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Cultural Tour in Lhasa - 5 Days

Trip Description

Savor the rich Tibetan Culture and History through the grand tour to the fabled capital city- Lhasa.

Lhasa is an exclusive center to Buddhism in Tibet which used to get reside by the religious leaders and long kept discreet and away from foreign intrusion. Hence, this place is called as Forbidden City. Laying at an altitude of 11975 ft. / 3490m, Lhasa is one of the highest city in the world. After Tibet get opened to the world in 1980s, Lhasa become a tourists’ haven in Tibet.  The fascinating history of Tibet; exile of Dalai Lama, the Chinese Occupation and first-hand encounter by Heinrich Harrer, gives an impression of exploring an unknown territory and crossing unexplained boundaries. It is also a spiritual and cultural hub of the region, even renowned as “Land of God”. The temples Gtsug-lag-Khang and Klu-Khang are the ancient landmarks which are considered sacred in Tibet.

Lhasa Tour of 4 nights 5 days offer you to visit numerous scenic spots and historical attractions, among which Potala Palace, Nobulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Barkhor Street Market and Jokhang Temple being the most famous. Even letting you enough time for shopping and personal activities.

Trip Overview
Primary Activity sightseeing of cultural, religious and historical sites of Tibet central cities
Duration 5 Days Trip Code HNLCT005
Meals Breakfast Accomodation Standard Hotel in Lhasa
Group Size Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Private vehicle
Trip Start Kathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Route Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu
Best Season Mid-April to October
Trip Notes Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.
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Outline Itinenary:

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lhasa or Arrival in Lhasa. (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)
Day 05: Lhasa to Kathmandu or mainland China (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)

What is included

  • Airport transfer with an escort in a private vehicle
  • Tibet travel permit.
  • Private transfer during sightseeing tour in Lhasa
  • English speaking Tibetan local guide for sightseeing tour
  • Accommodation at standard hotel on twin/double sharing room basis with breakfast
  • Monuments’ fees as per our itinerary

What is not included

  • Airfare for Lhasa flight (shall arrange on request)
  • VISA Fees
  • Clients’ travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner during stay in Tibet
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips& etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in “Service Includes”

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lhasa or Arrival in Lhasa. (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)

Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. "Lhasa”. Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 Mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods", the residence of the Dalai Lama., on arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60 km/1hr). Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)

After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace, and & Norbulinka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Norbulingka meaning 'Treasure Park' covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. After sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa. 

Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)

After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Km north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa. 

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)

After breakfast, visit Tibetan Medical Institute. Afternoon free for shopping or other activities on your own. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 05: Lhasa to Kathmandu or mainland China (Altitude: 11975ft. Meal: B)

Taking wonderful memories of Lhasa Cultural Tour, you will be transfer to airport to connect return flight.

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit
While entering to Tibet, you will required a Chinese Visa. If you are planning to travel China you’re your homeland, we suggest you to obtain the Chinese Visa from the Chinese Consulate in your home country before you leave. We suggest not to mention “Explore Tibet” on your visa application form. As, Tibet is a politically sensitive area and mentioning your visit to Tibet as a destination on your application might reject the VISA. You can use your return flight tickets and hotel reservation in other cities of China to get the VISA.

Meantime, if you are planning to Travel Tibet via Nepal, you will required to get VISA from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. If you already apply for individual Chinese Visa in your country, it will automatically cancelled. Hence, do not apply for Chinese Visa when you are travelling Tibet via Nepal. You will required to apply for Group Tibet Visa. In order to issue Tibet Visa, we will need a copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencement of your trip. Tourism regulations in Tibet are subject to change without prior notice. The details like name, name, sex, nationality, passport number, date of birth and occupation should be mentioned in a form. You will get two original copies of the Tibet Group Visa, one for immigration at the entry and one for the exit. We can easily help you with the Tibet Group Visa application.

You will get the standard hotels facilities during your stay in Tibet. Lhasa offer some good star rated hotels relatively comfortable with heating system and hot water in winter. However, as you go outside the city, you will get basic accommodation and facilities. Rooms in Tingri and Rongbuk cannot be booked in advance. Your guide books them on arrival. If rooms are not available at specified guest house, he will book a room at another similar category guest house. No private rooms are available at Rongbuk guesthouses. Only dormitory style of accommodation is available with 6 to 7 beds in a big hall.

As you are travelling to Tibet involves high altitude that can be strenuous. Try to keep healthy and not even a cold before entering and while in Tibet, as illness makes any altitude sickness feel worse. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very rare cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache; fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Some advice: drink approx. 3 liters of water per day, do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.

Best Season
February and March Closed

Tibet is usually get closed for most of February and March due to some political issues as February and March is politically sensitive time of Tibetan New Year. So, the best time to travel Tibet from mid-April onwards.

May to October
The best time to visit Tibet is from mid-April to October when the weather is clear with clean sky. The average temperature ranges from 15 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius.

During the month of July to August, there can be odd shower during the day. The nights, however, can be very cold and temperatures can drop below 0 degree Celsius.

You may consider visiting Tibet in the low season to enjoy a less-crowded trip and various discounts.

Warm clothes, such as sweaters and fleeces are needed even in summer as the day-night temperature drop to freezing point. Even, if you are going to visit Everest, better to wear a thick down coat. If you go in the low season bring mountain winter clothes. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from strong sunlight.

Skin/Lip cream: Due to dryness, it is wise to take some moisturizing cream for your skin and lip as well.

Comfortable Shoes: For sightseeing tour, you will mostly visit monasteries in Tibet and you will need to walk on steep steps climbs. Hence, bring shoes that is comfortable for you while walking on a steeps climbs.

Things to know before travelling Tibet:

  1. Do not wear a hat inside the Jokhang, Potala or other sacred sites. Please no short pants or tank tops. When visiting shrines it is customary to leave a small money offering, especially where you do not have to buy a ticket!
  2. Circumambulate stupas and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
  3. Do not climb onto statues, mani stones or other sacred objects.
  4. Avoid eating garlic before visiting a temple. Tibetans find the garlic breath in a temple disrespectful.
  5. Do not smoke while visiting monasteries.
  6. Dress properly, not in shorts or sunglasses.
  7. Photography is NOT allowed inside the Potala Palace. You can take photos in the Jokhang temple. Some monasteries will allow photography upon payment of a small donation or fee. Monks begging will often allow a photograph after you make a small contribution. When in doubt, ask before snapping your camera.
  8. Visiting a local family: If you have a chance to visit a local family, let the oldest people go first when you walk together with them. Do not step on the threshold when entering a tent or house. Do not touch the heads of people with your hands.
  9. Manners: If you have a chance to have dinner with Tibetans, do not eat with your mouth overfull, and do not chew or drink noisily. When the host/hostess hands you something, for example a cup of tea, take it with both hands to show your respect and appreciation.
  10. Shopping: Do not buy anything made from wild animals' skin or bones, as it may cause problems when you try to leave the area.
  11. Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics when in Tibet. Do not try to debate with lamas about their lives and religions. Do not enter monasteries without permission.
  12. Walk clockwise around Barkhor Street, especially during the rush hour of pilgrimage from 9 am to 6 pm.
  13. During religious festivals, many pilgrims come to monasteries to pay religious homage. At some monasteries there are special passages for tourists. Do not join with the pilgrim crowds or queues.
  14. Beggars: It is suggested that you prepare about 20 easily accessible 1 yuan bills if you want to give to beggars when encountered.

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