The tours to Buddhist pilgrimage sites are wonderful, which can purify the mind of tourists in the process. If you also want to get away from the busy city life, you can choose some Buddhist sites to visit in your Tibet Nepal tour.
Here we will list several must-visit Buddhist sites for your Tibet and Nepal tour.
Among the attractions on the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu, you may have a trip to some famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
The religious and cultural sites will do you much help to make your mind quiet and secure, which can play a significant role in assisting you to get rid of the bad mood.
You can take part in the Kora with other pilgrims in temples or monasteries to know much deeper about the Buddhist culture. Follow our recommendation below for a spiritual journey from Tibet to Nepal.
The Top Buddhist Sites You Must Visit For Tibet and Nepal tour Contents
- Must-visit Buddhist sites in Lhasa and its surroundings
- Must-visit Buddhist sites from Lhasa to EBC via Gyantse
- Must-visit Buddhist sites in Kathmandu Valley
Must-visit Buddhist sites in Lhasa and its surroundings
In general, the first destination of your Tibet- Nepal itinerary is in Lhasa of Tibet, which has a long history and many attractions for you to visit. It is also a good choice for you to stay in Lhasa for two or three days to adapt to high altitude.
Now let’s begin to have a look at some must-see Buddhist sites in Lhasa and its surroundings.
Drak Yerpa Monastery lies in a cliff, which is 16km away from Lhasa.
This holy place has quite long history, which has attracted numerous pilgrims and travellers to visit here to enjoy the natural scenery around it and its various architectures. The holy cave retreats in it also add its mystery and make it more fascinating.
Jokhang Temple is located in Lhasa as well, whose buildings are beautiful due to its mixed architectural styles.
It has one statue of Sakyamuni, which makes it more meaningful for Tibetan Buddhists. Its uniqueness also comes from spiritually minded Tibetans. This temple enables Lhasa full of spirituality.
Drepung Monastery was established in 1416, which once held 7,700 monks long time ago during its heyday.
It was once famous for its high criterions of the academic study.
The cultural relics in this monastery are numerous, which makes it more superb and wonderful, such as the statues of Manjushri Bodhisattva, statues of Tsong Khapa, amazing murals on walls, and so on.
Sera Monastery is with beautiful settings and you can have a chance to view the debates of monks inside the courtyard behind its main temple.
It is one of the gorgeous Gelukpa university monastery in Tibet.
Ganden Monastery lies beside the Lhasa River bank, which is quite historical and large among Tibet Buddhist monasteries.
This monastery holds the Buddha Painting Unfolding Festival every year, which has drawn numerous travellers and disciples to come here to have a good time.
It is known as the ancestral monastery of Gelugpa.
Potala Palace lies in the Red Hill of Lhasa, which is regarded as the landmark of Lhasa city.
This religious attraction is very awe-inspiring, and its grand buildings with devotional atmosphere are quite precious in Tibet.
The characteristic constructions of this palace have attracted many tourists and it also holds lots of cultural relics, including murals, tangkas, and etc.
Must-visit Buddhist sites from Lhasa to EBC via Gyantse
After a full visit in Lhasa, you can head to Everest Base Camp (EBC) via Gyantse. You can also enjoy the astonishing scenery and various Buddhist sites on the way. Several of them are listed below for you to check out. If you are interested in trekking the Three passes to EBC, you can check out this guide.
Sakya Monastery is located in the west of Shigatse, which is famous for its medieval Mongolian architecture and a large collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas.
You can also view diverse Buddhist scriptures in this monastery, which has become precious materials for exploring the Tibetan history.
Tashilhunpo Monastery is a famed religious place, which is the seat of the Panchen Lama.
Its gorgeous buildings are covered with golden roofs. The walls of it are white and you can also see extraordinary Tangka wall, which shows the images of Buddha in the history.
The specific wall paintings of this monastery are quite precious and invaluable.
Rongbuk Monastery is in the north side of Mt. Everest, which has become an ideal place to have a good view of Mt. Everest.
Many mountaineers also choose this location as their base camp.
If travellers want to get to the highest peak of Mt. Qomolangma, they have to pass through this monastery from the north slope.
The views around it are dramatic and have attracted a large number of tourists come here to enjoy the peak panorama of several mountains. It has long been the location for special Buddhist pilgrimages, and its religious atmosphere is quite strong.
Samye Monastery is well-known for the sacred mandala design, which lies in Dranang.
Its layout is unique and its buildings are great, which represents the continents and other characters of the Buddhist world.
Pelkor Chode Monastery
Pelkor Chode Monastery is located at the foot of Dzong Hill, which is composed by 4 main parts.
In it, there are many cultural relics that have been preserved well till now.
It keeps 1,049 sets of aged Tibetan sutra that are quite useful for learning the religion of Tibetan and the culture in Tibet.
The Tibetan-Nepali style Kumbum stupa is the highlights of the tour.
Must-visit Buddhist sites from EBC to Gyirong border
After you have a good sight at EBC, you need to head to the Gyirong border to get to Nepal. There are also some must-visit Buddhist sites on the road for you to appreciate.