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Lhasa Highlights Plus

Lhasa Highlights Plus
 Lhasa-Drak Yerp Hermitage-Ganden Monastery-Lhasa
Day 1: Arrival & Acclimatization
Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Day 4: Lhasa-Drak Yerp Hermitage-Ganden Monastery-Lhasa
Day 5: Tour ends, departure transfer to train station or airport.

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Tour length: 5 days

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All year around

  

Like each monastery in Tibet has a shrine, and the holy city of Lhasa itself has a shrine too that is Drak Yerp Hermitage, many sites there can date back to the pre-Buddhist period and now still remain pristine, and views from there is stunning, now it becomes one of the most important centers for meditation and retreat. Just another half hour drive is the Ganden Monastery, the ancestral monastery of the Gelupa sect (yellow hat), currently the most influential and significant sect in Tibet Buddhism. The Lhasa River valley view seen from the Ganden Monastery is very fabulous.

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Day 1 Arrival & Acclimatization

Airport pick-up Train station pick-up

Schedule today: Arrival in Lhasa at airport or train station, pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 2Lhasa city tour (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Jorhkang Temple

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3 Lhasa city tour (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 4 Lhasa-Drak Yerp Hermitage-Ganden Monastery-Lhasa (Tour of shrine of Lhasa)    

Highlights: Drak Yerp Hermitage, Ganden Monastery

Drak Yerp Hermitage Ganden Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning drive to visit Ganden Monastery which is 65 km away from Lhasa, Ganden Monastery was founded by Tsongkhapa in 1409 as the first and main Gelug monastery in Tibet, by doing a kora around it you could see fabulous and inspiring Lhasa River Valley views. On the way, we will have a short detour to Dark Yerpa Hermitage that is seen as the holiest cave retreat ever, there is a saying that '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.'

Day 5 Tour ends, departure transfer to train station or airport. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Is there pick-up service in Lhasa and how?
Yes,we will arrange pick-up service for you at Lhasa train station or airport; inthe pick-up area, our guide and driver will pick you up with a paper with yourname on it. You can get out of Lhasa train station or airport with your Tibetpermit, please give your permit to our guide after meeting; and our driver andguide will transfer you to hotel.
What are hotels like throughout this tour? Can we live atdifferent hotels?
The hotels we choose for this tour in Lhasa are our commonlyarranged clean and comfortable hotels; you will live at either Yak Hotel or NewMandala Hotel depends on booking time and room availability; both hotels are of3 star hotel at Barkhor Street.

If you have your own preferred hotels in Lhasa, we can helpto book too, the price difference may occur.
Will your tour guide be with us all day?
No, our tour guide will be guiding you when you visiting acertain attraction, like a palace or monastery. You are on your own aftervisiting a certain attraction. That is to say, you have your own free time togo bar, shopping or hanging out. Please make sure you are escorted by our guidewhen visiting an attraction; if you are caught visiting without a guide, bothyou and our company will be punished.
Why don’t you include the entrance fees? How much is theentrance fees for each attractions and in total?
Tibetan culture and civilization is characterized bymonasteries, there are some significant monasteries in our itinerary too; butmany times, our customers told us they do not want to visit this many monasteryas most of them look the same, so we decide to not to include entrance fee butlet our customer pay by themselves based on their interests. You can skip someattractions too if you have no interest on all of them. The entrance fee ofattractions in our itinerary is Potala Palace = RMB 200, Johkang Temple = RMB85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery = RMB 50, Drak Yerpa = RMB30,Ganden Monastery = RMB 45,  it amounts upto RMB 460, equals to USD 73 (1 USD = 6.3 RMB)
How much does the food in Tibet cost?
Our tourincludes breakfast for all days in Tibet. A normal lunch or dinner in Lhasacosts the same price that costs in Beijing or Shanghai. Noodles costs about RMB15 per bowl; fried vegetable with meat and rice cost about RMB 25 per dish, soit approximately costs you RMB 70 per person per day on both lunch and dinnerat normal standard. The vegetarian food is also available in Tibet, and priceis lower than a dish with meat.  
How much is the tip to ourguide and driver? Is there a standard?
Tour guide work is a tough job on the roof of the world,and to tip the local guide and driver is a common practice in Tibet tourism;however, there is no standard for the tip amount, it quite depends on guide anddriver’s service quality. Generally, if the group size is over 5 pax, we suggestour customers to tip the guide USD 8 per person per day while tip the driverUSD 4 per person per day; if the group size is smaller than 5 pax, we suggestto tip the guide USD 10 per person per day while tip driver USD 5.
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