The window of Tibet was open officially to the outside world since the 1980s when the tourism began. Since then, Tibet became more and more popular tour destination in the world and it was in the Top 50 most famous travel destinations in the world in the past years. Its rich religious cultures, the stunning landscape as well as the kind Tibetan people are just awesome! The people here are devout, keeping to their faith and tradition. It is a very unique tour destination due to the quite different culture, life style, landscape, weather and geography.
There are hundreds of temples, monasteries, nunneries, sacred lakes and mountains, Hot springs in Tibet. It is always hard for an outsider to decide what sites to be included in the Tibet tour itinerary. Here we collected the tourists attractions in different regions of Tibet. And we also selected the top Tibet travel destinations and attractions.
Top 10 Most Famous Tibet Travel Destinations and Tourists Attractions Recommended 2013
Section A- Touring Lhasa and Nearby-3-5days
1.Potala Palace. This gargantuan architectural wonder was once the center of political activity in Tibet and today is regarded by many as one of the most important cultural and historical sites in the world. Here, visitors will walk where Dalai Lamas have walked for hundreds of years and gaze upon fantastic works of Tibetan Buddhist art.
2.Jokhang Temple. Another one of the must see attractions in Tibet. Jokhang Temple houses the only known image of the Shakyamuni Buddha that exists today. Made in his twelve year old likeness, it is a holy destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims from all corners of Tibet.
3.Barkhor Bazaar. Incense that burns in giant chimneys wafts through the bustling bazaar. Vendors sell everything from arts and crafts to food and household items. Barkhor Bazaar is a great place to try out bargaining skills while picking up souvenirs for friends and family back home.
4.Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Situated just outside of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is one of Tibet’s three greatest monasteries (Sera and Ganden are the other two) and has long been regarded as a place of higher learning for Tibetan Buddhists. Sera Monastery is home to the famous debating monks, which can be seen in the afternoons most days of the week.
5.Ganden Monastery. This beautifully reconstructed monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Originally it was a center of administrative and political power for the Geluk order of Tibetan Buddhism.
Section B -Tibet tour 5-20 days
6.Yarlung Valley. Legend has it that Tibetan society originated in Yarlung Valley thousands of years ago. Tsetang, located in Yarlung Valley, was Tibet’s original capital long before the arrival of Buddhism. Tibet’s first palace can be found here and is where legend says that Buddhism was first handed down from the heavens.
7.Tashilhunpo Monastery. Located in Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, this sprawling monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama. Built in the 1400’s, the main attraction is a towering statue of the Maitreya Buddha. For those looking to learn about Tibetan culture, this is a great place to see Buddhist pilgrims from all over!
8.Lake Yamdrok+ Lake Namtso. One of Tibet’s largest lakes, this holy lake shines a blue hue on sunny days is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Before the construction of Potala Palace, Tibetans would venture here to lie to rest the remains of Dalai Lamas. Another Tibet highlight attraction is Lake Namtso for which one day trip is necessary since it is 500km round-trip to the northwest of Lhasa city. On this day trip, tourists will experience the stunning Landscape and the pure Nomad's life in Tibet.
9.Mt. Everest. At 8,844.43 meters high Mt. Everest is the crown jewel of any Tibet tour. Sitting on the border between Tibet and Nepal, its base can be visited from both sides. Adventurous travelers can even take a four day trek from Old Tingri to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
10. Mt. Kailash. This mountain is a pilgrimage site for Hindus, Tibetan Buddhists, and followers of the ancient Bon religion. It is said that the trek around its base purifies ones soul. Regardless of faith, travelers the world over are taken by its spectacular views.
Travel Tips: However, different travel permits maybe needed for different regions, please read more on Tibet travel Permits.
Please click each region to get more Tibet Destinations and attractions details.
Lhasa and Around Attraction
Famous attractions in and around Lhasa are Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets, Norbulinka, Drepung & Sera Monastery and more as listed below:
Shigatse and Around Attraction
Famous attractions in and around Shigatse are Mt. Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Pelkhor Monastery and more as listed below:
Famous attractions in and around Tsetang-Tibet Yarlung Valley are Samye Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace and more listed below:
Nakchu-North Tibet Attraction
Famous attractions in and around Nakchu-North Tibet are Namtso Lake, Yangpachen Hotspring and more as listed below:
Ngari-West Tibet Attraction
Famous attractions in and around Ngari-West Tibet are Mt. Kailash, Manasarovar, Guge Kingdom Ruins and more as listed below:
Nyingchi-East Tibet Attraction
Famous attractions in and around Nyingchi-east Tibet are Lake Draksum, Huge Cypress and Nulang Forests and more
Chamdo-Northeast Tibet Attraction