Visit Lhasa, Tibet
Dominating the skyline with immense walls of white and ochre, 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.
In Lhasa there are two monasteries of particular interest: Sera is set around a busy courtyard where monks spend heated afternoons debating philosophical questions, whilst Dreprung 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.
Suggested itineraries featuring Lhasa
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lhasa, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for Lhasa
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lhasa. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This is undoubtedly Tibet’s most characterful hotel, located in a traditional building with Tibetan décor throughout.
The St Regis occupies a prime position in the city on Jiangsu Road, a short walk from the bustling markets around Bharkor Square, and the timeless lanes and alleys of the Tibetan Quarter.
Ideas for experiencing Lhasa
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lhasa, and which use the best local guides.
Walking the Kora - one of the circuits round 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.
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 - can be seen from all directions for miles around.
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.
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.