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How to Spend 1 Day in Lhasa

How to Spend 1 Day in Lhasa

Lhasa is the starting point for many longer tours around Tibet, but it’s also a fascinating destination in its own right. With one day, you can see its highlights, do some souvenir shopping, and even take in a cultural performance. Here’s how. 

Morning: Tour Potala Palace

Potala Palace is a symbol of Lhasa—perhaps even the whole of Tibet—and is a must-visit attraction while in the city. Once the home of the Dalai Lamas, it is now a fascinating museum focused on the country’s culture and history. There is a lot to see here, so take your time. If you’re feeling ill from the altitude—Lhasa is located 11,990 feet (3,656 meters) above sea level—skip Potala Palace, which has many steps and requires a lot of walking, and go straight to the afternoon’s activities.

Afternoon: Visit the Jokhang and Shop for Handicrafts

Jokhang Temple, in the center of Lhasa’s old town, is the holiest temple to Tibetan Buddhists, and cobblestoned Barkhor Square outside is always filled with locals prostrating themselves in prayer. Inside are beautiful statues and paintings, and the roof offers wonderful views of the old-town area and across to Potala Palace. Afterwards exploring the temple, spend some time wandering the bazaars in this central area. Many handicrafts shops sell religious trinkets, such as prayer beads, as well as traditional Tibetan fabrics.

Night: Attend a Traditional Concert

If the day’s activities haven’t left you feeling the effects of the altitude, enjoy an evening performance, such as an opera or music-and-dance show, with a hearty Tibetan meal during or afterwards. These shows, which tend to combine Tibetan and Chinese traditions, are a fun way to experience traditional cultural practices in a comfortable, modern setting.

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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

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Discover one of Tibet’s most important landmarks one this half-day tour of the Potala Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Potala Palace was home to the Dalai Lama until 1959. Today, the enormous structure—which has more than 1,000 rooms—is one of Tibet’s top attractions. Meet your guide directly in your hotel lobby, and transfer via taxi to the palace. You’ll have several hours to explore before returning via taxi to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.64
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$277.64
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Highlight Tibet Potala Palace Tour with Tibet Travel Expert Guide

Highlight Tibet Potala Palace Tour with Tibet Travel Expert Guide

Visit one of Lhasa's highlights, the unmissable Potala Palace, the easy way on this small group tour. Your English-speaking guide will accompany you throughout the palace, explaining the cultural and historic significance of the enormous building. Enjoy panoramic views of Lhasa from the top, and be amazed by the solid architecture of the previous home of the Dalai Lamas.
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  • 4 hours
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$94.74
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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch

Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch

See Lhasa's two main attractions on this 9-hour private tour to Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. You'll learn about the area's rich history and see collections of artifacts with a private guide. Lunch is included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$800.00
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$800.00
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Live action opera show Princess Wencheng

Live action opera show Princess Wencheng

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In a dramatic mountain setting outside Lhasa, Princess Wencheng is a live action spectacular with a cast of hundreds. Running during the summer season, it tells the tale of the Chinese princess Wencheng, who traveled to Tibet to marry King Songtsen Gampo around 1,400 years ago. Prebook your tickets through Viator with confidence. They include hotel transfers and a guide to help you find your place in the seating area.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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4 Day Lhasa City Sightseeing

4 Day Lhasa City Sightseeing

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This 4 days sightseeing group tour from Lhasa is perfect for those who have a smaller budget, yet still want a high quality tour of Tibet. Despite being priced for budget travelers, 3 of your 3 nights in Tibet are at 3-Star, Tibetan-owned hotels which is currently one of the very few group tours in Tibet that offers such high quality hotels at a budget price! In addition, your English-speaking Tibetan expert guide will help you learn more about the unique culture and religion of Tibet.
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  • 4 days
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$1,157.90
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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

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Travel with ease between two of Tibet’s top attractions on an 8-hour tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple from Lhasa. Head first to Potala Palace  — World Heritage site and the highest palace in the world — and take a guided tour of the ornate Red and White palaces. See, too, the UNESCO-listed Jokhang Temple, a 7th-century structure that exemplifies Tibetan Buddhist architecture. Small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 8 hours
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$236.80
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Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery

Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery

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Visit the sacred Samye Monastery on a day-long tour from Lhasa. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the site was the first Buddhist monastery to be built in Tibet. Learn about its lauded mandala design and admire a variety of Asian architectural styles as you explore with a guide. Admission fees are included, but Tibet travel permits are at your own expense and must be arranged with the local supplier 20 days before you travel.
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  • 8 hours
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$240.00
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$240.00
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Overnight Trip to Lhasa

Overnight Trip to Lhasa

Explore the wonders of the capital city with visits to sites rich in culture and history. See the Potala Palace and Lhasa’s most important monasteries before heading out of town for a visit to the sacred Namtso Lake. Enjoy beautiful mountains, a high pass, and spectacular views.
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  • 2 days
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