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The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.
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No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road | Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the walk up and listening to the rich history of such a beautiful place. Thank you Rooney! He is an amazing tour guide with alot of knowledge and wisdom. Greatly appreciated the time with him.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bhana108
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unique and cultural palace that is very historic and is rich in Buddhism arts and architect. This palace is the palace where Dalai Lama lived. It has a lot of mesmerizing and knowledgeable things that is worth visiting.....

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place even though only half open. Do not even attempt without a local Tibetan guide. The “in season” system for entry is a little complex as you need several tickets and need to have timed tickets for the palace itself (plus you must finish...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once the administrative seat of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace is a 1000-room 14-storey structure on the highest point in the Tibetan capital.I would first recommend you wait till you've fully adjusted to the altitude before visiting this monument. It can be especially demanding for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BuenViaje2121
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Glad we had a few days to adjust to the elevation before climbing to the top of Potala Palace. It is breathtaking and a must do in Lhasa. You can even see a picture of the palace on the fifty yuan bill. Absolutely magnificent to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank DQShaw
Reviewed January 4, 2019

At 13,000 feet the air is thin, so beware you may feel faint. Your hotel should be able to provide you with some oxygen when you return. Go slow...no need to rush, but remember, you'll be going up an addition 1000 feet as you explore...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Dagnytags
Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely magnificent to visit, the Potala Palace makes you fully appreciate the depth and reach of Tibetan culture and heritage. Sadly it's simply a museum at the moment with a few monks allowed to stay there. The only good aspect of this is that visitors...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KastaliaTravel
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Obviously a 'must see'. Not because it's the focal point of Lhasa, but because it is so much more in the flesh than anything I had expected from photographs, video, documentaries, etc. While the history is challenging, the spirit of the place, its beauty, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 627pw2015
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

A true wonder of the world. Lots of walking up involved to visit the upper palace. Don’t recommend a visit your first day at altitude. Well worth the hike. Very tight security and must purchase tickets with your passport. Once you reach the upper section...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018

Potala Palace is worth the effort it took to get there. I was violently ill with altitude sickness, but I wouldn't have missed this marvel for anything.

Date of experience: October 2018
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December 2, 2018|
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Response from travelmaven_7 | Reviewed this property |
Our guide told us it was equivalent to climbing a 13 story building or 2,000 steps. Once you get to the ticket office, which is at the 8th story, you have to climb 5 more sets of stair to get to the residences. No, there... More
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April 13, 2018|
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Response from globetrekkerphx | Reviewed this property |
The monastery at Petra is, in my opinion, tougher than Potala. We are in our 50s and not in great shape and found Potola pretty easy. We had no acclimatization time in Lhasa, but took the climb to Potala slow so no big deal... More
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Response from TOM-LINDAS | Reviewed this property |
We would suggest that you take the acetazolamide (Diamox) to prevent altitude sickness while in Lhasa. The only person in our group who suffered from altitude sickness was the woman who did not take the Diamox as a... More
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Hi there This is Nathalie (26 y) & Simon (30 y), a couple from Switzerland. Beginning of September 2013, we start our 6 months trip through Asia... One of our first destinations will be Tibet. We are used to travel on a rather low budget with no urge for luxury and prefer trips in small groups over "mass tourism". Since Tibet is expensive as a private guide and vehicle are mandatory, we are looking for *one or two travelers* who would like to join us. The provisional itinerary we...More
August 19, 2013|
Response fromRhythm D|
Hello Nathalie & Simon, Welcome to TripAdvisor forum for Tibet! I wish you find companion for your adventure soon. There will be regular posts about finding a companion in Tibet forum so please keep your eyes open and reply to threads with similar program or dates. You can also post you message in Lonely Planet forum so that more people will see your message and probably you will find someone interested. Here is a thread about someone looking for companion in September: ...More
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Cheapest and shortest Lhasa/Potala Palace tour? (18 Replies)
I'm interested in visiting Potala Palace and the town center market in Lhasa. I'm only interested in staying 1 night and then leaving Tibet. Can anyone direct me to the cheapest tour? I have no interest in a tour but I understand that I have to purchase a tour to get the permit. Before you chastise me for not wanting to visit other sites in Tibet first know that I have traveled to all 7 continents and have been to all of the wonders of the world. I am a fast traveler and my research of...More
May 10, 2017|
Response fromJPDM 🇨🇦🍺|
It is not a cheap destination. I assume tat you have experience high altitude before and already know that you are capable of handling this without acclimatization. I am the impression that you'll have to skip this one.
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Hi, Me and my partner are planning to do a tour that goes to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and goes back to Lhasa over 11 days. We are looking for 1 or 2 travel companion to split costs. The itinery is approximately as follows: 3 July - Me and my partner arrive in Lhasa 4 July - Lhasa local sight seeing (i.e. Jokhang Templte, Barkhor Square) 5 July - Lhasa local sight seeing (i.e. Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery) 6 July - Lhasa local sight seeing (i.e. a day trip to Namtso...More
May 10, 2010|
Response fromtravellerkat-o|
Hey there! Not sure if you're still looking.. but im hoping to find a group to go to tibet around that time too (preferably july 1). Which tour company are you going through? I will be flying in from China K ps. i notice you're from Melbourne... me too!