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As soon as we take our breakfast at hotel, we drive towards Tribhuvan International Airport at around 8:30 in morning. 1 hour 30 minutes flight takes us to Gonggar Airport of Tibet. We can enjoy views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest while being on this flight. Lasha Market is at 1 hour driving distance from Gonggar Airport. The amazing scenes of naked hills, settlement at bottom of hills, agricultural land full of crops on the way adds excitement to our visitors. Lhasa city (3600m) is the administrative capital of Tibet. It is also the biggest city of Tibet in terms of space occupied. There are wide road ways; sky kissing buildings that makes us a competitive city in the world. It looks not less attractive than any developed western countries. The palace of Dalai Lama: The Potala Palace, Zokhang Monastery at Bharkor Market, Bharkor marsset itself and Bharkhor Monastery are other interesting places at Lhasa.
The Potala Palace is situated at the middle part of Lhasa city, in a place at 150 meters height. It is also the center to the meditative office building and administrative office building. The Red Palace signifies meditation whereas The White Palace expresses transparent administration. ‘Lhasa’ means ‘The Land of Gods and Goddesses’ in Tibetan language. Different varieties of amazing Buddha idols of Buddhist religion can be seen in The Red Palace and there are Meditation Room, Living Room, and Meeting Room for foreign guests of Dalai Lama in The White Palace. Lhasa city is a valley which is also the interconnecting place of two sacred rivers namely, Lhasa and Brahmaputra. Buddhists believe that one can obtain ‘Nirvana’ meaning ultimate salvation by having divine view (Darshan) of Potala Palace and Zokhang Monastery at least once in their lifetime.
Gold plated entombment place of 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Dalai Lama can be seen at Potala Palace besides 13th Dalai Lama’s. Entombment place of 6th Dalai Lama is yet unknown and mysterious. Likewise, experts opine that the funeral of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Dalai Lama was done at Zokhang Monastery and then the ashes were kept safely there. There are ten thousand rooms at The Potala Palace but only a few are exposed for public such as, Bed Room, Living Room, Study Room, Meeting Room and The Entombment Place of Dalai Lama. The current 14th Dalai Lama fled to India and is living there since 1959.