Journey through the diverse landscapes of Yunnan Province up to ‘the roof of the world’ where you will experience the many wonders of Tibet. Admire ancient monasteries and Himalayan vistas before taking in the ultimate view of Everest.
Journey to the roof of the world to uncover the mysteries of Tibet in the incredible city of Lhasa whilst enjoying the very best cultural, historical and natural treasures that China has to offer – from the Great Wall and Terracotta Army to the Yangtze River.
Embark on a journey of extremes, striking across the starkly beautiful landscapes of Tibet, on the roof of the world, before descending into the verdant and chaotic valleys of Nepal under the ever watchful gaze of the mighty Himalayas.
The oldest part of the Jokhang was built in the year 652 – it is believed to have been built to house two holy statues brought to Lhasa by King Songtsen Gampo’s two brides.
The Jowo Sakyamuni is a life size (5 foot) bejewelled statue of Buddha as a young prince.
From the roof of the Jokhang there are excellent views over the city.
The Jokhang has a significant collection of cultural artefacts including sculptures from the Tang and Ming dynasties.
Legend tells that the Jokhang is constructed over the heart of a great sleeping demoness – it and a network of 12 other temples keep her subdued.
The name ‘Lhasa’ is said to be derived from ‘Rasa’ which comes from the Jokhang’s ancient name ‘Rasa Thrulnag Tsuklakang’.
The temples architecture is a combination of influences including Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan.
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