Barkhor Street, located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, is a very ancient round street around the Jokhang Temple. When you have a good chance to travel to Tibet, it’s a must-see scenery for you. Walking or biking is the great way for you to explore Barkhor Street. Here you step into warp, catching glimpses of what life must have been like centuries or even a millennium ago.
The origin of Barkhor Street
It said that in the seventh century, the first Tibetan King who called Songtsen Gampo was unified Tibet and married to Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal Princess Tritsun. Later, in order to accommodate the 12-year-old statue of Sakyamuni which brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng, Princess Tritsun organized Tibetan to build the Jokhang Temple. As a result, a trodden path appeared, that is the origin of Barkhor Street. Barkhor Street is the road where the pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries.
Pilgrim at Barkhor Street
Colorful scripture streamers are hung flying over the street, you will have a good chance to see pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street, even some of them are teenagers or have experienced thousands of miles’ walk to reach this sacred place. It’s the perfect way to show their piety and make you understand the holiness of religion.
Take photo at Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street is a lively combination of markets and pilgrimage routes. You can try to shoot the details of various Tibetan jewels on the shops and stalls on the street. It’s a good place to shoot different types of local residents, tourists, pilgrims, and monks. Just trust your eyes, you will get more than expected.
Eat delicious Tibetan food at Barkhor Street
There are lots of snack bars and sweet tea houses at Barkhor Street. It’s a good place to tastes delicious Tibetan food, such as sweet tea, yogurt, Momos even Lhasa beer.
Go shopping at Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street, the “Window of Tibet”, is well-known as its shopping. For tourists, Barkhor Street is a magical place to show the original scene of Lhasa. A variety of shops stands on its sides, thousands of floating stalls in every corner. If you want to buy some handmade souvenirs, the exquisite handmade souvenirs such as Buddhist Thangkas, prayer flags, statues, prayer wheels, butter lamps, incense, beads and much more is your good choice. In addition, you can find “Thangka” in some shops, which is a unique art with the themes of Tibet religion, Tibet literature, and Tibet culture. What’s more, you may see a little souvenir which made in India and Nepal. If you are interested in it, you can go there. Believe in your eyes, you will get a lot of surprises.
Clockwise: You should walk in a clockwise direction along the street, doing full-body prostrations or spinning the prayer wheels like Tibetan People. It’s the best way to experience the culture of Tibetan religion.
Bargain: As the same kind of items are sold at a different price in different vendors. If you want to buy some souvenirs, you should need to bargain with them. 50% discount is reasonable! When the shoppers do not sell you the item at your price, pretend to turn away. You may come back with a better price.
Respect pilgrims: If you want to take the photo of pilgrims or Tibetans, you need to ask for their permission.