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4 Day Lhasa Tibetan Cultural Experience Tour

“If you have only a couple of days to visit Tibet, this 4 days tour will give you a general impression of Tibetan culture in a short visit to main attractions and the handicraft center, especially the typical Tibetan palaces and monasteries in Lhasa, and pave the way for your revisit in the near future. We cordially invite you to join us!"

- Kungar Dundup, Customer Service Manager of Tibet Tour

Main Content List:
  1. Lhasa Tour Itinerary
  2. Highlights
  3. Service Inclusion & Exclusion
  4. Why Us?
  5. More Tibet Tour Packages

4 Days in Lhasa Itinerary Activities

Day 1:
Pick guests up from either Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to the hotel.
Day 2:

  • Visit the landmark of Tibet, the UNESCO world heritage site - Potala Palace.
  • See pilgrims making prostrations in front of the Jokhang Temple.
  • Enter Jokhang Temple to admire the holiest statue of Buddha.
  • Walk down the Barkhor Street with pilgrims, explore the old market.
  • Taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house.
  • *Welcome Dinner
  • * (Optional) After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, the tour guide will take you to visit Tibetan Handicraft Center or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center.
Day 3:
  • Visit Drepung Monastery - the largest monastery in Tibet.
  • *Visit biggest monastery kitchen in Drepung.
  • *Visit the Buddhist Sculpture Carving near Drepung.
  • *Visit the monks debating in the courtyard of Sera Monastery.
  • *See the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.
  • *See the three sand Mandalas in Sera Monastery.
  • *Visit the Tibetan religious text printing house.
Day 4:
Say farewell to guests at either Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station. The tour ends.

Highlights of the 4 Days Tibetan Cultural Experience Tour

The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
Located on top of the Red Hill (Mapo Ri Mountain) in the northwest of Lhasa city, the grand spectacular Potala Palace stands for the most sacred place to the Tibetan. Initially built in the seventh century by Songtsen Gampo, the magnificent Potala Palace has involved into the biggest integrated palatial architecture in Lhasa combining palaces, castles and temples. Inside the Potala Palace, it has frescos, pagodas, statues, thangkas, Buddhist scriptures, silver and gold objects, porcelains, enamel wares, jade, silk brocades, diamonds, jewelleries and uncountable treasures and relics to catch your eyes; outside the palace, it has countless troops of faithful pilgrims to blow your mind. A hike to the top of the palace gives you the chance of an amazing bird's eye view of the whole Lhasa city.

Barkhor Street
the Barkhor Street
Located in the old town of Lhasa, the Barkhor Street is a sacred circumambulation walkway. Since it well reserved the traditional scenes and dwelling style from Lhasa old town, the Barkhor Street has gained enormous popularity with both locals and tourists. With more and more shops, tea houses, restaurants moving here, the Barkhor Street is now also a famous shopping street.

the Barkhor Street
the Barkhor Street
Initially, Barkhor Street was just a small road circling around the Jokhang Temple. According to Tibetan Buddhism, pilgrims can circumambulate around the Jokhang Temple in the clockwise direction to express worship to Sakyamuni Buddha to get blessings as it is in Jokhang Temple that the 12-year-old Shakyamuni Buddha statue in life size is enshrined. As one of the three famous circumambulation paths in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is always crowded with Tibetan pilgrims and tourists in the daytime.

Lhasa Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple in Lhasa
As the spiritual heart of Tibet, Jokhang Temple is considered as the holiest site and the most important temple by the Tibetan. The architectural style of the temple is a mixture of Tibetan design, Chinese, Nepalese and Indian design setting an long lasting model for the architectural styles of Tibetan Monasteries. Jokhang Temple houses the Buddhist statues and image.

Lhasa Jokhang Temple
Tibetan Pilgrims Are Making Prostrations on the Jokhang Square in Lhasa
Kowtow is a ritual that is often practiced by Tibetan Buddhists to express their loyalty and respect to the Buddha. There are three types of Kowtow rituals to the pilgrims, of which, the long kowtow is known as the most pious pilgrimage which can take months to years to complete through the journey of thousands of miles the longest.

the Drepung Monastery of Tibet
Lhasa Drepung Monastery
Founded in 1416 in Ming Dynasty by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, the Drepung Monastery is one of the "great six" Monasteries of Gelug university. Located on the Gambo Utse Mountain in the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery now has four colleges making it one of the largest monasteries in the world. The annually-held Sho Dun Festival hosted annually by Drepung Monastery is grand with great influence.

Sera Monastery
Sera Tibetan Monastery
Sera Monastery is another great monastery of Gelug university of Tibet. Sera Monastery has been a holy place for the eminent monk and the living Buddha to teach sacred texts of Buddhism since the ancient times.

Debates at the Sera Monastery
Debates at the Sera Monastery
The monastic debate at Sera Monastery is a must see cultural landscape to many people visiting Lhasa. With the history of more than six hundred years, the debate on Buddhist philosophy at Sera Monastery usually starts at 3:00 pm Monday to Saturday.

Debates at the Sera Monastery
Debates at the Sera Monastery
At Sera Monastery, the Buddhist doctrines are taught in the morning. Afternoon "debate" is another learning method for monks to better understand what they learned before. During the debate, the defender sit on the ground to accept the subject proposed by the questioner(s). Vigorous gestures are used to enliven the atmosphere such as clapping hands, loud screaming, bringing the two hands together and etc. Each gesture is said to have its own implication.

Tibetan Tea House
A Tea House in Lhasa
Tea house is one of the most popular places that the Tibet likes to go. The small space of the tea house is always crowded with guests as tea has become the part of Tibetan life style. With a pot of butter tea, a guest can stay here all day long. Come here to taste the real flavor of Tibetan.

Service Inclusion & Exclusion

    ✔ Included Items:
  1. Tibet entry permit and all other necessary permits involved.
  2. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  3. Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  4. Local tour transfers, comfortable tourist vehicle (5 to 29 seats) according to group size.
  5. Local English-speaking Tibetan guide.
  6. Comfortable hotel accommodations.
  7. Service charge & government taxes.
  8. Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  9. Welcome dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa.
  10. Transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport or Lhasa Railway Station and hotel on designated time.
  11. Tibet handy Map.
  12. Bottled water is provided throughout the trip.
    ✖  Excluded Items:
  1. Tips to tour guide and driver.
  2. Lunches and dinners are not included, please get meals on your own according to your own flavor. You can also ask the tour guide to recommend restaurant interested for you..
  3. International and domestic flight, train to and from Tibet.

Why Us?

We are an award winning agency and we have been working in Tibet inbound travel industry since year 1984. We are now capable of organizing more than 5,000 international tourists to Tibet annually. Here are some good reasons why you should choose us:

Small-sized Group ✮

We care your travel experience. To boost quality interactions between the tour guide and tourists, the tour groups we organized on average have 10 members each. During the trip, based on the itinerary we will try to stop at all wonderful sightseeing points for you to shoot the photo.

Safe & Comfortable Tour ✮✮

Experienced driver, well conditioned tourist vehicle with oxygen supply to make the road trip safe and comfortable; The fingertip blood oxygen meter is available for guest to check health condition at anytime needed; Travel insurance offers you and the family maximum protection; Well-selected restaurants provides safe and clean food according to your flavor; We understand you need a similar environment as you staying home, though the poor facility in Tibet, we do our best to offer clients hotels with 24 hours hot water, good locations, western style breakfast, heating in winter as much as possible; Sleeping bag is available upon request for guest joining in the Everest Mountain tour.

Authentic Experience ✮✮✮

Through out the tour, we will show you around tradtional Tibetan Buddhist architectures, entertain you with local food on the welcome dinner, visit Tibetan Buddhist sacred places, witness Buddhist practice, take you to the market, tea house to have more chance to interact with local people, learn arts and crafts from the Tibetan Handicraft Center. The tour brings you an amazing experience of the diversified culture of Tibet.

Other Tour Packages You May Have Interest

For people who would like to spend longer time to explore Lhasa as well as the whole Tibet Autonomous Region to see the beautiful nature scenery such as green grasslands, snow mountains, fantastic flowing glaciers and the grand canyons with blue sky and white clouds in a more in-depth way, we have guided tours of Tibet for all kinds of interests. Some of these Tibet holiday tour packages are 6 Days Lhasa to Namtso Holy Lake Small Group Tour, 8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour, Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake 15 Day Adventure and etc. We can also make tailored itineraries and offer custom tour as per your request. Please contact us for more Tibet Vacation packages by sending an email to service@chinatrainguide.com.

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