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.
The Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace
The Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace, Tibet
The Norbulingka - the Jewel Park - contains the summer palaces of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas and is characterised by its spacious walled garden, the main throne hall, an audience hall, the Dalai Lama's private apartment and his mother's apartment.
The gardens are now a little run down, but are the favourite site for huge Tibetan gatherings during festivals. The whole place has a ghost town feel, but this is not surprising as it has been empty since the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959.
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Photos of the Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace
Other experiences in Lhasa
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
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