Your Tibetan journey begins in Lhasa, the “Place of the Gods”. Explore the magnificent Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama and the world’s highest ancient palace. This world heritage site is divided into the Red Palace and the White Palace, adorned with murals depicting the story of Tibet and filled with artefacts from Tibetan history. Climb to the roof to get a closer look at the exquisite flower-and-bell-shaped spires of the golden roof, aswell as breathtaking views of the city. From here you can make your way to Jokhang Temple (“House of Buddha”), the holiest destination for Tibetan pilgrims. Inside you’ll find Jokhang’s oldest and most precious artefact, a life-sized sitting statue of Shakyamuni Buddha when he was 12 years old, gilded and adorned with jewels. This is the most sacred statue in Tibet. The Great Prayer Festival is held in the temple every Tibetan New Year.
Explore Tibet’s largest man-made garden at Norbulingka, the “Park of Treasure” and the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Chill out while you observe the beautiful rare plants and serene water features of the garden. Appreciate the extraordinary Tibetan architecture of the three surrounding palaces and visit inside to view remarkable murals, Buddha statues and ancient artefacts. Mingle with the locals at Barkhor Street Market before unwinding with some traditional Tibetan wine. Which is a favorite of many of our own staff!
We will take you to Namtso Lake by road, witnessing incredible sights and frequently stopping to take it all in. Our itineraries are focused around you so you will have plenty of time. The mountain lake Namtso is natural beauty at it’s very best, with vivid blue skies reflected on the water. It is an incredible sight. You can explore the area on foot or on horseback, and prepare to be rendered speechless. In the evening you can retire to your lakeside guesthouse, sipping wine and swapping stories with other travelers until late into the night!
The next day you can return to Lhasa to experience the Tibet Museum’s extensive range of fascinating artefacts dating back to prehistoric times. Pay a visit to the magnificent fifteenth-century Sera Monastery, to observe the stunning murals, statues and scriptures written in gold powder. If we’re lucky, we’ll see Buddhist monks engaged in heated religious debates. You can venture outside of Lhasa to the traditional farming community of Namba Village, to see tsampa processing mills and nomads passing through.