Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet

Located at the foot of Mount Gephel, Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, and is a city that has captivated the fascination of the west for centuries. Lhasa is basically famous for it is the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama and is a place that is revered by every Tibetan. In the 7th century, a powerful and visionary king called Songtsen Gampo conquered many tribes, united Tibet and moved the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. Apart from the amazing monasteries that surrounds the city as well as the bustling tourist friendly Barkhor Street, it is the Potala palace that captivates the mind, the eye and the soul. The Potala palace is perched on the top of the Red Hill and dominates the skyline. It was built by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. Later on, the palace became the residence of the Dalai Lamas. It still holds items like murals, holy scriptures and sutras that are invaluable to Buddhism. The city has about 2, 55,000 inhabitants and stands at an altitude of approximately 3,650 m. Some of the aesthetically as well as historically important sites in Lhasa are the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka Palaces.


Attractions in Lhasa, around and from Lhasa

  • Barkhor Barkhor is a quadrangle of streets which encircles the Jokhang temple and also forms the pilgrimage circuit of Lhasa. The area around Barkhor is a wonderful mix of the old and the new, the spiritual a

  • Chagpo Ri Opposite of Potala to the south east is the 3,725m Chakpori, believed sacred to Vajrapani, the bodhisattva of Energy and Power. The hill was once the site of Tibet's principal Medical College, known a

  • Dechen Dzong About 22km from Lhasa on the way to Ganden is Dechen. The hill top ruins of Dechen Dzong once guarded the approaches to Lhasa from north. Below the ruins is a Gelugpa temple Samdrupling, which was pre

  • Drepung Monastery The Drepung Monastery is the largest in Tibet. Its foundations were laid in 1416 by Jamyang Chojey, a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelukpa Schools. This beautiful monastery is

  • Drolma Lhakhang Nyethang Drolma Lhakhang, a small monastery along the road to Tsetang or airport from Lhasa is associated with Palden Atisha (Jowo Je), Bengali scholar (982-1054), who traveled extensively in Tibet an

  • Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery, one of the three biggest Gelugpa Sect monasteries is situated at a distance of about 47 km from Lhasa on a mountain called Wangbur at an altitude of about 3,800 m. In 1409, Tsong Kha

  • Gyume Gyume Dratsang, the Lower Tantric College of Lhasa, located across the Kerey hotel was founded in md-15th century by Tshongkhapa’s disciple, Je Sherab Singe and in its time was one of Tibet’s fore

  • Jokhang Temple The Jokhang Temple, a revered Buddhist temple located in the Barkhor Square of Lhasa was built by King Songtsen Gampo in about 642 AD. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was originally ca

  • Lhasa to Gyantse Drive Embark on the ride of a lifetime along the Lhasa-Kathmandu Southern Highway that runs parallel to the Himalayas. After half an hour from the city, you will drive across the Yarlungdzangbo River and th

  • Lukhang Temple Entered through Lukhang Park, is a little visited Lukhang temple on the small island in a lake behind the Potala. The excavation of mortar for the construction of Potala Palace in the 17th century lef

  • Mentsikhang (Tibetan Medicine Institute) The history of Tibetan medicine can be dated back to 2,300 years ago but for giving this a worldwide recognition Mentsekhang played an important role. Mentsekhang, the Tibetan medicine institute was b

  • Nechung Monastery Nechung Monastery just below Drepung has an important place in the history of Tibet. It is the seat of Nechung, Tibet's State Oracle and abode of protector deity Pehar. The oracle Nechung was the medi

  • Norbulingkha Palaces In 1755, the seventh Dalai Lama built a park and a modest palace as his summer residence. Later on other structures were added but the most important contribution was made by the present and the 14th

  • Old Town Walk Tibetan Old town shelters the soul of Lhasa, far from Chinese influence. This walk of about 1-3 hours starting or ending in Barkhor square can provide you an insight into the Tibetan lives in Lhasa. T

  • Pabonka Monastery Pabonka (pronounced Fa-bong-kha) monastery is one of the most ancient Buddhist sites in Lhasa. It located on lower slopes of Mount Dukri, to the west of Sera monastery. It is infrequently visited, but

  • Parma Ri South west of Chagpo Ri, Parma Ri, is a smaller hill, held sacred to bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri or Jampelyang.

  • Potala Palace The Potala palace is perched on the top of the Red Hill and dominates the skyline of Lhasa. The palace can be divided into two sections, the White Palace and the Red Palace.
    It was built by Songtsen

  • Ramoche Temple Ramoche is the sister temple to Jokhang temple, founded around the same time. Ramoche is reputed to be the burial site of its founder Princess Wencheng. It was originally built to contain Tibet’s ho

  • Sera Monastery In 1419 Jamchen Chojey also popularly known as Sakya Yeshe, one of the two principal disciple of Tsongkhapa, founded of a Gelukpa University, which later came to known as the Sera Monastery, and becam

  • Tengyeling Tengyeling is another one four regency temples is located behind Mentsekhang. Only the Gonkhang (Protector Chapel) at the roof level is now active. It is an option to visit if you have seen everything

  • Tsome Ling Tsome Ling: or Tsomonling, south of Ramoche is one of the four former royal temples. It was from one of these four temples that the regents of Tibet were appointed. This small site consists of two tem