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8 Days Tibet Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Budget Travel by Train

8 Days Tibet Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Budget Travel by Train

(TFT006) Lhasa - Nagqu - Lhasa

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Nagqu, 320 kms away from Lhasa, is known for its pasture and each year in the mid-August the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival will be held here. Nagqu Horse Racing Festival involves horse races, yak races, tugs of war, staging of Tibetan operas and trade fair ,etc. Not only is the festival for Tibetan nomads to compete physically and trade farm products but a rare chance for tourists to experience true lives of Tibet nomads. The tour is designed by train from Lhasa to Nagqu and you can stay there for a couple of days and head back to Lhasa with the company of guide.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to your hotel in Lhasa. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city.

Check in at hotel, and get acclimatized the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street (B)

In the morning, we are about to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, and you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

In the afternoon, we will tour the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkhor Kora (circling around Jokhang temple and Barkhor street) and bargain with vendors for Tibetan souvenirs on Barkhor street.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa to Nagqu by Train (4hrs) (B)

Today we will first move from Lhasa to Nagqu by train, and you can enjoy the breathtaking Northern Tibetan Landscape on the way to Nagqu.

After the arrival, tourists can have a rest and explore freely around the hotel.

Stay overnight in Nagqu.

Day 5-6: Enjoy Nagqu Horse Racing Festival (B)

In these two days, you will get to experience the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, where you can enjoy spectacular horsemanship and have lots of Tibetan delicacy. The very typical festival in Northern Tibet could be traced back to the 8 century when Gar Family was in power ruling Tibet on behalf of the Kings of Tibet Tubo dynasty. This festival, which lasts for a week and is often held on August every year, involves horse racing, rifle shooting competition,yak racing, wrestling, stone lifting, archery on horse back, nomads’ trade fair, etc.

Tourists can eat traditional Tibetan food in different tents and mingle with Tibetans in trade fair and explore many unexpected surprises.

Stay overnight in Nagqu.

Day 7: Nagqu to Lhasa by Train (4 hrs) (B)

Take a train back to Lhasa. You will arrive in Lhasa in early afternoon.

The rest time is free for you to enjoy local Tibetan food, watch traditional singing and dancing or explore freely in Lhasa city.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 8: Departure from Lhasa (B)

Get ready for your departure from the airport.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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