A visit to Lhasa Tibet without visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets is not complete. This top 3 famous Lhasa tour attractions are within 15-25 minutes walking distance from downtown center of Barkhor Plaza. Enjoy the small size group tour by slow walking with Tibetan local English speaking tour guide and see Lhasa through local's eye.
We recommend you take this highlight day trip on the 3rd or 4th day after arrival. As you do need a tour guide for Potala Palace.
A sample itinerary in Lhasa for you to consider:
Day1 Lhasa arrival, get to your hotel by yourself
Day2 free day to get good acclimatization
Day3 take this highlight day tour
Day4 Final departure, or take optional day tour or extend the trip for 4 days Everest Base Camp--we have departures leaving Lhasa on every Wednesday and Saturday.
Potala Palace, one of Tibet’s top must see cultural sites, has been capturing travelers’ imaginations as it takes them on an adventure through Tibetan history. With its highest point at about 300 meters (around 1000 feet) above the valley floor its gargantuan size often surprises travelers: this building houses over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and around 200,000 statues.
A visit to Potala Palace is typically first on a Tibet tour itinerary. Travelers will first huff and puff their way up several flights of stairs before reaching the entrance. While challenging to those not acclimatized to the altitude, panoramic views of Lhasa and the surrounding mountain scenery reward travelers at the top! As travelers enter the front doors fantastically painted walls foreshadow the beauty to come. Next the group proceeds to the former living quarters of the 14th Dalai Lama, including his thrown room and areas where he received foreign dignitaries.
For many this is a Tibet travel experience that will not soon be forgotten. Potala Palace was the residence of former Dalai Lamas all the way back to the 5th. Over hundreds of years Potala’s interior has been ornately decorated: vibrantly colored and incredibly detailed paintings cover the walls and shelves of prayers books tower overhead. Travelers can see gold covered statues, shrines of unimaginable beauty, and even look upon the resting places of past Dalai Lamas. Incense fills the air and the glow of yak butter candles illuminates cultural treasures, creating a dream like atmosphere. As travelers are suspended in wonder and our native Tibetan guide will help give a historical and cultural basis for understanding what they see.
Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
The Jokhang temple was first constructed by King Songtsän Gampo (see also internet variant Songsten Gampo) probably in 642. It was originally called the Rasa Tulnang Tsuklakang or The House of Mysteries, The Magical Emanation at Rasa [the early name for Lhasa]. Both Bhrituti and Wencheng, the Nepalese and Chinese wives of Songsten Gampo are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here.
It was boarded up during the reign of the Bönpo king, Langdharma (reigned 838–841 CE). The famous Buddhist Master Atisha taught here in the 11th century and it has been considered the most important temple in Lhasa ever since.
The Barkhor Street market is a must see cultural highlight for tourism in Tibet, comprising of a series of circular streets that encompass the Jokhang temple along with numerous merchants and vendors offering a wide variety of local Tibetan arts, crafts, and tasty cuisines. It is at the Jokhang Temple where the traditions of Tibetan buddhism can be observed by the sound of chanting sutras and the spinning of prayer wheels as local Tibetans day and night can be seen performing routine pilgrimages and prostrations around the Bazaar. The Barkhor Bazaar offers a vast combination of Tibetan culture in both arts and religion proudly earning its reputation as the “Window of Tibet”.This day tour ends around 6 pm in the evening and after this you will have your own leisure time to enjoy the local food or just have a good rest in your hotel.
We have daily departure from April 5 to the Feb.15 the next year. Please be noted that Tibet is regulary closed beween middle of February and end of March every year since 2008. Tibet Permits covers 3-8 days valid duration which allows you couple of free days for your own leisure time. If you want to join other tours out of Lhasa, please inform us at least 15-30 days prior to your arrival date.
|Nov.1-Feb.15 next year||
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