Part 2 Lhasa City
For many visitors, the highlights of Tibet will be of a spiritual nature: Magnificent monasteries, prayer halls of chanting monks, and remote Cliffside meditation retreats. Tibetans have a level of devotion and faith that seems to belong to an earlier, almost medieval age. It is fascinating, inspiring and endlessly photogenic. These days in Lhasa gives me a chance to have a deep understanding of their religious and culture.
Soaring above the old Lhasa city, the grand Potala Palace is the truly an architectural marvel of Tibetan Civilization. Visit the Palace is a must. As the Traditional home for Tibetan rulers and Dalai Lamas, the palace contains the tomb stupas of Dalai Lamas and chambers of Dalai Lamas. It is genuinely a concentrated spiritual and material wealth of Tibet.
About 3km west of the Potala Palace is the Norbulingka, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama. The pleasant park contains several palaces and chapels, the highlight of which is the New Summer Palace, built by the current (14th) Dalai Lama.
Actually the best visiting time is summer as flower blossom.
The fascinating microcosm of Tibet. Barkhor is also the most popular destination in Lhasa. Its always recommend for travelers to wander around the Barkhor street, you will never know what you will come across. Follow the tide of Tibetan pilgrims circumambulating the circuit. Your smiling face will do the wonders. It’s good to prepare some gifts from home these strangers.
It lies in the heart to Barkhor Circuit. The seventh century builds Temple, the heart and soul of Tibetan Buddhism. Walk into the dark chamber, and a small chapel fills with the scent of incenses and butter lamp illuminating the century-old statue of Buddha. Walk with some local devotees and observe the trance of devotions.
Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Two of the three biggest spiritual centers in Tibet. The visit to these two monasteries will give you a very deep understanding in the monastic life of Tibetan monks Visit Sera monastery in the afternoon to see the monks debating. Go for Kora of both monasteries for a beautiful view of the Lhasa city and the Lhasa Valley. Sit in Silent in the main chapel to observe the divination of pilgrims. Observe the architecture of the buildings and giant statues of Buddha.
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