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In the 1930s the Drepung Monastery ranked among the largest monasteries is the world with between 7,000 and 10,000 monks from various countries living on its grounds at any given time. Its colorful halls were once divided into four schools for monks from Mongolia, Khampas and two other nearby regions. And while the number of monks has dropped to approximately 2,000, Drepung is now divided into seven colleges where men venture to learn about lineage, religion and geography.

In 2008, Chinese authorities shut Drepung down after monks led what became a violent protest against Chinese rule. After that, it didn't open to the public until 2013. Now travelers can explore the caves and temples around the grounds and step inside the iconic white pagodas tucked amid the hillside. Ganden Potrang, one of the most popular sites of Drepung Monastery, originally served as a residence for the second, third, fourth and fifth Dalai Lamas, before becoming a political and religious meeting place. While travelers agree the monastery’s buildings are certainly impressive, it’s the vast courtyards and dense forests that make this famous destination a perfect place for finding peaceful reflection.

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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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5-Night Lhasa City Private Tour

5-Night Lhasa City Private Tour

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Travelers interested in learning about the culture, traditions, and religion of Tibet will enjoy this carefully planned tour. You’ll visit some of the most important Tibetan Buddhist sites in Lhasa, including the must-see Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, various monasteries, and more. As well as comfortable four-star accommodation you’ll also spend a night in a homestay, so you can learn more about the daily life and customs of ordinary Tibetans.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$730.53
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8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

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This comprehensive tour will take you to many of Tibet’s top attractions. You won’t have to worry about arranging transport, as transfers and accommodation are organized for you. Save time researching places to visit, and instead enjoy your action-packed itinerary, which has been carefully planned so you don’t miss any highlights. Best parts of the tour include Drepung Monastery, and Potala Palace in Lhasa, Lake Yamdroktso, Shigatse, Gyantse, and Mt. Everest. 
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  • 8 days
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$1,116.00
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$1,116.00
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8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

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Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Lhasa 8 Days Tour covered the essence spots.  The tourists shall launched towards Lhasa, experiencing the holy city, which abundant with the Tibetan Buddhist culture.  Here stand with the highest palace in the world – the Potala Palace, The holy worship place – Jokhang Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Monastery – Drepung Monastery, and famous Sera Monastery which is attracted with the Monks debate.  Depart from Lhasa, on the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4990 m), pass by the sacred Yamdrok Lake with the reputation of Heavenly Lake.  In Shigatse you may visit the residence of Penchen – Tashilunpo Monastery.  Finally, receives the ablution of the world’s highest peak at the Everest Base Camp.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,335.53
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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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10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

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This well-designed tour will help you to discover most of the wonders from Lhasa to Mt Everest and Lake Namtso. The tour starts with the top holy sites in Lhasa such as Potala Palace which is the landmark of Tibet and Jokhang temple, an ancient temple holds the highest position in Tibetan Buddhism. Then you will head to Gyantse and Shigatse for an adventure tour and get close to Lake Yamdrok and a great many of other attractions on the way. The sunrise at Everest Peak could be a spectacle not to be missed and it may be an unforgettable memory in your life time. The beautiful Lake Namtso and wonderful Yangpachen hot spring are waiting for you on your way back.
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  • 10 days
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$1,464.00
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7-Night Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group Tour

7-Night Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group Tour

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See the cultural and natural highlights of Tibet on this easy seven-night tour. All of your permits, entrance tickets, accommodation, and transportation will be taken care of, so you don’t have to worry about any logistics. Explore the thriving, modern city of Lhasa as well as traditional old villages, for an overview of Tibet. Tour with a small group and an English-speaking local guide, for an intimate and informative trip.
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  • 8 days
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$980.00
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$980.00
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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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$2,160.00
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$2,160.00
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5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

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Visit the three largest cities in Central Tibet—Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse—and get a good overview of the culture and landscape of the region on this convenient five-night tour. You don’t have to worry about any permits, transportation, or accommodation, as it’s all taken care of for you. Travel in a comfortable mini-bus, make new friends on a small-group tour, and learn about Tibet first-hand from a local guide.
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  • 6 days
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$770.00
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$770.00
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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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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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$800.00
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$800.00
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6-Night Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

6-Night Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

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This 7-day overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu follows the Sino-Nepal highway, which offer you amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan countryside. The visit to the old cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, will give you a complete impression of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape. The highlighted trip to Everest Base Camp en route will be a life-time memory to overcome yourself and get higher to the top of the world. Notes: Please book this tour 20 days in advance, letting us have enough time to apply for your Tibet Travel Permit and then send it to you.
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  • 7 days
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$980.00
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$980.00
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4-Night Lhasa Small Group Tour with Ganden Monastery

4-Night Lhasa Small Group Tour with Ganden Monastery

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Enjoy this multi-day tour, which covers historical sites like The Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Bakor street and the three major monasteries in Tibet: Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery. Apart from that you will have the opportunity to trek Lingkor (circle) and you see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave.
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  • 5 days
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$580.00
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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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$924.00
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$924.00
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5 Days Lhasa Tour with Yamdrok Lake

5 Days Lhasa Tour with Yamdrok Lake

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Experience Tibet the way it is meant to be experienced.  This trip is ideal for those with limited time but still want to see the major attractions in Tibet and be a bit adventurous. You will spend two days to explore the Lhasa landmarks first, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, then take a day trip to the holy lake Yamdrok Lake from Lhasa. During this tour, you not only experience the essence of Tibet, but also enjoy the beautiful landscape.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$763.16
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$763.16
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4-Day Private Short Tour of Lhasa City Higlights

4-Day Private Short Tour of Lhasa City Higlights

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After busy working style, and the annoying of the city, start with a pack on your back. The eyes reached to heaven, the soul returned home, a purify Tibet tour set out from here.Here has the most generous sunshine, and the purest sky, with the most devoted people. Tibet is calling you with its purity and mystery.  Feel the blue sky and white clouds, amongst the sacred land, standing on the closest place in the sky, feeling the beauty of silence, find back true self, start from here.
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  • 4 days
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$605.27
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$605.27
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8 Days Tibet Nepal Overland Tour With Mt.Everest

8 Days Tibet Nepal Overland Tour With Mt.Everest

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Since earthquake in 2015, the Zhamu border was closed for Tibet-Nepal overland tour. But an another border was opened to cross from Kyirong to Kathmandu, Nepal for Tibet-China-Nepal Overland Tour. 8 days Tibet to Nepal Overland Tour includes couple of days in Lhasa excursions, world tallest Mt.Everest Base Camp and sub-tropical climate in Kyirong. This 8 days overland tours will take you to the most famous Palace, monasteries and Tibet attraction sights. Trip Length: 8 Days
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,094.74
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$1,094.74

Small-Group 3-Night Lhasa Potala Palace Impression Tour

Small-Group 3-Night Lhasa Potala Palace Impression Tour

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This 3-night tour is the perfect way to explore Lhasa in a short period of time. You’ll be in a small-group, which means you’ll have a more personalized experience, and better access to your guide than larger tours. Enjoy the convenience of having your transport, accommodation, and entrance fees organized for you. You’ll visit multiple UNESCO-listed sites with a guide, such as Potala Palace, and see the magnificent Drepung Temple too. 
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  • 4 days
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$410.53
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$410.53

7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

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Explore Tibet on a private 7-day tour that starts in Lhasa and continues to the important cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Travel with an experienced guide through Lhasa to see Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street. After three days, head to Gyantse, stopping at beautiful Yamdrok Lake before arrival in Gyantse where you take in Palkhor Monastery. Keep going to Shigatse to tour the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen (Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas) before returning to Lhasa.
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  • 7 days
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$1,920.00
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$1,920.00
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5 Days Pilgrimage Tour to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage

5 Days Pilgrimage Tour to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage

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Despite rampant Chinese-let modernisation, Lhasa (literally the ‘Place of the Gods’) is still largely a city of wonders.  Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavaour of traditional tibetan live.  It is here in the Jokhang an otherworldly mix of the flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.  Besides, this tour will continue bring to all the three biggest monasteries in Tibet: Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery.  Also Drak Yerpa is one of the holiest hermitages in Tibetan Buddhism and got 80 meditation caves and lots to temples.  
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$763.16
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$763.16
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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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$611.92
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$611.92
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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

4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

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Explore the palaces of the Dalai Lamas and learn about Tibetan Buddhism on a private 4-day tour of Lhasa. Tour the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into Buddhist traditions when visiting Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Witness the rhythms of local life in the shops along Barkhor Street, and stop into the Tibet Museum and Tibetan Traditional Hospital. This once-in-a-lifetime tour includes three nights of accommodation, airport transfers and most meals.
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  • 4 days
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$881.00
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$881.00
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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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What are Drepung Monastery hours of operation?
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Drepung Monastery hours of operation: Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.. 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 Drepung Monastery tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Drepung Monastery 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.
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How much does it cost to visit Drepung Monastery 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Drepung Monastery costs USD 180.00. Guided Drepung Monastery tours start around USD 180.00 per person.
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