Lhasa easily signifies its relevance as a Tibet’s part that is not only skilled in a single regard but is on the top in every field whether it be food, travel, spirituality, nature or the highly hospitable behaviour of its residents. Dive deeper into the Tibetan Culture that is very attractively portrayed by the historical as well as the natural sights of this place. ‘The City of Sunlight’ is a delight for every traveller who is seeking for a peaceful, cultural yet spiritual satisfaction from a single destination. Lhasa travel is presently considered as the one asked by millions from all across the globe and thus, the city is gradually attaining a rapid pace in securing the number one place amongst the trending ‘must-visit’ places in the world. An apt fusion of the mysterious palaces, monasteries and the beautifully established stupas, Lhasa is also an introducer of some of the historical tales from the life instances of Dalai Lama.
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace
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Lhasa which literally means the ‘Place of the Gods’ is rightly called a city of wonders. It is characterized by being the hub of Tibetan Buddhist world. It is the religious and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Lhasa is the second most populated city on the Tibetan Plateau. It is also known as the highest cities in the world. This city is a vital link in the trade between Indian and China.
Lhasa is famous for Potala Palace, which is a former residence of Dalai Lama, Jokhang Temple – a 1300 year old temple with an image of golden Buddha in its center; Barkhor Street - the most lively commercial street around Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery - the biggest monastery in the world; Sera monastery - one of the biggest monasteries in Lhasa featuring the Debating of Buddhist Doctrines; Norbulingka - also known as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, meaning baby park in Tibetan language; and the Ramoche Temple is a sister temple of Jokhang Temple.
The Barkhor Street satisfies the traveler’s instinct of shopping. They can carry souvenirs of this place in the form of household items, carved wood pieces, silver items, old Tibetan bank notes, knitted satchels, woven bags. The colorful work of the artisans including Tibetan rugs, paintings, furniture, clay sculpture, masks and appliqué leaves tingling memories for the tourists. Another market in the western suburbs known for a great variety of goods while being cheaper than the Barkhor Street is Tianhai Night Market.
Nam Tso Lake is a mammoth salt water lake with Tasidor Gompa on its shore which acts as a monastic retreat center. It is an overnight excursion from Lhasa. The Potala Palace, in the western part of Lhasa consists of temples, palaces and dormitories. It is deemed as the political center and also known as “heaven of arts” for various priceless treasures and is rightly deemed as one of the World’s Cultural Heritages. Other to-see places include Yampachen (a small town with glaciers capped mountains), Tsurphu Monastery (a Tibetan Buddhist Monastry).
Lhasa is a cultural and artistic feast to the eyes. The charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarters and the various Buddhist sites make it a real must see for the tourists.
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