Lhasa Tibet: Rooftop Capital of the World

Lhasa Tibet: Rooftop Capital of the World

When our little tour group began our descent into Tibet, I found the experience profound and a bit surreal.

We flew from Chengdou to Lhasa, which was about a 1.5 hour flight and a rise in elevation of about 15,000 feet.

Those who plan visit Tibet?

Bring some altitude sickness medications (prescribe by your doctor), because the change from sea level to 15,000 feet with a quick plane flight could cause serious illness and complications. A few people have died because of this. So, do take it seriously when flying to Tibet.

Diamox is the medication I have used for both trips to Tibet and Nepal. Symptoms for me were tingling in the fingers and extremities, and an overall buzzing feeling. But one of the travelers with us who didn’t have altitude sickness medication suffered vomiting and diarrhea for the first day or two. It’s really worth bringing along this medication just to be safe.

Potala Palace

The former residence of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, it is now a World Heritage Site and Museum.


It is strictly prohibited to take photos inside the Potala Palace, but I assure you, the 20+ foot Buddha statues and other gold leaf statues are simply breathtaking. So much devotion went into the construction and design of the Potala Palace. It is like a labyrinth of corridors and levels, many areas still used by the Tibetan Monks.

Random Images of Tibet

Potala Palace is beautiful, as it is lit up by night.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

Once again, we were forbidden to take photos inside the Jokhang Temple, but it is an unforgettable experience. The Buddha and Bodhisattva Statues are incredible in their size and detail.

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa Kitchen

As a gluten-free Vegan, I was able to eat some dishes at various Lhasa restaurants. Usually, I could have a Vegetable Curry, a Soup and some Basmati Rice. For beverages I could have bottled water, coke or a red wine. But their Butter Tea was off limits, although this is like the national drink of Tibet.

Random Images of Tibet

Random Images of Tibet

Random Images of Tibet

My wife tried the Yak Burger.

Random Images of Tibet

Lhasa, Tibet

“Lhasa is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.

Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 metres (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces.”Wikipedia

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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