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5 Days Tibet Essence Tour

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In this essence tour you'll find the overwhelming culture, impressive ceremonies and monasteries all located in the breathtaking landscape of Tibet. Apart from the classic scenic spots, you'll have a chance to feel the northern tibetan landscape and holy Namtso Lake.

Visit Lhasa's cardinal landmarks, the Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple

Tour the scenic Namtso Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet

Watch the famous Buddhist Debate in the Sera Monastery

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (elevation 3700m) : Pick-up and Acclimatization
Today's Activities Upon your arrival at Lhasa, our Tibetan local guide and driver will pick you up at Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Newwu Train Station, then transfer you to downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to adapt yourself to the high altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level.
Travel Tips Start taking anti-AMS medicines a week before your trip. When you arrived at the hotel, please be not so curious to walk much around the hotel, and all you need is a good rest in your room for necessary acclimatization, otherwise you may easily get mountain sickness. Besides, try to aviod catching a cold. And a first aid kit including aspirin, antibiotics and AMS medication is highly recommended.
Highlights
Birdview of Tibet Beautiful Sceneries Tibetan nuns          
Birdview of Tibet Natural Sceneries Tibetan nuns          
Day 2 Lhasa (3700m) ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities It believes that this day must leave a lifetime memory for your whole life. In the morning, you will visit the splendid Potala Palace, which originated from 7th century and once homed to Dalai Lamas. The Jokhang Temple, we head to later, as the spiritual center of Tibet, will deeply impressed you by its magnificence and sincere pilgrims. Barkhor street, hugging the jokhang temple, is regarded as the crowded central Market in ancient section of Lhasa, and at where you can buy various Tibetan or other minorities' souvenirs for your family and friends.
Travel Tips

1. Due to the popularity of Potala Palace and restriction on visitor numbers, perhaps it has difficulty on booking entrance tickets, so the visit of Potala Palace may shift to another day. But don't worry, we will make appropriate changes accordingly.

2. For the protection of this world-famous cultural heritage, the visiting time for Potala Palace is limited in 1 hour.

Highlights
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Barkhor Street          
Potala Palace Mainhall of Jokhang Temple Barkhor Bazaar          
Day 3 Lhasa (3700m) (Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After having breakfast, we will visit Tibet Museum for taking a glance of Tibetan culture development, and which opened in October of 1999. Later that day, the next visit is Sera Monastery, the second monastery in Tibet. Distinctively its famous debating activities are holding around 3-4pm regularly every working day that you should never miss.

 

Another Option of This Day: For buddhism enthusiasts, we plan another option for your preference. After having breakfast, we will drive to the west of Lhasa about 11 km for visiting the Drepung Monastery, and which is one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' and the largest one in Tibetan Buddhism. Later that day, the next visit is Sera Monastery, for its famous debating activities that you should never miss.

Travel Tips 1. It is a good idea to pack some food, snacks, and drinking water along your trip.
2. When you are in a monastery, please do not smoke, consume alcohol or make unnecessary noise; neither, do not touch, walk over or sit on any religious texts, objects or prayer flags.
Highlights
Drepung Monastery Buddhist Debate Tibet Museum          
Sideview of Drepung Monastery Sera Buddhist Debate Tibet Museum          
Day 4 Lhasa (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After two days' visit of Tibetan human landscapes, today we will drive about 2.5 hours to appreciate the beautiful natural views of the famous Sacred Lake of Tibet - Namsto Lake. The surface of the lake seemly looks like a green jade, hence it was praised as the most beautiful lake all over the world. After, we will return to Lhasa downtown, then the rest of this day is for your free arrangement.
Travel Tips For amazing sceneries and beautiful legend, Namsto Lake attracts seas of travelers from all over the world, also it is an excellent spot for photographic lovers, kindly well prepare your camera for taking a valuable photo!
Highlights
beautiful scenery Namsto Lake Namsto Lake          
Local house along road Sacred Namsto Lake Namsto Lake at the foot of snow mountain          
Day 5 Depart Lhasa (Breakfast)
Today's Activities After breakfast, you can enjoy free time till our driver and tour guide see you off at airport or railway station, and your Tibet tour ends. And hopefully it will leave you unforgettable memory.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Tibet Entry Permit & Tibet Travel Permit: providing for free before your arrival, free shipping to you, while excluding Air or Urgent Express Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Special Assistance: Local guide helps you to overcome any difficulty; Government taxes & Service charges
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance;
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotel in Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa is chain-operated hotel. It is located in Wenjiang District and was opened in 2006. It is a business holiday hotel with more than 200 guest rooms. The hotel also provides elegant Chinese and Western restaurants, splendid banquet with modern facilities, conference room and recreation items. It abuts to Lhasa riverside and Gong Ba Ri Mammon Mountain. People can enjoy wonderful views of Lhasa.
Lhasa Hotel
Lhasa Hotel
A 4-star hotel, the Lhasa Hotel is located in the Holy Land of Lhasa with an altitude of 3,600 meters. It occupies 7-floors and was recently renovated in 1999. The hotel has a range of restaurants that provide Sichuan, Western, Indian and Tibetan food. The hotel is near the famous Norbulingka or Lobulinka, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. Located only 10 minutes by car to the center of Holy Town and the magical and Potala Palace. Situated approximately 95kms from the airport.
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
As a 3 star hotel, Shambhala Hotel Lhasa is near the Barkhore Bazaar, Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace with easy access to all great attractions. With a total of 70 comfortable rooms and suites, the hotel is 10km away from the Railway Station and 70km away from the Lhasa Airport.

Meals :

- For breakfasts, usually, the hotel reservations in large city include breakfast;
- For lunch and supper, you do not have to eat the same food every time in tourist restaurants; It means that you can choose your favorite restaurant to have a meal. And in Lhasa, wider choices that you can have relatively, like western food, chinese set meal or something else, but in other small city or town, you may face fewer options;
- In all, we will do our utmost to ensure your best dining experience in Tibet.

Common Meals in Tibet Restaurant Tibetan Sesame Lamb Chops

Featured Cuisines in Tibet:

(1) Buttered Tea : Buttered tea is the favorite drink of Tibetan people. It is made of boiled brick tea and ghee.
(2) Zanba : The staple food of Tibetan people is Zanba, a kind of dough made with roasted highland qingke barley flour and yak butter with water.
(3) Besides, Tibetan people prefer to eat delicious dry yak and cow jerky that you can have a try.

Tibetan Buttered Tea Tibetan Zanba
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Hi Nancy,

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Customer: Leonard Lee

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