Different from the inland cities and other places in that high land, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the center of Tibet's politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.
As the beautiful capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lhasa is situated in the South Central part of the region, on the North bank of the Kyichu River in a mountain-fringed valley. This ancient sprawling city, settled 1,300 years ago, covers 30,000 square kilometers (11,583 square miles), with a population of 400,000, of which 87 percent are Tibetans. The urban population is 180,000.
Generally the period from March to October is the best time to pay a visit. Since the city is located at such a high altitude it is wise to be prepared before starting your journey. Generally speaking, due to the large temperature differences during any given day, warm clothes should be taken to keep away the cold. However, because it also receives a great deal of sunshine, sunglasses, suntan oil, and a sun hat are indispensable items if you're going anywhere in the area.
Day 1 Arrive / Lhasa
Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive), you will view the Stone Giant Buddha engraved in the mountain face en route. After checking in the hotel, rest in the afternoon to get adapted to the high altitude.
Day 2 Lhasa
An extraordinary day to experience the unique atmosphere of this holy land. Your visits today will include the Lhasa's cardinal landmark -- Potala Palace, the former winter residence of Dalai Lamas, and revered 7th century Jokhang Temple. Later, you will have chance to walk around the flourishing Barkhor Street, where you can enjoy bargaining with the local Tibetan vendors for the handicrafts which are rare to be seen elsewhere in the world.
Day 3 Lhasa
Another day to absorb the unique atmosphere of Tibet: we will bring you to the Norbulingka Park built in 1751 AD as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama, the Drepung Monastery - the largest monastery of Gelug Sect in Tibet, and the Sera Monastery that houses three colleges built in 15th and 16th century respectively and is famous for the "Buddhism Scriptures Debating".
Day 4 Lhasa / Depart
Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.
If go through Nepal then two night before trip and 5 days after Lasha, we will give Chitwan jungle safari activities.