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As the first tourist destination for most domestic and international travelers, Lhasa is the holiest center for Tibetan Buddhist believers. Lhasa is surrounded by lots 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 around 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.

The entrance of Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Potala Palace is Tibet's cardinal landmark and the highest ancient palace in the world. It's one of the world's cultural heritage sites and 5A tourism spot on a national level. Potala Palace is an awe-inspiring place to visit.

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Three Tibetan women at the gate of Jokhang Temple.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple is considered the spiritual heart of Lhasa city and the most sacred monastery in Tibet. Visiting Jokhang Temple is an unrivaled experience.

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Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery is one of the six major temples of the Yellow Sect, as well as the highest-ranking one. Its name means "Rice Heap Monastery".

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Sera Monastery is reputed as the most beautiful Tibetan monastery.

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism. It's on the northern outskirts of Lhasa. Sera means wild rose in Tibetan.

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Tyokyil Potrang is a pavilion in the midst of a lake and known for the top scenic spot in Norbulingka

Norbulingka

Norbulingka

Norbulingka is commonly known as the summer palace of Dalai Lama, which means "Treasure Park" in Tibetan. It's the largest royal garden in Tibet.

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Many pilgrims kora in Barkhor Street clockwise around Jokhang Temple, with a prayer wheels spinning in their hands.

Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street

Located in the old city of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is famous for its pilgrim circuit and lively market. With a history of more than 1300 years, the historical site now is the most prosperous shopping street around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and the most popular bazaar among travelers.

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You will not only see an attraction by visiting Ramoche Temple, but also feel the sense of the history of precipitation.

Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple is located about 500 meters north of Barkhor street in Lhasa, the sister temple of the Jokhang temple, constructed around the same time but in Chinese style. It is said that it was set up to house an 8-year-old life-sized statue of Jowo Sakyamuni.

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The appearance of Tibet museum.

Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum, in the west of town just opposite Norbulingka, is worth a visit if you are interested in Tibetan culture and history as well as art. Tibet Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters including an exhibition area of 10,451 square meters.

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One of the top three Monasteries in Tibet - Ganden Monastery.

Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. It is in Dagzê County, Lhasa. The other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Ganden Monastery was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa, founder of the Gelug order.

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Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.

Drak Yerpa

Drak Yerpa

Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks.

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There are many rare and historical relics in Tsurphu Monastery.

Tsurphu Monastery

Tsurphu Monastery

Tsurphu Monastery is a gompa which serves as the traditional seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Canggu Nunnery

Canggu Nunnery

Canggu Nunnery

Canggu Nunnery is located in a small alley south of Jokhang Temple, and it's also the only nun temple in Lhasa downtown. It's well-known for the practicing cave of Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. For tourists, this nunnery is famous for its delicious sweet tea.

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Nyemo Tunba is the birthplace of Tibetan incense.

Nyemo Tunba

Nyemo Tunba

Nyemo Tunba Scenic Area is located in Tunba Township, Nyemo County, 120 kilometers away from Lhasa. It's the birthplace of the Tibetan incense, also famous for its traditional handicraft, commonly known as "the three treasures of Nyemo" – Tibetan Paper, Engraving & Incense.

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The memorial archway of "Birthplace of Songtsen Gampo"

Gyama Valley

Gyama Valley

Gyama Valley(甲玛乡), 60km east of Lhasa, is famed as the birthplace of Tibet’s greatest king, Songtsen Gampo, who lived here until he became king at the age of 15.

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Reting Monastery has a history of more than 900 years.

Reting Monastery

Reting Monastery

Reting Monastery(热振寺) is located in Tanggu township, Linzhou county, 240 kilometers north of Lhasa. It's the seat of Reting Rinpoche. As the first monastery of the Kadam Sect in Tibetan Buddhism, Reting Monastery was founded in 1057 by Dromtön.

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Drigung Til Monastery is the head monastery of the Drigongpa school and the most famous sky burial site in central Tibet.

Drigung Til Monastery

Drigung Til Monastery

First established in 1167, Drigung Til Monastery(直贡梯寺) is the head monastery of the Drigongpa school of the Kagyupa order and the most famous sky burial site in central Tibet.

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Tidrum Nunnery

Tidrum Nunnery

Tidrum Nunnery

Around 3hr-walk or 1hr-drive from the main valley, northwest of Drigung Til Monastery and a 13km up a side valley, is Tidrum Nunnery(德仲寺). Tidrum Nunnery with its medicinal hot springs, has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams.

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Entrance gate of Drolma Lhakhang Monastery

Drolma Lhakhang Monastery

Drolma Lhakhang Monastery

Drolma Lhakhang is associated with the Bengali scholar Atisha (982~1054). Drolma Lhakhang is only 30mins drive southwest of Lhasa and is worth a stop for those interested in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Dorje Drak Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dorje Drak Monastery

Dorje Drak Monastery

Along with Mindroling Monastery, Dorje Drak Monastery is one of the six most important Nyingmapa monasteries. With a remote and romantic location, it is less accessible than Mindroling Monastery and consequently gets few western visitors.

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Nalendra Monastery

Nalendra Monastery

Nalendra Monastery

with hundreds of years of history, Nalendra Monastery is the representative monastery for Cha Sect, which is a sect belongs to Saga Sect. There are numerous branch monasteries of Cha Sect in Tibet. And it is the lifetime practice center for the yogis.

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Talung Monastery

Talung Monastery

Talung Monastery

Talung Monastery(达隆寺) is lying in the green fields of the Pak-chu Valley, the sprawling monastic complex of Talung Monastery is around 120km north of Lhasa by road.

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Shugshep Nunnery

Shugshep Nunnery

Shugshep Nunnery

Trekkers and anyone who likes to get well off the beaten track will enjoy this excursion to Tibet's largest nunnery, Shugsheb Nunnery. Set in a large natural bowl, about 65km south of Lhasa and home to over 280 nuns, Shugsheb Nunnery is a favorite of bird-watchers.

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Have close contact with the locals and then you will find they are very kind and hospitable.

Lhasa Old Town

Lhasa Old Town

Lhasa Old Town shelters the soul of Lhasa. This walk takes in craft workshops, backstreet chapels and pilgrim paths, passing en route some of Lhasa’s traditional architecture.

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Here're maps of Lhasa attractions. Click to view a bigger image.

Major tourist attractions inside Lhasa city
Major tourist attractions inside Lhasa city
Nearby tourist attractions outside of Lhasa city.
Nearby tourist attractions outside of Lhasa city

Beijing-Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa

7

days

$1040

Per Person

Head to the holy city Lhasa via Qinghai-Tibet Railway to see Potala Palace and relax by the sacred Lake Namtso.

Lhasa

Show you the best of Lhasa including natural landscapes and cultural landmarks. Stroll along turquoise Yamdroktso Lake.

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt.Kailash Kora - Zada - Gegye - Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa

20

days

$4020

Per Person

Witness the magnificent landscape of western Tibet, experience 3-day kora and explore the lost civilizations of Ngari.

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