About Lhasa Tour
Tibet’s capital sits in a stark valley ringed by snow-capped mountains that reach a colossal 5,500 meters. At an altitude of 3,490 meters itself, it is one of the world’s highest cities - Lhasa even means ‘Place of Gods’. Although Lhasa has seen a rapid expansion in recent years and becomes a typical modern city, Lhasa still retains that magical atmosphere which tempted adventurers to make attempt after attempt to reach it for hundreds of years. It remains the Holy Land for Tibetan Buddhists, the valley around it still dotted with red-robed-monk-filled monasteries, including one of the renowned university monastery, Sera.
An important settlement for over 1,000 years, Lhasa has so much to explore. Whilst your first glimpse of the mighty Potala Palace, settled on the hilltop of Lhasa, will take your breath away, it is amongst the white-washed alleyways of the Old Tibetan Quarter which you will find the city’s, and Tibet as a whole’s, heart and soul. The spirituality is still thick around the Jokhang, Tibetan Buddhism’s most holy temple, and its pilgrimage circuit, the Barkhor. Both are still thronged with pilgrims spinning their prayer wheels and overwhelm themselves. The Potala Palace (the Dalai Lama’s winter palace), the Norbulingka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace) and the Jokhang are all UNESCO World Heritage sites, and definite must-see during a Lhasa tour, but the main thing to enjoy, is that wonderful air of mysticism of the place that modernity cannot erase.