Lhasa Off The Beaten Path

  • Yungdrungling Monastery
    by blueskyjohn
  • Yungdrungling Monastery
    by blueskyjohn
  • Yungdrungling Monastery
    by blueskyjohn

Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Lhasa

  • 1. Yungdrungling Monastery

    This is the preferable way to get to Yungdrungling Monastery. Our driving pulled off the Friendship Highway and parked near an awesome stone suspension bridge. Vehicles cannot cross this. The bridge...

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  • 2. Prayer Writings

    While on the Kora around Sera Monastery, be sure to find the pile of prayer writings carved onto rocks. These are called Mani Stones. Pilgrims will continue to piles these stones up on a sacred spot...

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  • 3. Ralung Monastery

    If visiting monasteries that are seldom visited is your goal, put Ralung on your list. It is a small monastery but it is said to be the location where the red-hat sect of monks was originated. That...

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  • 4. Langtang Monastery

    Langtang is only a mile or so from Nalendra. It is a much smaller monastery but if you are in the are to see Nalendra, you should stop in at Langtang. Some guide books state there are two temples and...

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  • 5. Nalendra Monastery

    I decided to change my plans for the day because I was so tired of all the driving and waiting and more driving. Looking at my map, I spotted a few small monasteries that seemed nearby Lhasa. I asked...

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  • 6. Ganden Kora

    If you want to hike the Ganden Kora, start by walking away from the monastery then up the grassy hill to the right. It is a good idea to spend 3 to 5 days in Lhasa before you attempt this if you are...

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  • 7. Samding Monastery

    Samding can be visited from Lhasa on a long day trip. Most visit when driving from Lhasa to Shigatse. It is constructed on the shore of Yamdrok Tso near the town of Nagartse. The monastery is small...

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  • 8. Tengye Ling

    Tengye Ling is a Nyingmapa temple, honouring Tseumar, Tamdrin and the protector deity Pehar. The most amazing thing is that the chapel feels a bit like a wine...

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  • 9. Jokhang - Lesser-Known Chapels

    There are a number of chapels in the Jokhang temple that are much less frequently visited and less crowded, and hence give the possibility to study the Jokhang...

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  • 10. People in a rush...!

    It took me many times to get this photo as I wanted it...she was really competing for the world record of how fast you can walk with a ton of goodies on your...

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  • 11. Praying people!!!

    I had seen these two women, mother and daughter, going around all the different rooms in the monastery and everything the mother told her daughter to pray to,...

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  • 12. Adults laughing!!!

    Why were the women laughing you ask? Well because eventhough it was the warmest day there, it suddenly began to hail! I have never been in a hail storm and have...

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  • 13. Children playing

    These two children live in a village on the way back from Yamdrok Lake to Shigatse. We went into one of their houses to watch how they make incense sticks, so I...

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  • 14. People begging

    We were in Samye Monastery a couple of hours away from Tsetang and this lady was waiting for everyone as they went upstairs to the restaurant. I just loved...

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  • 15. Happy people!!!

    This lively lady was just walking spinning her wheel normally and then caught sight of me taking a photo so decided she would play up a little and pose for the...

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  • 16. Interesting people!!!

    This has to be one of my all time favourite photos of people in Tibet. These women were from a different sect as noted from their hairstyles...I was very...

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  • 17. Annoying tourists!!!

    Look at all those pesky tourists walking anti-clockwise around the Jokhang Monastery...had they not read up beforehand that you're supposed to only walk...

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  • 18. People having a chat!!!

    Everywhere I go in China, I try to take photos of women in a group drinking, talking or walking...I like to show my mum what she could look like later in her...

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  • 19. Bike & hike around Lhasa

    In Lhasa you can rent a mountain bike, fairly good ones only 20 RMB per day. Good places to rent are on Beijing Donglu, east of Barkhor. If planning to go out...

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  • 20. Samye Monastery

    Samye Monastery is a good 6-7 hours ride away from Lhasa. It was completed in 779, and was the first monastery established in Tibet. Like other monasteries,...

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  • 21. Sakyamuni Buddha

    On the main roads leading south west out of Lhasa, you can find this 11th century carved Buddha. This is considered a sacred place for the Tibetan Buddhist, and...

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  • 22. Sera - the Debating Monks

    The highlight of any visit to Sera, is the Debating Courtyard, where monks can be seen debating in the traditional method, with the antagonist standing and...

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  • 23. Sera Monastery

    Established in the early 15th century, the Geluk monastic city of Sera was once a considerable rival for Lhasa. The monastery had a population of some 7,000...

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  • 24. Drepung - the kitchens

    The kitchen in Drepung monastery is absolutely amazing. All the walls are lined with pots, pans and kettles, and cooking was carried out in enormous vats....

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  • 25. Drepung - the main Assembly Hall

    The Main Assembly Hall (Tsokchen Lhakkhang) is the biggest building in Drepung at 4500 square metres. The interior is enormous and has a very serene atmosphere....

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