Lhasa City in Tibetan language means 'Holy City'. It is the capital of Tibet which dates back to 7th century AD when King Songtsen transferred his capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. The city is located at a height of 3,500 m above sea level in the south central part of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). It is the center of cultural, political and religious activities in Tibet. Lhasa Town is also famous for few of the most stunning creations of hand in the entire world like Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Lhasa also serves as a home to 31 communities and is the most thrilling city that offers everything from calm corners to bustling markets that beckons tourist from around the world. Lhasa has the most challenging terrain to reach and move around when compared to other parts of China and Tibet, as it has extreme altitude location. Once you reach here, the first look of the city makes you believe that Lhasa has something different, something that makes it special.
Lhasa is a city which expects you to know a lot about it before you set out to explore its magical charms. The most important is your fimilarity with its climate and environment. You will be flabbergasted to notice the difference between the day time temperature and night time temperature. The city receives amazing amount of sunshine that keeps the temperature a bit high, but as the sun sets the temperature starts to fall drastically making nights extremely cold. So it is advisable to take woolen clothes as well with you. The best activity that you indulge in might be shopping from the famous Barkhor street. You will get everything that you wish from one single street itself full of shops. Your other shopping attractions could be silver ornaments, Thangka paintings, yak wool and different kinds of handicrafts
Potala Palace is located on Potala hills at an altitude of 3,700-m. Situated in the center of Lhasa valley, it has been recognized as a World heritage site by UNESCO. Some say that the palace is worthy enough to be included in the list of wonders of the world. Being one of the oldest structures in Tibet, Potala Palace has also become the most visited monument in Tibet.
Kathmandu Arrival Arrival in Kathmandu and transferred to hotel, overnight stay in hotel.
Kathmandu/ Lhasa (By Flight) At morning you will fly for Lhasa from Kathmandu for an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges. Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650m is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. On arrival you will be transferred to hotel by our local representative, afternoon rest at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Lhasa Sightseeing tour After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery and & Norbu lingka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Norbu lingka meaning 'Treasure Park' covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. After sight seeing you will be transferred to hotel for you to stay overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa Sightseeing tour After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sight seeing you will be transferred to hotel for you to stay overnight at hotel in Lhasa
Lhasa After breakfast, visit Tibetan Medical Institute. Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa/Kathmandu (By Flight) Transfer to airport to connect return flight.