Arrive in Lhasa
Activities: Arriving and Acclimatization（elevation: 3650m）
Lhasa Tour - (B)
After breakfast, Visiting one of the most charismatic structure ever build in Tibet, the Potala palace, winter residence for the successive Dalailamas. It is an awe-inspiring experience. Venture up the Potala Palace and explore the grandest of its myriad rooms. See the jeweled burial chortens of the past Dalai Lamas as well as statuary and frescos.In the after-noon visit Jokhang Temple, the holist temple in Tibetan Buddhist world. After your sightseeing, visit Woeser Zedro tea house, this is one of the favorite tea houses that local Tibetans would go on their leisure.
Overnight in Lhasa
Lhasa Tour - (B)
Begin your day by visiting Drephung monastery in the morning, it was the world largest monastery in it’s heyday, located approximately 8Km west of center Lhasa, constituted by 4 main colleges and many hundreds of dormitories for monks, with huge prayer chanting hall echoing perpetual chorus of drumbeats and deep throated prayers, chapels enshrined important relics, and communal kitchen filled up with medieval looking utensils, like ladles and cauldrons will keep your eyes active. Drephung has also been well known for its monk scholars.
Afterwards, set off to Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalailamas, build in 1755, After your tour in Norbulingka, have lunch and then get picked up by your driver to go to Sera Monastery, located a few kilometers north of the city. Founded in 1419, Sera Monastery was once home to thousands of monks who came to study at this great Gelugpa sect institute. Follow your guide into the large complex, and watch monks practice an active form of Buddhist philosophical debate in the courtyards most afternoons (except Sundays). Watch the activity before returning to hotel.
Overnight at hotel
Visit Yamdrok-Tso Lake and Pelkor monastery in Gyantse (B)
After leaving the city of Lhasa, about hundred kilometers, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso. Drive to historical city Gyantse. On the way, we can see the Karola Glacier. Visit Pelkhor monastery for its famous Kumbum Pagoda, the only one which contains different Tibetan Buddhist sects in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Gyangtse.
Enjoy Gyantse Damar Festival and Nomads’ Trade Fair (B)
Begin your day by exploring the main town of Gyangtse, you will be enveloped by local Tibetans in their best festival costume, young Tibetan men will participate in horse racing, archery contest and many other traditional activities. On top of all these, there will be a local trade fair, selling traditional food, costume and handcraft product. So Gyangtse on this very day will be colorful and busy.
Gyantse to Lhasa via Shigatse (B)
In the Morning, we drive towards Shigatse. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well-preserved largest indoor bronze statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. In the afternoon we drive to Lhasa along the Yalong Tsangpo River. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa
Departure from Lhasa (B)
Transfer to Lhasa airport or train station.