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Dominating the skyline with immense walls of white and ocher, the famous Potala Palace greets you as you reach the capital of Tibet. In its maze of corridors, chapels and galleries, you will discover the former living quarters of the Dalai Lama and many sacred tombs.

In the old Tibetan Quarter you can walk through the narrow streets and explore nearby Barkhor Square and the spectacular golden-roofed Jokhang, the country’s holiest temple.

Around Lhasa

Monks at Sera Monastery, LhasaIn Lhasa there are two monasteries of particular interest: Sera is set around a busy courtyard where monks spend heated afternoons debating philosophical questions, whilst Drepung was once the world’s largest monastery, housing up to 10,000 monks in its heyday.

A day trip into the countryside also reveals the monastic ruins and restorations of Ganden, passing monks on the way to isolated shrines and enjoying fantastic panoramas across the valley.

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    • Potala Palace Visit
      Visit to the Potala Palace, Lhasa

      Potala Palace Visit

      Potala Palace Visit

      The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder — a spectacular edifice whose gold roofs soar high above the town and rise more than 300 meters above the valley floor. The palace can be seen from all directions for miles around.

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    • Sera Monastery Visit
      Monks at Sera Monastery, Lhasa

      Sera Monastery Visit

      Sera Monastery Visit

      Founded in 1419 by one of Tsongkhapa's eight disciples, Sera became famous for its Tantric teachings. The warrior monks of Sera, the ‘Dob-Dobs’, were admired as athletes but also feared.

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    • The Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace
      Summer Palace, Lhasa

      The Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace

      The Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace

      The Norbulingka — the Jewel Park — contains the summer palaces of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas and is characterized by its spacious walled garden, the main throne hall, an audience hall, the Dalai Lama's private apartment and his mother's apartment.

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    • Walking the Ganden Kora
      Ganden Monastery, Lhasa

      Walking the Ganden Kora

      Walking the Ganden Kora

      Walking the Kora — one of the circuits around a monastery — is a traditional way for Tibetan Buddhists to worship, and you will see pilgrims making circuit after circuit of major monastery buildings wherever you are in Tibet.

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