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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 (Private 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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Saga Dawa Festival Tour | Tibet-Mount Kailash Trekking - Guaranteed Departure 2023

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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Humla-Simikot to Mount Kailash Trekking, 17 Days (Private Tour)

Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Humla-Simikot to Mount Kailash Trekking is one of the unforgettable and unusual experience in terms of culture, nature and adventure. Simikot to Kailash trekking trail is opened in 1997 to foreign tourists. Since then traveling to mount Kailash was more easier and of course with more cultural exploration of Humla, one of the geographically remote but culturally rich and its flora and fauna....

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Kathmandu EBC Lhasa Tour, 12 Days (Private Tour)

Days: 12 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
A overland drive from Kathmandu on the Tibetan plateau by following newly introduced route via Kyirong border, Kathmandu EBC Lhasa Tour is a comprehensive and detour of Tibet cultural sites including Exploration of Rongbuk monastery one of the oldest monastery in south central Tibet at the shadow of world highest peak Mt. Chomolungma (Everest) and its Base Camp north side. This trip is one of the...

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