Welcome to Tibet
Tibet offers fabulous monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude walks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and one of the most likeable cultures you will ever encounter.
Huddled in a valley basin surrounded by the Himalayas, Lhasa is one of the world’s highest cities at an average elevation of 3,500 meters. Meaning “place of the gods,” Lhasa became Tibet’s political, religious and economic center after the fifth Dalai Lama moved the capital here in 1642. A few years later the mighty Potala Palace was built and Jokhang Temple expanded, its surrounding Barkhor area becoming a thriving market for foreign goods. Pilgrims still visit Jokhang in the heart of the old town to prostrate themselves before Tibet’s most sacred site, while Barkhor today remains a bustle of teahouses and shops selling thangka artworks and incense.