At present, traveling to Lhasa is easier than the past because of the mutiple means of transportation. Because of the lower altitude, Lhasa is also the best stop station to adapt to the high altitude. As the first tourist destination for most domestic and international travelers, Lhasa is the holiest center for Tibetan Buddhist believers. Lhasa is surrounded by lost of famous scenic spots. With thousands of years’ history, Lhasa is the ideal city for you to explore both natural scenery and traditional Tibetan culture. Here are some famous tourist attractions which are worthy of being recommended to you, such as the landmark of Lhasa city - Potala Palace, Tibetan shopping center - Barkhor Street, a holy site for Buddhists - Jokhang Temple, etc.
If you are interested in Tibetan culture, you have no reason to miss the hot Buddhism debate in Sera Monastery, witness the grand Shoton Festival in Drepung Monastery, do kora in the front of Jokhang Temple, and so on.
Besides those attractions mentioned before, Ganden Monastery - the 1st and primary monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism as well as one of the Great Three Holy Monasteries of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa - the holiest meditation caves, Ramoche Temple - the second most important temple in Lhasa, and Norbulingka - a palace and surrounding park are also your priority destinations.
Recommended Tour Itineraries in Lhasa Prefecture
This is a tour of exploring the Tibetan culture. You can visit all the influential monasteries, palaces, temples in Yarlung Valley, which is considered as “the cradle of Tibetan civilization”. You can also see Tibetan incense and engraving workshops in Nyemo County – the birthplace of Tibetan language.