Tour to Lhasa in Tibet with excursion to Potala Palace and Jokhang temple
April 20th, 2006
Lhasa day tour visiting the magnificent Potala Palace and the Jokhang temple, before having a stroll in the city. This page contains also information about photography in Tibet and the imposed restrictions for photographers wishing to take pictures inside temples and monasteries.
The Air China's Boeing 757-200 is about to land in Lhasa, where the altitude is 3600 meters.
The trip from Lhasa airport to Lhasa downtown, lasts about one hour. Along the way, this Buddha carved in a rock can be observed.
The following morning the day tour in Lhasa starts with a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama's residence, and the place for political and religious affairs. In the pictures, the way to an entrance of the Potala Palace, where many stones with carved prayers can be found.
Pictures of Lhasa taken from the way to Potala Palace's entrance.
The entire complex has about 1000 rooms, was built in the 7th century and expanded in the 17th century. The white and red palaces have respectively administrative and religious functions.
Pictures of Potala Palace. The white palace has administrative functions and the terrace on the last floor is used by Dalai Lama on tibetan's new year.
If you think to go inside the Potala Palace and take pictures... well, change your mind or destination. If taking pictures is an important aspect of your travel, it will be better to avoid Potala Palace and other monasteries, because the photo restrictions in Tibet are quite strict and severe. To have an idea about what there is inside Potala Palace, please see my other pages on Tibet, as in other monasteries and temples it was permitted to take pictures upon payment. Please see also my pages on Nepal (Everest / Gokyo)
, where it was always possible to take pictures in their beautiful monasteries, without restrictions.
Potala Palace pictures showing the inner courtyard of the white palace.
Prayes wheel near the Potala Palace's entrance.
More Potala Palace photos. Some views from Lhasa of the entire Potala Palace's complex.
Lhasa pictures. A short hike in the new part of Lhasa.
More photos of Lhasa. This is instead the older part, where many street vendors sell souvenirs for tourists, but also any kind of merchandize for locals.
The Lhasa day tour continues with a visit to the Jokhang temple, the Tibet's oldest and the place from where Lhasa has started to grow.
Pictures of Jokhang temple. A shot on the windows and, on the right, an oven used to burn incense.
Once again a sad sign is a reminder for the severe photo restrictions in Tibet and, in particular, in Lhasa temples.
Photos of Jokhang temple's courtyard.
A photo of Potala Palace from Jokhang temple's roof.
More Jokhang temple pictures taken from the roof.
...and more photos of Potala Palace.
A nice decoration around a door in Jokhang temple.