Tibet’s remote capital Lhasa lives up to its name, the “place of the gods.” One of the world’s highest cities, Lhasa is the utmost of exclusive destinations, with more than 1,000 years of cultural and spiritual history. Home to the world-famous spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama, it holds awe-inspiring views, some of the world’s highest mountains, unparalleled high-altitude walks, mesmerising monasteries and one of the most unique and inviting cultures in the world.
Located in western China between the indomitable peaks of the Himalayan range to the south and the Taklamakan Desert to the north, it’s in the Tibet Autonomous Region, upon the Tibetan Plateau. The city of Lhasa is at the bottom of a small basin surrounded by the Himalaya Mountains, and features mostly uninhabited marshlands to the North and an area of great scenic beauty to the south, where the Kyi River, also known as the “merry blue waves,” flow through. Lhasa is surrounded by three parks, the Norbulingka – the largest man-made garden in Tibet, the Shugtri, and the Lukhang. Time within these parks is not to be missed and an integral part of life in this city.
Nearby and noteworthy are: Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the previous chief residence of the Dalai Lama; the graceful Lhasa Zhol Pillar, which is inscribed with what may be the oldest known example of Tibetan writing; the Norbulingka Palace, once the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace; and the Jokhang temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Barkhor pilgrim circuit and for some, the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.