We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tibet - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Ganden Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you have time for only one side trip from Lhasa, this rambling monastery with ocher-colored walls is your best bet. It was established in...Read More

  • 2. Jokhang Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple is the most sacred building in Tibet. From the gentle flicker of a butter-lamp light dancing off antique murals, statues, tapestries...Read More

  • 3. Pelkor Chode Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the few multidenominational monastic complexes in Tibet—housing Gelugpa, Sakyapa, and Bupa monks—Pelkor Chode is home to the Gyantse...Read More

  • 4. Potala Palace


    The awesome sight that is the Potala Palace is quite rightly considered a wonder of the world. However, virtually nothing remains of the original...Read More

  • 5. Sera Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This important Gelugpa monastery, founded in 1419, contains numerous temples filled with splendid murals and icons. Originally it was a hermitage...Read More

  • 6. Ani Tsangkung Nunnery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small, colorful convent has a livelier atmosphere than what you'll find at Lhasa's monasteries. Beaming nuns encourage you to wander through...Read More

  • 7. Barkhor


    Circling the walls of the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor is not only Tibetan Buddhism's holiest pilgrimage circuit but also the best spot in Lhasa...Read More

  • 8. Drepung Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The largest of the Gelugpa monasteries was the residence for lesser lamas. Founded in 1416, it was enlarged in the 16th century by the Second...Read More

  • 9. Gyantse Dzong

    Historic District/Site

    In the 14th and 15th centuries Gyantse rose to political power along with the rise of the Sakyapa monastic order. To get an idea of the amount...Read More

  • 10. Kundeling Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This monastery is often overlooked by tourists, so it's less crowded than others around Lhasa. If you arrive in the morning, climb to a second...Read More

  • 11. Muslim Quarter


    In perhaps the most Buddhist of cities, the Muslim Quarter—centered on Lhasa's Great Mosque—is a bit of an anomaly. The district was originally...Read More

  • 12. Nechung Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Many people skip this 12th-century monastery, but that's a big mistake. With a strong focus on beasts, demons, and the afterlife, Nechung is...Read More

  • 13. Norbulingka Palace


    The Seventh Dalai Lama (1708–57), a frail man, chose to build a summer palace on this site because of its medicinal spring, and later moved...Read More

  • 14. Palha Lupuk Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Religious rock paintings dating from as early as the 7th century can be seen at this grotto-style temple. On the third floor you'll find an...Read More

  • 15. Ramoche Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple was founded by Queen Wengcheng at the same time as the Jokhang Temple. Its three-story structure dates from the 15th century. Despite...Read More

  • 16. Rongbuk Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can visit the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, on your way to Base Camp. There were once 500 monks living here, but now there...Read More

  • 17. Tashilhunpo Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the six great Gelugpa institutions, this monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the few religious sites in Tibet not destroyed...Read More

  • 18. Tibet Museum


    For the Chinese interpretation of Tibetan history, politics, and culture, visit this modern museum. The Y20 personal audio guide provides commentary...Read More

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