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In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land. It is the centre of Tibet's politics, economy, and culture. Spend three days exploring its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that helped create the mysterious Tibetan religion.

Visit Potala Palace, the former winter residence of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century, the palace plays a central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. Towering to a height of over 330 feet, this symbol of Tibetan Buddhism contains burial stupas, residential quarters, defensive fortifications, and gardens. Also visit the Jokhang Temple and the Drepung Monastery. The 1,300 year-old Jokhang temple is considered to be Tibet's most sacred temple, and thought to be Tibet's first significant religions institution, Jokhang is the focus of devotion day and night. The Drepung Monastery is one of Tibet's Great Six monasteries, Drepung is renowned as a great centre of learning and has attracted the best and the brightest. It is the site of the burial stupas of some of the Dalai Lamas.

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Best time to be there

The severe climatic conditions and great discrepancy in daily and seasonal temperatures are due mainly to the high altitude. Mid-spring, summer and early autumn get rather warm. Early spring gets cold, especially in the mornings and at night. A similar climatic situation applies to the late autumn and winter months.

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Lahasa via Chengdu, China or Kathmandu, Nepal

flying time

2 hours from Chengdu or 1 hour 5 minutes from Kathmandu

time difference

GMT +7 hours


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Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Classic Tibet

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Shangri-La Lhasa

Perched right in the heart of the Himalayas, the Shangri-La Hotel is perfectly located close to many of Lhasa's attractions. The property offers 262 spacious... Find out more

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St Regis Lhasa

With no doubt one of the most exotic locations in the world, the St. Regis Lhasa lies 3,680m above sea level in Tibet's capital and provides one of the... Find out more

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