This budget Tibet train tour from Shanghai to Lhasa is a wonderful way to explore Tibet in a short time. There is another super highlight—the Tibet Train, the world’s highest train ride from Shanghai to Lhasa across the 5200-meter high mountain pass amidst the grand vistas of the surreal mountain range and uniquely shaped Tibetan Landscape. It would be the dream of any tourists from any land.
Day 1: Board the Train to Lhasa from Shanghai
It’s at 19:16 that the T164/165 train to Lhasa from Shanghai sets off.Please be sure to arrive at the train station at least 1 hour before the train departure.
Day 2: On the Train To Lhasa
Today is the first day on the Tibet train. You will pass through two important cities in northwest China, which is Lanzhou and Xining.
From Xining, the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet railway, you could see the scenery of countryside and cities in northwest China along the rail line.
Day 3: Arrive in Lhasa in the Afternoon with the scenery along the Railway
Today, you are going to witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Along the way to Nagchu, you could see Tanggula Pass come and go, almost indistinguishable from the rest of the high land. You could find villagers gaze at the passing train and yaks bolted off the tracks. Up here, every few minutes another range of snow-capped peaks with glaciers streaming down their sides appeared on the horizon.
After the whole daytime in the train enjoying the views outside, the train finally arrives in Lhasa at about 17:40.
Upon arrival, be greeted by the local guide at the train station and be presented with traditional Tibetan White Scarf to wish you good luck! After a group photo at the station, board on the vehicle and transfer back to the hotel, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages on the way.
Adapting to the high altitude in the hotel upon arrival. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days and try to drink some water just and now.
Day 4: Lhasa Sightseeing – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shining in the sun, spend one hour wandering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.
In the afternoon, we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang is like the most of the larger temple structures that have numerous individual temples within it. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.
Then in back alleys of Old Lhasa, stroll around the Barkhor Street. Incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes.
Day 5: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning, you will pay a visit to Drepung Monastery where the ever largest Buddhist Debates with more than 10 thousand monks often occur there. Seen from afar, The white grand construction makes the appearance of the monastery like a heap of rice. It was given its name which means Monastery of Collecting-Rice in the Tibetan language. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.
After lunch, you are going to visit the important Buddhist seminary, Sera Monastery, since it was created in 1419. It is also called “the court of wild rose” as roses are planted everywhere in the monastery. Today still 200 lamas live in there. You can have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there. And you may have the chance to see the famous monks debate (usually from 15:00 to 17:00) before returning back to Lhasa.
Day 6: Depart from Lhasa
Today, our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
Tour services end and Tibet welcome you back forever.