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As the political, religious and economic heart of the Tibetan world, Lhasa finds its place on the north bank of Lhasa River with an altitude of 3658m (about 12000 feet). In Tibetan, Lhasa means "The land of the Buddha" or "Holy Place". The city has a long history of 1300 years with a population of 400,000.

Blessed with flat land and mild climate, Lhasa is free of frigid winters and unbearably hot summers, having an annual average daily temperature of 8 degree Celsius (43 F). It enjoys 3,000 hours of sunlight annually, much more than all other cities in this regard, hence its popular name "the Sunshine City".

Lhasa enjoys an annual precipitation of 230-570 mm. It rains mainly in July, August and September. The fall (autumn) time is the best season of the year, when it rains mostly at night, and is sunny in the daytime. Usually tourists are advised to visit the holy place from March to October.

After the reform and opening to the outside world since 1980's, Lhasa has witnessed a dramatic change, becoming a thriving and prosperous town. The tourism is booming here, every year thousands and thousands tourists come to this holy place for sightseeing. The fantastic landscape, unique culture, exotic life and friendly people surely make tourists an unforgettable experience.

Traditionally there are 2 ways available for tourists to go to Lhasa: By flight or by car. Obviously the later means is not suitable for tourists as it takes so long time to get to the destination; the former is much faster, while more costly, from the closest city outside Tibet - Chengdu to Lhasa, or from Nepal directly Kathmandu-Lhasa. Another good news for tourists is that since July 1, 2006, tourists can take train to Lhasa from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining and Lanzhou.

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Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour, 22 Days

from 2.995 USD / Days: 22 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour is along challenging trail through the vast plateau of Tibet across several 5000+ meter high mountain passes amidst grand vistas of highest peaks in the world is the ultimate biking experience of a lifetime. Traveling by bicycle in Tibet offers a kind of challenging ways to see the roof of the world. Just as a cycling excursion in Tibet makes the tour...

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Tibet Lhasa Tour, 9 Days Private Tour

Days: 9 / Difficulty: 1 of 5 (Easy)
Lhasa is one of the most "want to visit" cities in the world. People want to visit Lhasa either because of its remoteness or its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of Tibetan culture and religion. Sandwiched by the colossal mountain ranges to the north and south and located on the north banks of the Lhasa River, Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of P.R.C. and also the...

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Tibet Lhasa Tour with Namtso Lake, 10 Days Ptivate Tour

Days: 10 / Difficulty: 1 of 5 (Easy)
Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region and has long been the center of politics, economy, culture and religion in Tibet. Lhasa means "holy land" in Tibetan language. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. It is the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism and contains many religious sites such as the Jokhang, Potala and Norbulingka palaces. The name Potala is possibly derived from...

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Lhasa Guge Kingdom, Mt. Kailash and Manasarover Lake Tour, 21 Days Private Tour

from 4.850 USD / Days: 21 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
A pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash the sacred mountain of Tibet is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Mt Kaliash is the source of four great Asian rivers. For Hindus it is the throne of Shiva, for Buddhists, a gigantic natural Mandala. Also the epicenter of Tantric forces for both religions. The main highlight of this tour is tour to make the "ultimate pilgrimage" to holy Kailash and Manasarovar. This...

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Tibet Tour Overland & Fly Out, 12 Days Fixed Departure!

from 2.550 USD / Days: 12 / Difficulty: 1 of 5 (Easy)
The best way to explore and enter Tibet is an overland tour. A Tibet overland tour gives you a brief insight into Tibetan art, architecture and culture. Spectacular views, watching the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. Crossing one of the world’s highest passes Lhalung La (5050m). A visit to the Shakya monastery, one of the oldest Monasteries in Tibet, the famous Tashilunpo Monastery in...

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Saga Dawa Festival and Mt. Kailash Tour via Simikot, 2022 Fixed Departure!

from 4.370 USD / Days: 19 / Difficulty: 5 of 5 (Very Strenuous)
Saga Dawa Festival at mount Kailash is observed as one of the most important festival in Buddhist society all over the world. This festival held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar (May / June). This festival is celebrated in honor of Sakyamuni's enlightenment. And this auspicious day coincide with three important events in Buddha's life, Birth,...

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Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour, Fly in and Drive out, 13 Days Private Tour

Days: 13 / Difficulty: 1 of 5 (Easy)
Travelers who are keen to visit Tibet Everest Base Camp (north side) combining with Lhasa and other highlighted places of Central Tibet are welcome to join this Tour. This Tour commences from Kathmandu with a spectacular Trans-Himalayan flight, which probably is the most beautiful flight on Earth. In Lhasa, we will spend two days for Sightseeing. After Lhasa we will drive with a Land cruiser to...

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Mount Kailash Overland Tour, 15 Days Fixed Departure

from 2.850 USD / Days: 15 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Mt. Kailash, considered to be a physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru, is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakurum ranges. From its peak, one can enjoy the views of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. It is considered most auspicious to make...

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Simikot & Kailash Trek, 32 Days Private Tour

from 4.935 USD / Days: 32 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Simikot to Kailash Trek The ancient pre-Buddhist bon religion of Tibet saw mountains as power points linking heaven and earth, and Mount Kailash as the soul Mountain of the kingdom of Zhang Zhung. The struggle for the hearts and minds of Tibetans between traditional Bon and modern Buddhist centered on Kailash, and the story of the contest of Magic between the Bon deity Naro Bon...

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Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Tour, Overland Journey, 17 Days Fixed Departure!

from 2.960 USD / Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
In a remarkably conciliatory gesture, the Chinese agreed to reopen the border on the Humla Karnali in northwest Nepal early in 1993, allowing foreigners to approach Mount Kailash on foot legally for the first time in history. Today, it is possible to make your own pilgrimage to Kailash through one of the most enchantingly beautiful and unspoiled corners of Nepal, instead of suffering the...

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