Tibet

LHASA

Lhasa (3650 meters): In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. There are incredible sites like POTALA PALACE (majestic winter palace of Dalai Lama dominantly located in the central part of Lhasa city), JOKHANG TEMPLE (8th century temple of Avaloketeshwar), BARKHOR BAZAAR (typical Tibetan downtown still intact with its originality …

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POTALA PALACE

Potala Palace is one of the most famous architectural works of the world Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa. Potala named after a holy hill in South India is a Sanskrit word meaning “Abode of the Avalokitesvara (Buddha of Mercy).” In the 7th century, after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s married Princess Wencheng …

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JOKHANG TEMPLE

Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Jokhang Temple was built in the mid-7th century A. D. It was later extended by successive rulers, and has now become a gigantic architecture complex. Located in the east, …

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BARKHOR MARKET

Barkhor Market is located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. It is a must-see place for visitors. Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, …

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DREPUNG MONASTERY

Drepung Monastery is situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 KM  from the western suburb of Lhasa, This monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa’s disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric  and Exotoric Buddhism and became the first Kampo there. It is also known as the most important …

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SERA MONASTERY

Sera Monastery: Sera means “hailstone” in Tibetan. Set at the foot of the Wudu Hill to the north of Lhasa City, Sera is comprised of a great sutra chanting hall and a college. Situated at three kilometers distance to a northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, a disciple …

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NORBU LINGKA

Norbu Lingka is one of the most relaxing and pleasant parts of Lhasa. The site is a large, 40 hectre enclave on the outskirts of town, full pf trees, ponds, gardens, palaces and pavilions. It was started by the 7th Dalai Lama, but its new form dates back to 1956. Norbu Lingka is taken as …

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GANDEN

Ganden Monastery (4300 meters) is full day tour from Lhasa (60 km), scenically overlooking the Kyi Chu Valley. The Ganden Monestary is one of the three largest monasteries as well as the first of six monasteries of the Gelug sect. Ganden literally “love and pleasure” was first built in early 15th century by Tsongkapa, the …

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TSEDANG

Tsedang (3100 meters) is a small city located 185 km southeast of Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Tsedang was the capital of Yarlung and, as such, a place of great importance. In the 19th century it is said to have contained some 1,000 houses, a bazaar, a gompa and a fort. It …

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YUMBU LAKHANG

Yumbu Lakhang is an ancient structure in the Yarlung Valley in the vicinity of Tsedang. It is also know as the Yungbulakang Palace, the first palace in Tibet, is located on the Zhaxi Ceri Mountain, five kilometers away from Nedong County in Lhoka Prefecture of Tibet. It was the first building in Tibet and the palace of …

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