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5 days Lhasa/Namtso (Tour Code: C506)

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa City tour: Potala Palace /Jokhang Temple /Barkhor

Day 3 Lhasa City tour: Nobulingka/ Drepung Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa--Namtso --Yangpachen hot springs--Lhasa
Day 5 Leave Lhasa

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Full Intinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
Tibet tour agency Potala Palace     When you arrive at Lhasa Gongkar Airport or the Lhasa Train Station our guide and driver will meet you, and transfer you to a hotel in Lhasa (alt.3, 650m 11,974ft). The drive is about 1 hours from the airport (100km, 62.1 miles). On the way from the airport to Lhasa, you will enjoy the breath-taking view of the plateau along the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River. On the way, the Nie Tang Buddha will greet you-a Buddha image engraved in the mountain face on your left-hand side. After you check in, it is best not to over-exert yourself on the first day to avoid altitude sickness. Relax, take a nap and take it easy to help acclimatize. Be sure to drink plenty of water!
   
Overnight lodging in Lhasa.


Day 2 Lhasa City tour: Potala Palace /Jokhang Temple /Barkhor Street 
Tibet tour agency Potala Palace    On your second day, you will have a full day excursion in Lhasa including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor.
    The Potala Palace is the official residence of the Dalai Lama, Buddhism's highest ranking religious leader. He is believed to be both a living god and an incarnation of all the previous Dalai Lamas. The Potala Palace is Lhasa's key landmarks, built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" in 1750 when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka as his summer residence.
Tibet tour agency Jokhang Temple    The Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo built the Jokhang Temple for his Nepali wife in the mid-7th century AD. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come to prostrate in front of and around this sacred location. You will see and join the crowd of Tibetans walking around this site in a clockwise direction which they believe will earn them merit.
    After visiting the Jokhang Temple, You will visit the Barkhor, a large open market around the Jokhang, where nomads in traditional attire, traders, robed monks and chanting pilgrims are all joined together. Clustered shops and stalls sell printed scriptures, cloth prayer flags, religious regalia, jewelry, Tibetan knives, ancient coins and countless other Tibetan relics. The Barkhor is a circular walking street at the center of Ancient Lhasa. It is the oldest and most important street having deep cultural and religious significance to the locals.
   
Overnight lodging in Lhasa.

 

Day 3 Lhasa City tour:  Nobulingka/ Drepung Monasery

Tibet tour agency Potala Palace

    Norbulingka, meaning Treasure Park, was first built in the forties of the eighteenth century, covering a space of 40 hectares (98 acres) after continuous expansion by the Dalai Lamas. The Qing magistrate dispatched to Tibet originally built this palace for the Seventh Dalai Lama since His Holiness often visited this place. In 1751, the Seventh Dalai Lama started to build Kelsang Potrang Palace as his palace where he ruled and received officials and high ranked lamas. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama lived in the Norbulinka palace before his new one was completed. Construction seldom stopped under the reigns of the different Dalai Lamas. In 1956 the Fourteenth Dalai Lama finished his own palace - Takten Migyur Potrang Palace, usually called The New Summer Palace. In the past, during the springtime, a grand procession of lamas would follow the Dalai Lama to move into the park.Tibet tour agency Potala Palace

    Drepung monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa's disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism. Situated at the foot of Mt. Gambo, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of the Gelug Sect (Gelugpa). It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (Ganden and the Sera are the other two). Covering an area of 250 square kilometers, it once held 10,000 monks and possessed 141 farms and 540 pastures in its heyday, and was the largest-scale monastery in Tibet. Legend has it ,that seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung,' in Tibetan meaning ‘Collecting-Rice.’



Day 4 Lhasa--Namtso --Yangpachen hot springs--Lhasa
Tibet tour agency Namtso   
Early in the morning, you will go to Nam-tso (alt. 4,718m, 15,479ft), the highest saltwater lake in the world (known in Tibetan as the “sky lake”).   You will stop at the lookout of Mt. Nyaiqen-Thanglha (alt.4,640m,15,222ft) and the top of Mt. Nagela Pass (alt. 5,190m 17,027ft) on the way for picturesque views of the spectacular landscape.  As one of the four holy lakes in Tibet, this vast lake covers 1,900 square kilometers (247 acres) and is the second largest saltwater lake in China.
    On the way back from Namtso, you will stop at Yangpachen hot springs, a natural hot spring that locals believe have healing agents.  If you desire, you can go for a dip in the spring for an added charge not covered in your tour package.
    You will return to Lhasa in the early evening and spend the night here.


Day 5 Leave Lhasa
    Transportation to the Lhasa Train Station or Lhasa Gongkar Airport will be provided.

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