which means land of gods in Tibetan language, is the administrative capital of the Tibet province of China. It covers a total area of 544 sq. km. and sits at an altitude of 3660m, making it the highest city in the world. For centuries Lhasa has remained the political and cultural heart of Tibetans. Today Lhasa has transformed into a modern metropolis with high rises and highways sharing spaces with ancient palaces, monasteries and markets.
Lhasa Culture tour is the quickest way to explore the many attractions of Lhasa within a few days. The tour begins with 6th century Potala Palace, erected by Tibetan king Songsten Gampo. The 13 storied 1000 rooms palace showcases numerous precious Buddhist scrolls, paintings, statues, murals and other artifacts. Located nearby the Potala palace is the sacred Jokhang temple surrounded by oldest street of Barkhor. You will also visit two of three biggest monasteries in Tibet: Drepung Monastery and Sera monastery. Drepung monastery has four monastic colleges together having the capacity to accommodate 10000 monks at one time. The debate session held among monks in Sera monastery has been practiced for centuries. Norbu Lingka Palace, Jorkhang and Barkhor Market. Other places of interests incude Norbulinka palace, Tibetan Medical College and Ramoche temple.
You can reach Lhasa by an hour drive from Gonggar Airport, Lhasa’s international airport. Daily flights are operated between Kathmandu and Lhasa by China Southern Airlines and China Air.