Lhasa is the central city in the China Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa is the favorite city for Tibetans since Lhasa is the home of Buddhism.  Lhasa is also one of the most comfortable cities in Tibet with the perfect weather not too cold and not too warm.

The city was built during the 7th Century by the 33rd King Songtsen Gampo. In the year 2017, the population of Lhasa is around 400,000 People. The elevation of Lhasa is 3600M 

Lhasa Sightseeing 

1. Potala Palace 

2. Jhokang Temple

3. Ramoche Temple

4. Norbulingka Palace

5. Sera Monastery

6. Drepung Monastery and Nechung

7. Pabonka Monastery

8. Ani Tsenkong 

Potala Palace 

Built-in the 7th Century by the 33rd King Songtsen Gampo yet it looks Majestic even in the 21st Century, Potala Palace has 2 Palace combinations, White Palace, and Red Palace. Potala Palace is located in the center of Lhasa. Potala Palace beautifies Tibet, Potala Palace is the main sightseeing inside Lhasa city.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple was built during the 7th Century by King Songtsen Gampo, Princess Wencheng, and Princess Brikuti. 2600 years old Golden statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, which has got a blessing from Buddha himself is the main shrine inside the Jokhang Temple, making it one of the most precious shrines of Buddha in the whole world. Jhokang is located in the Tibetan quarter near Bhakor.

Photo: Sera Monastery Monks Debate

Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple is also built during the 7th Century by King Songtsen Gampo. It was built for the statue shrine of Buddha Shakyamuni bought to Tibet from Princess Wencheng but later the statue of Buddha Shakyamuni bought to Tibet from Princess Brikuti was kept here.

This statue is also believed to be around 2600 Years, making it one of the most important Buddhist shrines in the world. Ramoche is located near the Tromsikang market. 

Norbulingka Palace 

Norbulingka Palace is the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama, built during the 18th Century. Located near the Museum. There are around 4 different Palaces inside the whole compound. It is also peaceful and quiet with a beautiful forest garden. 

Sera Monastery

Located on the north side of Lhasa. Sera monastery is one of the most important Gelukpa monasteries inside Lhasa. The main shrine of the monastery is Horsehead Buddha (Tamdrin) which is the emanation of Compassion Buddha ( Chenrezig)

Drepung Monastery and Nechung Nunnery

Drepung is located on Dampa Hill, the west part of Lhasa. Drepung monastery is also one of the biggest monasteries of the Gelukpa sect. The Shrine of Future Buddha Maitreya is the main shrine in the Drepung monastery. Nechung nunnery is located below Drepung monastery, the huge statue of Guru Rinpoche is the main shrine in the Nechung nunnery. 

Pabonka Monastery

Pabonka was Palace before, it was built before the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Nowadays we can still visit a small monastery and meditation cave of King Songtsen Gampo in Pabonka. The day hike from Pabonka Monastery Dode Valley is a great choice for hike lovers. 

Ani Tsenkong 

Ani Tsenkong nunnery is located near the Jokhang Temple. It was once a meditation area for many great ancestors. Nowadays we can still visit the small nunnery and the meditation cave.

Restaurant and Cafe 

1.Java Cafe 

Located in the Times Square. Owned by a Tibetan from the Tingri region. It is one of the most popular cafes in Tibet.

2. Summit Cafe

Summit is owned by a foreigner. It is one of the best Western cafes in Tibet. Located inside the Shambhala Hotel, near the square of Jokhang Temple.

3. Tibetan Family Kitchen 

Owned by Tibetans, has good prices, and has great food, making it one of the best restaurants in Lhasa, located near the Jokhang Temple.

4. Lhasa Kitchen 

Lhasa Kitchen is one of the old restaurants, which has a great location, near Jokhang Temple.


Photo: Jokhang Temple 


1. Kyichu Hotel

Kyichu was named after the Lhasa River, it's a 3-star hotel located opposite Times Square. Kyichu has a beautiful garden restaurant with Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, and Chinese foods. Kyichu Hotel is our favorite hotel for Travelers. Located 200m from the Jokhang Temple.

2. Shangri la Hotel

One of the 5-star hotels in Lhasa, located near the Museum and Norbulingka Palace. It's a bit expensive but one of the best in Lhasa.

3. St. Regis Hotel

Another 5-star hotel in Lhasa, located near Tibet University. It is big and a good choice for high-quality hotel lovers.

4. House of Shambhala and Shambhala Palace 

Located near Bhakor Street, both are owned by the same manager, it is one of the cozy hotels in Lhasa. 

Tea House

Gamchung Tea House ( Box Teahouse) and Zedro Tea House, are both located near the Shambhala Hotel on Dangayling Road.

The oldest tea houses in Tibet and one of the best places to meet local Tibetans.

These are a few short pieces of information on Lhasa. For Tibet travel free information or to book a tour to Tibet, Email Tibet Travelers at info@tibettravelers.com

Written By :Tenzin

Jun 26, 2023


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