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Sacred Sites in Tibet

Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Tibet profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name. Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Tibet.

  • Lake Manasarovar
  • Drepung Monastery
    Lhasa, Tibet
    Founded in 1416, this monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet's largest and most influential, with over 10,000 monks. It remains active today.
  • Jokhang Temple
    Lhasa, Tibet
    This historic temple in Lhasa is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism. It houses a venerated Buddha statue and has been a major pilgrimage destination for centuries.
  • Potala Palace
    Lhasa, Tibet
    This castle-monastery was long the primary residence of the Dalai Lama, who now lives in exile in India. Today it is a state museum and World Heritage Site.
  • Mount Kailash
  • Samye Monastery
    Founded in the 8th century, Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It is designed like a mandala, with the central temple symbolizing Mount Meru, center of the universe.
  • Tirthapuri Hot Springs
    Located north of Mount Kailash, Tirthapuri is an important pilgrimage site. After bathing in the hot springs, pilgrims visit a monastery that enshrines the footprints of Guru Rinpoche.