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Tourist Attractions in Lhasa

Lhasa, the remote abode of the Dalai Lamas, object of devout pilgrimage and heart and soul of Tibet, is still a city of wonders, despite the large-scale encroachments of modern Chinese influence. Your first hint that Lhasa is close is the Potala, a vast white-and-ochre fortress soaring over one of the worldís highest cities. Itís a sight that has heralded the marvels of the Holy City to travellers for close to four centuries and it still raises goose bumps.

While the Potala dominates the skyline, the Jokhang, some 2km to the east, is the real spiritual heart of the city. An otherworldly mix of flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, the Jokhang is the most sacred and alive of Tibetís temples. It is here and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.

The old Tibetan quarter makes up a small area of Lhasa these days. The modern city is a Chinese boom town, where a new train line has fuelled massive growth in tourism, alongside new hotels, shops and supermarkets. The face of Lhasa is changing daily, with buildings rising and falling like the Shanghai stock market.

Distance from Major Cities

Kathmandu 920 Kms
Shigatse 268 Kms
Gyantse 259 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air From outside China, it is only possible from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa. Tickets can be purchased abroad, but you can also get to Nepal or China and then book from there.
by Rail The Qinghai-Tibet railway was completed in July 2006 and is expected to bring in hoards of Chinese tourists.
by Road Lhasa is connected by road to many nearby cities in Tibet. Many travelers book overland tours via the Friendship Highway that runs from Kathmandu to Lhasa (920 kms). It takes 3-5 days with stops at sights along the way.

Monuments in Lhasa

 

World-renowned Tibet lies on a snow plateau. The effect of which means a glorious sun set against a dark blue sky, floating white clouds and desolate mountains has earned Lhasa the nickname 'the City of Sunlight'.

On the way from the Gongkar Airport to Lhasa, you will see a simple but attractive temple north of the highway. A little east of the temple is a giant carved Buddha, Nietang Buddha. The Buddha is a big draw for visitors before they enter the downtown.

Surely every traveler must visit the Potala Palace during their visit. This palace is sacred in Tibetan people's hearts. Before entering the palace you must show your identification card or passport (in the case of foreign visitors).

Another must-see attraction is the Jokhang Temple. It is surrounded by Barkhor Street in the center of Lhasa. Being the spiritual center of the holy land, the temple is richly decorated with Tibetan features. It is where visitors can go to get a real taste of Tibetan culture.

Sera Monastery is situated in the north of the city. The highlight of the Monastery is lamas debating on Buddhist Doctrine. The debating is held from 15:30 to 16:30 every day except Saturday and Sunday.

Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and lies in the west of Lhasa. The Unveiling Ceremony of the giant Thangka of the Buddha is held in Drepung Monastery on the first day of the annually held Shoton Festival.

Ganden Monastery is also located in the west of Lhasa. Some buses on Jokhang Temple Square go to this monastery; they start at 07:00 every morning and return at 14:00. The journey takes about two hours in total and the round trip.

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