A doorway to heaven on earth. Tibet is a spiritual place, littered with moments of peace, and bliss. This place will change the way you see the world.
Bonds and memories are made with Lhasa Beer or the yak-butter tea with monks in remote monasteries. The highest plateau on earth. with its turquoise lakes, across rolling mountains or plains dotted with yaks and nomads’ tents, and over high passes draped with colourful prayer flags. Tibet has some of the world’s best hiking trails. After all, how many hiking trails will lead you past ruins of remote hermitages, to suddenly stop in front of the north face of Mount Everest? Don’t wait. Hop on that plane today!
Arrive at Peking, err, Beijing. And since China can be tough to navigate with the language barrier, we will have our guide greet you right at the airport and make sure you are settled in for the night at your hotel.
Hop on the flight to Lhasa. which will have a brief stopover in Chengdu.
Arrive in the holy city of Lhasa in the afternoon, the capital city of the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet.
Meet and greet with the guide who will then assist you in settling in your hotel.
Take the rest of the day to acclimatize to get used to the high altitude. You will need it.
Start of this trip of a lifetime from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king, Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. The Potala is full of elaborate artwork and frescos that tell many stories. Learn about the customs and traditions of Tibet, following up with a visit to the Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. Built in the mid-7th century A.D, it is the most sacred place in Tibet.
Close the day with a stroll in Barkhor Street - a bustling place to enjoy a simple evening.
You have a jampacked day ahead. Start with the Drepung Monastery.
"Drepung" in Tibetan means "the hill of rice" because this white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in Asia.
We will wait for that to sink in.
Next, visit Sera Monastery then continue to Norbulingka Park. It's the summer palace of sorts. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Considering Tibet is on the threshold of Himalayas, life can't stop with winter now, can it? Head back to your hotel and take rest!
New day in Tibet brings us to Gyangtze, the once fortified city at the junction of two major caravan routes.
On the way, visit the Yamdrok Lake, one of the four largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and the Karola Glacier.
Once you reach Gyangtze, visit the Palkhor Monastery and the Ten-thousand- Buddhist Pagoda. Continue to travel to Shigatse by car and stay overnight.
Once you reach Shigatse, visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, traditional seat of the Panchen Lama who is the second holiest man in Tibet.
With this we close our trip and return to Lhasa. With luck, you might even catch a glimpse of Dalai Lama!
Finish up the last minute Souvenir shopping in Lhasa and take flight back to Beijing. Stay overnight at Beijing.
It's finally the day when you head back home with precious memories held close!
1. Hotel standard twin/double room with daily breakfast.
2. Entrance fee to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary.
3. A private English speaking guide during the tour in each city.
4. Private transfer services between airport, hotel, scenic spots while sightseeing.
5. Tibet Travel Permit.
1. All the air tickets (international & domestic).
2. All the lunches and dinners.
3. China Visa.
4. Cable car at Great Wall.
5. Gratuities to the guide, driver, hotel bell boy, etc.
6. Personal expenses.
7. Items that are not specified above.