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Lhasa and Ganden Monastery 5 Days Tour

Lhasa-Ganden-Lhasa

From $530
TOUR CODE: G-TB-008
TOUR TYPE: Group,Family,Culture,Photography

Summary

This route includes the most important sites in Lhasa: Potata Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monaster and Sera Monastery. Apart from these classic attractions, we will also visit the famous Ganden Monastery, main seat of Geluk order. Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery are the biggest 3 monasteries in Tibet. Situated at  3800m, it offers a birdview f Lhasa Valley when you climb up the mountains and if weather permitting, you can do an experience kora around the monastery. The 5-day tour is a perfect opportunity for you to get to know the culture and religion of Tibet.

Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa arrival
Upon arrival, our guide will be waiting for you at the airport/train station and welcome you and take you back to Lhasa city for check-in. You will see the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River on the way back. After you arrive the hotel, the rest day is for you to rest and get acclimatized. If you feel well, it's OK to walk around or nearby but it's suggested to take good rest so you can be prepared for the sightseeing next day.

Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.

Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Potala Palace Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Later we will have welcome dinner together with the whole group members.

Day 4: Ganden Monastery 
Today we will drive to the Ganden Monastery in the morning. Founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409, it's one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. On the way, we will see the beautiful view of Kyichu River and drive all the way up to the mountain, where you will have panorama view of the splendid monastery complex. Afterwards we will visit the chapels of Ganden Monastery and the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelupa Sect. A visit to the village nearby will be followed as well so we can have a closer look at the real local Tibetan's daily life.

Optional: If weather permitting, you can follow the classic Ganden kora to do an experience trekking.
Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery

Day 5: Lhasa departure
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Price Guide

Time Nov. 16-March 31 April 1-June 25 June 26-Aug. 25 Aug. 26-Oct. 15 Oct. 16-Nov. 15
Price 530 USD 560 USD 650 USD 620 USD 560 USD

Discount
1. 3 pax booking together get 5% discount.
2. Booking 3 months in advance get 5% discount.
Notice: 2 discounts cannot be used together.

Price Includes
1.   Local Transfer: from 5-23 seat depending on the group tour size
2.   Accommodation (3-star sharing twin room)
3.   Local English speaking guide
4.   Entrance tickets listed above
5.   Tibet Travel Permit 
6.   Daily Water
7.   Oxygen supply when needed
8.   Welcome dinners
9.   Service fee
10. Government tax
11. Travel Accident Insurance
12. Pick-up service and drop-off service at fixed time
13. Permit delivery fee inside China

Price Excludes
1. Tips to guide and driver
2. Meals 
3. Your own expenses
4. Single room supplement
5. Domestic/international train/flight to and leave Tibet

Notice

1. Because it's a group tour, when matching the roommate for you, we will try to find same-sex travelers for you as our priority. If there is no suitable roommate, we will inform you first to see if you are OK to share with a different-sex traveler. If no, we can consider to pay single room supplement to have a single room or get some refund to have a guesthouse (4-8 beds per room, no breakfast, no private bathroom).
2. We have free pick-up service for airport at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm and free drop-off service for airport at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm. For train station pick-up and drop-off, we will arrange for you at any time.
3. We will only deliver the permit to your hotel/address in China. If you don't stay any night at China or if you prefer to get the permit in your home country, there will be extra cost (about 50-75 USD dollars).
4.This tour itinerary is for your reference only. We may adjust the sequence based on the current situation (road condition, weather, reservation of Potala Palace, etc.). Our company will not be held responsible for uncontrollable forces like political policy, unrest, protest, natural disaster, weather, delay/cancel of train/flight.
5. We will need at least 2 pax booking to operate this trip for you.
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