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Lhasa (literally the 'Place of the Gods') is still largely a city of wonders. Not only is it Tibet's capital but it is also its heart and soul. With its rich, long history, unique culture, and isolated location on a plateau surrounded by the world's highest mountains, it's no wonder that it has managed to retain its mystical air, despite its rapid expansion in recent years.

New developments spring up around the cities edge, whilst at the city's core you'll come across a world that is still a million miles from the modern one, from the traditionally dressed pilgrims making their round the Barkhor to the scared Jokhang temple to the imposing Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, that watches over the city from its hilltop seat.

Your first view of the Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goose bumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavour of traditional Tibetan life. It is here in a worldly mix of flickering butter lamps, colourful incense, and prostrating pilgrims, which most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.

Today, the boulevards of the modern Chinese city dwarf the winding alleyways of the Tibetan quarter but it is in the latter that you should focus your time on and try to spend tie exploring by yourself. 

Things To See In Lhasa

No trip to Lhasa would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.

  • Discover Mt Everest Base Camp
    Mt Everest Base Camp

    Located under the gaze of its north face, on the Tibet side, the sweeping views of Everest and its massif are unsurpassed.

  • Discover Potala Palace
    Potala Palace

    Lhasa's principal landmark, the Potala Palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

  • Discover Jokhang Temple
    Jokhang Temple

    This 1,300 year old temple is at the heart of old Lhasa as well as being the spiritual heart of Tibet.

  • Discover Sera Monastery
    Sera Monastery

    One of Lhasa's “great three" monasteries, best known for the lively daily debates that take place in the debating courtyard.

Popular Holidays to Lhasa

Lhasa offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

  • Tibetan Wonders Tour

    Tibetan Wonders

    24 days from $7,880pp

    • Kunming's Mystical Stone Forest
    • Songzanlin Monastery
    • Glacial Tibet Countryside
    • Sun Rise over Mount Everest
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  • Himalayan Adventure Tour

    Himalayan Adventure

    22 days | Please call for prices

    • Meet Chengdu's pandas
    • Sera Monastery debating
    • Mount Everest
    • Chitwan National Park
    • Kathmandu
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  • China & Tibet Discovery Tour

    China & Tibet Discovery

    16 days from $6,480pp

    • Terracotta Warriors in Xian
    • Lhasa's Potala Palace
    • Chengdu's Pandas
    • Yangtze Cruise
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Lhasa at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Lhasa:

  • Time Difference - AEST -2
  • Approx. Flight Time - 18 Hours
  • Population - 225,000
  • Landmark - Potala
    Palace
  • Local Food - Yak
    Steak
  • Best Time to go? - Spring