Things to do in Tibet

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It could easily be said that Tibet is one of the most beautiful places on Earth; spanning the world’s largest and highest plateau, travelers are always astounded by the awe-inspiring scenery. However, even though nature is a good enough reason to visit Tibet, there are plenty of other things to see and do while you’re in this autonomous region.

Here’s a short guide to the best things to do in Tibet.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

Potala Palace, Lhasa Things to do in Tibet
Potala Palace, Lhasa

Possibly Lhasa’s most iconic building, this red and white building complex was once the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama had to flee due to the Chinese invasion in 1959. Now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace is filled with artefacts relating to Tibetan history, religion, and culture. But the real draw is the breathtaking view as you make your way up the extremely high mountain the palace is located on.

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Dating all the way back to the 7th century, this stunning temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet, and is usually filled with pilgrims, who travel from all over the region to worship at the shrine. Inside are various statues of Buddha, including a life-sized one, and a number of exquisite murals depicting scenes from Tibet’s history. Once you’ve explored the interior, head to the roof; known as the Golden Roof because of its golden deer and Dharma wheel, here you’ll also be able to enjoy some of the best views in Lhasa.

Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake

Located around 250 kilometers northwest of Lhasa, Namtso is the world’s highest saltwater lake, with an altitude of over 4,700 meters. The name translates as ‘Heavenly Lake’, and it’s considered to be one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, along with Yamdrok Lake and Lake Manasarovar. Namtso Lake is well known for being a spot of outstanding beauty and is the perfect place for those who love photography, with its crystal clear waters and the backdrop of the snow-capped Thangla range. Visit between May and September for the best photo opportunities.

Treat yourself to a yak burger

Yak at Namtso lake
Yak at Namtso lake

Yaks can be found everywhere in Tibet, and they are used for all kinds of products, such as their milk for yak butter tea, their hair to make tent fabric, and their hide for boots and carpets. But their meat also makes a fantastic burger, and there’s plenty of places where you can try one. The meat of a yak is chewy, but with a delicate flavor, and trying a burger made from this unique meat is a definite must-do when in Tibet.

Tibet is a wonderful region to visit, and you’ll certainly not be disappointed with its amazing landscapes, hospitable people, and incredible sights.     

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