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Lhasa Tours - “Explore the Religious Mystery and Natural Wonder in the City of Gods”

Why go
Lhasa, the city has a history of more than 1,300 years. It is the political, economic and cultural center of the Tibet and one of the highest cities in the world with an elevation of about 3600 m above sea level. It lies in the center of the Tibetan plateau with surrounding mountains rising to 5800m and Lhasa River is flowing at south side. So, it makes an area of ultimate scenic beauty.

What to see
Lhasa, the heart of Tibet, is dotted with world-renowned heritage sites and cultural relics, almost all of which are located at a walking distance. Take Jokhang temple for example, it is considered to be the holiest man-made architecture in Tibet. Others landmarks are the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama's former winter residence and monasteries, Norbu Lingkha ,the Dalai Lama’s summer residence and Ramoche temple . A number of important Gelukpa monasteries such as Sera and Drepung are located in areas surrounding Lhasa.

When go and how to plan
From May to October is the best time to travel, when the weather is mild. This is naturally the busiest travel time in Tibet. Lhasa is worthy of a couple of days to visit, if you have a tight schedule you may have a city tour around 2 or 3 days. If you have more time, you can spend a week to explore more for lake scenery, mountain side monasteries and short trekking around Lhasa. If you are busy enough to spend a day in Lhasa then you should visit the great Potala palace and Jokhang temple. These two historical sites are the symbol of Lhasa and Tibet.

When go and how to plan
From May to October is the best time to travel, when the weather is mild. This is naturally the busiest travel time in Tibet. Lhasa is worthy of a couple of days to visit, if you have a tight schedule you may have a city tour around 2 or 3 days. If you have more time, you can spend a week to explore more for lake scenery, mountain side monasteries and short trekking around Lhasa. If you are busy enough to spend a day in Lhasa then you should visit the great Potala palace and Jokhang temple. These two historical sites are the symbol of Lhasa and Tibet.

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Private Lhasa City Tour Packages

You can control over the tour pace, budget, and what’s included by taking a private tailor-made tour, discovering the Tibetan culture, religion, people and lifestyle in a deeper way with personal tour guide and vehicle. All at a reasonable price!

3 Days Lhasa Tour at a Glimpse
3 Days Lhasa Tour at a Glimpse

Route: Lhasa

This three-day tour in Lhasa city is mainly to visit Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street,which is the shortest stay if you just make a stopover in Lhasa by rail or by air.

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4 Days Private Tour of Holy Lhasa City
4 Days Private Tour of Holy Lhasa City

Route: Lhasa

The 4-day Lhasa private tour takes you to visit the best landmarks of Lhasa in your own space.

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5 Days Lhasa and Yamdrok-tso Lake Private Tour
5 Days Lhasa and Yamdrok-tso Lake Private Tour

Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa

This trip will take you to visit the holy sites Lhasa, the world heritage Potala Palace to the most popular pilgrimage destination Jokhang and Barkhor, then to Drepung and Sera monasteries and the holy lake Yamdrok.

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5 Days Lhasa Private Tour with Three Great Monasteries
5 Days Lhasa Private Tour with Three Great Monasteries

Route: Lhasa

This 5-day classic Lhasa monastery tour is ideal for Tibetan Buddhism and culture fans to visit the “Great Three” Gelug Monasteries of Tibet.

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6 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Namtso Lake
6 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Namtso Lake

Route: Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Yampanchen - Lhasa

This 6-day classic Lhasa Namtso tour offers you the great chance to get a closer look at the enchanting holy Namtso Lake and the life of Tibetan Nomads.

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5 Days  Best Winter Lhasa Tour Option
5 Days Best Winter Lhasa Tour Option

Route: Lhasa

This is a short tour to Lhasa, taking in the Tsurphu monastery and Yangpachen Hot Spring near Lhasa city as well as the landmarks of Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera monasteries.

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5 Days Lhasa Tour and Pilgrimage Trekking Path
5 Days Lhasa Tour and Pilgrimage Trekking Path

Route: Lhasa

The 5-day tour covers the historical sites like the Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Bakor street and all the three biggest monasteries in Tibet, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery. Then explore Drak Yerpa,one of the holiest sites.

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5 Days Lhasa Outskirts Trekking Tour
5 Days Lhasa Outskirts Trekking Tour

Route: Lhasa

Pabonka to Pubjoi Monastery trek takes you to explore off-the-beaten Buddhist hermitages in the suburbs of Lhasa with visit to top highlights in Lhasa city like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung Monastery.

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6 Days Lhasa and Countryside Life Discovery Tour
6 Days Lhasa and Countryside Life Discovery Tour

Route: Lhasa - Trubshi Village - Lhasa

6 days in Lhasa to experience the local life of Tibetan,to visit handicraft workrooms of Tibetan joss stick, Tibetan porcelain, Tangka and Tibetan Carpet,to go to Tibetan farmer's house in countryside.

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6 Days Eastern Lhasa Discovery Tour
6 Days Eastern Lhasa Discovery Tour

Route: Lhasa - Tidrum - Lhasa

This trip takes in the main tourist sites in and surrouding Lhasa, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the three greatest monasteries in Lhasa (Drepung, Sera and Ganden), and the most famous sky-burial site at Drigung Til Monastery.

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7 Days Lhasa Tour with Brahmaputra Cultural Relics Discovery
7 Days Lhasa Tour with Brahmaputra Cultural Relics Discovery

Route: Lhasa - Tsedang

Tour to Lhasa for a feast of the mysterious Tibetan culture and Buddhism by visiting the world famed Potala Palace, holy Jokhang Temple, busy Barkhor street, then exploring "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization" - Tsedang.

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8 Days Travel Lhasa and around - Kyichu Valley and Namtso
8 Days Travel Lhasa and around - Kyichu Valley and Namtso

Route: Lhasa - Ganden - Drigungtil - Rating - Namtso - Lhasa

This tour covers area around Lhasa offers an excellent range of monasteries,both popular and remote. Nam-tso offers a glimpse of the normal life of the north. This routes gives a good look at Tibet in a short time.

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FAQs about Planning a Lhasa Tour

1. What travel documents are needed for Tibet Lhasa tour?

Just like travelling Bhutan, independent travel is not available in Tibet any longer. All travelers to Lhasa have to book tours through a registered Tibet tour operator, like us, Tibet Vista, and apply for Tibet permits beforehand.

As for visiting Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, all you need is Tibet Travel Permit, the entry permit to Tibet Autonomous Region. Since Tibet Tourism Bureau(TTB) won’t accept any individual application, you can email us the photo image of your Passport information page and Chinese Visa page and the photo of yourself at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts. And then we’ll take care of the rest matters. Once Tibet Visa issued, we’ll have it delivered to your hotel by express in Mainland China.

2. When is the best time to visit Lhasa?

Travelling Lhasa can be done at any time of the year. The best time to visit Lhasa totally depends on what you want to experience and when you are free to travel.

Lhasa Spring (March-May): During Lhasa clearest season, it’s perfect to roam around backstreets of Lhasa old town, follow the ritual Barkhor kora with devout pilgrims, soak up the cozy hot spring at Yangbajain, etc. If time allows, you can also extent your trip to Nyingchi and participate the rosy Peach Blossom Festival.

Lhasa Summer (June-August): Wanna escape from the scorching summer? Yeah, Lhasa, at the altitude of 3,650 meters, offers you cool days with the average temperature around 20℃. With the ice melting, you can take Namtso Lake trekking or Tashi Byland Kora and get your camera ready for the spectacular sunrise and sunset over Namtso.

Lhasa Autumn (September-November): Under the dry and stable weather, it’s time to take the thrilling high-altitude treks, like the scenic trekking from Ganden to Samye Monastery, the hermitage sites trekking from Pabonka to Pubjoi Monastery, etc. If trekking is not your thing, you can also take part in Bathing Festival at Lhasa River and Ongkor Festival in the suburbs of Lhasa.

Lhasa Winter (December-February): Winter in Lhasa is not that cold as you think. Usually, the temperature still remains about 10℃in the daytime. With less tourists coming to Tibet in the low season, it becomes much easier to book Tibet train ticket. And you can also enjoy great discounts on all the tour costs, like hotel, flight tickets, entrance ticket fee. Under the warm sunshine and snow mountains, you’ll encounter more pious pilgrims prostrating along Barkhor Street and experience authentic culture and exotic customs through Tibet New Year/Lhosar Festival.

Friendly Tips:
1. It’s common sense that Tibet will close to all foreign travelers from February to March every year.
2. Whenever you visit Lhasa, please do remember to wear sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the intense ultraviolet light. And it’s advisable to dress in layers so that you can put on and take off clothes easily.

3. How to get to Lhasa, capital city of Tibet?

Generally speaking, there are two ways to get to Tibet,namely, entering Tibet from Kathmandu, Tibet and traveling Tibet from Mainland China.

Get to Lhasa from Kathmandu: Usually, it takes you around one and a half hour to fly from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) to Lhasa Gongga Airport(LXA). And you can also travel overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Gyirong Port and make a detour to Everest Base Camp en route, lasting around 8 days.

Get to Lhasa from Mainland China: Starting from Tibet-entry cities like Beijing, Shanghai, etc., tourists can either take Tibet train or flight to Lhasa. Longing for an overland tour to Lhasa? No worries! Please feel free to contact our Tibet travel guru to work your adventure tour wherever you depart from Chengdu, Xining, Yunnan, Xinjiang.

4. What to see in Lhasa tour?

Touring Lhasa, you can take the splendid man-made wonders and fantastic natural landscape in just one go. If you are a history lover, then you should not miss out Potala Palace, the landmark of Tibet; Norbulingka, the summer palace of Dalai Lama; and Tibet Museum, the encyclopedia of Tibetan culture. Interested in Tibetan Buddhism? Get ready to visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center and the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims; Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet; Sera Monastery, the vigorous monk debating in the afternoon. Wanna take great shoots of Tibet lakes? Here come the holiest Yamdrok and Namtso Lake.

5. What and where to eat in Lhasa travel?

Traditional Tibetan foods and drinks mainly consist of Tsampa, yak meat, mutton, butter tea, barley wine and various dairy products. Apart from these staple food, Lhasa have more to offer. Wandering along Barkhor Street, you’ll find loads of restaurants providing kinds of Nepalese cuisines, Indian dishes, western meals at a very reasonable price.

6. What kind of hotels are available in Lhasa?

As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa has a wide variety of accommodations for you to choose from, ranging from the high-end hotels to the simplest guesthouses. Just a kind reminder here, due to the remote location and economic development, the hotel facility and service are not as good as that of big cities of China. To put it simply, a five-star hotel in Lhasa may be only as high as a three-star hotel in Beijing, and you’d better not hold high expectation for hotels in Lhasa.

Top luxury 5-star hotels: Luxury St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
Comfortable 4-start hotels: Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel, Lhasa Yak Hotel
Economic 3-star hotels: Tibet Villa Hotel, Lhasa Shangbala Hotel
Tibetan-style hotels: Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel, House of Shambhala
Cheap guesthouses: Dong Cuo International Youth Hostel, Phuntsok Kasang International Youth Hostel

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