Tibet Tourist Attractions, Must-see for Tibet Tour
Tibet, being known as the Roof of the World, is the highest place to heaven, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters. Located in a plateau north of the Himalayas, it is a mysterious, exotic place that many outsiders yearned for. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the massive, tranquil land with its majestic scenery and mysterious religious culture has exerted an awesome draw on travelers. If it’s your first time in Tibet, you cannot miss the top attractions listed below, because they represent the most authentic Tibet.
Top 12 Must-see Tourist Attractions for any of Tibet Tour
Tibetan Tourist Attractions by Regions
Lhasa Tourist Attractions
Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, is a unique and spiritual city on a snow plateau. Lhasa is also known as "the City of Sunlight" for it enjoys much more sunshine than most places in the world. As the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa boasts numerous well-preserved Buddhist constructions, most of which are mysterious palaces and monasteries.
All the holy sites are well protected and carefully maintained by a devout population. Therefore, after a thousand years of vicissitudes, the ancient palaces, temples, relics and streets thick with religious history can still keep pace with the modern society.Read More
Shigatse Tourist Attractions
Shigatse (along the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway), also named Xigatse, is the hub of the road network between Lhasa, Nepal and western Tibet. All these tourist attractions in Shigatse have already received millions of pious pilgrims.
The tourist sights in Shigatse are composed of great natural sites and grand monasteries: Mt. Everest, Mount Cho Oyu, Rongbuk Glacier, Peikutso, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Palkor Chode Monastery, Phuntsoling Monastery & Jonang Kumbum, Sakya Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Yungdrungling Monastery, Pala Manor, Nartang Monastery and so forth.Read More
Ngari Tourist Attractions
Nagri (also Ali) prefecture in northwestern Tibet is known as the roof of the roof of the world for it is situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level. It's the place where the Himalayas, the Gangdise, the Kunlun Mountains and Karakorum Mountains meet. This area is dotted with beautiful lakes and rivers, great mountains and glaciers, vast grasslands, spectacular snow mountains, as well as pastures and clay forests.Read More
Nyingchi Tourist Attractions
Nyingtri is home to huge well-preserved forest with many ancient and rare trees. The tourist sights in Nyingtri are mainly natural marvels. But the Nyingtri tourist attractions are not just for sightseeing. Nyingtri, "The Switzerland of Tibet", is also a dream destination for adventure lovers and daredevils.
Here is a short list of the main tourist sights in Nyingtri: Draksum-Tso/Basum-Tso, Lunang Forest, 2500-year-old Cypress trees, Kaqen Glaciers, Namcha Barwa Mountain, Sacred Benri Mountain, Medog Natural Reserves, Zayu Natual Reserves, YiGong National Geological Parks, Buchu Monastery, Lamaling Temple, Taktse Monastery, Dodung Monastery, Galang Palace Ruins and Folk Culture Village.Read More
Chamdo Tourist Attractions
Chamdo, situated in the east of Tibet, is the home of Khamba culture. Chamdo is also a nest of many tourist attractions. Its complicated topography and wonderful landscapes make many great tourist sights in Chamdo, like snow-capped mountains, fast-running rivers, thundering waterfalls, and dense forests. Besides, ancient monasteries, buildings, steles, villages and workshops are also tourist attractions in Chamdo. Just list a few of the famous spots in Chamdo: Chambaling Monastery, Karma Temple, Riwoche Monastery, Tsedrug Temple, Carnot Ruins and Rawok Lake.Read More
Tibet Attractions by Categories
- Tibetan Monasteries
- Tibetan lakes
- Palace & Forts
- Tibetan Mountains
- Glacier in Tibet
- Tibet Hot Spring
- Natural Scenery Spots
- Cultural Encounter
About Tibetan Tourist Attractions
Tourist attractions in Tibet, to a large extent, are shaped and defined by distinct altitude, varied topography and climate on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. To most of international and domestic tourists, the biggest draw of Tibet tour would be able to personally experience the life in the spiritual realm of Tibetan Buddhism, and enjoy the sublime view of alpine scenery and see as much as one can about Tibetan folk culture and customs.
However, since Tibet is incredibly big (measuring 1,228,400 square km, the second largest region in China), it is impossible to tour all the highlighted attractions once for all. Where shall you visit actually varies.
For the first time traveler to Tibet with limited time (around 4 or 5 days), Lhasa (3650m) would be the focus of your Tibet tour. As the capital city and spiritual heart of Tibet, Lhasa is situated in the northern bank of Kyichu River with a history of 1,300 years. The historic city is filled with prestigious Tibetan monasteries, palaces and temples and exciting religious and secular life.
Must-see attractions in Lhasa are Potala Palace, the most iconic place of Tibet, also known as the winter palace and residence of former Dalai Lama. Next comes Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart and holiest religious site in Lhasa city. Besides, the most bustling place in Lhasa would be the Barkhor Street surrounding Jokhang Temple. Do join the fervent Tibetan pilgrims for deeply religious kora along Barkhor Street. If you get tried, having cups of sweet tea or local snacks in local tea house is also a pleasant experience.
Besides, Lhasa is also home to “Great Three” Gelugpa Monasteries, i.e. Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery. Drepung Monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in Tibet while in Sera monastery dramatic monk debate shall never be missed. Ganden Monastery is the one with the most beautiful view of Lhasa Valley. Of course, if you do have enough time, it’s highly recommended to make it to heavenly Namtso Lake, which is the largest saline lake in Tibet and its sublime view is definitely beyond your imagination.
If you have a week or so to stay in Tibet (around 8 days) and are keen to experience both Tibetan Buddhism culture and cover most of stunning alpine scenery on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, then travelling from Lhasa to Shigatse and finally to Everest Base Camp(5200m) is the one you are looking for.
In addition to the attractions mentioned above in Lhasa, as you move southward to Gyantse, you will enjoy magnificent turquoise Yamdrok Lake, Korola glacier and explore historic Gyantse city where Pelcho Monastery and Kumbm Stupa, Gyantse Fortress are worth a visit. After that, as you arrive in Shigatse(3830m), historical Tashilhunpo Monastery, the residence of successive Panchan Lama, is the major attraction in Shigatse. It houses the world’s biggest future Buddha and major religious compound for pilgrimage and religious events.
The biggest attraction in Shigatse is the visit to Everest Base Camp (5200m). On the way, you will be able to enjoy the top 5 highest mountains along majestic Himalayan Range at Gawu La Pass (5198m) and tour the world’s highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery (5150m). As you stand at at EBC and gaze at Mt. Everest (8844.43m) so close, it would be a once-in-a-life-time experience. For tourists who have travelled a great deal in Tibet and now want to have divine pilgrimage experience and see the genuine wilderness and explore lost ancient Tibetan civilization and wildlife, then travelling to Ngari, western of Tibet is a perfect choice for you.
With an average altitude of above 4500m, Ngari prefecture is believed to be the roof of the roof of the world. Tourists can do kora around one of top sacred lakes Manasarovar Lake and follow the ultimate pilgrimage route around Mt. Kailash. It’s a real challenge both mentally and physically. Tour of Guge Kingdom and Zanda Clay Forest, Tholing Monastery will give you some ideas of the bygone ancient civilization of Tibet and the completely different wilderness of boundless western Tibet. If budget and time is permitted, you may also have a big loop tour around Ngari region where you will venture into animal kingdom with little human presence.
If you are interested in the source of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibet culture, visiting Shannan Prefecture is a must. Tsedang is universally known as the as "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization", largely due to its fertile land at the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River. Tourists can visit Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet and Yungbulakhang, the first palace in Tibet.
For tourists who are not used to high altitude, Nyingchi (with around 3000m, the lowest altitude in Tibet) is where you should be and you can enjoy the idyllic landscape and pastoral scene. The pleasing climate makes you believe you travel in Switzerland. With Peach Blossom Valley, Midui Glacier, Namcha Barwa Mountain, Basumtso Lake, etc, Nyingchi is fairly popular with Asian tourists.
Most Recommended Tibet Small Group Tour Packages
14 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group Tour
This classic Lhasa city group tour is the best choice for tourists who have limited time or visit Tibet for the first time. After visiting the must-sees in Lhasa, you will have a comprehensive impression of Tibetan culture and pave the way for your revisit in the near future.
1 ,2 ,3 ,118 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Almost all the itineraries covering Everest Base Camp originate from this classic itinerary. The travel route to EBC involves all the awe-inspiring attractions, religious sites and magnificent natural wonder.
1 ,2 ,3 ,147 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu
This tour combines the classic itinerary of visiting Tibetan cultural and natural beauty with a stopover in EBC. Tourists will finally end up in Kathmandu via Gyirong.
8 ,11 ,1215 Days Kailash and Manasarova Small Group Tour
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - E.B.C - Lake Manasarova - Kailash Trek - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
This is truly a journey to feel, magnificent temples, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, nomad camps, pilgrims of Tibet. Start the trip from exploring the heart of central Tibet.