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Norbulingka Summer Palace

Things to do in Tibet

Tibet's dramatic setting and traditional culture provide the basis for its most rewarding activities, and although the relocation of Han Chinese communities has led to a gradual dilution of Tibetan customs, the activities that we recommend focus on taking you as close as possible to traditional Tibetan life and culture.

Witness the call to prayer at Lhasa, the cultural and religious heart of Tibet, explore the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s former summer palace, worship in the traditional Tibetan way by walking the Ganden Kora or travel along the scenic, flag-adorned Friendship Highway towards Everest Base Camp.

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Ideas for experiencing Tibet

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Tibet, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Ganden Monastery, Lhasa

    Walking the Ganden Kora


    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.

  • Visit to the Potala Palace, Lhasa

    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 - can be seen from all directions for miles around.

  • Monks at Sera Monastery, Lhasa

    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.

  • Summer Palace, Lhasa

    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.

  • Mount Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet

    Rongbuk Monastery & Everest Base Camp

    Everest Base Camp

    The monastery is a pleasant place to visit but of course the major attraction is the stunning scenery all around, and the view of the world's highest mountain's north face.