The capital of Tibet, Lhasa, with its imposing Potala Palace towering above the city, is the tourist centre of Tibet. This mystical city has inspired dreams of explorers and travellers for centuries. Discover the ever changing face of this city in the heart of Tibet.
The highlights of Lhasa include:
The spectacular Potala Palace is the most striking landmark in Lhasa and an architectural wonder. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. You will remember the sight of this fort-like palace, perched high above the holy city, for the rest of your life. A huge 13 storeys high it contains thousands of rooms and is built in the style of a very elaborate traditional Buddhist gompa. The palace was the winter resivdence of the Dalai Lama and contains the private quarters and numerous staterooms. Now it is used as the state museum of China and listed as a Cultural Unesco World Heritage site. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.
The Jokhang Temple is an unrivalled Tibetan experience: It is the spiritual heart of Lhasa, an abundance of butter lamps, incense and pilgrims. Assimilate the smell of Yak butter and the murmur of mantras. The temple originates from the 7th century and has architectural features from the Tang Dynasty and from Indian & Nepali Buddhist Temples.
It houses many historical relics since the Tang Dynasty and statues of King Songsten Gompo, Princess Wencheng from China and Princess Bhrikuti from Nepal. The temple is surrounded by the Barkhor market, where you can stroll through the busy lanes that seem to have resisted all invasions of the modern world. Take a kora (a pilgrimage circuit) around the temple through the market to fully immerse in this life.
Sera Monastery is one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Gande. A visit is particularly interesting in the morning or during debating hours in the afternoon, when the monastery comes to live.
Drepung Monastery once was one of the largest in the world with 10,000 monks. In former times the monastic buildings piled up like a rice heap (“Drepung”) on the hillside. Ganden Palace in the monastery was home of the second Dalai Lama until the fifth Dalai Lama. Today you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses here. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect and contains plenty of historic relics, Buddhist scriptures, arts & crafts.
Lhasa treks and tours
8 days for £1105 per person
On this tour you will access Tibet over land, past the highest mountain range in the world. Soak up the dramatic landscape on the way while drawing closer to the holy city Lhasa, where your travel will end with the stunning sights of this ancient town. click to view details
8 days for £934 per person
This short tour combines all the important places in Central Tibet. Start your holiday with the flight from Kathmandu to Tibet over the highest mountain range in the world. Stand speechless before the imposing sights of Lhasa and then move on through the dramatic scenery to the Cradle of Tibetan Civilisation and other places of cultural importance. click to view details
13 days for £1259 per person
Join us on this adventure tour from Lhasa over land to Kathmandu. You will get a deep insight into life in Tibet, see dramatic scenery and pass the highest mountain range on earth. To add even more adventure to your travel take the chance to hike up to Everest Base Camp! click to view details
23 days for £3080 per person
This tour will at take you to Lhasa, to discover the Tibetan capital before driving South. On the way you will visit places of cultural importance and stunning beauty before reaching the Qomolanga region. Here you will test your strength on a tough trek to Everest Base Camps I, II and III in Tibet, a true adventure. click to view details
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