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Lhasa and Ganden Monastery 5 Days Tour

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What to Expect

Day 1: Lhasa arrival

Pass By: Lhasa, Lhasa, Tibet
Arrive in Lhasa and transfer to hotel. The rest time is for you to relax or explore the city on your own.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3-star hotel

Day 2: Lhasa city tour

Stop At: Potala Palace, No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000 China
Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world. Potala, named after a holy hill in South India, is a Sanskrit word meaning "Abode of the Avalokitesvara (Buddha of Mercy)." The Potala Palace is said to be used for greeting a Han Princess. Legend has it that in the 7th century, to greet his bride Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) of China, the Tibet King Songtsen Gampo built a 9-storey palace with a thousand rooms up on the Red Hill and named it Potala. The palace was mainly made of stones and woods, and decorated with special local willow branches called Baima Grass.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 851500 China
It's said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617 - 650) built the Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. That is the origin of Barkhor Street. Today many pilgrims still hold the prayer wheels to walk clockwise there from dawn to dark. Also, you can see some pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along Barkhor Street.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: 3-star hotel

Day 3: Lhasa city tour

Stop At: Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Sera Monastery, Wuze Hill , Sera Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
Located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. Everyday, Lamas will debate in the courtyard with each other to discuss the Tibetan sutra. You cannot miss this amazing scene when visiting Tibet.

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Pincess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.
Duration: 2 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: 3-star hotel

Day 4: Ganden Monastery

Stop At: Ganden Monastery, Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100 China
Today we will drive to the Ganden Monastery in the morning. Founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409, it's one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. On the way, we will see the beautiful view of Kyichu River and drive all the way up to the mountain, where you will have panorama view of the splendid monastery complex. Afterwards we will visit the chapels of Ganden Monastery and the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelupa Sect. A visit to the villiage nearby will be followed as well so we can have a closer look at the real local Tibetan's daily life.

Optional: If weather permitting, you can follow the classic Ganden kora to do an experience trekking.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: 3-star hotel

Day 5: Lhasa departure

Pass By: Lhasa, Lhasa, Tibet
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Our group tour offers free pick-up service for train station at all times and the airport at following times: 10:00 am, 13:30 pm and 17:00 pm.
Our group tour offers free drop-off service for train station at all times and the airport at following times: 06:30 am, 08:00 am and 12:00 pm
Departure Time
8:30 AM
5 days
  • 4x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Tourist vehicle depending on the group size
  • Accommodation (3-star twin room)
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets of the sites mentioned above
  • Welcome dinner
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Service fee
  • Government tax
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Oxygen supply at Tibet
  • Free pick-up and drop-off service at designated time
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen supply when needed
  • Entry/Admission - Potala Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Jokhang Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Barkhor Street
  • Entry/Admission - Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)
  • Entry/Admission - Sera Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Ganden Monastery
  • Tips to tour guide and driver
  • Meals
  • International/domestic train/flight to and leave Tibet
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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