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Top Choice Palace in Lhasa

Potala Palace

The magnificent Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, is Lhasa's cardinal landmark. Your first sight of its towering, fortress-like walls is a moment you…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lhasa

Jokhang Temple

The 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet: the continuous waves of awestruck pilgrims prostrating themselves outside are a testament to its timeless allure. The central golden Buddha image her…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Lhasa

Dropenling

This impressive nonprofit enterprise aims to bolster traditional Tibetan handicrafts in the face of rising Chinese and Nepali imports. Products are unique and of high quality, and they are made using traditional tec…
Top Choice International in Lhasa

Lhasa Namaste Restaurant

It's worth battling the labyrinthine old-town backstreets to get to this Nepali-run restaurant, with a charming location in the garden courtyard of the Trichang Labrang Hotel. The rewards are some of Lhasa's tasties…
Top Choice International in Lhasa

Snowland Restaurant

This old-timer has a new location but is still an extremely popular place that serves a mix of excellent Continental and Nepali food in very civilised surroundings. The Indian dishes are particularly good, especiall…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Drepung Monastery

Main Assembly Hall

The main assembly hall, or Tsogchen, is the principal structure in the Drepung complex. The hall is reached through an entrance on the western side, just past a kitchen whose medieval-looking giant cauldrons and lad…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Sera Monastery

Sera Je College

This is the largest of Sera’s colleges, generally accessed from a western side entrance. It has a breathtaking main hall, hung with thangkas and lit by shafts of light from high windows. Several chörtens hold the re…
Top Choice Mausoleum in Ganden Monastery

Tomb of Tsongkhapa

The red, fortress-like structure of Tsongkhapa’s mausoleum is probably the most impressive of the reconstructed buildings at Ganden. It’s above a prominent white chörten. Red Guards destroyed both the original tomb …
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Sera Monastery

Main Assembly Hall

The main assembly hall (Tsogchen) is the largest of Sera’s buildings and dates to 1710. The central hall is particularly impressive and is noted for its wall-length thangkas and two-storey statue of Jampa. To the le…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Ganden Monastery

Assembly Hall

The recently renovated tsogchen (assembly hall) has statues of the 16 arhats (literally ‘worthy ones’) and two huge statues of Tsongkhapa (only visible from upstairs). Stairs lead up to the inner sanctum: the Ser Tr…