While ideally Tibet like many other beautiful places on this planet deserves more of your time. Some travellers are on a tight schedule and can only stay 3 or 4 days in Tibet. To help travellers on a tight schedule making a short Lhasa tour, Tibet Travel Expert introduce here a few options of customizable Short Lhasa Tour 3-4 Days. This allows travellers to not only visit the must-see attractions of Lhasa but also enjoy nearby highland nature views of fantastic mountain landscapes and turquoise holy lakes. With many options in and around Lhasa, travelers can even customize your itineraries in a variety of ways!
Short Lhasa Tour Day 1: Lhasa Arrival
Firstly, travelers with a tight schedule should choose to arrive in Lhasa by flight. It’s quick and energy-reserving for the coming tour in Lhasa. There are many cities in inland China that have direct flights to Lhasa. You can also fly directly from Kathmandu, Nepal. Although your travel time in Lhasa is short, we advise you to rest upon arrival and not to overexert yourself. Your first day in Lhasa is especially important. Remember that a good rest to acclimatize to the highland altitude is always crucial for your well-being of the next few days in Tibet. We also encourage travellers to drink lots of water.
Short Lhasa Tour Day 2: Lhasa Highlights
There are several famous sights in Lhasa city which you shouldn’t miss. Must-see attractions include Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Travelers usually visit these places on the 2nd day after their arrival, and we can customize the 3rd day’s itinerary to suit travelers’ interests! Some also choose to visit Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama, while others may choose to visit Drepung Monastery, once one of the largest monasteries in the world. In addition, on the afternoon of the second day, a majority of travelers opt to see the famous debating monks at Sera Monastery!
1 Day Lhasa Highlights Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
1 Day Lhasa Monastery Tour: Norbulingka or Drepung Monastery; Sera Monastery in the afternoon with lama debating ceremony
Short Lhasa Tour Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing
With the vast number of Tibet Travel destinations in and around Lhasa, travelers on a tight schedule don’t have to miss out on what Tibet has to offer. On the 3rd day, we suggest you to choose an excursion outside of Lhasa city to make the most of your short stay. Many destinations are all within a day’s drive of Lhasa. They allow you to not only learn the culture and history but also enjoy the natural beauty of Tibet.
1 Day Outside Lhasa Excursion: Lhasa > Ganden Monastery > Drak Yerpa > Lhasa (160km, 4hr-ish drive)
1 Day Outside Lhasa Excursion: Lhasa > Holy Lake Yamdrotso > Karola Glacier > Lhasa (280km, 6hrs-ish drive)
1 Day Outside Lhasa Excursion: Lhasa > Namtso > Yampachen Hot Springs > Lhasa (500km, 8hrs-ish drive)
1 Day Outside Lhasa Excursion: Lhasa > Samye > Lhasa (280km, 6hrs-ish drive)
Short Lhasa Tour Day 4: Departure from Lhasa
Lhasa Gonggar Airport is about 1 hour and a half of drive away from downtown Lhasa. This means that you need to depart from your hotel to the airport 3 hours in advance. Usually, no sightseeing is arranged on this day. However, if your flight is in the afternoon or evening, you can enjoy more free time in Lhasa. We strongly suggest you go to Barkhor Street to spend your last moments in Lhasa. You can have a Tibetan meal here, drink yak butter tea in leisure, taste handmade yogurt, or do some last minute shopping of colourful Tibetan handicrafts, etc.
Tibet Travel Expert is always happy to offer suggestions. We help travellers take maximum advantage of your limited time in Lhasa! Lhasa is only a few hours away by air from many major cities of China. If you are not sure whether Lhasa can be squeezed into your tight schedule, please contact Tibet Travel Expert at [email protected]. We also provide free suggestion for other Tibet tour questions.