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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the walk up and listening to the rich history of such a beautiful place. Thank you Rooney! He is an amazing tour guide with alot of knowledge and wisdom. Greatly appreciated the time with him.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bhana108
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unique and cultural palace that is very historic and is rich in Buddhism arts and architect. This palace is the palace where Dalai Lama lived. It has a lot of mesmerizing and knowledgeable things that is worth visiting.....

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AdventurT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place even though only half open. Do not even attempt without a local Tibetan guide. The “in season” system for entry is a little complex as you need several tickets and need to have timed tickets for the palace itself (plus you must finish...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank chaletaria
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once the administrative seat of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace is a 1000-room 14-storey structure on the highest point in the Tibetan capital.I would first recommend you wait till you've fully adjusted to the altitude before visiting this monument. It can be especially demanding for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BuenViaje2121
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glad we had a few days to adjust to the elevation before climbing to the top of Potala Palace. It is breathtaking and a must do in Lhasa. You can even see a picture of the palace on the fifty yuan bill. Absolutely magnificent to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank DQShaw
Reviewed 4 January 2019

At 13,000 feet the air is thin, so beware you may feel faint. Your hotel should be able to provide you with some oxygen when you return. Go slow...no need to rush, but remember, you'll be going up an addition 1000 feet as you explore...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Dagnytags
Reviewed 22 December 2018 via mobile

Absolutely magnificent to visit, the Potala Palace makes you fully appreciate the depth and reach of Tibetan culture and heritage. Sadly it's simply a museum at the moment with a few monks allowed to stay there. The only good aspect of this is that visitors...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KastaliaTravel
Reviewed 15 December 2018

Obviously a 'must see'. Not because it's the focal point of Lhasa, but because it is so much more in the flesh than anything I had expected from photographs, video, documentaries, etc. While the history is challenging, the spirit of the place, its beauty, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 627pw2015
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

A true wonder of the world. Lots of walking up involved to visit the upper palace. Don’t recommend a visit your first day at altitude. Well worth the hike. Very tight security and must purchase tickets with your passport. Once you reach the upper section...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SenatorJerome
Reviewed 6 December 2018

Potala Palace is worth the effort it took to get there. I was violently ill with altitude sickness, but I wouldn't have missed this marvel for anything.

Date of experience: October 2018
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revilorc
2 December 2018|
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Response from travelmaven_7 | Reviewed this property |
Our guide told us it was equivalent to climbing a 13 story building or 2,000 steps. Once you get to the ticket office, which is at the 8th story, you have to climb 5 more sets of stair to get to the residences. No, there... More
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Lucie Z
13 April 2018|
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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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