15 Best places to visit in Tibet
Tibet which is considered to be the roof of the world and there are plenty of places to visit in Tibet. The Potala Palace stands as a strong symbol of Tibet as it is considered to be one of the iconic image with red and white building, green mountains as the backdrop and blue sky at the top. The palace also features some precious sculptures, antiques and traditional jewellery.

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 Tibet is full of pilgrimages but if you are planning to visit the place you simply can’t miss the opportunity to take a tour to Jokhang Temple. Once you are out of the temple you can take a walk on the Barkhor street which is an ultimate paradise for many shopperholics. Take a stroll by the streets and shop for amazing souvenirs for your loved ones.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Tibet:

01

Potala Palace

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Potala Palace
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This astonishing castle has the pleasure of being the most astounding antiquated royal residence on the planet, with its most noteworthy point achieving 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above ocean level, towering 100 meters (300 feet) over the city of Lhasa. The Potala Palace has remained for quite a long time as a demonstration of the Tibetan individuals and their convictions. A huge number of travelers from around the globe come each year to pay reverence to this great home and the image it remains for.

 Potala Palace
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Location
: central Lhasa, 2 km north of the Lhasa river, 5 km south of Sera Monastery, 3 km east of Norbulingka, and 2 km west of Jokhang Temple

Best time to visit
: Any time in year

Highlights
: • The Red Palace • The White Palace • Inside the Potala Palace • The Golden Roof Group
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02

Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon

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Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon
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The 496.3-meter-long Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon has a normal profundity of 5,000 meters, yet drops in spots to 5,382 meters. Subsequent to these figures became visible, world topography reading material have must be changed; Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is the world's most profound, longest, most astounding and most perilous one. Previously, the 5,133-meter-profound Grand Canyon of the Colorado was thought to be the most profound.

Location
: Tibet

Prices
: CNY 85 for entering

Highlights
: • The Grand Canyon is rich in forest resources. • There are rare and unique plants, and wildlife animals, such as king cobras, leopards, red pandas, musk deer, monkeys, tigers and virgin forests. • All kinds of wildlife exits here, so the Canyon is regarded as "the Gene Pool of Biological Resources", whilst enjoying fameas a "Geological Museum" because of the various geological phenomena. • You can also appreciate some humanistic landscapes: Qujiao Wu Temple, Buddha Palm Sand Dune, Ping Greeting Guests and South Jiabawa Peak.
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03

Sakya Monastery

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Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery in Tibet is a stupendous vacation spot that is known for its gathering of Tibetan wall paintings, droning ministers, hallowed Buddhist parchments and books and thangkas. Sakya Monastery is the rule sanctuary of the Sakyapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Its principle corridor can oblige 10,000 droning friars. More than 40,000 consecrated parchments, including the extremely valuable Burde Gyaimalung, are housed here.

A few parchments are composed with The organizer of the Sakyapa group, Khon Konchog Gyalpo, assembled the white castle on the Chun Qu River in 1073 on a dark dirt slope. Occupants named the sanctuary "Sakya", which implies dark soil. Every one of that remaining parts of this northern sanctuary are ruins.

Sakya Monastery
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Location
: Sakya about 100 miles from the Nepal’s border in the Tibetan prefecture of Shigatse

Prices
: CNY 45 Best time to visit: 09:00 to 18:30

Highlights
: • Large Collection of Sutras • Tibetan Traditional Art (Thankas & Murals) • Religious Ceremonies
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04

Tashilunpo Monastery

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Tashilunpo Monastery
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Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Likewise called the Heap of Glory, it is situated at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Established by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the religious community's structure was extended by the Fourth and progressive Panchen Lamas. Covering a range of about 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.), the primary structures found here are The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama's Palace and The Kelsang Temple. Remaining on the passage of Tashilhunpo, guests can see the great structures with brilliant rooftops and white dividers.

Tashilunpo Monastery
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Location
: Foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse.

Prices
: CNY 80 (May 1-Oct.31); CNY 40 (Nov. 1-Apr. 30)

Best time to visit
: 09:00 to 17:00

Highlights
: • Jamba Chyenmu (The Maitreya Temple) • Sunning of the Buddha Festival • Largest Maitreya statue in China • Thangka Sunning Festival in summer
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05

Samye Monastery

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Samye Monastery
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Situated in the peaceful piedmont territory of the Shannan Region, the Samye Monastery is the principal sanctuary to be inherent Tibet and the main complete with the three Buddhist gems of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these one of a kind components, this breathtaking sanctuary has turned into a fascination for guests from close and far. The sanctuary was worked by the Trisong Detsen (ruled 742-798) of the Tubo Kingdom and was directed by the Buddhist expert Padmasambhava.

The Detsen contributed a great deal to the venture. At the point when the sanctuary was finished, Detsen joined in the establishment service and after that appointed seven relatives of nobility to develop in the sanctuary. They turned into the main gathering of ministers to inhabit the sanctuary and later the alleged 'Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye'.

 Samye Monastery
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 Location
: Tibet

 Highlights
: • Wuzi Hall • Pagoda of Sangye Temple
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06

Sera Monastery

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Sera Monastery
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Arranged at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of three well known houses in the city close by the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. It is given to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, set up by Tsong Khapa. The cloister was named Sera which implies wild rose in the Tibetan dialect, on the grounds that the slope behind it was secured with wild roses in blossom when it was assembled. The cloister is sublime and covers a range of 114,946 square meters (28 sections of land). Its fundamental structures are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (school) and Kamcun (residence).

Sera Monastery
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 Location
: Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City

 Prices
: CNY 55

 Best time to visit
: 09:00 to 16:00

Highlights
: • Coqen Hall • Zhacang • Kamcun • Sera Bengqin Festival • Debating of Buddhist Doctrines
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07

Jokhang Temple

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Jokhang Temple
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Jokhang signifies 'Place of Buddha'. Situated in the focal point of old Lhasa city, Jokhang Monastery is the prime seat of the Gelugpa (Yellow) Branch of Tibetan Buddhism. It was initially implicit 647 AD. Jokhang Temple is the profound focal point of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pioneers. Through ni It is said the site was picked actually by the wife of King Songtsan Gampo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng.
The princess saw Wutang, a lake in Lhasa, to be a "fiend's heart", a wellspring of abhorrence, and had it filled in and the sanctuary based on the site to balance insidious strengths.

Jokhang Temple
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Location
: Central Lhasa, 2 km (1.5 miles) east of the Potala Palace, in the middle of the Barkhor Street circuit.

Best time to visit
: Anytime in the year

Highlights
: • Life-Sized Sitting Buddha Statue • Tibetan New Year Celebration • Barkhor Street • Lhasa Mosque • Ramoche Temple • The Potala Palace.
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08

Yangbajing Hot Springs

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Yangbajing Hot Springs
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Yangbajain is a town 87 kilometers northwest of Lhasa City. It is a rich green valley encompassed by the Nomads with yaks and sheep along the slope. The town is well known for its Yangbajain Hot Springs which are geothermic and have been created and used to deliver a large portion of the power for Lhasa and ranges adjacent. The field of Yangbajing Hot Springs field has a height of around 4500 meters which makes it the most noteworthy elevation of its kind in China.

The water temperature is around 30 to 84 degrees centigrade. The Yangbajing Geothermol Power Station is situated on the edge of the Yangbajing Hot Springs field. As the principal geothermal force station it has a territory of around 30 square kilometers.

Yangbajing Hot Springs
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Location
: Lhasa

Highlights
: • 87 Km’s long • Surrounded by green valley • Water temperature varies from 30 to 84 degrees centigrade
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09

Norbulingka

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Norbulingka
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Lying at the western rural areas of Lhasa, Norbulingka is 2 km toward the east of the Potala Palace. In 1988, the State Council approved it to end up a national vital social relic security unit. On Dec. 14, 2001, the UNESCO included Norbulingka into the expansion subjects of the Potala Palace which is enrolled as a World Cultural Heritage site. In 2001, the State Tourism Administration evaluated Norbulingka as 4A on the national tourism locale level.

Norbulingka signifies "Treasure Garden" in the Tibetan dialect. It was first implicit the mid-eighteenth century and expected today's scale through numerous extensions. Norbulingka has 3 sections: the patio before the royal residence, the castle and woodland. With more than 400 arrangements of rooms, the greenhouse takes up 3.6 square kilometers, among which 3.4 square km are green knolls or woods.

Norbulingka
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Location
: Lhasa

Highlights
: • Temple • Losel Doll Museum • Shop • Hummingbird Café
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10

Namtso Lake

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Namtso Lake
Arranged at a height of 4718m, Namtso, alongside Yamdrok Tso and Manasarovar is considered as a sacred lake venerated by Tibetans. The lake remains as a cherished memory to Tibetans and it truly signifies 'heavenly or consecrated lake'. Namtso extends similarly as 70 kilometers from the east toward the west side of the lake and not just is it generally perceived as the second biggest saltwater lake in China additionally the saltwater lake with most elevated height on the planet. The amazing turquoise water ladies the skyline, making it hard to tell whether you are strolling on the water or the elevated snow-topped bumpy extent approaching a long ways ahead is inside of your simple scope.

Namtso Lake

Location
: Damshung County, Nagqu Prefecture; 220 kilometers (140 miles) north of Lhasa city, 4½ hours’ drive.

Best time to visit: June to September

Highlights: • Go down into the entrails of the Potala Palace, the great yet spiritless bastion of the Dalai Lamas. • Join the rearranging, mumbling pioneers around the places of worship of the Jokhang Temple, the otherworldly heart of Tibet. • Take after friars, beggars and kindred travelers around the Barkhor Street, Lhasa's entrancing medieval explorer circuit. • Take in a supplication to God meeting or some friar debating at Sera and Drepung Monastery, two of the biggest and most in place of Tibet's incredible religious communities.
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11

Lake Yamdrok

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Lake Yamdrok
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Lake Yamdrok, Lake Nam, and Lake Manasorova are the three holy pools of Tibet. Lake Yamdrok is said to have the capacity to offer Tibetans some assistance with finding the resurrected soul of the Dalai Lama. After a Dalai Lama passes away, the senior friars are dependable to discover the kid in whom the resurrected soul of the Dalai Lama has gone to tolerate.

They come to Lake Yamdrok to serenade and implore, and toss hada (a bit of silk utilized as a gift object) and other heavenly articles into the lake to get the impression of the particular area of the Dalai Lama's spirit. The view is best seen from a separation, up on a mountain.

Lake Yamdrok
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Location
: Nangartse County, Shannan Prefecture

Best time to visit
: April to November

Highlights
: • Photography • Bird watching • Samding Monastery • Hiking • Camping • Shopping • Photos with Local Animals • Stunning Scenery of the Lake • Bird Watching • Samding Monastery
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12

Barkhor Street

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Barkhor Street
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Situated in the old range of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is an extremely antiquated round road encompassing the Jokhang Temple and local people are constantly glad for it. As an image of Lhasa, it is additionally an unquestionable requirement see place for guests. It's said that in 647, the main Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617 - 650) manufactured the Jokhang Temple.

Because of its brilliance, it immediately pulled in a great many Buddhist explorers. Additionally you can see a few explorers strolling or advancing body-lengths by body-lengths along the road. Indeed, even some of them are youngsters or have encountered a great many miles' stroll to achieve this hallowed spot. The way they express their devotion could make you comprehend the blessedness of religion.

Barkhor Street
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Location
: Central Lhasa

Best time to visit
: Any time in year

Highlights
: • Buddhist worship • Watching pilgrims do prostrating obeisances • Shopping • The Circumambulation Road • Makye Ame • Canggu Monastery
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13

Lulang Forest

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Lulang Forest
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Tibet is a genuine common gallery of plants, facilitating the qualities of various plant species, which frame a showcase of the whole Asian vegetation. LuLang signifies "Loong King Valley" in Tibetan dialect, or "a spot that will make you overlook your home". It is situated by the Sichuan-Tibet Highway, around 80 km from Nyingchi County. In summer, the blooms will bloom. In Spring, it is of full-chestnut azaleas everywhere throughout the backwoods, which draws in swarms of flying creatures.

 In Summer, you can see brilliant wheat waves with freshing breezes in Lulang Forest. In Autumn, the leaves all turn yellow and afterward red aside from the evergreen pines. In Winter, snow falls on the woods and in addition the on the icy masses.

Lulang Forest
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Location
: Go straight along the Sichuan-Tibet highway, some 80 km from Bayi Town to the east, Nyingchi County, Tibet

Prices
: Free

Highlights
: • Lulang Flower Sea • Lulang Five Villages • Natural Pastureland
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14

Shoton Festival

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Shoton Festival
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The Shoton Festival is a standout amongst the most mainstream conventional celebrations in Tibet. It praises eating yogurt, the Tibetan ministers who end their season of reflection, the viewing of Tibetan emotional musical dramas, and Tibetan Buddhism. It is held every year in the month of August, or late in the 6th month or ahead of schedule in the seventh month of the Tibetan date-book.

The Shoton Festival has turned into a far reaching festivity that impacts the way of life of Tibet. It is an incredible event for both Tibetans and voyagers. It has likewise turned into a business sector time, and a period for rivalries, exhibitions and amusement.

Shoton Festival
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Location
: Lhasa

Highlights
:  Interested in celebrating the Shoton Festival? China Highlights offers you the unique opportunity to celebrate the festival as locals do. China Highlights has a special tour to Tibet each year to coincide with the Shoton Festival.
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15

Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival

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Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival
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The celebration of Saga Dawa marks the edification of Sakyamuni, and happens on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan month. The celebration is required to most recent a month, amid which a sizable number of travelers will end up staging so as to celebrate it different religious occasions, the most alluring of which is the hovering around Mt. Kailash for love. Around then, not just would you be able to see grave Buddhist exercises like droning, moving and playing religious instruments, and love, and so forth. Voyagers might have an opportunity to watch the Kailash Kora (hovering around religious locales ) and join Tibetans to supplicate, offer tips to poor people, and visit cloisters, and so on. All cabin recorded in the schedule; it's your choice about the settlement class: extravagance 5-star global inn, agreeable 4-star lodging, monetary 3-star inn or spending plan inn, guesthouse or tent.
Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival
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