Potala Palace

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  • Address: 35 Beijing Middle Rd, Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu, China, 850000, Lhasa
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Landmark, Palace, Family And Kids

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Perched atop the Marpo Ri Hill is the Potala Palace which is often regarded as the symbol and landmark of Tibet and is noted for its impressive structural style. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama but now has been turned into a World Heritage Site and a Museum. The main building of the palace is nestled on the Red Hill by the Lhasa River and is a treasure house where one would be able to learn about the history and culture of Tibet and observe precious arts. Climb the steps at Potala Palace all the way to the top to get the spectacular views of the stunning plateau landscape and the Lhasa city.

How To reach Potala Palace by Public Transport

  • Buses 8-way, 13 Road, Route 17 to stop - Baita Station

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  • Potala Palace Address: 35 Beijing Middle Rd, Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu, China, 850000, Lhasa
  • Potala Palace Timing: 24-hrs
  • Potala Palace Price: Free
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Things to Know Before Visiting Potala Palace

  • 95% of people who visit Lhasa include Potala Palace in their plan

  • 28.57% of people start their Potala Palace visit around 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Potala Palace

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Potala Palace

People normally club together Phuntsok Khasang Youth Hostel and Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve while planning their visit to Potala Palace.

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Potala Palace, Lhasa Reviews

  • This place is really cool. No trip to Tibet would be complete without a visit. I spent an entire day walking around it, photographing it during the day and night. And another morning visiting the inside with my guided tour. It's best if your tour group can get there as early as possible. We were literally the first group in the door, and were able to see the palace and get a bunch of pictures with no crowds.

  • Breathless – Climbed only Halfway!! Out of a group of 14 of us who travelled to Lhasa, only four opted to take up the challenge of climbing the Potala Palace on 06th June 2018. Although we arrived a day earlier, most in our group were feeling breathless to undertake the challenge. Out tour guide obtained the tickets in advance. According to the time allotted to us we were at the West Gate Entrance at 1600 hrs. They checked our passports against the tickets. DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE YOUR PASSPORT. The security check is thorough – similar to airport security – not even water allowed through, though you can purchase water higher up. I found that I was getting tired quite easily when climbing the steps. I stopped every 20 steps or so to catch my breadth. I checked my pulse regularly on the upward climb not allowing it to go beyond 140 per second. During our upward climb, four Tibetan young ladies helped the lady in our group. I took photographs of the staircases with stone slabs as we climbed along as well as the city from higher up. I and the lady in our group stopped at the top of the White Palace at the quadrangle used by monks for morning prayers since we could not proceed beyond due to feeling exhausted. The two of us though unhappy, trekked back and retraced our path. We did not meet any on-coming visitors as the entrance gate had closed by then. I am so sorry I could not make it up to the top. At my age of 75, I did not want to do what I could not do!! At the end of our tour we saw a lady devotee moving step by step prostrating herself – Step – bow – prostrate – get up – step – bow and so on. Attached is short video as a remembrance of her devotion! Just a little note – No hats permitted. You have to be decently dressed. Photos are not permitted within the red palace though you can take photographs elsewhere.

  • A life’s ambition to visit the Potala Palace - and it exceeded my expectations in every way possible. It is an incredible building and a fascinating experience: the interior is truly remarkable. I was blown away. It’s such an iconic venue and would love love love to go back again one day.

  • I visited Lhasa and Tibet in 2014. It were a great experience. Visiting The Potala Palace in particular. The palace Dalai Lama needed to leave in 1959 after the Chinese occupation. It is now a museum Only a few monks left, but it is possible to have a tour in the huge building that was the world's largest when it was built back in the sixteenth century.

  • The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. The 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (died 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa. It may overlay the remains of an earlier fortress called the White or Red Palace on the site, built by Songtsen Gampoin 637. [SOURCE: Wikipedia]

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