The Great Monasteries and Hidden Hotsprings
In the sacred city of Lhasa, visit the grand Potala Palace, the holy Jokhang Temple, and the colorful Barkhor Square. Watch monks debate at Sera Monastery and join pilgrims in exploring the temples and prayer halls at Drepung Monastery. From Lhasa, drive to the town of Gyantse, stopping at the stunning, turquoise Yamdrok Lake along the way. In Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo Monastery and see the giant Buddha. Next, pass by the misty Yangbachen hot springs and spend at night with nomads at Namtso, a pristine lake surrounded by snow mountains. Drive to a small nunnery nestled in an idyllic village in the mountains and bathe in the natural hot springs by the river.