Trip to the Potala Palace by Mark Sukhija

14th July 2009

View of the Potala Palace from the stairs leading upView of the Potala Palace from the stairs leading up
Carving detail at the entrance to the Potala PalaceCarving detail at the entrance to the Potala Palace
Panoramic view of the Potala Palace seen from the Square oppositePanoramic view of the Potala Palace seen from the Square opposite

While in Lhasa, we visited the Potala Palace - one time seat of the Tibetan Government. It's long been a goal of mine to visit such an iconic building which I had seen many, many times in photographs and on the television.

We arrived at 08:30 in the morning for our 09:00 am entry. Climbing the 500 stairs to the entrance, where we would collect our tickets, was noticably more of a struggle than the equivalent at 3,000 meters above my usual altitude in Zürich.

Our tour took us through the Red and White Palaces as well as the private quarters of the Dalai Lama.

Visitor numbers are limited to 2,300 per day and 1 hour per visit.

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Further reading

Lhasa - a visit to the Jokhang Temple - Travelogue entry from our morning in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa - three days in the Tibetan Capital - Travelogue from our time in the Tibetan capital Lhasa from an 18 day trip to Tibet and China

Chengdu - three day stay in Chengdu - Travelogue from Chengdu, including the Wenshu Temple during our 18 day trip to China

Chengdu - trip to the Wenshu Temple - Travelogue from our afternoon in the Wenshu Temple in Chengdu

Solar Eclipse (2009) in China - the schedule - Travel plans for the 2009 Total Solar Eclipse. Includes China travel information

The train leaving Lhasa -

Impressions of China - a travelogue - Impressions of China by adventure couple Dave and Deb from

China and Tibet - travel goals and achievements - Goals and acheivements for our travels to China and Tibet

Chengdu - video clip of the Wenshu Temple - Video showing the inside of the Buddhist Wenshu Temple in central Chengdu, China

Hangzhou - 2009 eclipse totality - Video clip showing totality of the 2009 eclipse as seen from Hangzhou

Key facts

Name: Potala Palace
Potala Palace, Lhasa

About Mark Sukhija

Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook