Lhasa and surroundings

The capital of Tibet

Petr Liška
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Lhasa and surroundings
Inserted: 30.08.2014
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

The capital of Tibet, Lhasa (3 660 m asl) is for most travelers also the gateway to this interesting province – however, if you have not arrived by train from Golmud or along Friendship highway from Nepal. It lies in the valley of river Lhasa surrounded on both sides by the ridges of high mountains. Its biggest symbol is Potala Palace on the Red hill Marpo Ri. The second significant place is Jokhang – old town situated less than two kilometers away with Barkhor path around the holiest temple of Tibet. Other interesting sights such as Norbulingka, the summer residence of Dalai Lama and Sera Monastery are more distant from the town center. Lhasa is unfortunately gradually becoming modern Chinese town, so there are increasingly more and more sterile housing estates.

Day 1

Seeing the center of Lhasa

Once you accommodate, set out to explore the holiest places in Lhasa – Jokhang monastery. Walk around the entire complex together with pilgrims from all over Tibet along the street Barkhor. Then head out towards Potala. After a kilometer of the walk straight ahead to the west you reach the park with ponds, in which is this amazing building beautifully mirrored. It is ideal also for night photography. Cross the wide square with a strange memorial „about the peaceful liberation of Tibet“ to the monastery of Palpa Lupuk stuck directly to the rock. From there, you can walk to the summer residence of Dalai Lama – Norbulingka. You can get back to the town along the river Lhasa.

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Day 2

Potala and Sera monastery

The second day awaits you a long visit to the biggest symbol of Tibet – Potala. After seeing it, you can still walk around it and do such a pilgrimage kora. Set out to the Sera monastery in the north of the town in the afternoon. If you are lucky, you can undertake also a very nice hike to the mountains from there.

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