Explore Lhasa: 7 days
This unique trip covers the most popular, hostorical sites in Lhasa; Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Sera Monastery,Dreprung monastery, Gandan monastery, the beautifll lake Yamdrok lake after the pass Gampa la. Glacers and snow monutains at a closer range also can be seen en route to Shigatse; was once the second largest city in Utsang. On the way back to lhasa,different roat is taken along the Tsangpo, Bramaphutra river.
Potala Palace, fort of 13-storeys which dominates the whole city, was set up in the 7th century during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo and covers an area of 41 hectares. The 13-storeys main building, 115,703 metres in height, consists of the White and Red palaces with 1,000 rooms, such as bedrooms, scripture rooms, stupas, and rooms for the monks. It is the headquarters of the Dalai Lamas , and has been the home of each of the successive Dalai Lamas. It is a treasure house of traditional Tibetan culture.
Dreprung Monastery is about 8 km west of Lhasa. Dreprung Monastery was once the world’s largest monastery with a population about 10,000 monks. Dreprung was founded in 1416 and in 1530 and the 2nd Dalai Lama established the palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas until the 5th built the Potala. Today, there are around 500 monks in residence and 40% of the Monastery has been destroyed.
Sera Monastery is about 5km north of central Lhasa. It was along with Dreprung one of Lhasa's 2 great Gelugpa monasteries. It was built in 1419 by one of the eight disciples of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Ge-lug-pa Sect. It covers an area of 114,964 square meters, the structure is imposing, picturesque in disorder, and splendid in green and gold. It is a typical of Tibetan architecture.
Also visit the Norbulingka Palace which was developed as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas since mid-18th century.
Overnight at the hotel.
Jokhang Temple is situated in the heart of the old part of the town. It was built in the mid-seventh Century. It was founded by Queen Bhrikuti on a site deemed by Queen Wencheng to be the principal geomatic power-place in Tibet.
It is at Barkhor Street that most people fall in love with Lhasa. The Barkhor circuits runs through the heart of the old city where life has changed little over the centuries. The whole circuit is lined with stalls selling everything a Tibetan or visiting tourist could possibly need.