Day Excursion Tibet Samye Monastery Tour - Lhasa

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  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    9 am
  • Departure Details :
    from Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel Car Parking (Lhasa downtown- near House of Shambhala, East Beijing Road, Kyichu Hotel, Yak Hotel, Dhood Gu Hotel, Kailash Hotel, Cool Yak Hotel, Heritage Hotel, Tashi Takgye .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


Samye Monasterywas thefirst Buddhist monasteryto be built in Tibet. It is a must-see attraction in Shannan region south of Lhasa. Sitting only 150 km outside Lhasa, Samye Monastery is famous for its beautiful architecture. Samye Monastery day touris an excellent trip for travelers who want to venture outside Lhasa. You will delve deeper into the religious history of Tibetan Buddhism and especially marvel at the architectural greatness that Tibetans have achieved.

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  • LocalTibetantour guide and driver will pick you up from Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel parking lot on Beijing East Road in the historic center at9:00 am. Travelers who stay inLhasa downtown hotelssuch as House of Shambhala, Shambhala Palace, Heritage Hotel, Tashi Takgye Hotel, Kyichu Hotel or Yak Hotel, etc can easily walk to Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel car parking. While if you have a special request for meetup location we can happily accommodate that as well. Please inform us in advance. The 2 hours and 150 km safe drive will take us to Samye Monastery. On our way, we will travel past the stunning Yarlung Tsangpo River and Sand Mountain.
  • Relax as you travel along the bank Brahmaputra River-the mother river of Tibet, and see the famous Sand Mountain.
  • Samye Monastery, Tibetans first monastery and first college, locates in Shannan Region. It was constructed by the King Trisong Detsen of the Tubo Kingdom, and the monastery was also presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava or Gulug Rinpoche. The design of Samye Monastery based on the principles of geomancy, a concept derived from India. There lies a mythical palace on the top of Mt. Meru at the center of the Tibetan Buddhist universe, at Samye, it is symbolized by the main temple, Wuzi Hall. The Moon and Sun chapels stand in the south and north respectively as the moon and sun in the universe. Surrounding the main temple is a great ocean and four great islands and eight subcontinents.
  • The Wuzi Hallis the highlight of Samye Monastery. The building is combined different styles as the first floor was built by local Tibetan style, the middle floor was designed with Chinese architecture style and the top floor was under the influence of Indian style. And there were four more walls representing oceans around the Wuzi Hall. Also, there are two halls represent sun and moon in the monastery. Four special pagodas with four different colors (green, red, black and white) were been put in the monastery to suppress devils. The murals in Samye Monastery was also a highlight attraction. From the precious murals, travelers can learn the Tibetan Buddhism story and historical events of monasteries.
  • So today you will learn about the monasterys unique architecture which encompasses Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese styles, and hear how it was the first temple in the country to be built at the request of King Trisong Detsen. The layout of the sacred site was created according to the ideal universe detailed in Buddhist scriptures. After this highlight Buddhism tour, you may have about 1-2 hours to enjoy the hiking on the nearby Mt. Hepo Ri (Heburi). It is a great way to enjoy wonderful views of Shannan region and be close to nature. For reference, please contact local Tibet travel agencyTibet Ctrip Travel Service TCTS (


  • Samye Monastery entrance ticket
  • Small-group (maximum of 12) Ganggyan Hotel Pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking and localTibetanguide
  • Transport vehicle to and from Samye monastery (if there is only 1- to 2 pax in final group, the guide would be the driver)
  • Liability travel insurance
  • Drinking waterprovided during the trip


  • Meals
  • Tibet travel permits (please apply with us at least 15 working days before arrival in Lhasa)
  • Tipping to Tibetan service staff
  • Tibet Ctrip Travel Service can applies all necessary Tibet travel permits for foreign travelers in advance (upon requests)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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