5 Days Lhasa Tour with Drak Yerpa and Ganden Monastery

Lhasa - Drak Yerpa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa

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Drak Yerpa is regarded as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa and one of the holiest medication sites in Tibetan Buddhism. One popular Tibetan verse goes that "While Tibet's holy place is in Lhasa, Lhasa's holy place is in Drak Yerpa". After visiting the notable attractions in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monastery, you will head for Drak Yerpa to visit the medication caves on the hillside of Yerpa Valley. Then, continue your trip to Ganden Monastery, one of the great three monasteries with Drepung and Sera. Besides appreciating the spectacular monastery complex built on the mountain, you can trek the Lingkor around the monastery and get panoramic view of Lhasa Valley.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrive in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on the way from airport to Lhasa. Then, you can take a good rest at hotel to acclimatize to Tibetan plateau environment.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then tourists will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals. And then we’ll go to explore the old market and you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different parts of Tibet.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day3 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet, was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. Situated at the foot of Gebeiwoze Mountain, it was once home to more than 10,000 monks. Here you can see the biggest monastery kitchen inside and then pay a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving Workshop near Drepung.

After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most interesting thing is to see monks debating in the courtyard at around 3-5 pm in the afternoon. Besides, you can also see the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha and the three sand Mandalas and then visit the Tibetan religious text printing house.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Optional:
After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan Handicraft Art Center or Tibetan Traditional Medicine Center. Besides, you can also choose to upgrade your tour to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).

Day4 Lhasa - Drak Yerpa - Ganden - Lhasa (B)

Drak Yerpa is located about 30km northeast of Lhasa, and is one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism. It is a large complex of temples, monasteries and meditation caves nested on a hillside in the Yerpa Valley. It features more than 80 meditation caves, some of which are thought to be pristine Buddhism. You can trek to visit entire chapels and meditation caves.

In the afternoon, you will head towards Ganden Monastery, one of the "Great Three" Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet founded by Great Tsongkhapa in 1409. You can trek Lingkor (circle) around the monastery, see the legendary crack of rock made by Great Tsongkapa and his meditation cave, and appreciate the beautiful view of Lhasa Valley.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day5 Depart from Lhasa (B)

The driver will take you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station.

Service ends.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. All lodging listed in the itinerary.
  3. Meals listed in itinerary
  4. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  5. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
  6. Local tour transfer, comfortable tourist vehicle according to group size
  7. One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  9. First aid kit

Service Exclusion

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic train/flight to and out of Tibet. (We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
  4. Meals not specified in the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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