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After having our breakfast in the hotel at Kathmandu, we move towards Tribhuvan International Airport at around 8:30 am. We take 1 hour 30 minutes flight to land in the Gonggar Airport of Tibet. Time passes so quickly enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest while being on this flight. It takes around 1 hour to reach the Lhasa Market from Gonggar Airport via means of transportation. The amazing scenes of naked hills, settlement at bottom of hills, agricultural land full of crops make our journey more enjoyable. Lhasa is the capital as well as the biggest city of Tibet. This city with wide road ways, sky kissing buildings is not less attractive than any developed western countries. Besides this, the palace of Dalai Lama: The Potala Palace, Zokhang Monastery at Bharkor Market, Bharkor market itself and Bharkhor Monastery are other worthy and attractive places to visit at Lhasa. Lhasa City is at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level.
The Potala Palace lies at the middle part of Lhasa city and it is situated in a place at 150 meters height. This palace is also the adjoining place of meditative office building and administrative office building. The Red Palace symbolizes meditation whereas The White Palace signifies transparent administration. In Tibetan language, ‘Lhasa’ means ‘The Land of Gods and Goddesses’. We can see different varieties of magical Buddha idols of Buddhist religion in The Red Palace whereas; 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 adjoining place of two sacred rivers namely, Lhasa and Brahmaputra. According to Buddhists, it is believed that one can obtain ‘Nirvana’ meaning ultimate salvation by having divine view (Darshan) of Potala Palace and Zokhang Monastery at least once in the lifetime.
There are gold plated entombment place of 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Dalai Lama at Potala Palace. All these can be seen besides 13th Dalai Lama’s. Entombment of 6th Dalai Lama is yet unknown and mysterious. Likewise, experts says that the funeral rites 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 among which a few are been exposed for general public such as, Bed Room, Living Room, Study Room, Meeting Room and The Entombment Place of Dalai Lama. The current 14th Dalai Lama is living in India since 1959. After spending two nights at the capital city of Tibet