Holidays in Tibet are always associated with something mysterious. Millions of tourists come here every year to learn the meaning of life, to renounce worldly problems, to connect with silence and nature and enjoy amazing Tibetan landscapes. In addition, of course, tourists come here to visit, please, the most famous attraction – Potala Palace. This is the highest castle complex in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular attraction in Tibet, after Everest. Read more to find out where to stay.

How to get to Potala Palace

Potala Palace is located in the city of Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Getting to the palace will not be very difficult for you. You can use city buses (No. 6, 7, 11, 13, 21, 22, 24) or a taxi. The nearest airport to Potala Palace is Lhasa Gongga Airport. From the airport to the palace, the travel time will be a little over an hour.

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Keep in mind that a limited number of people can visit the palace. Only groups of tourists who bought tickets in advance are allowed inside. Therefore, we highly recommend that you take care of buying a ticket in advance at least one day before your planned visit to the palace.

Information about Potala Palace

Potala Palace is located on Hongshan Mountain in the Tibetan city of Lhasa. This is the highest palace and temple complex in the world, built in the 7th century at an altitude of about 4 thousand meters above sea level. The image of the palace is even on the local banknote of 50 Yuan. We can say that he has become one of the symbols of not only the city, but also the whole country.

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The entire palace complex consists of 1000 halls and rooms. A high fortress wall surrounds it, and you can enter it only through the four gates. After the fall of the Tibetan royal dynasty over time, the palace fell into decay, and only in the 17th century did the Dalai Lama V Aghvan Lobsan Jamzo decide to completely rebuild the palace. You can see this palace today: a huge palace complex with courtyards, stone stairs, chapels and walls, with a total area of ​​about 360 thousand square meters.

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Nearest Hotels to Potala Palace

The range of hotels in Lhasa is simply huge. There are both luxury hotels and quite budget accommodation options. Those looking for a hotel near Potala Palace can look at the short list of the nearest hotels below:

  • Staryay Hotel Lahasa
  • Lahasa Bodacang Hotel
  • The Tree Lahasa Hostel
  • Qianhe Hotel
  • Tashi Choeta Tibetan Folk Hotel