This tour will take you to learn about Tibetan history, culture and religion in-depth. You will firstly trace the history and Tibetan Buddhism from “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” Tsedang by visiting the first palace of Tibet - Yumbulakang, first monastery of Tibet - Samye Monastery. Then you will be transferred to Lhasa, visit the holy lake Yamdrok on route. Lhasa is the later political and Buddhist center of Tibet, and has the most important religious and cultural sites in Tibet - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera, etc.
You will be picked up by local tour guide at the airport hall or train station, and then be escorted to your hotel in Tsetang town in a private vehicle.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude.
Tsetang Town is the political and transportation center of Shannan Prefecture. This region is the birthplace of Tibetan Civilization, as well has played an important role in the development of Tibetan Buddhism. Today, you will go to visit three most famous attractions in Tsetang.
After breakfast, you will leave Tsetang Town for Yamdrok Lake. The distance from Tsetang to Yamdrok Lake is about 165km. Enjoy the stunning high plateau landscape along the Yarlung Zangbo River.
Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark - Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace.
After breakfast, you will firstly go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity”. Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.
Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.