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Lhokha, Tibet

Information about Lhokha
Lhokha, situated to the south of Mt. Kailash, is the oldest city in Tibet. Once called Yarlong, the city is perched at an altitude of 3600 m. above sea level and covers an area of 80000 square km. It is home to few of the earliest monasteries of Tibet and is considered to be the source of Tibetan culture, civilization and the birthplace of Tibetan people. Lhokha is dotted with numerous lakes and rivers meandering down through the valley that add music to the tranquility and silence of the scenic atmosphere in Lhokha city.

Climate of Lhokha

Like in all parts of Tibet, the temperature differences in Lhokha between day and night is quite prominent. It is better to keep your woolen clothes in hand so that you can enjoy its freezing charms. The best time for traveling in the Lhokha city is during the period from June to August as the temperature here hovers around 15 degree Celsius with highest going till 20 degree Celsius and lowest around 10 degree Celsius.

Shopping in Lhokha

Jiacha stone articles and Yamdrok air-dried meat are the most shopped items in Lhokha. Its proximity to Lhasa also turns out to be an advantage when it comes to shopping as one can always head to Barkhor street.


Festivals of Lhokha
Festivals of Lhokha have always been a hit among the locals and people from all over Tibet. Now even foreigners are getting attracted towards these colorful and vibrant celebrations. The main festivals are Yarlung Cultural festival and Lhokha Barter fair.

Adventure in Lhokha
For adventure zeal, the city does not have specified adventure routes but you can always take a walk around the Zhari Mountain and Lake Lhamo Nhatso which is a good alternative to trekking.

Tourist Attractions in Lhokha

The main tourist attractions in Lhokha are Trandruk Monastery, Samye Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace and Lhamo Nhatso Lake.

Trandruk Monastery

Lhokha Festival, Tibet

Situated on the southern side of Mt. Gangpo Ri, Trandruk Monastery is located 2 km south of Tradrug on the eastern bank of Yarlung River and is one of the earliest Buddhist monastery. This monastery is said to be built by King Songtsen Gampo in the same era of famous Jokhang temple. Its quite amazing that the monastery has a same look as that of a Jokhang Temple. The monastery was a lot smaller when it was built but 5th Dalai Lama took up extensive reconstruction work and also built the splendorous golden roof. The most captivating site here is of Pearl Thangka, embellished with numerous pearls, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, corals and a lot of gold, definitely a treat for your eyes. And it is a lot more ravishing than what it sounds. The monastery is open from 9 AM in the morning to 4 PM in the evening.

Samye Monastery
Samye Monastery is the oldest monastery in Tibet located on the foot of Mt. Hepo Ri. It is most famous for the various and unique artifacts that are kept here. The temple was built by the king Trisong Detsen. He allowed seven descendants of Blue Blood to live in the monastery and cultivate. They became the first monks ever in the land of Tibet who were later called as 'Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye'. It is quite fascinating to look at the construction of the temple that replicates the universe mentioned in the sutras. The positioning of the great halls is similar to that
of sun, moon and earth. The visiting timings of the monastery is from 9 AM till 4 PM. Keep in hand at least half a day to completely explore this sublime marvel.


Yumbulagang Palace
This is the oldest Palace in Tibet, which has a history dating more than 2000 years back. It is said that the palace was built for the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsanpo. It was later used as a summer palace by the famous king Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng. Nestling on the tip of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain, this splendid creation will be visible to you from a long distance too. Inside the palace, there are rooms for monks to live and a bedroom for Dalai Lama. The highest point of the palace is a 

Yumbulagang Palace Lhokha

watchtower from where you will get the most dramatic views of the vast stretches of lands around. You can also visit a perennial spring Geer Spring, which according to the legend cures all your diseases once you take a sip of the water or a dip in the water.

Lhamo Nhatso Lake
The word Lhaso Nhatso means heavenly 'Mother Lake'. The Lhamo Nhatso lake is situated in the mountains of Gyacha, on the top at an altitude of 5100 m above sea level. The lake freezes almost twice every year but when it is in flowing state, it is as clear and pristine as a mirror. Surrounded by mountains from all sides, the lake provides a magical view of the area, often forms an excellent trekking route for the adventure enthusiasts. The legend has it that one can see his future in the reflections of the lake.

How to Reach Lhokha
By Air

The nearest airport to Lhokha city is in Lhasa, which is around 200 km away from here. There is fair amount of transportation available in the form of mini buses that ferry people in and out of the city.

By Road

A newly built network of roads connect Lhokha city to all major cities and villages of Tibet. All these routes remain busy with traffic of buses.


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