"Lhasa" Tibet Things to Do Tip by Maria81
Tibet Things to Do: 242 reviews and 562 photos
Tibet's capital, the home of the world-famous Potala and the former residence of the Dalai Lama. This is where the majority of the first time visitors to Tibet (like me now) spend most of their time. The city rose to prominence in 7th century AD, when Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo started the construction of its most famous buildings - Potala, Jokhang, Ramoche, as well as of some of the surrounding monasteries.
What to see?
Too much to mention in one trip (and hopefully I will get around to building the Lhasa page one day), but the highlights rightfully include Jokhang and the Barkhor, pilgrim koras, Potala, Norbulingka, Sera and Drepung monasteries. There are also numerousn smaller temples and shrines in the city where you may well be the only one visiting
- The Barkhor Kora - atmospheric, with most pilgrims and feels the most authentic. As all koras, best either at sundawn or sunset
- The Potala - amazing museum which comes alive as the pilgrims are now allowed to enter and worship as well
- The Potala Kora - apart from contemplation, amazing for searching out those best views of Potala for a photo trip later on
- Photography - although you can't shoot inside Potala and most famous temples/monasteries, there are plenty of outside shots worthy of attention (especially in Barkhor and by Potala in the evening)
And, while it may seem strange to list it here, but
- St. Regis - an amazing resort, one of the best I've stayed in, made even more remarkable by the difficulties of maintaining such high-class facilities away from most commercial centres/top tourist cities
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