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Lhasa, Capital of Tibet

Lhasa, which literally means The Place of the Gods in Tibetan, is the capital of Tibet. As Tibet capital city, Lhasa is the cultural, historical and political centre of Tibet. As the main entry point to Tibet, Lhasa sees the highest number of international tourists compared to other Tibet cities.

 

Where is Lhasa

Lhasa is right in South Central Tibet and on the north bank of Kyichu River (Lhasa River). It is surrounded by Himalayan mountains and situated in the centre of Tibetan Plateau.

Lhasa Capital of Tibet

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Lhasa Weather

The best time to go to Tibet capital city, Lhasa, will be between April to September. During these months, the days are warm, and the nights are cool. Do take note although June to August are the summer months, these are also the months with the highest rainfall.

The autumn months of September to November is one of best travelling seasons in Lhasa. This is our team’s favourite season as the weather is pleasant and mild with minimal rain.

The winter of December to February can be rather windy and dry. Unlike what most people assume, the winter cold in Lhasa is not too harsh.

From March to May (Spring), things are starting to get warmer and sunnier. Prepare yourself with some sweaters and jackets.

Like other high-altitude cities, the sunlight during day time in Lhasa could be quite intense. So, protect your skin with some sunblock or suitable clothing.

Lhasa Capital of Tibet Nomad in Namtso lake

 

Lhasa altitude

Unlike most cities, especially capital cities, with low elevation, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. Standing at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level, altitude sickness is one issue many travellers must deal with. The air in Lhasa contains only 68% of oxygen as compared to the sea level.

Rest assured you won’t be the only one facing altitude sickness in Lhasa (or Tibet as a whole) and there are some tips to mitigate it:

  • Get for some altitude-sickness medicine prior to your trip from your doctor or pharmacy.
  • Make sure you are in a fit condition before flying into Tibet. It’s advisable not to go to Tibet when you have a cold. Also, if you have severe heart issues and high / low blood pressure, avoid going to Tibet
  • Minimize your food intake and optimize your water intake
  • Spend the first 2-3 days acclimatizing yourself to the altitude in Lhasa before embarking on higher-altitude destinations in Tibet
  • Avoid from engaging in strenuous physical activities in the first 2 days after your arrival.
  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes as much as you can

 

Lhasa tour

There are several significant (read: must-visit) attractions in Lhasa that every traveller must go.

  • Potala Palace. The icon of Lhasa and Tibet used to be the residence of the past Dalai Lamas. Now, it’s a museum and World Heritage Site.
  • The Jokhang. The holiest and most revered Buddhist temple in the whole of Tibet.
  • Ramoche Temple. A 7th-century Buddhist temple that is second in importance after The Jokhang.
  • The Barkhor. This is the centre of Lhasa that’s made up of small streets and a main city square.
  • Sera Monastery. One of the 3 great university monasteries in Tibet (besides Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery). Watch the entertaining and unique daily monks’ debate here.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is both a palace and a park. It used to be the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas.

Lhasa Capital of Tibet Potala Palace

 

How to get to Lhasa

In general, there are 3 ways to go to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

  1. Flights to Lhasa. You can fly into Lhasa from Nepal or various cities across mainland China.
  • From Nepal, you can fly directly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
  • From China, there are direct flights from the following Chinese cities:
    • Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Shangri-la, Kunming

 

  1. Take a train to Lhasa from the following Chinese cities:
  • Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xining, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou

 

  1. Overland car-ride from the following cities:
  • Kathmandu (Nepal) and Xining (China).

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