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How to Spend 2 Days in Lhasa

How to Spend 2 Days in Lhasa

With two days in the fascinating city of Lhasa, you’ll have enough time to take things easy on day one to acclimatize to the elevation—Lhasa is at 11,990 feet (3,656 meters) above sea level—but still take in many of the city’s highlights at a leisurely pace. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in Lhasa.

Day 1: Visit Monasteries Around Lhasa

**Morning:**In the morning, head to the Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet, just outside Lhasa. It’s a large complex with lots to see, but not so big that you’ll get worn out on your first day at high altitude. The colorful paintings on the cliffs above the monastery are a highlight.

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, a famous university monastery where young monks energetically debate Buddhist philosophy in the courtyard. Those interested in local culture or religion should be sure to catch a debate, which are open to the public and usually take place midafternoon.

**Night:**Indulge in some local culture this evening, with a traditional operatic or musical show combined with a hearty Tibetan meal. Combining elements of Tibetan and Chinese traditions, these performances are a fun way to experience traditional cultural practices.

Day 2: Lhasa’s Holiest Sites

**Morning:**Chances are, by day two you will be more ready for some physical activity. This morning, visit Potala Palace, Lhasa’s iconic 7th-century palace that was once the home of the Dalai Lamas. The huge, whitewashed stone building is impressive from the outside, plus there’s a lot to see inside, too.

**Afternoon:**Centrally located in the center of the old-town area, Jokhang Temple is the holiest temple in Tibet, and worshippers flock to the temple to prostrate themselves in prayer. Spend this afternoon perusing the temple’s impressive Buddhist statues and mandalas and taking in the wonderful views of Lhasa from its rooftop.

**Night:**Potala Palace is beautifully lit up at night, so take a stroll here on your final evening. Enjoy a relaxed meal afterwards, with Tibetan and mainstream Chinese cuisine available all over the city.Momos (steamed dumplings) andthukpa (noodle soup) are a delicious and warming way to round off your visit.

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3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

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Enjoy the services of a guide and driver without prepaying attraction tickets on this group tour that checks off the Lhasa highlights over just three nights. See the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street, and Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and share a meal with members of your group. Tour includes travel permits and 2-way transfers between your hotel and the station or the airport.
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  • 4 days
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US$473.69
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US$473.69
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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

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Discover one of Tibet’s most important landmarks one this half-day tour of the Potala Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Potala Palace was home to the Dalai Lama until 1959. Today, the enormous structure—which has more than 1,000 rooms—is one of Tibet’s top attractions. Meet your guide directly in your hotel lobby, and transfer via taxi to the palace. You’ll have several hours to explore before returning via taxi to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$277.64
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US$277.64
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Highlight Tibet Potala Palace Tour with Tibet Travel Expert Guide

Highlight Tibet Potala Palace Tour with Tibet Travel Expert Guide

Visit one of Lhasa's highlights, the unmissable Potala Palace, the easy way on this small group tour. Your English-speaking guide will accompany you throughout the palace, explaining the cultural and historic significance of the enormous building. Enjoy panoramic views of Lhasa from the top, and be amazed by the solid architecture of the previous home of the Dalai Lamas.
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  • 4 hours
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US$94.74
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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch

Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch

See Lhasa's two main attractions on this 9-hour private tour to Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. You'll learn about the area's rich history and see collections of artifacts with a private guide. Lunch is included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$800.00
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US$800.00
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Live action opera show Princess Wencheng

Live action opera show Princess Wencheng

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In a dramatic mountain setting outside Lhasa, Princess Wencheng is a live action spectacular with a cast of hundreds. Running during the summer season, it tells the tale of the Chinese princess Wencheng, who traveled to Tibet to marry King Songtsen Gampo around 1,400 years ago. Prebook your tickets through Viator with confidence. They include hotel transfers and a guide to help you find your place in the seating area.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$56.00
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US$56.00

2-Day Gyantse and Shigatse Tour from Lhasa

2-Day Gyantse and Shigatse Tour from Lhasa

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This two-day tour to Gyantse and Shigatse from Lhasa is the easy way to visit these must-see Tibetan cities. Your English-speaking local guide will tell you all about the history of these two important places, which are full of cultural sites such as temples and monasteries. On the comfortable overland journey, you’ll get the chance to see the beautiful Tibetan plains and mountains. Tour starts from and returns to Lhasa, for your convenience.
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  • 2 days
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US$358.98
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US$358.98
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2-Day Lake Namtso Experience Small-Group Tour from Lhasa

2-Day Lake Namtso Experience Small-Group Tour from Lhasa

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See the wealth of natural and cultural riches in Tibet on this two-day trip to Lake Namtso. It’s an ideal excursion for travelers short on time in Tibet. See some of the most scenic spots in the region, such as lakes, hot springs, and meditation caves. Plus, experience life in the countryside at a traditional guesthouse. Receive personalized attention on a small-group tour with an English-speaking local guide.
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  • 2 days
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US$352.60
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US$352.60
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4 Day Lhasa City Sightseeing

4 Day Lhasa City Sightseeing

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This 4 days sightseeing group tour from Lhasa is perfect for those who have a smaller budget, yet still want a high quality tour of Tibet. Despite being priced for budget travelers, 3 of your 3 nights in Tibet are at 3-Star, Tibetan-owned hotels which is currently one of the very few group tours in Tibet that offers such high quality hotels at a budget price! In addition, your English-speaking Tibetan expert guide will help you learn more about the unique culture and religion of Tibet.
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  • 4 days
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US$1,157.90
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US$1,157.90
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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

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Travel with ease between two of Tibet’s top attractions on an 8-hour tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple from Lhasa. Head first to Potala Palace  — World Heritage site and the highest palace in the world — and take a guided tour of the ornate Red and White palaces. See, too, the UNESCO-listed Jokhang Temple, a 7th-century structure that exemplifies Tibetan Buddhist architecture. Small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 8 hours
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US$236.80
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US$236.80
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