Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa by Flight/Train
Your guide will wait for you at the airport or railway station and transfer you to the hotel. You will be greeted by Tibetan pure blue sky with white cloud when driving along the road. It takes about one and a half hours to downtown Lhasa from the airport, and 20 minutes from the railway station. Your Tibet tour starts officially from now on. You must be very excited and can’t help going out of the hotel. But we suggest you have a rest first; it’s really good for you before wandering around the city. And please drink more water, make your pack as light as possible, these will be helpful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa City – the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region; it’s also famous as an international tourism city with plateau and national characteristics. Today you will start to learn the charm of this old city which is already over 1300 years.
You are going to visit the world-known Potala Palace in the morning. It’s the highest architecture in the world and largest in Tibet that integrated with palaces, castles, and temples. It was built by Srongtsen Gampo in the 7th. Century and used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Except for the exquisite art of buildings, you can also see the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of Srongtsen Gampo.
After lunch, you will visit another symbolic scenic spot of Tibet—Jokhang Temple.
It was also founded by Srongtsen Gampo in 7th. Century. In the legends, Buddha Sakyamuni passed here and wanted to stay, so the engraver made his sculpture and enshrined it in Jokhang Temple. That makes the temple more consecrate, and pilgrims come here for worship.
Finishing with the attractions, the welcome dinner will be arranged tonight. Hope tourists can enjoy the relaxing night with your guide and driver.
You can have a walk after dinner, to explore the old market of Barkhor Street. There are many shops selling distinctive Tibetan stuff. You can have so much fun with your friends on this busy walking street. And you can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals.
You can pay USD60 to watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 3: Lhasa-Shigatse(3840m)- Lhatse(4050m), 276km, approx. 7hrs
Today you will go to Lhatse county via Shigatse.
After 6-8 hours of driving, you will arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Ti-bet. And then you are going to see the Tashilunpo Monastery. It’s famous as the home of Panchen Lama and the largest Buddhism school in Shigatse.
It takes about 3 hours to get to Lhatse county, and you will spend the night there.
Stay overnight in Lhatse
— to be continued