Mythical and Amazing Lhasa

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The centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium, Lhasa (Lāsà; literally the 'Place of the Gods') remains largely a city of wonders. Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the Holy City raises goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life. It is here in the Jokhang, an other-worldly mix of flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit, that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.

Deep in the spectacular Himalayan Mountains, Lhasa is a jewel of a destination. And you’ll also find numerous important temples and even the world’s highest brewery.

The sunset from Himalaya Mountain

Snow scene on Himalaya Mountain

Autumn in Himalaya Mountains

These days the booming boulevards of the modern Chinese city threaten to overwhelm the winding alleyways and backstreet temples of the Tibetan old town, but it is in the latter that you should focus your time. If possible, budget a week to acclimatise, see the sights and roam the fascinating back streets before heading off on a grand overland adventure.

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