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Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Gyantse

Gyantse Kumbum

Commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427 and sitting inside the Pelkor Chöde complex, the Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost attraction. The 32m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes…
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 Temple in Samye Monastery

Ütse

The central building of Samye, the Ütse comprises a unique synthesis of architectural styles. The ground and 1st floors were originally Tibetan in style, the 2nd floor was Chinese and the 3rd floor Khotanese. The co…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Sakya

Sakya Monastery

The immense, grey, thick-walled southern monastery is one of Tibet’s most impressive constructed sights, and one of the largest monasteries. Established in 1268, it was designed defensively, with watchtowers on each…
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…