Jokhang Temple: Once you go ahead 2km to the East of Potala Palace you will come across this serene and peace Buddhist temple in Tibet, Jokhang is one the most famous Buddhist temples here. King Songtsan Gompo built this temple in 647 AD. He was married to Bhrikuti who Tibetans iconize as ‘Green Star’. Bhrikuti was a princess of the Lichhavi dynasty from Nepal and is believed to be the daughter of king Amsuverma. This temple was built to demonstrate images of Buddha Bhrikuti Devi took to Tibet from Nepal.
Norbulingka Palace: The 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Palace in 1755 AD. This is another UNESCO world heritage site in Tibet. This Palace was summer residence of the 7th and consecutive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s and ahead until in 1959 the 14th Dalai Lama had to exile to India.
Drepung Monastery: 5km from Lhasa’s western suburb, Drepung monastery is the largest of monasteries in Tibet. Founded by Jamyang Chose Tashi Palden in 1416, Drepung houses up to ten thousand monks. It is one among the three Gelupka Monasteries in Tibet that function as a university.
Sara Monastery: Another in the pact of three Gelupka monasteries, it serves as a university as well and houses up to 5000 monks. It was founded in 1419 and is located in proximity from central Lhasa, only 5 km away.
Shigatse (3,900m): This is the biggest Tibetan city after Lhasa. It is located 280km to the South-west of Lhasa, if you take the newly formed highway. Shigatse is Tsang province’s traditional capital. It has been since a long time Lhasa and Shigatse have been administratively and commercially linked. The magnificent and unparalleled Tashilhunpo monastery is in Shigatse. This was the monastery founded by 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. This monastery serves as Panchen Lamas’ traditional seat. However, in 1719 when the Gorkha Kingdom of Nepal invaded Tibet, won Shigatse and attacked the monastery, it was sacked. But peace was made later on as the Chinese Army and Tibetan Army joined forces to defeat the Gurkhas. Traditional markets also qualify as one of the attractions of this city.
Gyantse: Historically considered as the 3rd largest Tibetan cities, however, now there are more than 10 Tibetan cities that are larger, Gyantse is a traditional and historical city with much to offer.