Lhasa Travel Guide

Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, is a unique travel destination that offers a glimpse into a culture and way of life that has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. For many people, Lhasa travel is not only about visiting the scenic spots, but also a pilgrimage. With its stunning Himalayan landscapes, fascinating history, and vibrant traditions, a Lhasa tour should be definitely on your bucket list.

Here are some highlights of Lhasa travel:
The Potala Palace is the most significant attraction in Lhasa. This grand palace, situated on a hilltop, and has over a thousand rooms, and the interior is decorated with intricate murals, Thangka paintings, and Buddha statues. The palace is divided into two parts, the White Palace, which is the administrative center, and the Red Palace, which houses the main religious chambers.

Another famous site in Lhasa is the Jokhang Temple, which is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. The temple is located in the old town of Lhasa and was built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo. The temple is adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones and is home to the Jowo Shakyamuni statue, which is believed to have been blessed by the Buddha himself.

The Barkhor Street, a famous commercial and pilgrimage hub located around the Jokhang Temple, is another must-visit location. The street is lined with shops selling traditional Tibetan goods, such as prayer wheels, Tibetan incense, and prayer flags. Pilgrims from all over Tibet and neighboring regions visit the street to do the kora (circumambulation) around the Jokhang Temple while chanting mantras.

The Sera Monastery is another important religious site in Lhasa. The monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa and was founded in the 15th century. The Sera Monastery is known for its unique debating tradition, where monks engage in intense debates on Buddhist philosophy.

A visit to Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, is also a must-do during a Lhasa tour. The palace is located on the western side of Lhasa and is famous for its beautiful gardens and architecture.

Finally, a trip to Lhasa is incomplete without tasting the traditional Tibetan cuisine. Tibetan cuisine is a unique blend of Indian and Chinese flavors and is known for its hearty and nutritious dishes. The most famous dishes include momos (Tibetan dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), tsampa (Tibetan staple food made from roasted barley), and yak meat. Meanwhile, sweet tea, yak butter tea and Tibetan chang (Tibetan barley wine) as local drinks are also worth having a try.

Overall, Lhasa has something to offer to every kind of traveler. The city's unique blend of spirituality and natural beauty makes it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring different cultures. So, why not start an authentic Lhasa tour with us and let the unforgettable memories of this holy land accompany you for the whole life!

Our Popular Small Group Lhasa Tours

Each of our small group Lhasa tour typically consists of 5-12 people. Our group tours offer excellent value, particularly for individual travelers or groups of less than three. Led by experienced and knowledgeable local guide, you will gain unique insights into Tibet and its people. Additionally, you will have the chance to meet like-minded travelers from around the world!

4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour
6 Days Tibet Golden Route Tour
6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Tour

Our Popular Private Lhasa Tours

Looking for a Lhasa tour that can be at your own pace? Look no further than our private Lhasa tours! With your own personal tour guide and vehicle at your disposal, you'll be able to explore Lhasa with more flexibility. Meanwhile, if you want a customized tour, we also offer a range of options designed to fit your unique preferences and needs.

4 Days Lhasa Highlights Tour
4 Days Lhasa Highlights Tour
Classic sites in & around Lhasa
5 Days Lhasa Plus Ganden Kora Tour
5 Days Lhasa Plus Ganden Tour
5 Days Lhasa with Drak Yerpa Hiking Tour
Lhasa with Drak Yerpa Hermitage Tour
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5 Days Yamdrok Lake Tour
5 Days Yamdrok Lake Tour
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5 Days Lhasa with Samye Monastery Tour
Lhasa with Samye Monastery & Chim-puk Hermitage Tour
Lhasa-Samye Monastery-Chim-puk Hermitage
5 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour
5 Days Lhasa and Namtso Tour
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Some Most Asked Questions About Lhasa Travel

Lhasa travel can be a once-in-a-lifetime expedition. Nevertheless, even the most experienced travelers may need to be well prepared in advance due to language barriers and unfamiliarity with regional regulations and traditions. To ensure a fantastic experience, here are some frequently asked questions and useful advice for Lhasa travel.

Q: Do I need a visa to visit Lhasa?
A: Yes, you will need a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) to visit Lhasa. The TTP is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is required for all foreign visitors to Tibet.
Q: How long should I plan to stay in Lhasa?
A: Most visitors spend 4 days in Lhasa, although some choose to stay longer to explore the surrounding attractions like Yamdrok Lake, Namtso Lake, Drak Yerpa Hermitage etc. If you are keen on Tibetan Buddhism, you can also have a tour to Samye Monastery - the first monastery in Tibet, which is about 170km southeast of Lhasa.
Q: Can I travel independently in Lhasa, or do I need to book a tour?
A: Foreign visitors to Tibet (including Lhasa) are required to travel with an organized tour and accompanied by a tour guide when visiting the scenic spots. So, you’ll need to book a tour with a licensed travel agency in advance before arriving in Lhasa.
Q: Is it safe to travel to Lhasa?
A: Yes, Lhasa is generally a safe city to visit. However, travelers should be aware of the risks associated with altitude sickness. Visitors are advised to take it slow and acclimate to the altitude gradually to avoid altitude sickness. You can take precautions such as drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol. It is also important to respect local customs and traditions when visiting Tibet.
Q: What is the best time of year to visit Lhasa?
A: The best time to visit Lhasa is from April to October when the weather is relatively mild and the skies are clear. However, the summer months can be crowded with tourists and with higher prices. While, Lhasa is well-known as the “City of Sunshine”, so you can actually visit here all year around. It’s also great to come in winter, and you’ll save some money from the low season discounts.
Q: How do I get to Lhasa?
A: The easiest way to reach Lhasa is by air. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located about 60 km away from the city and offers regular flights to major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu. Apart from the flights from inland China, you can also opt to fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. Another popular option is to take the famous Tibet train from Beijing or other major Chinese cities. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is one of the highest railway lines in the world, and offers spectacular views of the Tibetan Plateau.
Q: What should I pack for a Lhasa tour?
A: Layered warm clothing is good for your Lhasa travel, as temperatures can be cool even in the summer months, especially for the morning and the night. Other essential packing items include sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the high elevation can lead to intense UV exposure. It is also recommended to bring some cash, as credit cards are not widely accepted in Tibet.
Q: What kind of hotels are available in Lhasa?
A: As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa has a wide selection of accommodations ranging from the economical guesthouses to the luxury hotels. So, you will find a variety of options to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the types of hotels available in Lhasa:

Luxury Hotels: Lhasa has a few luxury hotels that offer top-notch amenities and services. These hotels usually have spacious rooms, high-end restaurants, swimming pools, fitness centers, and spa facilities. Some of the well-known luxury hotels in Lhasa include St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and InterContinental Lhasa Paradise.

Mid-range Hotels: Mid-range hotels in Lhasa offer comfortable accommodations at affordable prices. These hotels usually have decent rooms, restaurants, and some basic amenities such as Wi-Fi and TV. Some popular mid-range hotels in Lhasa include the Thangka Hotel, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, and House of Shambhala.

Budget Hotels: Budget-friendly hotels and guesthouses are also available in Lhasa. These accommodations offer basic amenities such as shared or private rooms, hot showers, and Wi-Fi. Some budget options in Lhasa include Yak Hotel, Tashitakge Hotel, etc.