The center of the Tibetan Buddhist world for the last millennium, Lhasa remains largely a city of wonders. Your first view of the exquisite red and white Potala Palace, rising above the Holy City will give you goosebumps. At its foot, the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter still strives to preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life.
It is here in the Jokhang, an otherworldly mix of flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit, that you will first fall in love with Tibet.
The city of Lhasa
Lhasa literally translates to “place of the gods“. Ancient Tibetan documents and inscriptions demonstrate that the place was initially called Rasa, (“goats’ place“, or a “place surrounded by a wall“, or “enclosure“).