Lhasa

Lhasa

11,850 ft above sea level was and still is the religious

About Lhasa

11,850 ft above sea level was and still is the religious, cultural and economic centre of Tibet. Places of interests include the potala, the 13 storey - 1000 rooms palace of the dalai lama; the monasteries of drepung & sera; norbulingka, the jokhang, the holiest shrine in Tibet. The circular barkhor street with innumerable shops & wayside pedlars intermingle with devotees walking clockwise around the jokhand shrine.


Xigatse

Most famous for its tashilhunpo monastery - the seat of the panchen lama, is 12, 600 ft. Above sea level. Places of interest include the relics sakyamuni, the hall of maitreya and mind-boggling collection of thankas, etc. Built in 1447 by the first dalai lama. There is also bustling "free" market at the foot of the ruins of the xigaze fortress and one can buy local handicrafts embedded with coral and torquoise, chinese porcelain and yak butter etc.

Gyantse

This small agricultural town is at 13, 050 ft above sea level and is famous for its wool carpets and palkhor choide chorten. At the lamasery it is the unique structure built in 1414 of five storeys representing the five steps to enlightenment, topped by the thirteen rings which symbolise the stages of achieving. There are 108 halls inside, 'buddhahood' each with frescoes and buddhist shrines.

Zhangmu

This town is 7, 000 ft above sea level and is known by its Tibetan name khasa and is a major trading town enroute Tibet from nepal. The hills around zhangmu are heavily wooded with inumerable waterfalls in the summer and frozen 'icicles' during the winter.

Lhokha

Lhokha has been considered as the oldest city in Tibet. This is because Lhokha has few of the earliest most monasteries in Tibet. Oldest of all being the Samye Monastery which was the home to the first monks in Tibet. Nestling at an altitude of 3600 m above sea level. Lhokha City is situated to the south of Mt. Kailash. Apart from the famous monasteries, one can also visit the the scintillating Lake Lhamo Nhatso and the mighty Yumbulagang Palace.

Ngari

Great experiences are sure to be had in this stunning Ngari City of Tibet. The calm yet enchanting city of Ngari has wealth of attractions to offer to its guest apart from the most sacred place, Mt. Kailash that will show you a new path towards true spiritual nirvana. Ngari is the largest in Tibet in terms of area covered and lowest in terms of population count. The city is located at an altitude of 4500 m which gets it the name 'Roof of The World'.