Open yourself to good karma with a visit to Tibet's Potala Palace, the historic source of Tibetan Buddhism. This was also the home of the Dalai Lama until he was forced to flee to India in 1959 following a failed Tibetan uprising. But even though the chief religious leader of the Tibetan Buddhists no longer resides at the Palace, it still retains a sacred place in the hearts and minds of all Tibetans and also represents one of the "Three Protectors of Tibet". The palace sits perched majestically on the side of Mapo Ri - Red Mountain – at an altitude of 3,700 meters (~ 12,100 ft) in the Center of the Lhasa Valley. To avoid overcrowding, visitors to the palace are carefully restricted and quotas vary depending on the season. Perhaps the best way to get there is by the Qingzang Railway that has trains specially built for the high elevation of the region. With over 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, Potala Palace is virtually unrivaled in the world as a place of worship and exudes a sense of welcome to all PlanetHoppers! without prejudice. Just make sure that you get there early in the day to meet the quota. Oh, yes, don't forget to pack an extra bottle of oxygen!
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- Location: Lhasa, Tibet