Lhasa (ལྷ་ས་) is the cultural and religious center of Tibet (བོད་). All Tibetans hope to one day make it to Lhasa on a pilgrimage in order to visit all of the famous monasteries and temples that are in the area. Over the past 20 years, Lhasa also has become a popular destination for travelers from around the world. With the completion of the train link to Lhasa, getting there is easier than ever. Trains depart daily to Lhasa from the cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Xining (ཟི་ལིང་), Lanzhou, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. The train is a great way to see some of the amazing scenery of the Tibetan Plateau. In addition to the train, there are daily flights from most major Chinese cities to Lhasa.
Lhasa is the starting point of the Friendship Highway which links Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal. This is one of the most popular travel routes to take it Tibet and has some of the best scenery that Tibet has to offer including lakes, rivers and the Himalaya Mountains. From Lhasa, the high elevation lake of Nam Tso can easily be visited in a day trip.