1 Day Best of Lhasa Potala+Jokhang+Barkhor
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets are the top three attractions in Lhasa, Tibet. They should be on the itinerary of every Lhasa visitor! Situated in the historic center of Lhasa, they constitute the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace. Our Best of Lhasa Highlights Group Tour is your best opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and connect with Tibetan history. With the services from our knowledgeable English speaking local Tibetan guide, you will immerse yourself in an authentic local environment while having a rich learning experience.
Potala Palace is the winter palace of Dalai Lama and the most prominent landmark of Tibet. Visitors to Potala Palace mainly admire the magnificent architecture, priceless artworks and many religious treasures. The palace has two main sections. The White Palace is the residential quarters of Dalai Lama. The Red Palace primarily serves religious functions. You will see countless murals and Tangkas covering the interior of many chapels and corridors. You will also find stupas of past Dalai Lamas and a statue of Tsongkhapa among many objects sacred to Tibetan people. In a word, Potala Palace is the attraction you must not miss in Lhasa!
Jokhang Temple is a Buddhist temple on Barkhor Square and many consider it the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. The construction of the temple first began in 652 by the great Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in dedication to his two wives. The two queens brought important Buddhist scriptures and objects into Tibet, which still remain in the temple today. Throughout history, Jokhang Temple went through many rounds of damage and multiple renovations. Numerous famous Buddhist teachers have also conducted teaching there. In addition, the architecture of the temple displays influences from Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese design.
The Barkhor Streets are the most lively area in Lhasa today. They are a maze of small alleys in the historic center of Lhasa. They surround Jokhang Temple in the center and house countless shops, restaurants and hotels. When walking on Barkhor Streets, travelers will encounter many local Tibetans performing pilgrimages and prostrations around the Bazaar. Accompanied by the sound of sutra chanting and prayer wheels spinning, you can shop for the best Tibetan arts and crafts as well as enjoy local cuisine. It is the place where you can lose yourself in a completely different but fascinating world.