Visit Potala Palace With Local Tibetan English Speaking Guide - Lhasa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    1 hour before Potala ticketing time, and the ticketing will be reconfirmed only one day in advance
  • Departure Details :
    Beside Post Office to the east entrance of Potala Palace (to be reconfirmed by local supplier one day in advance)
  • Return Details :
    Downtown Barkhor area
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Tibetan local English speaking guide will take travelers to visit the No.1 tourist attraction in capital city of Lhasa, Tibet. Local supplier will select an experienced local Tibetan for the Potala Palace walking sightseeing tour in downtown.

Know More about this tour

Potala Palace, one of Tibets top must see cultural sites, has been capturing travelers imaginations as it takes them on an adventure through Tibetan history. With its highest point at about 300 meters (around 1000 feet) above the valley floor its gargantuan size often surprises travelers: this building houses over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and around 200,000 statues.

A visit to Potala Palace is typically first on a Tibet tour itinerary. Travelers will first huff and puff their way up several flights of stairs before reaching the entrance. While challenging to those not acclimatized to the altitude, panoramic views of Lhasa and the surrounding mountain scenery reward travelers at the top! As travelers enter the front doors fantastically painted walls foreshadow the beauty to come. Next the group proceeds to the former living quarters of the 14th Dalai Lama, including his thrown room and areas where he received foreign dignitaries.

For many this is a Tibet travel experience that will not soon be forgotten. Potala Palace was the residence of former Dalai Lamas all the way back to the 5th. Over hundreds of years Potalas interior has been ornately decorated: vibrantly colored and incredibly detailed paintings cover the walls and shelves of prayers books tower overhead. Travelers can see gold covered statues, shrines of unimaginable beauty, and even look upon the resting places of past Dalai Lamas. Incense fills the air and the glow of yak butter candles illuminates cultural treasures, creating a dream like atmosphere. As travelers are suspended in wonder and awe TCTSs native Tibetan guides will help give a historical and cultural basis for understanding what they see.

Potala Palace is one of the most famous and important Tibet attractions. Visitors can enjoy a window into the past as they walk where Dalai Lamas and Tibetan kings have walked. TCTS will take care of making reservations for travel groups and provide a native Tibetan guide who can help introduce travelers to Tibetan history and culture as they tour Potala Palace. Whether taking time to explore Tibet extensively or only in Tibet for a short time this is a place that cannot be missed. Now that the Tibet travel season is in full swing, travelers are advised to start planning their visit to Potala as soon as possible!

Inclusions

  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Transportation to/from attractions (Taxi costs 10-20 RMB per transfer)
  • Tibet travel permits (50$ per person)
  • Entrance ticket, RMB 200 per person from May 1 to Oct.31, RMB 100 per person for other season
  • Potala Palace ticket booking service fee RMB 50 per person for April 1-June 30, Sept.1-Dec.31; RMB 300 per person for July 1 to Aug.31
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Tibet travel permits and passport copy will be needed for Potala Palace ticketing purpose in high season, and booking will be at least 2 days in advance in high season.

Please dress conservatively for this holy attraction sightseeing 

Be sure you will have legal permits before entry to Tibet, if you do not have permits confirmed 20 days in advance, please contact the same tour supplier for permits arrangements (please provide passports copies at least 20 days before arrival date). If you need additional tour service such as train and air ticketing, cheap Tibet hotel booking, tours out of Lhasa, etc, your local supplier will offer you the full solution.