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Tibet is a beautiful country with the highest mountains on the planet, old culture with distinct traditions, religious practices and architecture. When visiting,you will see magnificent mountain peaks, alpine lakes, fast mountain rivers, ancient glaciers, incredible monasteries and palaces. Below is the list of the most impressive places in Tibet.

The Best Places to Visit in Lhasa

Potala Palace seen from the Chak Pori Hill in Lhasa Tibet

Potala Palace

The winter Palace of Dalai Lamas is a majestic structure with 1000 rooms and several thousand antique artifacts including sculptures, paintings, mandalas, stupas, and others.

Dalai Lama living quarter in the Jokhang Temple

Jokhang

The 7th century temple in the heart of Lhasa houses the precious statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. This statue depicts 12 years old Buddha and it was blessed by the Buddha himself.

Sera Monastery in Lhasa

Sera Monastery

One of the largest and the most important Buddhist monasteries in Lhasa. There are three active colleges where monks study Buddhism. In Sera you can witness monk's debates on religion.

Main Assembly hall of Drepung Monastery in Tibet

Drepung

Drepung Monastery was once the largest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. The complex is huge and you need one full day to visit it,so most guests only visit the highlights

Norbulingka The Summer Residence of Dalai Lama in Lhasa

Norbulingka

The summer residence of Dalai Lamas is surrounded by a beautiful park. You can visit living quarters of Dalai Lama there, as well as rest in a shade of trees or have a picnic with many Tibetans during Yogurt festival in August.

The Most Important Monasteries in Tibet

Samye Monastery the first monastery in Tibet

Samye

The first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet was built in the 8th century with the help of Padma Sambhava (Guru Rinpoche or Lotus Buddha).

Drepung Monastery in Tibet

Drepung

Drepung Monastery was main monastery and the residence of Dalai Lamas before the completion of Potala Palace. It was also the largest monastery in the world.

Ganden Monastery near Lhasa, Tibet

Ganden

Ganden Monastery was established by Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug or Yellow hat sect in Tibet. It is one of the main monastery of the Yellow Hats.

Sera Monastery in Lhasa

Sera

Sera is one of the most important monasteries of Gelug or Yellow Hat sect.It is located in Lhasa and houses three colleges. You can witness monk's debates in a courtyard 6 days a week.

Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet

Tashilhunpo

Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse is a home to Panchen Lamas, the second most important lama after the Dalai Lama.

Sakya monastery in Tibet

Sakya

Sakya is the monastery of Sakyapa or Tantric sect of Tibetan Buddhism.It is located near Shigatse.

The Most Impressive Mountains in Tibet

Mount Everest and Rongbuk monastery in Tibet

Everest

The highest mountain on the planet standing at 8,848 meters or 29,029 ft attracts thousands of people every year. Some prefer to enjoy its beauty, and others attempt to climb up to the top.

Trekking around Mt Kailash in Tibet

Kailash

Mount Kailash is the sacred mountain for four religions. Tibetans and Hindus pilgrims walk around the mountain in a clockwise direction,while followers of the Bon religion walk in a counterclockwise direction.

Shishapangma Mountain in Tibet

Shishapangma

Shishapangma is the 14th highest mountain on the planet standing at 8,027 meters/26,335 ft. It is the only one "eight-thousander" located entirely in Tibet.

Cho Oyu the 6th highest mountain in the world

Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest peak on Earth with the height of 8,188 meters/ 26,864 ft. It is the easiest of all eight-thousanders to climb and many summit Cho Oyu before going to the Everest.

Rivers and Lakes in Tibet

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake

Gorgeous turquoise-colored freshwater lake set at the elevation of 4,440 meters/ 14,570 ft is the sacred lake for Tibetans.

Namtso Lake in Tibet

Namtso Lake

Namtso is the largest lake in Tibet found at the sweeping 4,700 meters/ 15,470 ft above the sea level. It is located in a lovely area in Northern Tibet surrounded by the snow peaked mountains.

Manasarovar lake

Manasarovar Lake

Manasarovarlake is the holy lake for Tibetans and Hindus. Thousands of pilgrims stop by the lake on the way to or from Kailash pilgrimage and rest by its magnificent shore watching numerous birds.

Brahmaputra River in Tibet

Brahmaputra River

Brahmaputra is one of the largest rivers in Asia carrying its waters through several countries. It originates in the Himalayan mountains in Tibet.

Ranwu Lake in Tibet

Ranwu Lake

Ranwu is a magnificent lake, the largest lake in the Easter part of Tibet Autonomous Region. There are several stunning glaciers around the lake that fill it with melting ice.