Lhasa: Potala Palace Jokhang Monastery & Bakhor Street with Lunch Full Day Tour
- 8 Hours
- 8 Hours
- On request
This morning, you will first visit the amazing Potala Palace, built in the 17th Century and was, at one time, the seat of Tibetan religious and political activity, as well as the former home to the Dalai Lamas. The construction of the palace was started by King Songtsen Gumpa for his two newly wed wives. The palace was used by the king as a retreat for meditation until his death. The original structure was burned down and rebuilt in the 17th century by the Fifth Dalai Lama. It is now a museum 13 stories high and consisting of 1000 rooms. The Potala Palace has also become the most visited monument in Tibet. Also, visit Jokhang Temple, one of Tibet's holiest temples, home to the Golden Buddha, which is made of pure gold and encrusted with jewels. The huge Jokhang complex was built in 7th century and covers an area of about six acres, it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims. This afternoon you have time to stroll around Bakhor Street, a circular street at the centre of Old Lhasa. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts come together and is also a famous shopping market, where you will shop for traditional Tibetan artefacts in small roadside shops, made locally including Buddha figures, prayer flags, copper teapots, horse bells and jewellery inlaid with turquoise and other gems.
Duration: 8 Hours
Departs: 9 a.m. - Returns: 5 p.m.