Lhasa, Tibet (PRWEB) February 22, 2015
According to travelers who went on a tour of Tibet in 2014 Barkhor Bazaar is one of Tibet’s must-see cultural attractions. Located in the heart of Lhasa, this maze of narrow streets and alleyways is packed with shops and vendor stalls that cater to locals and tourists alike. Not only is it a great place to haggle for souvenirs but it also gives visitors the opportunity to see everyday Tibetan life. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) reconnected with former client Devin Moore of Denver, Colorado USA, to help give travelers a preview of what’s in store.
According to Devin, “Barkhor Bazaar is an amazing place. Incense wafts from giant chimneys while the streets and alleyways are packed with a mix of locals going about their business and pilgrims spinning prayer wheels, chanting mantras, or prostrating around Jokhang Temple.”
Jokhang Temple is one of Tibet’s most important cultural assets and is located in the heart of the bazaar. Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims flock here to pay homage to a sculpture of the Buddha, Siddartha Gautama. Created in his twelve years old likeness, this statue is the only known imagine of him remaining in existence today. Tours of Tibet by TCTS often include a guided tour of the temple.
In addition to endless opportunities for seeing every day Tibetan life and learning about the local culture it is of course a great place to shop! Among the shops catering to locals travelers will find vendors selling everything from prayer flags to handmade jewelry. The prices are often unmarked so don’t be afraid to ask and respond with a counteroffer. After a long day of shopping visitors can find lots of places to try local food.
Travel groups looking to dive into Tibetan culture don’t have to look much further than Barkhor Bazaar. The life that pulses through the crowded streets is what makes the Barkhor area unique and its old world charm strong. Whether visiting Lhasa for just a few days or kicking off an adventure that covers the whole of Tibet, travel groups will fall in love with the bazaar. With the 2015 Tibet travel season right around the corner travelers are encouraged to start planning their tour now!