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Top Temples and Monasteries in Lhasa

Top Temples and Monasteries in Lhasa

The city of Lhasa has deep historical and religious roots, so travelers to this thriving city will find easy access to some of Tibet’s most prized palaces and impressive monasteries. It’s possible to tour some of the best in a single day, or spend a long weekend wandering the well-kept gardens and quiet temples that have made this city famous.

Potala Palace

Tucked into Lhasa’s iconic Red Hill, this sprawling structure is stationed some 12,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest palace in the world. In addition to a printing house, school, seminary and garden, travelers will find an iconic cave that dates back to the seventh century and ornate, colorful murals detailing religious events. And while the towering structures are well worth a visit, travelers say it’s the awe-inspiring views that make a voyage to Potala so memorable.

Drepung Monastery

In the 1930s, Drepung Monastery ranked among the largest monasteries in the world. And while the number of monks who live and study here has decreased, it’s still a place of learning for those looking to follow the faith. Travelers can see practicing monks on a visit to Drepung and also check out the vast courtyards and dense forest that make this destination a perfect place to experience peaceful reflection. 

Jokhang Temple

Pilgrims from around the world make the trip to Jokhang Temple, where the blessed Jowo Buddha stands. This four-story structure has bronze covered roofs and sits in the center of Barkhor Square in the historic section of Lhasa. An impressive collection of more than 800 metal sculptures and thousands of painted scrolls is housed in Jokhang, although they are not open to the public.

Ganden Monastery

This quiet monastery, located on a green mountaintop just outside Lhasa, is an ideal destination for outdoor adventurers looking for a touchstone to Buddhism with the backdrop of nature. Scenic hiking trails surround this monastery, and epic views of the picturesque valley are best from the backside of the mountain.

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7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

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Explore Tibet on a private 7-day tour that starts in Lhasa and continues to the important cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Travel with an experienced guide through Lhasa to see Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street. After three days, head to Gyantse, stopping at beautiful Yamdrok Lake before arrival in Gyantse where you take in Palkhor Monastery. Keep going to Shigatse to tour the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen (Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas) before returning to Lhasa.
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  • 7 days
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$1,920.00
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$1,920.00
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4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

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Explore the palaces of the Dalai Lamas and learn about Tibetan Buddhism on a private 4-day tour of Lhasa. Tour the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into Buddhist traditions when visiting Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Witness the rhythms of local life in the shops along Barkhor Street, and stop into the Tibet Museum and Tibetan Traditional Hospital. This once-in-a-lifetime tour includes three nights of accommodation, airport transfers and most meals.
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  • 4 days
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$881.00
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$881.00
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