Tour Destinations :
Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu
Day 01 Kathmandu-Lhasa
On arrival in Lhasa, you will be met & transferred by our local English speaking representative to the hotel. On the way, you can enjoy the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River (the longest river in Tibet). The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize you to high latitude as Kathmandu is at the height of 1200m while Lhasa is at 3650m. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 Sera Monastery; Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street
The first day of sightseeing starts from Sera Monastery, located around 5km north of central Lhasa. As one of the 'Three Great Monastery' of the Yellow Hat Sect, Sere Monastery is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill. The monastery was originally constructed in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe who was sent to meet Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) on behalf of Tsong Khapa and was entitled Dharma King of Great Mercy. Emperor Yongle also awarded him many sutras, statues of Buddha, frocks, silk as well as gold and silver by which Sakya Yeshe was able to build the Sera Monastery.
In the afternoon, visit the Jokhang Temple the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then visit Barkhor, a flourishing street around jokhang Temple. Along the street are stores and groceries selling light industry products and handicrafts made by locals or Nepali makers. It is also the main route for prayer wheels rotating. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03 Potala Palace; Norbulingka
Morning visit to Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Your first sight of the Potala will be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Norbulingka, meaning Jewel Park was the Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas. Originally built by the Seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century, it now covers an area of some 360,000 square meters (about 89 acres) after successive expansions by the Eighth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Dalai Lamas. Potrangs, pavilions, gardens, zoo, lakes and woodland make Norbulingka the perfect place for visitor to relax.
Later visit Drepung, about 8km west of central Lhasa, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the flat roof of hillside, you can have a very good view of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 Lhasa-Kathmandu (B)
Efter breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to the airport to board the return flight to Kathmandu.