Lhasa and Ganden Tour

Lhasa and Ganden Tour

Trip Overview

  • Trip Duration
    Trip Duration 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Destination
    Destination Tibet

About the Trip

Enjoy this multi-day tour, which covers the historical sites like The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Bakor Street and the three major monasteries in Tibet: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Ganden Monastery. Apart from that tourists will have the opportunity to trek Lingkor (circle) and see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave.

Trip Highlights

  • Potala Palace: Winter palace of the Dalai Lama
  • Jokhang Temple: Spiritual Center for Buddhists in Tibet
  • Barkhor street: This street surrounds the Johkang Temple and is filled with pilgrims and wide range of souvenirs.
  • Ganden Monastery: one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet
  • Drepung Monstery: Drepung used to be a seat of central government until the 5th Dalai Lama built Potala Palace.
  • Sera Monastery: Another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, the hot attraction is monks debate.


  • All necessary travel permits for Tibet (excluding the Chinese visa)
  • Tourist bus/minibus transportation with experienced local driver during tour
  • Tourist bus/minibus transportation between airport/train station and Hotel at designated period of time
  • Experienced Local Tibetan private guide
  • 4 nights of 3-star hotel twin sharing accommodation with breakfast (B.B)
  • One welcome or welfare dinner
  • All admission fee of tourists sites listed in the itinerary


  • Chinese visa
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Tips to driver and tour guide
  • Single room supplement if clients request a private room in hotel

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:Arrival in Lhasa
  • Day 2:Lhasa City, Potala Palace and Barkhor Street (B,D)
  • Day 3:Monasteries in Lhasa, Drepung and Sera (B).
  • Day 4:Ganden Monastery Tour (B)
  • Day 5:Depart from Lhasa (B).

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Lhasa

After arriving in Lhasa, local tour guide will welcome you at the airport/train station, then transfer the guests to the hotel. Acclimatize the high altitude in the hotel.

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 2:Lhasa City, Potala Palace and Barkhor Street (B,D)

The tour will begin from UNESCO World Heritage site – Potala Palace, which is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It’s situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It’s a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artifacts.

Then continue to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual center for Buddhists in Tibet. Next to the temple there is Bakhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry.

Day 3:Monasteries in Lhasa, Drepung and Sera (B).

In the morning, tourists are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416. Ganden palace is used as Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.


Afternoon, Sera Monastery—It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon.

Day 4:Ganden Monastery Tour (B)

Drive to the Ganden Monastery which is one of the “Great Three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The main sight is Serdung, which contains the tomb of Tsongkhapa. It is very interesting to trek Lingkor (circle around the monastery) and clients can also see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave containing many religious statues, and enjoy the beautiful view of Lhasa valley.

Day 5:Depart from Lhasa (B).

Transfer clients to the airport or train station

5 Days / 4 Nights
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