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Tibet Individual Tour for Backpackers to Lhasa

About Lhasa Individual Economy Tour for Backpackers

Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The city, at an elevation of 3650 m above sea level, is the heist in the world.
Lhasa literally means "place of the gods", although ancient Tibetan documents and inscriptions demonstrate that the place was first called Rasa, which means "courtyard place" or "goat place".

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• This special 4-day-3-night backpacker's program is designed for budget travelers to Tibet. We will assist you with flight or train ticket booking, and obtain for you the Tibet Travel Permit application. We can also extend your trek in Tibet to other places in the region
• On this tour you will see the best sights of Lhasa, the holiest city in Tibet. You will visit the Potala Palace, the seat of the Dali Lama, and the Jokhang Monastery, the spiritual center of the region
• During your stay in Lhasa you will have a local English-speaking guide who will show you around the city and take you to all the fantastic attractions

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DAY 01 Either by train or by airplane, you will arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon from your departure city in China. If you arrive at the Lhasa airport, you can take the airport shuttle bus by yourself (located at the front of the exit) and you will make the short drive into Lhasa. You do not need to pay the shuttle bus fare because it is included in your certificate of confirmation.

For the evening you will stay at the Snowland Hotel or a hotel of similar repute, and you might want to relax that evening in order to adjust to the drastic change in altitude.
Snowland Hotel or similar
DAY 02
In the morning your English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel, and you will get started on your sightseeing in Tibet. We will first go to the Potala Palace, which is the most renowned highlight of Lhasa. The world famous Potala Palace is located on Moburi (Red) Mountain, to the west of old Lhasa. It is a huge treasure house of materials and articles from Tibetan history, religion, culture and art. The palace is widely known for the precious sculptures, murals, scriptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within. They are of great cultural and artistic value. In 1994, the Potala Palace was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It was originally built in the 640s, during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo of Tibet. The Potala has been a sacred place for hundreds of years. Thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, other parts of China and abroad come every year to pay homage. Their devotion is shown by the difficult journeys they have to make to reach “the City of the Gods".

Then will visit the Jokhnag Temple. Located in the center of old Lhasa city, Jokhang Monastery is the prime seat of the Gelugpa (Yellow) Branch of Tibetan Buddhism. It was originally built in 647 AD. It is said the site was chosen personally by the wife of King Songtsan Gampo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng. The princess perceived Wutang, a lake in Lhasa, to be a “devil’s heart”, a source of evil, and had it filled in and the temple built on the site to counteract evil forces. It was built by craftsmen from Tibet, China and Nepal and thus features different architectural styles. Jokhang means "House of Buddha". Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.

A short walk from the Jokhang Temple is the Barkhor Bazaar. The Barkhor (pilgrims’ circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa encircling the Jokhang Temple. It is the earliest remaining street in Lhasa. It bustles with activity and is always jam-packed with traders and hawkers. It is a "must" for souvenir-hunting tourists. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits a typical Tibetan life. The old circumambulation circuit is always crowded with pilgrims from everywhere. Some are monks, and some are businessmen from Kham, a region encompassing East Tibet and part of Sichuan Province. Here you will find people from all over Tibet. You can experience different styles of dress and languages. Even the similar-looking clothes of the monks vary depending on the different branches of Buddhism they practice.
Snowland Hotel or similar
DAY 03
After meeting your guide that morning in the hotel we will head over to Norbulingka, Tibet’s Summer Palace. Norbulingka was built in 1755 and became the place where the successors of the seventh Dalai Lama dealt with affairs, held celebrations, spent the hot season, rested and conducted religious activities. In mid-March every year, the Dalai Lama would move here from the Potala Palace, and stay until the end of October, when he would return to the Potala Palace. So, Norbulingka is called the Summer Palace and the Potala Palace the Winter Palace. The garden covers an area of 46 acres (19 hectares) and the palace has 370 rooms of different sizes. In the garden visitors can worship Buddha, relax and study the Tibetan-style palaces.

Then we will go to the Sera Monastery, the last of the three principal Gelupka, or Yellow Hat, Buddhist monasteries to be built in Lhasa. The Sera Monastery has been listed as one of the China's National Cultural Relics since 1982. Sera comprises a great sutra chanting hall, a college and 32 sections. It once housed nearly 10,000 monks, and is proud of its glorious history during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera means hailstone in Tibetan, and legend tells that it hailed during the foundation of this famous monastery.

If we have time we will also visit the Tibet Museum, which showcases the long, fascinating, and often-turbulent history of the region.
Snowland Hotel or similar
DAY 04
Today you will depart from Lhasa and on to your next destination. If you are going to the airport, you can take the shuttle bus to the airport for free.

If you would like to experience more of the “rooftop of the world”, then you can extend your trip to other fantastic places in Tibet. Just click on the link for Tibet Programs to find out more!

Tour Inclusions

1. Lhasa airport CAAC bus transfers (with Tibet Tour Permit.)
Expense of entry permit to Lhasa
2 days English-speaking guided tour with city transport
Economy hotel stay

Tibet Travel Permit: We will apply on your behalf FOR FREE.

Tour  exclusions

1. Flight ticket or train ticket;
2. Admissions to sightseeing places;
3. Meals;
4. Tips.

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If you wish to have better accommodation (4 or 5 star hotels), please check our standard package and deluxe package.

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