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Lhasa

Tibet’s capital sits in a stark valley ringed by snow-capped mountains that reach a colossal 5,500 metres. At an altitude of 3,490 metres itself, it is one of the world’s highest cities - Lhasa even means ‘Place of Gods’. Although it has seen a rapid expansion in recent years and become a typical modern city, Lhasa still retains that magical atmosphere that tempted adventurers to make attempt after attempt to reach it for hundreds of years. It remains the Holy Land for Tibetan Buddhists, the valley around it still dotted with red-robed-monk-filled monasteries.

An important settlement for over 1,000 years, Lhasa has so much to discover. Whilst your first glimpse of the mighty Potala, settled on its hilltop, will take your breath away, it is amongst the white-washed alleyways of the Old Tibetan Quarter that you will find the city’s, and Tibet as a whole’s, heart and soul. The spirituality is still thick around the Jokhang, Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred temple, and its pilgrimage circuit, the Barkhor. Both are still thronged with pilgrims spinning their prayer wheels and prostrating themselves. The Potala Palace (the Dalai Lama’s winter palace), the Norbulingka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace) and the Jokhang are all UNESCO World Heritage sites, and definite must sees, but the main thing to enjoy in Lhasa, is that wonderful air of mysticism that modernity cannot erase.

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Five Reasons To Visit Lhasa

The Potala Palace
What was once the home of Tibet’s government now sits brooding on Marpo Ri (Red Hill). Still Lhasa’s most spectacular sight it housed the 5th through to the 14th Dalai Lamas and has over 1,000 rooms, so of which you can explore.

Jokhang Temple
The most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism, the Jokhang has a magic all of its own. Join pilgrims making their circuit of the Barkhor, the Jokhang’s kora (pilgrimage circuit) before entering the yak-butter-candle lit darkness.

Sera Monastery
Once home to thousands of monks Sera today, one of Tibet’s university monasteries, has a population of 600. It is best known for its debating session, where the monks drive home the finer points of Buddhist philosophy.

Mt Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp may be just a scattering of tents, but never have tents been in a more spectacular location! Set under the watchful gave of Everest’s north face, you’ll never come across a more spectacular, awe-inspiring view.

Gyantse
The scenery alone as you travel from Lhasa to Gyantse is a good enough reason to go – the sacred lake of Yamdrok Tso and plenty of Himalayan peaks line the route. Gyantse itself is relaxed and charming, with the Kumbum monastery at its heart.

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