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Potala Palace

No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road | Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.
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No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road | Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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"dalai lama"
in 114 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 21 reviews
"amazing building"
in 11 reviews
"high altitude"
in 65 reviews
"take your time"
in 37 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 15 reviews
"must visit place"
in 15 reviews
"stairs to climb"
in 13 reviews
"bucket list"
in 26 reviews
"living quarters"
in 11 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 18 reviews
"above sea level"
in 11 reviews
"chinese tourists"
in 15 reviews
"visit lhasa"
in 13 reviews
"holy place"
in 12 reviews
"lhasa city"
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"prayer wheels"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth all the wait and hassles to get in.. Make sure you get a good local guide to show you around. Dont miss out on the walk around the palace and the endless prayer wheels on the bak side

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots to take in and the guides have limited time to get you around the inside, so I did feel overburden with far too much information that I couldn't take in, but that aside, the palace is a unique place of history and to see...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very difficult to get the tickets and waiting time is long, bathroom conditions specially a challenge for most of us, but after all those suffering, this visit is definitely worth it, not only because it has an amazing view but also this experience will humble...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The palace itself was beautiful and well maintained. However, the number of people we shared it with made it very unpleasant and difficult to actually see, or hear anything properly.

Thank Blaqat
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

People who take care of rooms in the palace were not careful, they left a spray bottle in a meditation room, when group came to see that room, I saw it and for sure it affected my feeling about this place. I think people should...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Coming here was a dream come true. I have always seen pictures and wanted to visit but never expected to. Be warned, it is a steep climb up.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No picture, no more than 1 hour, and a lot of visitors in narrow corridors, but unforgetable. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs!

Thank Nathalie C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

learn about the Dali Llama and see this UNESCO heritage site with a thousand rooms in the city center. Reservations a must

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you can look through the fact that Tibet is now occupied by China and the Dalai Lama lives in exile in India, you'll see a place that is filled with beauty and history and that radiates calmness and peace.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Vista Tibet is an excellent agency with great buses and drivers all well organized with knowledgeable guides like Everest-Tenzin

Thank JuanCarlos Z
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Lucie Z
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Response from globetrekkerphx | Reviewed this property |
The monastery at Petra is, in my opinion, tougher than Potala. We are in our 50s and not in great shape and found Potola pretty easy. We had no acclimatization time in Lhasa, but took the climb to Potala slow so no big deal... More
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Response from TOM-LINDAS | Reviewed this property |
We would suggest that you take the acetazolamide (Diamox) to prevent altitude sickness while in Lhasa. The only person in our group who suffered from altitude sickness was the woman who did not take the Diamox as a... More
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Response from globetrekkerphx | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have advanced tickets. Our guide purchased them when we arrived at the Palace. We went around 9 am and there was already a big queue (April), but it moved quickly. Luckily in April the palace isn't too busy yet... More
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