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In Lhasa

Lhasa, the capitol of Tibet. A wonderful city that is starting to lose its appeal to modernization and construction of hotels and malls. Still there is much to see. It is best to spend at least 2-3 days when you arrive in Lhasa due to the altitude. At 12,000 feet above sea level, most people will experience various symptoms of altitude sickness which includes headache, nausea, vomiting and/or ataxia. The only cure for this is descend to a lower altitude or wait.

During this first few days, taking in the main attractions of Tibet is in order. The main attractions being Monasteries. The focal point of Lhasa of course is the Potala, home of the Dali Lama. There are three other important monasteries in Lhasa. The Jokhang is usually referred to as the most important monastery in Tibet.

The other two monasteries are near the outskirts of Lhasa. Sera Monastery is important to see and usually has a lot going on. It's not uncommon to see Monks in Debating Class or Chanting in the Main Hall. The last would be Drepung.

Walking the city, for Kora's or fun

When you are feeling up to it, walking the city is a must. Many people overlook walking the Kora of a Monastery. The easiest two is the Jokhang Kora and the Potala Kora

A bit more ambition, but not by much would be the Sera Kora where it is a little longer and you can see wonderfully carved and painted Buddhas in the rocks along the Kora.

Beyond the Monastery

There is much more to do in Lhasa beside visiting monasteries. Shopping the local vendors near Barkhor Square could take nearly an entire day. Another worthwhile adventure is to take the day to explore the old section of Lhasa. As you walk the Jokhang Kora, there are roads entering the area. Back in this area is where to experience the real Tibet and it's people.

  • Last visit to Lhasa: Jun 2013
  • Intro Updated Aug 1, 2013
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Thanks for the interesting tour! It sounds like things are changing a lot here and not altogether for the better. Be interesting if you go back again and see what it's like then!

    • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
      Jul 6, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Hi Dee, Thanks for visiting. Didn't make it back this year. But traveled so much last 6 weeks. So much to write before it all blends together, lol

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Amazing photos of the Canola flowers. Hope to be able to do some adventure travel some day!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Great that you could go back again after six years. This certainly does sound like a fascinating city.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks for the Tour of Lhasa John! Again, I enjoyed your comments and observations and information! Very nice!

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Hi John, nice tips about Lhasa! Your videos are most fascinating, I never saw the debating monks before.

    • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
      Aug 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Hi Mirjam, thanks for visiting my Lhasa page. It's a shame the border is closed now. I was hoping to return soon. Maybe things will be different next year.

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 3:38 AM

    Some interesting tips here. Thanks for sharing

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2006 at 3:05 PM

    Nice page! Lhasa is certainly a place I'd like to re-visit.

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