Overview

This tour will take you to explore the most favorable festival in summer—Shoton Festival. The traditional Shoton Festival begins with an exhibition of a huge Buddha image. The main content of this festival is to perform and see Tibetan opera, and wonderful yak-races and equestrian performances. The festival will take place from June 29 to July 1 in the Tibetan calendar.

After your arrival, you will have a Lhasa sightseeing tour as well as enjoy the Shoton Festival. You can visit various kinds of activities, such as Tibetan opera and Buddha painting show.

Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your tour guide and driver will wait for you at the airport or Lhasa railway station. Then they will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of time is free. You can stay in your hotel or walk around the hotel. Have a good night.

Overnight stay in Lhasa

Day 2: Lhasa Tour

The Potala Palace—It once was the seat for the Dalai Lama in winter. It is said one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. It shows the history of Tibet. There preserves many valuable collections, among which the most valuable is the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas. Besides, there are also many beautiful mural paintings.

The Jokhang Temple—It is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. Numbers of pilgrims travel from different part of Tibet in order to make a pilgrimage around the Jokhang Temple.

Barkhor Street—It is an ancient local market. You can buy some local handicrafts as memory. You can drink sweet tea and watch local Tibetan opera here.

Overnight stay in Lhasa

Day 3: Shoton Festival

Today you can enjoy the Shoton Festival in Lhasa with local Tibetans. Get up early to get to the Drepung Monastery to enjoy the opening ceremony of the Shoton Festival—an exhibition of a huge Buddha tangka covering the entire hillside. Visitors will find Senior Lamas and monks chanting sutras together.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Norbulingka Palace to watch some local operas and dramas.

Overnight stay in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa—Namtso

In the morning, you will be picked up and driven to Namtso Lake. In Tibetan, Namtso means the “Heavenly Lake”. It is the second largest salt lake in China. It is located in the northwest from Lhasa. The water of the lake on a sunny day appears green in color. And the lake is surrounded by many snow mountains and nomad tents. The water is so clear that you may see the bottom of the lake. Closing to the lake may relieve your stress and reach the harmony with your body and mind. You can have a walk around the lake in the afternoon. Then drive back to Lhasa. And your tour ends today.

Overnight stay in Lhasa

Day 5: Lhasa Departure

After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport or Lhasa railway station and help you board a flight or train. You are welcomed to come to Lhasa again!