Traveling to Tibet?
As we all know Tibet is considered as the ‘Roof of the World”. It is a region with the highest altitude on earth. You can travel to Tibet throughout the year, each season has its pros and cons. Summer is the most popular time of the year if you want to travel to Tibet. Tibet holds an intoxicating blend of humming spirituality and the natural beauty.
Tibetans and their pride ‘Tibet’
Check out these top tourist attractions in Tibet
The Potala Palace is the chief residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama. It is located in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace is built at an altitude of 3,700 meters, beside Marpo Ri (Red Mountain). It is in the center of Lhasa Valley. The Potala Palace is the world’s cultural heritage site and a sacred place for Tibetans.
Potala Palace – Terms & Conditions
- Proper ID cards or passport required
- Visiting hour is limited to one hour
- You are not allowed to take photographs
- Dresses like skirts and shorts are not allowed
- You need to take off your hats and sunglasses before entering
- You are not allowed to take liquids, alcohol, lighters, cigarettes and other flammable materials
Jokhang temple (Tsuglakhang) and Bharkhor bazaar
Jokhang temple is one of the holiest Buddhist temples in Tibet. It is located about 2 km east of Potala Palace. The temple is surrounded by the prayer path and the Bharkhor square. It is a beautiful palace, with beautiful Buddhist paintings and the one of the most precious statues of Jowo Rinpoche (reincarnated Lama). Bharkhor bazaar portrays a medieval atmosphere with shops carrying a countless number of ritual objects.
This breathtaking Namt-Tso Lake is situated at the foot of snow-peaked Nyenchen Tanghla range. In Tibetan language Namtso means “Sky Lake”, one amongst the three holy lakes in Tibet. It stands at an altitude of 4,718 meters and is spread across 1920 kilometers square, making it the biggest lake in Tibet. If you want to see the gorgeous sunrise in crystalline high mountain, you should stay overnight, but let me warn you, it is very difficult to stay overnight in Nam-Tso Lake.
This lake is also known as Basum-Tso or Basong-Tso. You will get the stunning view of Tibet from this highland lake in Kongpo. The lake is encircled by beautiful glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. Draksum-Tso Lake is listed as the world tourist site by the World Tourism Organization.
Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden, it is located about 8 km to the west of Lhasa. Once it was the largest monastery in Tibet with around 1,0000 monks.
Samye monastery is the first monastery that was built in Tibet, in the 7th century. Getting to Samye Monastery is less adventurous. You need to drive from Lhasa to Tsangpo River’s ferry crossing, then take an open truck till Samye. Samye Monastry embraces living monastic presence, despite being 1200 years old.
Everest Base Camp
If you are travelling to Tibet for some adventure, you should definitely visit the Everest Base Camp. You will get the spectacular view of the Mt. Everest (Tibet Side), Mt. Makalu, Mt. Shishapangma and the stunning Rongbuk glacier.
Other places to see in Tibet:
- Mt. Kailash
- Manasarovar Lake
- Sera Monastry
- Norbulinka Palace
- Sakya Monastry
- Lhodrak Monaastry