Travel to Lhasa, the shelter place of the world
Surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, between snow-capped mountains and in the heart of an extensive plateau in southern China and several thousand meters above sea level, Lhasa, the administrative capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, is the born city of the Dalai Lama and a destination of special moments and great emotions. Lhasa, which in the local language means sacred land, stands as the holiest place of worship for Buddhists, literally wrapped in a veil of unbridled spiritual purity and religious mysticism.
The journey of acquaintance with Lhasa begins with the monumental Potala Palace, which lies majestically on the slopes of the red MarRi mountain and with its architectural perfection emerges as a leading symbol of Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts
The imposing palace, residence of the Dalai Lama and made entirely of wood and stone, with the thousands of rooms, statues and altars that adorn it, shocks everyone and leads to the summer palace Norbulingka, which, flooded from thousands of trees and plants, rejuvenates all the senses and relaxes the mind. The Jokhang Temple, with its ornate gold decoration, becomes the holiest Buddhist shrine, as deep mysticism and spiritual fervor overwhelm the Monastery Drepung, the Ganden Monastery and the smaller Sera Monastery. Modern examples of Lhasa's daily life are vividly expressed in the central Barkhor outdoor market, as from Chagpori Hill, the eyes gaze from above on Lhasa's sacred land and offer the human soul its spiritual purification.
Food and local cuisine
With the climate remaining cold all year round, the Lhasa gastronomic scene adapts to the climatic conditions and so the dishes are always served hot. The local cuisine is rich in calories and uses yak meat as a raw material, with minimal or no use of vegetables. Try local dishes such as Gyurma, from yak or mutton blood sauce, Thukpa, (noodles soup, served with yak meat), Tsampa, (the National Food, made with flour and mixed with butter and yak butter tea, (from butter yak, tea leaves and salt). Accompany the dishes with the local Chang beer, or a glass of Pinjore, wine made from rice.
The best season to visit Lhasa
The best time to travel to Lhasa is between April and October, when temperatures and climates are warmer and more oxygen-rich. Keep in mind that the rainy season is July and August.
How to move around Lhasa
Transfer from/to Lhasa
Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located 60 km from Lhasa in Gyazuling. The transfer to the city center is done by buses, airport shuttle buses, which depart every half hour and cover the distance in 1.5 hours, or by taxi, which are parked outside the airport. Alternatively approach Lhasa by road or rail.
The main means of transportation in Lhasa are the mini buses, which easily run through the entire city. Alternatively take a taxi, while pedicabs (2 people) are becoming quite popular. The city is also cycling friendly.