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Lhasa

Lhasa

Weather

The city of Lhasa experiences cool semi-arid climate during the course of the year. The best time to visit Lhasa is from the month of March to October when the weather remains humid and mild. Lhasa receives an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year which has earned the Lhasa the title of ‘City of Sunlight’. The weather can be separated into two distinct phases – wet season and dry season. January is the coldest and driest of the year month with a mean temperature of -1.6°C while June is the warmest month with an average of 16°C. August is the wettest month. The city receives considerable annual rainfall from the month of June to September. The peak tourist season begins in May.

How To Reach

By Road:

Regular bus service forms a connection between Lhasa and several other cities in Tibet. Tourists can avail a weekly bus ride from Kathmandu in Nepal. Foreign visitors to the city are not allowed to use the intercity bus service.


By Air:

The Lhasa Gonggar Airport is situated at a distance of almost 50 km from the city of Lhasa. International flights are available from important cities in China including Chengdu, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi’an and Qamdo. Kathmandu in Nepal has direct flights to Lhasa.



By Rail:

Lhasa is connected to Golmud via the Qingzang railway. Railway services extend from Lhasa to major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xining and Chengdu.


Overview

Lhasa is the administrative capital of the autonomous region of Tibet in the People’s Republic of China. The city with the second largest population on the Tibetan Plateau, is located at an elevation of 11,450 ft making it one of the highest regions in the world. Lhasa is a unique tourist destination due to the unique and diverse experiences the place offers. Adventure lurks in every corner of the place while an all pervading spirituality and serenity is its landmark.

 

The trans-Himalayan drive, passing through several beautiful mountain ranges, scenic places, gompas will be a real visual treat with an all pervading surrealistic aura. The culture of the place is entirely different from other neighbourhood destinations.

 

Lhasa is a culturally significant as it houses several important sites of the Tibetan Buddhists. It is also a treasure trove of several architectural masterpieces. The name Lhasa literally stands for “place of the gods”. Lhasa serves as a beacon for both the foreign and Tibetan Buddhists in the 20th century. Many religiously and ethically diverse communities reside in harmony in the region. The primary gate to Lhasa city runs through the huge Pargo Kaling chorten and houses sacred relics associated with the Buddha Mindukpa. The eastern end of the city is more Tibetan in tradition whereas the western end is more Han in character. The latter half is modern and busy with contemporary infrastructure.

 

The city was established at the base of the flat valley of a river, enclosed by the mighty Himalayan Mountains. The River Kyi, flowing through the southern region of the city, serves as the lifeblood of the Lhasa area. The picturesque beauty of the region attracts several tourists to Lhasa.

 

There are several unique shopping experiences in Lhasa. Most stalls sell goods from China and Nepal like carved wood pieces and household products. Local tangkas are also popular. Tibetan carpets are rare and command extreme prices in the market. Oil paintings and rugs make great gift items. The handicrafts sold in stores in the city are in high demand.

 

There are plenty of restaurants in Lhasa. The small Tibetan eateries in Lhasa, mostly the teahouses, serve delicious food at cheap prices. The cuisine ranges from Western to Indian, from Tibetan to Nepali. Yak meat is a delicacy in the region.