Namtso, or Lake Nam, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and should not be missed by any traveler to Tibet. In Tibetan, Namtso means "Heavenly Lake." It is famous for its high altitude and imposing scenery. The lake lies at an elevation of 4,718 m, and has a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers. This salt lake is the largest lake in Tibet, and its cave hermitages have for centuries been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. The Tashi Dor Monastery is located at the southeastern corner of the lake.
Potala Palace 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace , the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims.
Sera Monastery in the northern suburbs of Lhasa-the representative monastery of the Gelugpa of the Tibetan Buddhism. Sera Monastery developed over the centuries as a renowned place of scholarly learning, training hundreds of scholars, many of whom have attained fame in the Buddhist nations.
Drepung Monastery (literally “Rice Heap” monastery) lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect. Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study.
Norbulinka Summer Palace
The Norbulingka, meaning Jewel Park, lies three kilometers (two miles) west of the Potala, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780's up until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959. Part of the "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace", Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ganden Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m. Its full name is Ganden Namgyal Ling. Ganden means "joyful" and is the Tibetan name for Tuṣita, the heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. Namgyal Ling means "victorious temple".
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