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Tucked into Lhasa’s iconic Red Hill, Potala Palace is the highest palace in the world, with its main structure sitting more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Its sprawling structures are divided into two parts, known as the Red and White palaces. Travelers who venture to this religious Mecca will find a center devoted to Buddhist prayer and impressive, detailed murals located inside the Great West Hall. The Dharma Cave and Saint’s Chapel date all the way back to the seventh century, offering visitors a chance to connect with Tibet’s rich history in a truly unique way.

The White Palace, which once housed local Tibetan government, now serves as the living quarters for the Dalai Lama. It’s also home to a school, seminary, printing house, well-kept gardens and even a jail. In addition to breathtaking views, visitors will find cultural relics, brightly colored murals and hand-carved statues dating back to ancient times.

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May-Oct 7:30am-6:40pm Nov-Apr 9am-4pm
35 Beijing Middle Rd, Lhasa, China
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7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

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This spectacular, and comprehensive tour will help you discover multiple highlights in seven days.You’ll travel between spread out attractions in a comfortable vehicle, and will save time researching and planning your itinerary, as it’s all organized for you. Take the stress out of language barriers, as this tour includes a guide. Highlights included Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery, Karo glacier, and Everest Base Camp. 
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  • 8 days
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$880.00
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$880.00
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Discover one the world’s most wild and ruggedly beautiful regions on this seamless, 5-night tour from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet. Set off in the evening from Beijing and choose a hard-sleeper or soft-sleeper compartment; during your 2-night journey, you’ll pass by some of China’s most remarkable scenery. Upon arrival in Lhasa, enjoy a welcome dinner and settle in at your accommodation. Spend the remaining time exploring the region’s highlights, from the Potala Palace (once home of the Dalai Lama) and Jokhang Temple to the Drepung and Sera Monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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$842.11
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3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

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Check off the spiritual and historic highlights of Lhasa in just three nights on this classic Tibet discovery tour. Spend your first day exploring the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, then get to know your small group and guide over a welcome dinner. Then travel a little further to two of Tibet’s greatest monasteries: Sera and Drepung. Choose between 3-star or 4-star accommodation, which includes breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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$480.00
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$480.00
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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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$473.69
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$473.69
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6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

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Discover the wonders of Tibet on this 6-day tour. You’ll save hours planning your itinerary, as everything is organized for you, including accommodation, and entrance tickets. Make the most of your time, and visit multiple cities, while traveling in a comfortable vehicle, with a guide. Highlights include Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Potala Palace in Lhasa. You’ll also visit attractions in Gyantse, and Shigatse.
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  • 6 days
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$757.90
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15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

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Explore Tibet with a 15-day tour that travels from Lhasa to the northern and far western regions. Highlights includes Potala Palace, and the Drepung and Sera Monasteries in Lhasa; camping at Everest Base Camp with views of Mt Everest; and trekking around Mt Kailash. See several UNESCO World Heritage sites, the sacred Yamdrok Lake on the way to Shigatse, remote monasteries, and an abundance of stunning scenery.
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  • 15 days
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$2,221.06
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$2,221.06
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6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Group Tour

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Visit Lhasa and Lake Namtso during a 6-day tour that goes to key UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural attractions in Tibet. Take in Lhasa highlights over three days including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, and Barkhor Street. Then take an overnight tour to Lake Namtso where you can soak in the spectacular scenery before returning for your final night in Lhasa.
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  • 6 days
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$800.00
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$800.00
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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
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$277.64
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$277.64
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4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

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Discover the highlights of Lhasa with your own private guide on a 4-day tour of Tibet’s capital. See UNESCO World Heritage sites and landmarks such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and Drepung Monastery, and travel with ease in a private vehicle with hotel or airport pickup and drop-off provided. Admission tickets are purchased on your own, which leaves flexibility to visit the sites that you want.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$621.31
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$621.31
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5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

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This convenient five-day tour of Lhasa and nearby areas is an ideal tour for travelers who want to see the cultural and natural beauty of Tibet but don’t have weeks to explore. Everything will be arranged for you, so you can just enjoy the cultural treasures of Lhasa, including the unmissable Potala Palace and other monasteries. Plus, visit Lake Namtso on an easy overnight excursion, one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet.
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  • 6 days
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$790.00
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$790.00
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8 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Group Tour

8 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Group Tour

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For those who want to explore the old Lhasa city and the holy Mt Everest, this 8 days Everest Base Camp tour package is the ideal one. Starting from Lhasa city, you will visit some landmarks such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. Then, you will head to Shigatse to enjoy the beauty of Mt Everest on Everest Base Camp. Finally, we come back to Lhasa from Shigatse. Here are some details about this itinerary.
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  • 8 days
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$1,105.27
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$1,105.27

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

Travel along one of the world’s most spectacular rail routes during this multi-day, train adventure from Shanghai to Lhasa. Pass by stunning mountain views and scenic provincial villages as you head deep off the beaten track. In Lhasa, you’ll enjoy time to hit the highlights, from the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace to Tibetan handicraft stalls. The tour includes four-star accommodation and visits to two of Tibet’s most fabled monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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$815.79
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$815.79

7-Day Small Group Lhasa,Yamdrotso Lake,Everest Base Camp Tour end at Kathmandu

7-Day Small Group Lhasa,Yamdrotso Lake,Everest Base Camp Tour end at Kathmandu

This small group tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu follows the Sino-Nepal highway, which offers you amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan countryside. Visit the old cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and cover all the highlights, give you a complete impression of Tibetan religion, cultural and breathtaking landscape.The highlighted trip to Everest Base Camp will be your life-time memory. The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue.
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  • 7 days
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$1,032.90
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$1,032.90
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13 Days Lhasa Mt.EBC Mt. Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour

13 Days Lhasa Mt.EBC Mt. Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour

Mt.Kailash is recognized as the holiest mountain in the world, Tibetan Buddhism believes it represents immense happiness. Its snowed-capped peaks always shine in the sunshine and with holy light. Many Pilgrimage followers were attracted to there year by year. With its special mountain shape, it is quite different from surrounding peaks. With the view of This mysterious holy mountain, people could deeply feel pious and wonders of religion.
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  • 13 days
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$2,368.43
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$2,368.43

4-Day Small Group Lhasa Classic City Tour from Sanya

4-Day Small Group Lhasa Classic City Tour from Sanya

This small group tour included all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street,Sera Monastery and Drepung Monstery. The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 4 days
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$514.48
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$514.48
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Tibet: Culture adventure and expedition to Everest Base Camp

Tibet: Culture adventure and expedition to Everest Base Camp

This is a classic itinerary to Mt.Everest. Adventurers will have two days to explore the life of Lhasa and get acclimatized to high altitude before they travel to Everest Base Camp. You will experience local culture and genuine communication with locals.such as Thangka Painting, local home-made food cooking class, Teaching Tibet language writing ,See the On-the-spot Monk Debate in the Debating . On the way from Lhasa to Mt. Everest, we will pass many amazing attractions which will make your eyes busy, such as Cycling around one of four particularly holy lakes,Visit a Barley Mill to explore locals'diet and see how traditional Tibetan food is made.View a Panorama of the Himalaya at Gyawula Pass, Glaciers, Heritage Towns and others . You get the chance to see Everest Peak closely and having a walk around. The night view of the universe near the highest place of the world is amazing. You will experience new and interesting things every day. Travel should be like this.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$4,221.06
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$4,221.06

6-Day Small Group Lhasa City and Holy Lake Namtso Tour from Suzhou

6-Day Small Group Lhasa City and Holy Lake Namtso Tour from Suzhou

This small group tour included all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street,Sera Monastery and Drepung Monstery. Learn the religion and culture in the captial city of Tibet then impressed by the breathtaking holy lake Namtso, known as the world highest saline lake and surrounded by magnificent views of Nyenchen Thanglha snow-capped mountain range. And Damxung Prairie----the home of Tibetan nomads and their animals live harmony with nature.The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$805.27
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$805.27
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Highlights of Lhasa Tibet Tour 3 Nights 4 Days

Highlights of Lhasa Tibet Tour 3 Nights 4 Days

Lhasa is the ancient city and holy abode of Dalai Lamas. The city is filled up with many historical, religious and cultural landmarks. Tour to Lhasa offers visits these cultural sites with your guide several of them being UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Potala Palace, Norbulinka and Jokhang temple. Thousand of pilgrims with religious purpose including travelers from around the world visits Lhasa. Sightseeing in Lhasa will take you to several cultural sites like Potala Palace, Norbulinka, Jokhang temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (have a close look of the boisterous monk debate at these monasteries), Barkhor market. Lhasa tour is a fly-in/fly-out program that commences from Kathmandu, Nepal. 03 Nights 04 Days Lhasa Tour is the best way to discover Tibetan culture and heritage sites and witnessing the daily lives of the people living at the world’s highest location.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$750.00
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$750.00
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4-Day Small Group Lhasa Classic City Tour from Chongqing

4-Day Small Group Lhasa Classic City Tour from Chongqing

This small group tour included all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street,Sera Monastery and Drepung Monstery. The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$514.48
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$514.48
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5-Day Small Group Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour from Xi'an

5-Day Small Group Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour from Xi'an

This small group tour covers all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street,Drepung monastery, Sera monastery. Impressed by one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the Yamdrok lake at an altitude of 4400m, enjoy the magnificent view of the Nychenchen Khangsar mountain(the highest mountain near Lhasa) and pastures of local herders.The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$684.22
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$684.22
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6-Day Private Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour

6-Day Private Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour

On this classic Tibet tour, you will witness the unforgettable ancient culture of Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse. It includes the World Heritage Sites - the Potala and Jokhang Temples, two of three main Gelugpa monasteries - the Drepung and Sera, the holy lake of Yamdrok Tso, Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier, the historical architectural wonder - Gyangtse Kumbum, the seat of the Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery along with the large alive market nearby.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,045.27
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$1,045.27
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10-Day Small Group Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and Yamdrotso & Namtso Lake Tour

10-Day Small Group Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and Yamdrotso & Namtso Lake Tour

This is a classic itinerary to visit Lhasa, Everest and holy Lake Namtso. The route help you get use to the high altitude gradually. Included all the highlights like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho Monastery.You will also impressed by the stunning natural scenery like Lake Yamdrotso, Karo La Glacier and Himalayas with Mt. Everest and the breathtaking Lake Namtso. The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 10 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,242.11
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$1,242.11
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Central tibet tour to south and north sides with city tour7-8 days

Central tibet tour to south and north sides with city tour7-8 days

guide service local culture everything would make it so special.it would be one of the most unforgettable time in your life.the people the culture tour atmosphere.tibet autonomous region is the highest from the world you will bring the best luck back to home from the peak of the world.guiding knowledge and service would make your trip so unique.best knowledge for bot sides of culture religion and customs also the local sites.make the trip so wonderful and full of adventures.best trip ever.an importance to let the travelers know tibet is different from other.for the westerners need tibet permit to enter tibet without it non traveler can enter tibet.to apply tibet permit we need time so a month or half at-least in advance before the day of travel.within it will apply it and send to you.this way could enter tibet in the day of travel.deposit money in advance too just for confirm our work.we start to pay the bookings and permits in advance so that just to make sure.book the trip yr earlier
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,157.90
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6-Day Small Group Lhasa City and Holy Lake Namtso Tour from Xi'an

6-Day Small Group Lhasa City and Holy Lake Namtso Tour from Xi'an

This small group tour included all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street,Sera Monastery and Drepung Monstery. Learn the religion and culture in the captial city of Tibet then impressed by the breathtaking holy lake Namtso, known as the world highest saline lake and surrounded by magnificent views of Nyenchen Thanglha snow-capped mountain range. And Damxung Prairie----the home of Tibetan nomads and their animals live harmony with nature.The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$805.27
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What are Potala Palace hours of operation?
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Potala Palace hours of operation: May-Oct 7:30am-6:40pm Nov-Apr 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Potala Palace tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Potala Palace can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 162 Potala Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Potala Palace 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Potala Palace costs USD 52.64. Guided Potala Palace tours start around USD 52.64 per person. See all 162 Potala Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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