Lhoka(Shannan) area is located in the south of the Gangdise Mountains and the Nianqing Tanggula Mountains. It borders Lhasa to the north, Shigatse to the west, Nyingchi to the east, and India and Bhutan on the south. Lhoka is one of the cradles of ancient Tibetan civilization. It is the region with the deepest historical and cultural origin and the most developed agricultural civilization in Tibet. There are no fancy buildings here, no bustling cities. But the stunning scenery here will never disappoint visitors. It has the first palace, the first Tibetan King, the first farmland, the first village in Tibetan history. And Lhoka is also a paradise for religious people.

The humanity landscape and the natural landscape gather here. Walking into Lhoka, you can enjoy majestic glaciers, sacred mountains, holy lakes, rivers, ancient temples, monuments, and other landscapes. Take a glance of the most famous attractions:

Samye Monastery
It often called "the first temple in Tibet" and was built around the middle of the 8th century.
Yungbulagang Palace
It was the first palace in Tibet's history, dating back more than 2,100 years.
Lhamo Latso
This lake has magic power in Tibetan Buddhism. And Tibetan Buddhists believe that they can see their past lives and present lives from this lake.
Phuma Yumtso
It is a saltwater lake in the Himalayas with the stunning scenery. It is said that it was blessed by Padmasambhava and had a divine aura.
Chimpuk Hermitage
Located 15km northeast of Samye Monastery, it is a sacred place in the hearts of many Tibetans.

Lot of precious murals have been kept well in Samye Monastery. The murals are telling the ancient famous stories of Tibetan Buddhism and historical events of monasteries.

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery(桑耶寺) is deservedly the most popular destination for travellers in Shannan.
Yumbu means doe, lagang means holy palace.

Yumbulagang Palace

A finer, tapering finger of a structure that sprouts from a craggy ridge overlooking the patchwork fields of the Yarlung Valley.
The most mysterious Tibetan lake Lhamo La-tso.

Lhamo La-tso

Lhamo La-tso is one of the holy lakes in Tibet.
It is said that the Phuma Yumtso was blessed by Padmasambhava and thus had a divine aura.

Phuma Yumtso

Phuma Yumtso is located in the Tibet autonomous region, 210 kilometers from Lhasa, at the border of Lhozhag and Nagarze counties in the Shannan region.
Monks perform a traditional religious dance.

Gongkar Chode Monastery

Gongkar Chode Monastery was built in 1464, belongs to the Zung branch of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Chim-puk Hermitage is  a colleciton of caves to northeast of of Samye.

Chim-puk Hermitage

Chim-puk Hermitage (青朴寺) is a warren of caves northeast of Samye that was once a medication retreat for Guru Rinpoche.
This ancient aristocratic manor is protected well by the government.

Namseling Manor

Namseling Manor is a well preserved manor which was built in the Ming Dynasty.
It's said Yamalung Hermitage is where the great Indian guru Padmasambawa ever practiced here.

Yamalung Hermitage

It is possible to head up the valley directly behind Samye Monastery to the Yamalung Hermitage(聂玛隆圣洞), around 20km from Samye.
Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, having been founded at the same time as the Jokhang Monastery and Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa.
Dratang Monastery

Dratang Monastery

About 48km east of Gongkar airport is the turn-off to the 11th-century Dratang Monastery(扎塘寺), located 2km off the main road in the Drannang Valley.
Only wild flowers and stone lions accompany those Tibetan kings of the past.

Chongye Burial Mounds

Chongye Burial Mounds, Tombs of the Kings at Chongye, or Tibetan Kings’Tombs, represent one of the few historical sites that give any evidence of a pre-Buddhist culture in Tibet.

Kathmandu-Tingri-Shigatse-Lhasa

Start your journey from the green oxygen-rich jungles of Nepal to the wild Tibetan countryside. It is not only a wonderful tour across the top of the world but also a lifetime exploration to Everest Base Camp.  

Xining-Lhasa-Tsetang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Tingri-Shigatse-Lhasa

The first station is to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland and salt lake in China. Then take the train from Xining to Lhasa, which will take you around 22 hours. You can enjoy the most beautiful landscape of Qinghai-Tibet Railway along the way. Short stay in Lhasa, you will visit Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery.

Lhasa – Ganden Manastery - Trek to Samye Manastery – Lhasa

This trekking tour will offer you a unique journey from Ganden to Samye. After an exploration in Lhasa city and suburb, the trekking will start in Ganden. During the following 4 days, you will enjoy the scenery of valleys, mountains, and lakes. You will finally arrive in Samye and have a view of the golden spires of Samye.

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