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Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet. It was also the city of the Dalai Lamas and it now is the capital of the pilgrims. Many Tibetans come to the city to walk the pilgrim routes like the Barkhor, around the Jokhang temple, or the Nangkhor, inside the Jokhang, and the Lingkhor, a traditional route around the city. There is also a Kora around the Potala palace, the palace of the Dalai Lama.


The city has a population of 200,000 who live at an elevation of 3595 meters. It became the capital of Tibet when Songsten Gampo in the 7th century unified Tibet. He built a palace at the hill you will find the Potala now. And the Jokhang and Ramoche temple were established to house the Buddha statues of his two wives.
Later the power shifted to Sakya, Xigaze. To come back to Lhasa in 1642 when the 5th Dalai Lama built his palace (the Potala) on the ruins of the palace of Songsten Gampo.


The traditional Tibetan arts and dances can still be found in Tibet, although this was a dance special for the tourists, we saw this kind of dances later at a festival at the Sakya Monastery too.

  • Last visit to Lhasa: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 2, 2006
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 11:52 AM

    great tips I can't wait to get here!

  • mypriority's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2005 at 1:26 AM

    tompt, i'm planning for tibet trip this December, but still undecided on how to reach Lhasa. i am thinking about a flight from kathmandu to lhasa. is it a good choice? i plan for a week in kathmandu and a week in lhasa..thanks,

  • dfactor's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2005 at 12:41 AM

    Nice pictures you've of Tibet here. Guess I'll have to come back to your site for more reading.

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2005 at 4:07 AM

    Que Sera Sera Monastery, whatever will be, will be

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2004 at 12:26 PM

    I'd love to visit Tibet. It has so much in common with Mongolia. I can see why they formed a dual theocracy.

  • filipdebont's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2004 at 8:54 AM

    Prachtige page, de herinneringen komen terug boven . . .

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2004 at 8:25 AM

    Prachtig om Tibet en Lhasa terug te zien! Fantastische pagina, tips en travelogues !

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 9:15 AM

    Nice photo's and tips. Will be back to see if more are posted than the current two. Always nice to see places thru someone else's eyes. Thanks for sharing :-)

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