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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Lhasa, China

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • 8-hour tour of two Tibetan UNESCO World Heritage sites from Lhasa
  • Travel with ease between Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
  • Explore the ornate Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world
  • Visit the 7th-century Jokhang Temple, a vibrant example of Tibetan Buddhist architecture
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
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Small-group (2-12 persons)
English-speaking Tibetan guide
Clients' Hotel Pickup and drop-off
City tour tourist vehicle
Liability travel insurance
Drinking water provided during the trip
Entrance fees of tourist sites
Tibet Travel Permit USD $50 per person

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup Point: Clients' Hotel in Lhasa downtown
Dates: Daily
Seeoff point: Clients' Hotel in Lhasa downtown

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your tour begins with pickup from the Gang Gyan hotel in central Lhasa at 9:30am, when you’ll board a vehicle destined for the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace.

Following a 15-minute drive, you’ll arrive at the world’s highest palace, located a whopping 39,370 feet (12,000 meters) above sea level. Home to more than 1,000 rooms, the regal residence is split into the Red Palace and the White Palace.   

Admire highlights such as the Great West Hall, The Dharma Cave, and Saint’s Chapel, all of which date back to the 7th century, before stopping to purchase a Chinese- or Tibetan-style lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.

Following lunch, you’ll continue to Jokhang Temple, considered one of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments, to admire the shrines, statues, and shops that comprise the temple.

Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Potala Palace
Meet your guide at your hotel in central Lhasa at 9:30am. Hop aboard your climate-controlled vehicle for the short drive to Potala Palace. The majestic UNESCO-listed palace, which towers over the city of Lhasa, was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama and has over 1,000 rooms, with a history dating back to the seventh century AD. You'll have until noon to explore this magnificent sight, with its glorious gilded burial stupas and vast walls. King Songtsen Gampo, founder of the Tibetan Empire, may have been the first to build a palace on this site, and it's possible to visit the cave where he allegedly meditated. At noon, it's time to break for lunch. This is at your own expense, but your tour guide will be happy to give you recommendations of Tibetan or Chinese restaurants.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Barkhor Street
From here, stroll to Barkhor Street, which runs around the temple. Join pilgrims and locals in circling the shrine, a practice known as kora, or shop for traditional Tibetan handicrafts, souvenirs, or snacks.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jokhang Temple
After lunch, it's another short drive across town to the UNESCO-listed Jokhang Temple, reportedly also founded by Songtsen Gampo, and one of the world's great monuments to Buddhism. Highlights include a statue of the young Gautama Buddha, aged around 12, that's probably the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Book at least 20 days in advance so tour operator may attain your Tibet Permit. Tibet Permit will be delivered to customers' delivery address / hotel address in one city of China. Please note your tour operator will contact you after the booking is confirmed.
  • Travelers are required to provide photocopy of passports and China L visas at least 20 days prior to travel date.
  • Notice: Customers' airport pick-up and drop-off in Lhasa need be arranged by tour supplier. If customers fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu, please do not apply for China L Visa in advance, because customers need apply for their Tibet Group Visa from China Embassy in Kathmandu via travel agency. Before that, they need ask for invitation letter from tour supplier. If customers fly or take a train to Lhasa from one city of China, they need apply for their China L Visa from China Embassy in their country.
  • A valid passport and China L Visa used to apply for Tibet Permit are required on the travelling period
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Travelers who got a Tibet Travel Permit from another travel agency cannot book this day tour
  • Travelers are required to book multiple day tours from the same suppliers if their plan includes multiple destinations in Tibet
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tibet Vista

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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