Tibet, the mystical land of spirituality, is the heart of Buddhist culture and philosophy. The Roof of the World is the most mesmerizing destinations not only for the geographical and natural enchants but also for long historical, culture and religion traditions. Spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the intoxicating wonders that appeal the visitors to visit Tibet at least once in a lifetime.
The top 7 Tibet Overland Tours are the ultimate finest ways to explore Tibet’s landmarks. The overland tours are highly customized to cover Tibet’s cultural, religious, and natural wonders in a best possible way.
1. Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour promises to be an experience of lifetime as you get to look at the stunning landscape, architecture and the spiritual populace of Tibet. The overland journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa, over spectacular Passes and revealing views of the majestic Himalayas, traverses through the “Friendship Highway”. The drive is well worth as you encounter some enchanting Buddhist monasteries and remote villages untouched by modern civilization. While approaching Lhasa, you will be able to notice the Potala Palace, a vast white and ochre fortress that dominates the Lhasa’s skyline. The Jokhang temple, 2 km to the east of the Palace, has become the spiritual hub of the country. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. The medieval Barkhor Bazaar with crowds, street performers, hawker’s stalls selling everything from prayer flags to jewel-encrusted yak skulls and the devout touching their foreheads to the ground at every step to Jokhang is an exotic brew that few newcomers can resist. A visit to Drepung monastery is well worth the effort and for some can be a very enlightening experience. The Norbulingka Palace along with a round of the Sera monastery is the other attraction of this tour.
2. Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour passes through wonderful scenery dominated by green meadows, river gorges, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and enchanting flora and fauna in the Himalayas. Besides, mingle with the local people, who are following the same lifestyle for thousands of years, enjoy their reception with Tibetan Yak butter tea. Tibet, once Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom, has captured the hearts and minds of the travelers from all around the world since the ancient times. The highland of Tibet and its typical geographical position has been exploited since the ancient times by explorers and adventurers, pilgrims, traders, and even missionaries. Whether you are a spiritual seeker in search of the mystery of life or seeking an adventure, this epic journey across the Tibetan Plateau into the remotest and mystical highlands takes you to the land of paradise in Earth. This tour explores Lhasa as well as other famous places such as Gyantse, Shigatse, and Sakya. In Lhasa, you visit most holy Jokhang temple, see the legendary eighth-wonder Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Drepung, Sera Monastery and more. On the way, you will be viewing the most exotics of Tibet: Yamutso Lake, Pelkhor and Tashilunbu monasteries.
3. Explore Tibet helps you to explore stunning Himalayan views, high plateau, beautiful Buddhist monasteries and extraordinary people of Tibet. In Tibet, you will travel around Tsedang, Yumbulakhang, Thandruk, Samye, Tsurpu, and Ganden monasteries. Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaaar, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, and Tibetan Nunnery and Tibetan Medicine Center will be the prime attractions of this tour while you are strolling around Lhasa. Of course, you will also cover Tibet’s famous turquoise lake, Yamadroke Lake. Truly speaking, this tour suits to those who are interested to experience the people, culture, monks, monasteries, land and palaces of Tibet
4. Explore Lhasa, the shortest possible tour of Lhasa, is very popular amongst international travelers. The tour begins and ends in the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, and covers popular landmarks of this beautiful city such as the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. You also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries in Lhasa like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. They are all amazing monasteries with a history and religious relevance of their own. This tour also takes you further to the outskirts of Lhasa where you visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and explore the Drayerpa Cave, which is still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks.
5. Extended Tour of Lhasa begins and ends in Lhasa with visits to other beautiful Tibetan cities and towns like Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. You will also accomplish one of the major highlights of our tour, reaching the Everest Base Camp. The tour of Lhasa covers popular Tibetan landmarks like the amazing Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. You also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang, Samye, Khumbum, Phalkot, Tashilhunpo and Sakya. Each of these monasteries has their own history and religious importance. Another important aspect of this tour is the opportunity to explore the Namtso Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, also believed by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
6. Explore Lhasa and Tsedang with Namtso Lake covers popular landmarks in Lhasa and Tsedang with a day tour of the Namtso Lake. In Lhasa, you visit the astonishing Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. Furthermore, you stroll around a number of Lhasa’s impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. In Tsedang,you visit the 8th century Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. A separate day is set aside to explore the Namtso Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet.
7. Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour is another best way of making Tibet Overland Tour. The biking overland tour of Tibet travels through the land of ancient Buddhist culture having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and centuries’ old caravan trails. The biking adventure in the Himalayas comes across a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people. Tibet has not only exerted magnetic spell upon travelers for centuries but also upon spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks etc. Tibet being extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges, a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers.