Want to experience deep into the Holy Land in the Himalayas with lots of options, freedom and flexibility? Desiring to hassle free utopian destination in the abode of spiritual aroma? Dreaming for off the beaten path to the land of peace and tranquility?
Experience the Tibet’s age-old Buddhist cultural and religious sites for the peace of mind and seek the mystery of art of happiness. Tibet is a timeless dream of many people, with its unique high attitude, exotic culture, unique landscapes, welcoming people, and distinct architectural sites.
1. Potala Palace
Make excursion into the landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama’s winter residence. It is an architectural wonder even by modern standards. Its impressive layout includes the rooftop White Palace used for the living quarters of the Dalai Lama, and the central Red Palace, used for religious functions. The most stunning chapels of the Red Palace house the jewel-bedecked golden chörten tombs of several earlier Dalai Lamas. Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, it is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa. The awe-inspiring Potala Palace, perched high above much of Lhasa, is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks.
2. Jokhang Temple
Pay your visit to Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibet at the center of the old Lhasa. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. It is full of various exotic and sacred sculptures. The Temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. It has several decorated shrines and rooms. The main hall of the temple houses the Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Sera Monastery
The Sera Monastery, in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, is one of the ‘great three’ Gelug Sect’s monasteries in Lhasa. It, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 and was home to more than 5,000 monks. Currently, there are only a few hundred monks. It keeps scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals. The monastery is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”, so the best time to visit is in the afternoon when the monks are debating in the courtyards. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held at this monastery and these uses a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries. Visitors also can attend to witness these debates.
4. Barkhor Street
Barkhor, a circular street at the center of Lhasa, is the oldest street in a very traditional city of Tibet. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. The street is a famous commercial and commodity-distributing center in Lhasa, consisting of more than 120 handicrafts shops and more than 200 stalls. Visitors can buy anything Tibet-related, from sacks of incense, chunks of yak butter to monk outfits.
5. Mt. Kailash
Mt. Kailash is a peak in the Kailash range which is part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. Along with making cultural excursion into the heart of Tibet, visitor can also enjoy the most sacred of Tibet which is Mt. Kailash. The overland journey in Tibet brings at shore of beautiful Mansarovar Lake. After enjoying awe-inspiring day at Mansarovar Lake, further KORA (circuit) will be incorporated.
6. Drepung Monastery
The Drepung Monastery, regarded as one of the “Three Greatest Monasteries in Tibet”, is located at 5 kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa. Drepung used to be the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. As it has always served as the mother monastery for the former Dalai Lamas, Drepung Monastery holds the highest place in Gelugpa monasteries. It owns many cultural relics which adorn the monastery and make it more precious.
7. Mt. Everest
Mr. Everest, or Mt. Qomolangma, meaning “Goddess” in Tibetan culture is the highest mountain on earth. It stands at the south of Tingri County in southern Tibet, at the border of the central Himalayas between China and Nepal, capped with accumulated eternal snow. Each year, many of brave mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long dream by climbing and looking over from the world’s highest peak.
The seven must see attractions in Tibet are our top priority. We take you from spiritual and cultural attractions of Tibet to the base camp of highest mountain in the world. At the same time we enjoy the spiritual aroma of Mt. Kailash.