Asked by Pinchas from Israel | Jul. 21, 2014 09:44
About:Potala Palace

Ways of getting to the top of the Potala Palace

Hi ,
I read that there are 1080 steps from the bottom to the top.
At this altitude and with my age (66 years) and health problems
there is no chance for me to go to the top using the steps.
Is there another way or possiblity to go up to the top?
Thanks and regards,
Pinchas , Israel

Answers (6)
Answered by Jane from San Marino | Jul. 21, 2014 22:29
There is no cable car to the palace, so visitors must reach the top by climbing the steps. Considering your condition, I’m afraid you have to give up on it.
Answered by Pinchas Machles from Israel | Aug. 07, 2014 03:15
Hi Jane ,
Thanks a lot for information.
Using Google-earth , I notice a road leading almost to the top
from the other side . I wonder if there is an entry for visitors
from that side....
Kindest regards and shalom from Israel
Answered by Rosina from China | Aug. 07, 2014 04:00
I'm afraid not. According to the regulation, tourists have to go up to the palace by hiking the steps.
Answered by John from Canada | Dec. 27, 2014 11:59
As you look at the palace from the front, on the left hand side, there is a road way to the side door, only a few dozen steps from where the car park to the side door. We got up that way. But you still have to pace yourselve; otherwise, you would be gasping for air and seeing stars, like I did.
Answered by Gabby from Australia | Mar. 29, 2015 02:20
They should build a cable car.
Answered by Gabby from Australia | Mar. 29, 2015 02:21
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