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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 5 days ago

As one grows up, the Potala Palace is at the top of your bucket list, just like the Eiffel Tower or the Vatican. Make sure you're up to the climb to the very top. the city is already at 4000 meters altitude altitude, so that...More

Thank michelbE1648CI
Reviewed 6 days ago

Such a beautiful temple. A once in a lifetime experience, climbing straight up 500 very steep and uneven steps, at 12,000ft. elevation. Well worth the shortness of breath every few hounded feet, to make the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You have seen pictures, but they do the palace little justice. Too bad you cant linger on your own and take in the aura of this place. It is very crowded and the tours rush you through the place because you only get 50 minutes...More

Thank PeterS764
Reviewed 1 week ago

In 2010, I went to Tibet, China and visited the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The place is named after Mount Potalaka. This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world. The palace is 13-stories,reaching 12,300 feet. I recommend you...More

Thank 669lienh
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best known sights of the world - visiting it is like a dream come true. Strenuous due the hight altitude but worth every effort. Spend as much time as you can - it is worth every minute!

Thank UrsulaHans
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the Potala Palace is not just from outside a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture it is very interesting and unique what you can explore inside. Even there are for sure a lot of people on the way through this labyrinth it is something really different...More

Thank rapha_y_nici
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was great. I enjoyed every minute of it. The climb wasnt too bad, if you're in shape. The exterior views are fantastic, the building is enormous, and the views of Lhasa on the way up are terrific. The interiors are historic, amazing, and...More

Thank rob788
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our tour pf Potala Palace. It is an amazing place with so much history and religion. That being said, be mindful of the many steps it takes to get to the Dalai Lama residence on the 13th floor of the Palace.

Thank travelmaven_7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and i prepared for this part of trip by taking the altitude pills. I think they helped as we were short of breath but never sick while in Tibet. See your doctor for these pills! The stairs going up are not tough if...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit here. Tough climbing up to the top to start the tour due to the altitude. We did it on our second full day in Lhasa and I’m glad we didn’t try on day 1!

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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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Response from globetrekkerphx | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have advanced tickets. Our guide purchased them when we arrived at the Palace. We went around 9 am and there was already a big queue (April), but it moved quickly. Luckily in April the palace isn't too busy yet... More
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