Monastery Tour of the Lhasa Region
Lhasa is the cultural and religious heart of Tibet. Lhasa is home to Tibet’s most famous and holiest temples. Each day, thousands of pilgrims prostrate around Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most important temple. Along with the famous monasteries of Sera and Drepung, Lhasa is a must see for anyone interested in Tibet! This itinerary will allow you to spend 3 full days exploring every part of the city. From Lhasa, you will then travel to Samye, Tibet’s very first monastery. This huge monastery is over 1200 years old and is regarded as one of the holiest monasteries in all of Tibet. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be modified in any way. Email or call us for more information.
Tour Type: Small private group tour
Tour Duration: 7 Days
Best Time: April to January
Day 1: Lhasa
Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit
Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.
Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery
In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable building in Tibet. With parts of it built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.
Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter
This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.
Day 5: Lhasa to Samye Monastery 165kms, 4 hours
In the morning, we will depart for Samye Monastery. At 1200 years old, it is Tibet’s first monastery and the place where Buddhism in Tibet began. The large monastery grounds, which are often filled with Buddhist pilgrims, are excellent for exploring and photographing.
Day 6: Samye Monastery to Lhasa 165kms, 4 hours
This day we will return to the city of Lhasa. You will arrive back in Lhasa with plenty of time to stroll the streets of the Barkhor a few more times to pick up any last minute souvenirs.
Day 7: Depart from Lhasa
This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.