Fly in Fly out Tibet Tour
Fly in Fly out Tibet Tour Overview
Lhasa. The name itself means "Place of the Gods" and when you stand overlooking the Potala Palace and the Kyichu River, you will understand how the city got its name. The city is and feels like it is on the top of the world as 3,650 meters above sea level. It is only an hour flight from Kathmandu, but when you land at the airport in Lhasa, you will feel like you have left the rest of the world behind.
This tour focuses in and around the capital city of Lhasa. The traditional home of the Dalai Lama, Lhasa's architecture will impress and amaze you. The high mountain backdrops simply add to the sacredness of the place.
Visit the palace, famous for having 10,000 rooms. While your tour won't take you through all 10,000, you will stand amazed at the sheer size of the Potala Palace which was home to at one time thousands of monks. There are huge gardens and temples as well as bustling market places to explore.
GA Travels will make this dream come true as we put together the ideal package for exploring Lhasa.
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Kathmandu to Lhasa: From Kathmandu, the flight to Lhasa is uphill all the way as your plane passes over the High Himalayas along the Nepal/Tibetan border. From here, fly over the Tibetan Plateau until an hour later you reach the Lhasa Gonggar Airport. It is an hour flight, followed by an hour ride to your hotel where you will spend the day resting and acclimatizing to Lhasa's high elevation.
DAY 2 – Lhasa: Today is a day full of sightseeing as you will travel to Potala Palace and Norbunlinka. The palace contains 10,000 rooms and is built into the side of the mountain. It's unique design was first constructed centuries ago by King Songtsen Gompa. After a tour of the magnificent palace, you will visit the incredible Norbulinka park. The name literally means "Treasure Park" and this manmade park covers an area of 360,000 square meters. It is the largest garden in Tibet, and its area will be a delight to behold.
DAY 3 – Lhasa: Today will be another day of sightseeing in the city as you visit the monasteries of Sera, Jokhang and Sera. Sera is located 5 km north of the city in one of the most picturesque settings. It once was home of 5,000 monks, but was pretty much extinguished by the Chinese after their takeover of Tibet. Jokhang Temple is in the heart of Old Lhasa, which houses the most sacred relic: the Golden Shakyamuni Buddha. At the end of the day, explore the Barkhor marketplace with its religious and social significance for the people of Lhasa.
DAY 4 – Lhasa: Today is a free day to do shopping, resting or additional sightseeing in Lhasa
DAY 5 – Return to Kathmandu: Return today to the Lhasa Gonggar Airport. It has been an exciting few days. There is more to explore in Tibet, as well as opportunities to go to Bhutan or discover more in Nepal. Be sure to talk to your representative at GA Travels about additional adventures while in South Asia.