Lhasa, literally meaning “Holy-Land is the heart and soul ofTibet, has history of more than 1,300 years. It rose to prominence as an important center of administrative power in the 7th century AD, when Songtsen Gampo, a local ruler in theYarlungValley, continued the task of unifyingTibet. Songtsen Gampo moved his capital toLhasaand built a palace on the site that is now occupied by the Potala.
The fifth Dalai Lama also madeLhasahis capital. He built his palace, the Potala, on the site of ruins of Songtsen Gampo’s 7th century palace,Lhasahas remainedTibet’s capital since 1642, and most of the city’s historical sights date from this second stage of the city’s development.
This is an ideal package for those who have very limited time. It guides you to the most important sites inLhasa, and leaves you some flexible time to explore the city as well.
Day01: Arrive After arrive inLhasa, rest and acclimatize. Overnight inLhasa.
Day02:Lhasa. The first day of sightseeing starts fromLhasa’s cardinal landmark Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some2kmto the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure inTibet Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor –Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of theOldTownis both the spiritual heart ofLhasaand the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day03:Leaving Lhasa. Pack your luggage and get ready for leaving. The guide will transfer you to the airport, and help you board the plane. Say goodbye toTibetand fly out.
Includes: the Alien’s Travel Permit, Land transportation by AC business van, English-speaking guide, Mentioned sightseeing entrance fees, airfare
Excludes:tips, not mentioned meals,expenses of personal nature.
¨ InTibet, tourist vehicle are not installed with Air-Condition as AC consumes gas, and is not good to environment. ¨ Since this tour is short, you may have to deal with the altitude sickness the whole time.