Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world head to Tibet to experience some of the most stunning scenery, incredible monasteries and mysterious religious culture in the world.
There are many different Tibet tours but the following four classical routes are the routes travelers should not miss.
4 Days Lhasa City Tour
This 4-day tour in Lhasa will let you explore the fascinating Tibetan culture and Himalayan lifestyle. This tour covers all three world heritage sites in the city: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Tourists will visit the Drepung Monastery, which used to be a seat of central government until the 5th Dalai Lama built Potala Palace. Later travelers can expect to enjoy the monks debate on the Buddhist doctrines in the Sera monastery.
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6 Day Central Tibet Culture Tour
This tour includes three of the biggest ancient cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. By visiting these places, tourists will get an overview of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dream-like landscapes. The highlights of this tour will be the Tibetan architectural treasure, Potala Palace, Jokhang and Sera Monasteries, Holy Yamdrok Lake and Karo glacier as well as Tashilumpo Monastery, which stores the largest copper Buddha statue in the world.
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8 Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour
This is a classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and Everest Base Camp. If you are used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries that cover the all the Lhasa main tourist sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monasteries as well as Gyantse Kumbum and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho Monastery.
Tourists will see natural wonders such as the beautiful sacred Lake Yamdrok Tso and Karo glacier with beautiful views of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world from Everest Base Camp.
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15 Day Kailash and Manasarova Tour
Mount Kailash is recognized as the lofty mountain in the world, and the center of the world by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, the native religion in Tibet and Jainism. At 6656 meters above sea level, Mount Kailash, shaped like a pyramid, is the main peak of Gangdise Range with symmetrical sides.
Historically, there were many Chinese and foreign monks preaching there. Thus, it became the center of worship for four sects a long time ago, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. Along with Mount Olympus in the east, this is a place tens of thousands of pilgrims from China, India and Nepal are fascinated to visit.
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