It is by all means the star attraction in Lhasa, and visiting it would mean an incomplete visit of Tibet, the world renowned Jokhang temple is first on this list. Being part of the Potala Palace, UNESCO has dubbed this site as a World Heritage site way back in 2000. It is the heart of Lhasa’s downtown area, with a total area of 25,100 square feet (6 acres), it is a wonderful place to let you wandering feet lose. Aside from the sights and tourist centered attractions, this place has a significant meaning to Tibetan pilgrims, it is considered as their ultimate pilgrimage destination and a lot of pilgrims come to flock here to worship and practice their religion for this Temple is the most significant and sacred of them all.
Mt. Everest Base Camp
Formed over 60 million years ago by the clashing of the Indian and Asian tectonic plates, Mount Everest is the world’s highest summit, towering at a height of 29,035 feet or 8,848 meters high and growing approximately 0.25 inches every year, it is ever thrill seeker/mountaineer’s dreams to reach its summit, but it does not mean that it is limited to these group of people. The mountain summit can be accessed in two points, one of them is in the Tibetan side and this tour packages contains a 8-16 days adventure on a 4×4 vehicle and a hike in Everest’s base camp and a couple of meters up into the mountain, making it a once in a lifetime and an unforgettable trip.
Tibet is such a religious centered country and the people not only believe in the sacredness of their deity or religious leaders, they also respect and worship the sacredness of nature: mountains, hills, great planes and lakes. There are 3 large sacred lakes in Tibet and lake Yamdrok, which is considered the most gorgeous of the three. The lake is shaped like a fan: narrow in the north, and gradually spreading out as it goes south. The Yamdrok lake is 638 km² in total area, 30 meters in average depth and 60 meters at its deepest point. The mountainous lakeside are studded with numerous bays and inlets, and fed by numerous streams and comes out in an outlet stream down to the western end. The turquoise blue water, surrounded by majestic snow capped mountains only proves that maybe the myths are true about the lake, that it is indeed a transformation of a goddess, with its beauty it is not far away from the tales.
Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet hosts one of the six Gelugpa monasteries: the Tashilungo Monastery, it was build under the order of the Dalai Lama in 1447. It houses a lot of precious religious statues and Stupas. The monastery in situated on the foot of a mountain and has a wide area with a lot of temples within it’s complex, this place is also famous for it’s “sky burials”. It was one of the most important and culturally important place in Tibet for it was the home of the Panchen Lama and his yellow hat sect. The whole place take two to four hours to explore, and it is recommended to take a stroll along the stalls and shops surrounding the area to find a good deal, which can be a bit better than traditional tourist souvenir shops.
Namastso Lake is located 112 kilometers north west of Tibet’s capital, Lhasa. The sight’s name: Namatso, which means ‘heavenly lake’ in local tongue. It is the largest lake in Tibet and it is also a salt lake and is elevated to a height of 4,718 meters above sea level. The lake covers a total area of over 19,000 square kilometers and it also has 5 large uninhabited islands, which are like studs of emeralds in the water, the islands used to be used as a spiritual retreat place by Buddhist pilgrims during the cold winter for they can easily access it by walking across the frozen lake in the late winter. The pilgrims spend the entire duration of the summer in the islands until the lake freezes up again in the following winter. The Tashi Dor Monastery which is a very traditional Tibetan monastery decorated to the same elegance as in the ones in Lhasa, is also located around the lake area and not too far away the Zhaxi Temple is close enough to visit and a must stop for this area. The Lake also features a large flock of migratory birds and animals who live on and around the lake.