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Tibet Pictures: 20 Photos That Will Inspire You to Tour Tibet

November,20 2023 BY Kham Sang 0 COMMENTS

As if you needed convincing, here is picture proof of why you should plan your next big adventure to Asia’s best-kept secret, the wondrous Tibet. All these images showcase opportunities of a lifetime, so have a browse and let us know which ones inspire you to visit!

Tibet Picture 1: Awe-Inspiring Sunrise at Potala Palace

The best angles of this palace are in the morning, as the brilliance of the sunrise makes this palace a truly magical place to be. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it offers an uplifting start to the day for all, and anyone with a camera will find the perfect angles at this time.

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Potala Palace Potala Palace Potala Palace Potala Palace

Tibet Picture 2: Dramatic Monk Debates in Sera Monastery

With such a huge influence on the Holy community within Tibet, the Sera Monastery allows outsiders to come and experience the energy and drama that the debating monks bring. The younger monks sit and calmly answer the senior monks as they animatedly throw religious questions at them; it is such an unusual sight to see, but there is plenty of uplifting enthusiasm from all.

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Sera Monastery Sera Monastery Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Tibet Picture 3: Glimpse of the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley from Yumbulagang Palace

This palace is of huge importance. In a nation with such an impressive array of historical sites and viewpoints, Yumbulagang is one of the oldest and most revered. It was built in the 2nd century BC by the first Tibetan King, and still holds many ancient relics. You can climb the mountain by foot or horseback, and gaze at the beauty that surrounds the palace, with rumbling mountains in the background, and fields and plains of green dotting the foreground.

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Yumbulagang Yumbulagang Yumbulagang Yumbulagang

Tibet Picture 4: The Grand Buddha Thangka Ceremony at Drepung Monastery

The process of this traditional ceremony is one that cannot be missed when visiting Tibet. Starting early in the morning, the monks believe touching the Thangka of Buddha brings good luck. It unfolds around sunrise, and depicts a large painting of a Buddha himself. This is a very popular part of the trip for many people.

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Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Tibet Picture 5: Overlooking the Five Highest Himalayan Mountains from Gawu La Pass

Here, you will have the first true glimpse of Mt Everest and its high-peak brothers. For those who make it this far, it is an unforgettable life achievement, not just for the trek itself, but for the impending breathtaking views. In fact, this is the last passage you take before reaching Everest base camp. Tibet has an extremely high altitude, so embrace it, grab your camera and a decent pair of walking boots, and go!

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Gawu La Pass Gawu La Pass Gawu La Pass Gawu La Pass

Tibet Picture 6: Savoring Tibetan Noodles and Sweet Tea at a Lhasa Teahouse

After a day of exploring and hiking up steep hills, there is nothing better than taking the weight off at one of Lhasa’s family-run teahouses. Tibetan family culture revolves around sharing pots of sweet tea, and it’s a pleasure to share one of their traditions with their visitors. Accompany your tea with amazing, uniquely prepared noodle dishes and soak in your homey and warm surroundings.

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Tibetan sweet teahouse Tibetan sweet teahouse Tibetan sweet teahouse Tibetan sweet teahouse

Tibet Picture 7: Joining the Vibrant Celebration of Tibetan New Year

There is nothing more important in the Tibetan calendar year than the “Losar”. The streets are filled with dancing and singing, colourful and tasty foods are shared between families and friends, offerings are made at religious ceremonies, and animated acts are put on show for all to see. It is an amazing time to visit, and is unique to Tibet. Each year the dates change, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly!

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Tibetan New Year Tibetan New Year Tibetan New Year Tibetan New Year

Tibet Picture 8: Trekking to Ganden Monastery for an Enchanting Lhasa Valley View

This monastery is hugely important in Tibetan culture. This is home to the religious school headed by the Dalai Lama and it has significance within the Buddhist religion. There are some stunning views of the Lhasa Valley from this monastery, but make sure you get there before the 3 pm closing time.

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Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery

Tibet Picture 9: Worshiping Buddha Shakyamuni Inside the Jokhang Temple

Located in Barkhor Square in the center of Lhasa, this is a must-see on your trip. It is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims, so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn how they worship. The life-sized sitting statue of Shakyamuni is the most sacred in Tibetan culture and it is a beautiful sight to see.

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Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

Tibet Picture 10: Exploring the Bustling Barkhor Bazaar

Barkhor Street is part of the pilgrim circuit around the Jokhang Temple, and is full of life and culture. Bustling marketplaces and teahouses offer all kinds of treats and handmade goods for you to mull through and enjoy. Try your hand at haggling for a piece of artwork, or take some photos of the extraordinary merchandise on sale. Make sure you walk in a clockwise direction, like the pilgrims do!

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Barkhor Street Barkhor Street Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Tibet Picture 11: A Scenic Journey around Turquoise Yamdrok Lake

One of the Three Holy Lakes in Tibet, the crystal turquoise lake water looks simply amazing. It is perched over four thousand meters above sea level and offers some incredible photo opportunities around sunset time. If you are there when the migration birds come, you will see the area light up with life.

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Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake

Tibet Picture 12: Capturing the Majesty of Mt. Everest at Rongbuk Monastery

As the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest offers numerous stunning photo opportunities. Make sure to visit the Rongbuk Monastery along one of the mountain routes to witness awe-inspiring views. Remarkably, this monastery holds the distinction of being the highest-altitude monastery globally, making it a must-see on your journey.

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Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery

Tibet Picture 13: Stargazing from Everest Base Camp

Having the chance to witness the cosmic beauty above you from Everest’s base camp is what many can only dream of doing. Fill millions of people’s dreams worldwide, pick your spot, set up your tripod and watch the universe spin above you in spectacular fashion. Definitely worth staying up late for!

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Tibet Picture 14: Panoramic View of Gyantse City from Kumbum Stupa

The intriguingly named Kumbum Stupa, located within the Palcho Monastery, unveils the Buddhist concept of the universe. Ascend the Stupa to behold magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the neighboring Gyantse City.

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Kumbum Stupa Kumbum Stupa Kumbum Stupa Kumbum Stupa

Tibet Picture 15: Breathtaking View of Namtso Lake from Tashi Dor Island

This is also one of Tibet's Three Holy Lakes. In addition to strolling along the lakeside, you can make a trip to Tashi Dor Island to explore the local monastery and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the lake. It is another fantastic example of Tibet's natural beauty.

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Namtso Lake Namtso Lake Namtso Lake Namtso Lake

Tibet Picture 16: Experiencing the Ultimate Kora around Mt. Kailash

Getting to Mount Kailash from Lhasa is a serious commitment to understanding Tibet. The trip is long but worth it. Be part of the movement of Tibetans and other devout believers as they navigate around the tough trekking route (called a Kora). You will be overwhelmed by the beauty on show, but you will need these distractions if attempting this strenuous challenge as it reaches five thousand meters above sea level.

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Mt. Kailash Mt. Kailash Mt. Kailash Mt. Kailash

Tibet Picture 17: Gazing at Holy Mt. Kailash from the Sacred Manasarovar Lake

This round-shaped Holy Lake, the third of three, is right next to Mt. Kailash. There are a few settlements around this area, so you will surely meet people along the way, but make sure you stop off and take an impressive photo of the sacred mountain before you attempt its kora.

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Manasarovar Lake Manasarovar Lake Manasarovar Lake Manasarovar Lake

Tibet Picture 18: Basking in the Beauty of Peach Blossom Festival in Nyingchi

If you are in Tibet around March and April, you will likely have this in your itinerary. When Tibet reopens after its yearly closure, festival vibes are there to welcome you as the sun beats down and melts the snow, and peach flowers replace the winter greys. If this isn’t the epitome of spring, then I don’t know what is!

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Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival

Tibet Picture 19: Thrilling Horse Racing at the Nagqu Festival

Tibetans love horse-racing festivals. Traditionally dressed and decorated riders gallop their way to victory around the vast grasslands of this area, and thousands of people flock to see them, setting up tents and pop-up trade shops everywhere you look. There is a party vibe in the air, and you are more than welcome to join!

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NagquHorse Racing Festival NagquHorse Racing Festival NagquHorse Racing Festival NagquHorse Racing Festival

Tibet Picture 20: Trekking to Advanced Base Camp for an Adventure at the Rongbuk Glacier

You will find yourself in awe trekking through this incredible mountainous landscape around Everest. The oxygen levels will be depleted but then again, that is why they call the Rongbuk Glacier break-taking! This is the highest point you can go without a climbing permit yet it’s the highest trek in the world. The photos you will take will be proof that this was the journey of a lifetime.

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Rongbuk Glacier Rongbuk Glacier Rongbuk Glacier Rongbuk Glacier

Conclusion

These photos of Tibet showcase its unique landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant festivals. Yet, Tibet has so much more to offer! Whether you seek adventure, spiritual enlightenment, or a deeper connection with nature, Tibet awaits your exploration. So, don't hesitate; pack your bags and begin your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tibet!

Kham Sang

About the Author - Kham Sang

With fluent English skills rivaling a native English speaker, Khamsang often impresses our travelers with her gifted language capacity and deep understanding of Tibetan culture and history.

Professional, flexible, and attentive, throughout her 10+ years of guide experience, Khamsang has received zero complaints from her guests. Besides, as a mom of two lovely sons, Khamsang is also a devoted mother and loves writing expert travel articles to help travelers longing for a Tibet adventure.

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