The Top Attractions on a Lhasa Tour

Lhasa is the capital city of the Autonomous Region of Tibet; the city is located at 3650 meters above sea level in a valley alongside the Lhasa River and surrounded by the Himalayas. Lhasa, which means “place of Gods”, is the site of many important Buddhist sites, its remote location and 1300 year spiritual heritage has made it an alluring travel destination for many.

When visiting Lhasa a Lhasa tour can take a lot of the worry and organization off of your hands, for example your Lhasa tour will include airport transfers, an English speaking guide and your Tibet Entry Permit. No matter which tour of Lhasa, Tibet you choose, whether it is a 4 day, 5 day or 8 day tour and whether you are visiting in summer or winter there are several sites that will always be included in your tour of Lhasa. When you choose which Lhasa tour to take make sure that these essential sites are included in your itinerary.

Potala Palace – Although structures on this site can be dated back to the 7th century the palace we see today is best known as the home of the Dalai Lamas. The first Dalai Lama to live here was the 7th Dalai Lama who made this his winter palace in 1755. For centuries the palace was the hub of political and religious life in Tibet. The palace has over 1,000 rooms spread over 14 floors; visitors with a Lhasa tour can see the former living quarters of the Dalai Lamas and the gold tombs where they were buried.

Johkang Temple – This is a 7th century construction built to house Buddha statues from Nepal and the Tang Dynasty of China. The statues arrived in Lhasa as gifts for the King Songtsan Gampo from his future wives. Today the building is home to other Buddha statues but the most famous is the Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha given to the king by his foreign wife, Princess Wen Cheng over 1300 years ago. The building itself is a masterpiece of craftsmanship; it has four floors and a gilded roof.

Barkhor Market – The market is held on one of Lhasa’s oldest streets, when your Lhasa tour visits the market you can buy souvenirs and traditional Tibetan crafts and artifacts.

Apart from these essential stops on any Lhasa tour your tour could include the Drepung Monastery (1416); the Sera Monastery, famous for tantric teachings; the Ganden Monastery; Namtso, where you can see nomad herdsmen with their flocks Lake Yangpachen hot springs, Dezong Monastery, Tidrum Til Monastery or the Reting Monastery which is surrounded by juniper covered hills.

So choose a Lhasa tour which suits your interests, time limitations and the season you are traveling, then sit back and let the tour organizers do the work.