a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa and the founder of Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism. It housed 7,700 monks in its heyday. It was known for its high standards of academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. 

About half day tour to Sera
 
Sera Monastery is also one of the three principal Gelukpa monasteries built in Lhasa. Its layout is very beautiful with cobbled alleyways, temples and colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Shakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsong Kapa. Located northern part of Lhasa, it once housed to more than 5,000 monks.

One Day Lhasa Tour of Enjoying Local Food

Recommend by Tour Guide
Da Wa

Tibetan TsampaTibetan cuisine reflects Tibet’s geography, climate, customs and its people’s character. In order to learn more about Tibet, don’t miss local food. In Lhasa, there are many Tibetan restaurants and tea houses where local people spend their spare time, so they are also great places to get close to locals.This trip is designed for you to enjoy authentic Tibetan food and beverage in Lhasa. Your tour guide will take you to visit some Tibetan restaurants and tea houses in Lhasa.  

 
In order to adapt to the extremely high altitude and harsh climate, Tibetan people have to eat food with high energy, which can keep them warm. Due to the high altitude, water boils at 90 degrees centigrade, making cooking with water difficult. Vegetables are also scarce, so Tibetan cuisine has become very special. The main ingredients are meat and dairy products. The food in Tibet shows a strong similarity to that in India and parts of China, but is uniquely Tibetan 

One Day Lhasa Pilgrimage Tour

Recommend by Tour Guide
Kunga

People at their LingkorHere are three streets, including Lingkhor, Barkhor and Nangkhor, in Lhasa for pilgrims to make ritual walks. They are respectively the outer, the middle and the inner sacred paths around Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Lhasa.  
 
Lingkhor is the most common name of the outer sacred path in Lhasa, matching its inner twin, Barkhor. In its heyday, it was about 8 kilometers long, enclosing Old Lhasa, Potala Palace and Chokpori Hill. It passed through willow-shaded parks where Tibetans used to picnic in summer and watch open air operas on festival days. In former times, it was crowded with men and women circumambulating clock-wise, sometimes by means of full-body prostrations. Unfortunately, most of Lingkhor has been wiped off by New Lhasa. Only one stretch still remains west of Chakpori. It stretches left before a bridge between walls and willow trees. The bridge is about 1 km west of Potala.

One Day Lhasa Tour of Exploring Tibetan Handicrafts

Recommend by Tour Guide
Lobsang Tsering

Tibetan IncenseWith a long history, Tibetan handicrafts mirror Tibet’s economic and cultural development. They are not only highly practical, but also have great aesthetic value. Thus, we highly advise you to spare some time to learn more about them. This tour will take you to see how Tibetan incense and Tibetan carpet are made. They are two significant kinds of handicrafts in Tibet. Learning about them, you will have a better understanding of Tibet’s culture and local people’s life.  

Tunba town, Nyemu county of Lhasa, is an important incense production area which produces Tunna Tibetan incense. Tunba incense is one of the best known local products of Tibet. The town is accessible by highway No. 318 and is 20 km from Nyemu county and 110 km from Lhasa. It has many spots related to incense production. It is also the hometown of Tumi sambadha, founder of Tibetan script.

There are three kinds of Tibetan carpet. The first kind is made of fine hair of yak and knitting wool, with colorful and complicated design and light in weight. The second kind is made of fine wool of sheep, with simple design, including some more complex designed thin blanket made of colorful wool.


One Day Tricycle Tour in Lhasa

Recommend by Tour Guide
Kunga

Tricycle Tour in LhasaIf you have a free day, we recommend you to do tour by tricycle in Lhasa city, especially ancient area of Lhasa city. You can take this golden chance to explore the ancient Lhasa city. It is really very interesting. You only need to pay 30 or 50 yuan to the driver of a tricycle for a two or three hours’ trip in the city. You can ask them to stop when you see something interesting. This tour will bring you unforgettable impression of Tibet and Tibetans. 
 
You must go clock-wise, especially in the morning. You will see hundreds of Tibetans walking one way, carrying their pray wheel, pray beads and chanting. Some may prostrate on the way. You know, the old part of Lhasa city has a history of 1400 years. Actually most old buildings were destroyed, but there are still some old buildings and old monasteries. 
 

One Day Lhasa Photography Tour

Recommend by Tour Guide
Lobsang Tsering

Shooting the Potala in the morning.

Potala Palace is a site that photographers should not miss. Sitting on the top of Lhasa City, this ancient palace gives visitors a fantastic view at any corner or any angle. There are two wonderful places to take pictures of the palace, Chakpori Hill and Palubuk Temple. The entrance fee is 2 yuan to Chakpori Hill and 30 yuan to Palubuk Temple. It is best to arrive at the hill before the sunrise, around 7:00am. After shooting the palace in the sunrise, you can walk around it clock-wise to take some pictures from different angles. 
 
We also recommend you to go to the other side of Lhasa River to shoot the palace. Especially from Mountain Bumburi you can have an amazing view of the palace. Of course, Lhasa River itself is also a very famous and beautiful spot for photography.  
 
If you visit Lhasa in winter, do not miss Lhalu Wetland. The wetland is located at west of Lhasa city, near to Drepung Monastery. There are different kinds of birds and domestic animals like yak, cow and sheep. An extremely good place to take some pictures of nature, relax your mind and have a breath of fresh air. 

One Day Lhasa Mountain Climbing Tour

Recommend by Tour Guide
Da Wa

Mountain Hike in LhasaIf you are interested in climbing a mountain, most mountains around Lhasa are available to climb, such as Gephel Wutse (at 5,200) behind Drepung Monastery, Sera Wutse at 4990m, and Bumpari Mountain located in southeastern Lhasa. Gephel Wutse is considered as the highest mountain in Lhasa.
 
Tibetans regard those mountains surrounding Lhasa as Holy Mountains. Geographical feature of Lhasa is like a blooming lotus flower and mountains around it like eight auspicious symbols. Therefore, Tibetans love to climb those mountains to offer incense and hang prayer flags in order to pray for good fortune. Nowadays it is also very popular among many tourists to climb mountains around Lhasa when they have spare time in Lhasa. You can not only enjoy the excellent view of the whole Lhasa valley, but also the peaceful and beautiful natural sceneries, wild lives and many small hermitages or caves where some pilgrims and hermits meditate or practice Buddhism, The most sacred meditation caves are at Drak Yerpa, about 16km away from Lhasa City. 

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