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Mountain locked and remote, Lhasa has a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history. The Tibetan capital is surrounded with a romance and mystique that captures the imagination like few other cities in the world. It's only recently that outsiders have had open access to visit the holy city of Lhasa.
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Taking the weather condition into consideration, the best time to visit Tibet is from April to October.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Tibet, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Mountain locked and remote, Lhasa has a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history. The Tibetan capital is surrounded with a romance and mystique that captures the imagination like few other cities in the world.
Your guide will provide restaurant suggests for this evening. Consider trying some of Tibet's staple cuisines, like tsamba (roasted barley husks) with butter, enjoyed with Sichuan tea. Other common foods include sausages, yoghurt and stews. Tea and barley beer, called chang, are the most popular drinks.
Start your day with a visit to the golden-roofed Jokhang Monastery where you witness prostrating pilgrims shrouded with incense smoke in the half light of this ancient monastery. Later we visit Barkor Street, the fascinating Tibetan style stock exchange, a hive of market activity.
In the afternoon visit the Potala Palace. Imposing yet precarious on the top of Red Mountain, the palace was once the centre of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
This morning embark on a guided tour of Norbulingka, the former summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. The highlight today is a visit to the largest monastery in the world, the Drepung Monastery, that today houses up to 700 monks. In the afternoon we tour the Sera Monastery, built in the 15th century and one of the great Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.
You will learn the history of these monasteries and their part in the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, when the monasteries were heavily shelled by the Chinese military. Many Tibetan rebels were killed with the surviving monks fleeing with the Dalai Lama into India and exile.
On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
Visas for China
Almost all nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. Give yourself at least 3-4 weeks. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be very difficult to obtain outside your country of residence.
Hong Kong and Macau are not considered part of mainland China for immigration purposes and most nationalities (please check) do not require a visa.
Visas for Tibet
Additional permit needed.
Availability of accommodation and season.
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"Enjoyed China and Tibet! People were very friendly. Location of Lhasa hotel was superb. I had two days travelling outside of Lhasa and I am glad I organised it that way to see rural Tibet. My wish came true when I sat next to a pure white shaggy yak on the shores of Namtso Lake!" — Elizabeth , Mt Tamborine, July 2018
"We had always looked forward to enjoying the history and culture of China and Tibet but our 28-day experience through GetAboutAsia was so much more than we had anticipated. Very memorable. " — Mr and Mrs Whimp, , November 2017
"What an interesting place is Lhasa - plains and lakes surrounded by mountains. We have been asked more than once if people can have their photo taken with us. Westerners are a novelty as we make up only about 10% annually of tourists. We enjoyed yak patties, naan bread and Tibetan noodles - all good stuff. " — Mr and Mrs Cumming, Sydney, October 2017
"We were constantly amazed at the value of the trip. The drivers were great and patient - the guides were very good. The accommodation was good - very comfortable and food was excellent. It is always difficult to pick favourites as each place has something of its own to offer. Attached a photo of us at 5,000m at the Lake Yamdork in Tibet. Thanks again for dealing with the visa and permits- everything went exceptionally well. It was a great trip." — Kate & Robert, Adelaide, SA, June 2015