4-day Sacred Tour in Lhasa

Day 1 Arrival at Lhasa

Arrival in Lhasa (sea-level: 3658m) with one and half hours' driving from the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or 20 minutes from the Lhasa Railway Station to downtown Lhasa.

Meals: Dinner

Hotel: Yes

Day 2 Lhasa

Today's sightseeing: Drepung Monastery (or Drak Yerpa) about 1.5 hours, and Sera Monastery 2 hours.

Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters. It is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa.

Drak Yerpa is a place that has deep meanings in the Tibetan spiritual culture. There is a saying goes like this: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu River. From there, it is another 10 km to the famous ancient meditation caves.

Sera Monastery: Located 5 km north of Lhasa, this monastery was the first Gelugpa monastery in Lhasa and has remained the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. About 600 monks are now in residence here. Debating takes place from 3:30 pm to 5 pm in a garden next to the assembly hall in the center of the monastery. There is a fine kora path around the monastery.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Yes

Day 3 Lhasa

Today's sightseeing: Potala Palace 1 hour & Jokhang Temple 1 hour, overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace is perched on the 130m-high Marpo Ri ( Red Hill ) with 13 storeys and more than 1000 rooms in the middle of Beijing Road, the heart of Lhasa City. It was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. The first recorded use of the site dates back to the 7th century AD when King Songtsen Gampo built a palace here. The present construction began during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama 1645. It takes at least 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls, and chapels.

The Jokhang Temple: The 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple is now the spiritual center of Tibet. From earliest dawn to last light, daily worshipers and once-in-a-lifetime pilgrims make the inner circumambulation (kora) of the Jokhang to earn religious merit. Some of them prostrate outside circuiting the temple. The Jokhang Temple is best visited in the early morning. It now houses the life-sized statue of the twelve-year-old Sakyamuni brought by Songtsan Gampo's Chinese wife - Princess Wencheng.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Yes

Day 4 Leave Lhasa

Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station. Your Tibet tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: No