Next morning the group went to visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery but I had to go to the immigration office so unfortunately, I missed the visit to the monastery. Later we continued our last long drive to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The drive was around 8 hours long. We reached Lhasa at early night time but we got to see the Famous Potala Palace in the night light. The palace was so beautiful and majestic and it definitely was everything I imagined it to be in real. We continued the drive to our hotel. We checked into the hotel and that we went out for dinner. We walked around Jokhang Temple area and it was truly breathtaking to see Lhasa in the night lights. Everything was so beautiful. We had our dinner in a local Tibet restaurant. We stayed much later than normal while drinking beer. After that we walked backed to our hotel and went to sleep.
Next day we went on a tour of Lhasa where we visited Jokhang Temple (The first Buddhist temple in Tibet), Norbulingka (The summer palace of Dalai Lama) and Ramoche Temple (most important temple after Jokhang Temple). There were still so many places left to visit but we couldn’t visit them all due to lack of time. It was nice to Lhasa where there was an amazing blend of urban life with so much rich history and culture that dates back thousands of years. All the people were very nice and welcoming and I really enjoyed the food. Today I also got a change to visit a Nepali restaurant in Lhasa where I tried momo. We had the dinner in the hotel itself tonight. Next morning, we drove to the airport which was around 2 hours’ drive. From the airport we said our farewell to our guide and drive who were with us for the whole trip and had turned into family. From Lhasa we took a flight to Beijing. I also had to go to Beijing as our visa was a group visa and we had to cross the immigration together. In Beijing we crossed the immigration where the group would take their flight to Europe and I would make my way back to Nepal. It was a real please to travel with Rudy and the group and they were really welcoming and friendly to have me with them in the group. I feel immensely lucky to have been able to travel to Tibet especially as it had only opened to foreigners 3 months back. The trip was amazing but I still feel I have so much more to still witness in Tibet and I hope to go there soon and experience more amazing places, meet need people, try need food and create wonderful memories.