Tibet Monastery Tour Overview
Tibet Monastery Tour is an amazing trip plan that is ideal for the culture vultures and history aficionados. It is a 9 days trip taking you to the roof of the world, in the capital city Lhasa, and the surrounding settlements especially for visiting the monasteries.
Tibet Autonomous Region is one of the major Buddhist pilgrimage and worship destinations in Asia and is home to more than 1,700 Tibetan monasteries and temples. The capital of Tibet, Lhasa is also called the “Land of the God” as it derives its name from two words "LHA" and "SA", where Lha means "God" and SA means "Land" in Tibetan.
In addition to being called the Land of God, Lhasa is an open museum to study Tibetan Buddhism along with Tibetan culture and tradition as there are many monasteries, gompas, palaces, and ancient statues and paintings that are still very lively. You will see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, as well as two of the Great Three Gelugpa Monasteries, where you can see the active monk debates and daily life of Tibetan monks. You will also discover Samye, the oldest Buddhist monastery during this short Tibet Monastery Tour.
This tour provides insight into the religious aspect of life in Lhasa and provides the opportunity to interact with the monks, and the locals. So, join us for this authentic journey and make your soul divine and purified.
Tibet Monastery Tour Highlights
- Explore all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Tibet
- Visit the two royal tombs of Yumbulakhang and Chamdrok
- Exploring historic monasteries, palaces, and temples
- Discover two of the three Gelug Monasteries
- Opportunity to pay a visit to the oldest Buddhist monastery called Samye Monastery
- A great chance to make a circuit of the most sacred temple in Tibet named Jokhang Temple
- Tour around the winter and summer residences of the Dalai Lamas
- Watch the interesting debates of the monks in the backyard of Sera Monastery
- Experience the unique and insightful culture and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
Best Time to do Tibet Monastery Tour
Tibet, which is positioned high on a plateau, has freezing temperatures and frost throughout most of the year. The only period that midday temperatures are about 70 degrees Fahrenheit is in the summer. Additionally, the most oxygen is present during the summer, making acclimatization to the high altitude easier. Therefore, June through August are the best months to travel to Tibet.
But other fantastic times for Tibet Tours, like this Tibet Monastery Tour, are spring and fall. Although the nights are colder than in the summer, these seasons are less crowded. Additionally, most days are sunny, blue, and warm enough to reach the temperature of double digits. Some of the views are even nicer than they are in the summer.
During the spring months of March, April & May, the skies are bright, the weather is predictable, and the temperatures are generally comfortable, making your voyage free of obstacles.
Everyone enjoys the brisk fall air. Autumn is also a time to visit Tibet due to the relaxed days with clear blue skies, moderate temperatures, and the most comfortable temperature of the year making your Monastery Explorations relaxed.
For those who love winter, it is the ideal season, while for others, it is the off-season. Due to the bitter cold and lowering temperatures, winter is typically regarded as the off-season in Tibet. The brief but sunny days are ideal for city touring. Winter is also a wonderful season to go if you're on a tight budget because there are discounts available and fewer people.
Permits to do Tibet Monastery Tour
Visitors need to obtain the following permits to do the Tibet Monastery Tour.
1. Chinese Group Visa
It is necessary for travelers who visit Tibet through Nepal to have a Chinese Group Visa with them. This visa is issued on A4-sized paper containing the names and passport numbers of you and your fellow travelers. It is not stamped in the traveler's passport. When your original passports and other necessary documents are delivered to the Chinese Embassy by your authorized travel company, you will receive this visa once you have arrived in Nepal. Getting this visa will take 3–4 working days.
2. Tibet Travel Permit
The Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB), situated in Lhasa issues the Tibet Travel Permit which is mandatory to enter Tibet. Getting it takes about two weeks. You need to first confirm the Tibet Monastery Tour with an authorized travel agency like us. Then, your scanned passport copies and required documents will be submitted to TTB. After the permit is obtained by your travel agency, it will be handed to you once you arrive in Tibet.
3. Alien’s Travel Permit
The Tibet Monastery Trek requires an extra authorization called an Alien's Travel Permit because it travels through some restricted areas of Tibet. After presenting your original passport and Tibet Travel Permission, you can acquire the permit once you are in Tibet.