Lhasa and Potala Palace

The roof of the world! It takes your breath away, literally! Stark, beautiful, spiritual. Theres something about Tibet, I wasn’t a very spiritual person when I went there. Tibet does that to you. The spirituality oozes into you With out you realising to. 🙂

Pretty amazing feeling! there are some beautiful monasteries in Tibet. Make sure to get these monasteries in on your trip. We had a wonderful guide Norbu who had in-depth knowledge about everything we asked. She was very flexible and we could do things at leisure… There was a general itinerary we had and did it our own pace.DSC_0554

 

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Tibetan Women with their Prayer Wheels and Prayer Beads.

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Welcome to China! Mandatory to have ALL signs in chinese font bigger than the tibetan font.
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A lovely old lady with her dog.
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The Market is full of stalls selling masks, Prayer beads, prayer whee;s and beaded accessories. Full of life and colour.

 

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Could spend hours browsing…

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Thebylanes of Lhasa
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A Blast fom the past!
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The market place
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The city centre after a touch up for the tourist season
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‘Ghee’ sold to be offered at the Monasteries.


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Potala Palace. A most magnificent sight. No, pictures can do it justice. The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region was the chief 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. Wikipedia
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The climb up the palace steps. It takes your breath away, literally!

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The corridors of the building…
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The entrance gateway.
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Straw used in the walls to make the structure stronger and keep the palace cooler.
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One wing of the palace.
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DSC_0645 The entrance to the main wing of the palace. The living and Praying quarters of the Dalai Lama and monks.
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Behind the black curtain.
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The frescos behind the curtain 1
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The Frescos behind the curtain 2
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The entrance to the main wing again.
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Beautiful Gold plated roof tops.
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Thirst quenchers once you reach the top 🙂
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The fortress like walls of the palace
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Traditional art adorns the interior walls of the Palace.
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Wall artworks
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Prayer room in the palace 1
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Prayer room in the palace 2
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The guard house at the entrance of Potala Palace

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Norbu, Our brilliant guide. Thank You Norbu 🙂 Please contact her at norbusnowland@gmail.com
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The view from the top
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Art and prayer offerings on the walls outside the palace.

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Prayer Wheels…
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Prayer Wheels…
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Saying my prayers…
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Not really sure what this is but found it very intriguing !
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This too…
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Potala Palace again. I never got enough of it 🙂
The Jokhang Temple
Temple flowers ( mad in china 🙂 ) The Jokhang Temple
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Beautiful colours
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The Jokhang Temple. The candles offered for prayers…
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The Jokhang Temple. Untouched, old frescos on temple walls.
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The candles offered for prayers… what a beautiful sight!
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Outside The Jokhang Temple. Burning incense for good luck.
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The view from that Bar at The St Regis Lhasa
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Lobby The St Regis Lhasa
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The St Regis Lhasa, Entrance.
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Lobby St Regis Lhasa
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St Regis entrance again.
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A room with a view. St Regis Lhasa

Flowers at the Gardens of Potala Palace

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