5 Reasons to Visit Lhasa, Tibet This Year and Beyond

Taking a break from the Great Central American Journey of Wonders, we have a guest post from Agness Walewinder of E-Tramping, a Polish world traveler that has been to some of the most amazing places in the world.

Today she will share with us her wonderful experience in Tibet. Sure, she didn’t spend seven years there but these photos are surely going to make you book a ticket right now. The stage’s all yours, Agness!

Tibetan monks

Tibetan monks

Although China often stops issuing Tibet travel permits to foreign visitors, Lhasa (the capital city of Tibet) should definitely be added to your travel bucket list if you’re planning on visiting the Land of Dragons and nearby areas.

“The Roof of the World” is without doubt one of the most remarkable places to visit in Asia. It offers fabulous monastery sights, breathtaking high-altitude treks, amazing cultural and religious experience as well as authentic Tibetan food you will not find anywhere else in the world.

Tibetan flags

Tibetan flags

Moreover, Tibet is a uniquely spiritual place where you can find your inner peace and meditate for hours.

If you still hesitate to visit Lhasa, check out these top 5 reasons you should definitely pay the Land of Snows a short visit this summer.

1. Stunning views of Tibet

By going to Tibet by train, you can admire the beautiful and extraordinary scenery which will simply make your day and take your breath away.

Lhasa offers extraordinary views for photography freak and mountains lovers. Lakes, rivers and high hills…Tibet has it all.

The streets of Lhasa, Tibet

The streets of Lhasa, Tibet

Cost of Chongqing – Lhasa train:

  • One way hard sleepers – RMB800.
  • One way soft sleepers – RMB1100.

Note: There is not much “comfort” difference between soft and hard sleepers so you can definitely choose the cheaper option.

Top reasons to visit Tibet

Lhasa, Tibet and its magic

2. Amazing Tibetan architecture

If you are a big fan of architecture, Lhasa will be your dream destination. It is a mix of Chinese and Indian styles expressing a deep Buddhist approach. You will certainly not be able to take your eyes off the colorful doors and windows.

Moreover, you will be blown away by the power of Buddhism and the design of Tibetan temples and houses. Tibet is simply the most colorful and magical place on the Earth, trust me!

Tibetan buildings

Tibetan buildings

3. Religious experience of Tibet

By going to Lhasa you will learn a lot about Buddhism, Tibetan customs and traditions.

You’ll certainly visit various temples, monasteries while having little chats or long conversations with locals who will inspire you and teach you many things about respecting others and being humble.

Tibetan doors

Tibetan doors

As you may already know, the dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism introduced into Tibet in 7th century AD. The best known Tibetan Buddhism face is the 14th Dalai Lama (the current one) who is currently living in India due to Chinese oppression.

When in Lhasa, you will have this amazing opportunity to participate in prostrations or attend public meetings where locals often play cymbals and gongs and pray loudly.

Locals praying in Tibet

Locals praying in Tibet

4. Hospitable and humble Tibetan locals

The bad news is that travel regulations in Lhasa will limit remarkably your interactions with locals. Foreign visitors are not allowed to hang out with Tibetans or stay in their houses overnight. Despite all these restrictions, you will be still able to get to know some Tibetans when visiting local tea houses, monasteries and being introduced to locals by your travel guide.

After a few minutes of spontaneous conversation with Tibetans, you will see how humble, friendly and hospitable they are.

We visited a local tea house where we were offered highland milk tea and some yak soup by the host. People were extremely nice to us and we were cracking jokes together. They also explained what the main principles of Buddhism religion were and how Tibetans lived by these rule. All locals seemed to be so polite!

Tibetans locals and E-Tramping

Tibetans locals and E-Tramping

5. Experiencing Tibetan cuisine

When in Lhasa, you can’t afford to miss fried momos, yak meat wraps, Naizha cake or famous Thenthuk (Tibetan noodle soup). Although traditional Tibetan cuisine is mainly based on dairy products (yak milk and cheese), it also offers a great mixture of herbs and spices, different kind of dumplings and always fresh and yummy bread.

Fried momos with hot chocolate

Fried momos with hot chocolate. Tasty!

Momos should be number 1 dish to try in Tibet. These are traditional dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, served with oil and pepper sauce, yummy! You can get them fried or boiled depending on your preferences. The best drink for momos is hot chocolate or salty tea.

If you’re are a big fan of wraps, you will love the yak meat wraps served with vegetables and garlic sauce! Yak meat tastes like a duck meat, a little chewy and it taste great with traditional Lhasa beer!

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Lhasa beer Tibet

Lhasa beer

As you can see, Lhasa can be your next amazing culinary and spiritual adventure where you will experience breath-taking scenery and amazing hospitality of locals!

Would you like to experience Lhasa this summer? Share your thoughts and let us know what you think!

Hospitable Tibetans in Lhasa

Hospitable Tibetans in Lhasa

Agness and Cez are a Polish duo standing behind eTramping.com, a travel website where you can find plenty of budget travel tips on how to travel the world with $25 in your pocket.

Since 2011, they have been travelling the world while teaching English in different Asian countries such as China, Thailand or Cambodia. They are both photography passionates obsessed with Chinese cuisine and culture. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more amazing budget travel awesomeness.

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8 Responses

  1. Tim

    I often use Tibet as the country in which I experienced my most significant travels. Back in 1998 there was no train and getting in was a slog by road through countryside that was as incredible as it was hostile. Not hostile in the sense that you could be harmed, but hostile in the sense that it was hard to understand how people could eek a living from this barren part of the planet. I look forward very much to returning.

    • Agness

      Hi Tim. Thank you for sharing your Tibet experience. I absolutely agree. It’s a special and wonderful places that everyone wants to return.

  2. Hamilton

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never heard much about Tibetan food. So this was an eye-opener. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • Agness

      Tibetan cuisine is extremely delicious and rich in flavors. Many people think it’s the same as in China, but it’s not.

  3. Nick Paton

    Is it possible to go to Tibet without being part of a tour group? I heard you need to travel with a group of other people from your country?
    P.s. I’ve been getting stuck into the momo’s here in the North of India

  4. Victoria

    I would love to visit Tibet. Such a colourful country and the people are so hospitable, kind, and interested in others. The answer is a huge yes! yes!! Yes!!! Lovely post Agness. :)