Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery


Book online, then contact the local supplier to confirm your hotel pickup time. When your group is on board the vehicle, you’ll depart Lhasa around 9:30am. Relax as you travel past Yarlung Tsang, aka the Brahmaputra River, and see the famous Sand Mountain. Gaze out the window at a high mountain meadow, and see the local wide-flowing rivers as you make your way to the Samye Monastery. The first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, the Samye Monastery traces its foundations to the 8th century. Head inside as you hear how the important site is home to the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha — making it a must-visit site for locals and visitors alike. Learn about the monastery’s 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.  When your temple visit ends, return to your transport. Your day ends with a hotel drop-off. Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Tour info

8 hours
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Why take this tour?

Explore the Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet, on this guided, full-day tour from Lhasa. Famous for its sacred mandalalike design, the Samye Monastery combines Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian architectural styles. The central hall symbolizes the legendary Mt. Meru and the center of the universe. All entrance fees, plus a Lhasa hotel pickup and drop-off, is included.

What’s included?

  • Small-group (2-12 persons)

  • Clients' hotel pickup and drop-off

  • English-speaking, local Tibetan guide

  • City tour tourist vehicle

  • Liability travel insurance

  • Drinking water provided during the trip

  • Entrance fee of tourist site

  • Entry/Admission - Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)

  • Lunch

  • Tibet Travel Permit (USD $50 per person extra)

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 8h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Tibet Vista

About operator:

Tibet Vista (Tibet Travel Org) is your window to Tibet travel and offers the first-hand Tibet Travel information, helpful Travel ideas and customized Tibet tours. Our tour company was founded in 1984. We has been committed to objectively introducing profound culture and awe-inspiring natural wonders of Tibet to the world. With sincere management and innovative spirits, we aim to make memorable travel experiences to foreign tourists and shoulder the responsibility for creating more job opportunities for local Tibetans.

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