Tibet, the roof of the world, is every traveller’s dream. The land keeps its centuries-old traditions, mysterious religious culture, and untouched pure natural scenery. China invaded Tibet in 1950. Inside its borders and across the world, Tibetans have never stopped believing Tibet is a nation.After more than 60 years of occupation.
By the 15th century, the city of Lhasa had risen to prominence following the founding of three large Gelugpa monasteries by Je Tsongkhapa and his disciples. The three monasteries are Ganden, Sera and Drepung which were built as part of the puritanical Buddhist revival in Tibet.The scholarly achievements and political know-how of this Gelugpa Lineage eventually pushed Lhasa once more to centre stage.
The 5th Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (1617–1682), unified Tibet and moved the centre of his administration to Lhasa in 1642 with the help of Güshi Khan of the Khoshut.
Lhasa, the administrative capital of Tibet is a city of wonders! It’s cultural richness and absolute location is beyond any words of description. The views of the mountains like Xixapangma, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Langtang, etc. from this place is spectacular. The Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour offers art, architecture and craft works manifested in the monasteries of the city takes us back to time and lets us endeavour the peace that the Buddhist culture preaches for.
The literal meaning of Lhasa is place of Gods. The place is considered holy as it has many places of cultural significance namely Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Norbulingka palace, Sera monastery and Drepung monastery. Placed upon the Red Hill, Potala palace is an impressive palace that dominates the entire Lhasa city! This large palace is divided into two parts – red palace and white palace. White palace which was once the house of local Tibetan government is now a living quarter of Dalai Lama. It was constructed in the 17th century and features the Dalai Lama’s quarters and many vital chapels.
Jokhang temple is the oldest temple in Lhasa and is well decorated with the Tibetan features. The temple is surrounded by the Bakor Street. Visit to Jokhang temple helps you get the unique taste of Tibetan culture. Drepung monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and Sera monastery has been able to preserve the Tibetan culture very well. Talking about, Norbulingka palace, it is a palace of the Dalai Lama that is grand and artistically phenomenon.