Duration: 8 days
Best Time to Go: Spring, Summer, Fall
From: $2,378 USD
Imagine how awesome it would be to take the Rail into Lhasa. Fully explore the Dalai Lama’s home and its surrounding monasteries and treasures.
Day 1. Take a morning flight to Xi’ning. Be greeted by our local guide and transferred to the Xi’ning Railway Station to board the train with soft berth. The train ride to Lhasa from Xi’ning is about 1,960km, taking about 24 hours where you can enjoy the scenery pass you by.
Day 2. The train will hit the Tibetan Plateau after passing both the Kunlun Mountain Pass and Tanggula Mountain Pass. Arrive in Lhasa at 14:30pm. When you arrive at Lhasa you will be greeted by our local guide and transferred to the hotel. After a short break in the hotel, visit the Barkhor Market around the Jokhang Temple, where we can join the Tibetan pilgrim circling around Jokhang Temple on Barkhor Street. A leisure walk will help you acclimate to the high altitude especially after the long day on the train.
Day 3. Visit the World Heritage Site Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. Afterward, you will visit Jokhang Temple, also founded in the 7th century and also listed as a World Heritage Site. It is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex.
Day 4. Early in the morning, you will explore the Drepung Monastery which was one of Tibet’s largest monastery and monastic universities. In the afternoon visit the Sera Monastery. It is known as one of the three great monasteries of Tibet alongside Drepung and Ganden.
Day 5. In the morning. drive 20km to Namtso Lake. It is one of the three Saint Lakes of Tibet and shrouded in a veil of mystery and sanctity.
Day 6. After breakfast, drive 150km to Tsedang, the birthplace of the earliest Tibetans and the political and economic center of Shannan Prefecture. Located in the mountain area of Chanang County, the Samye Monastery is the first temple built in Tibet owning all the three Buddhist treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Monks.
Day 7. In the morning, drive to visit King’s Tombs, buried here are the kings, the ministers, and the royal concubines from the 29th Tuboking to the last. Afterward, drive to Yumbu-Lha Khang and Trandruk Monastery, one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, a significant stop for Tibetan pilgrims.
Day 8. After Breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight home. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Lhasa before transferring to the airport leaving Lhasa.