Jokhang Temple roof in Lhasa, Tibet


The most sacred destination for Tibetan Buddhists, join the wide-eyed pilgrims reverently shuffling through the dark chapels offering prayers and tears amidst the sounds of monks chanting and the smell of yak butter lamps.


Every day for 1,300 years, hundreds of pilgrims have trod the three sacred circuits around the Jokhang, spinning prayer wheels and chanting sacred mantras. Some cover the entire distance by prostrating every few feet and the massive flagstones at the entrance of the temple have been worn concave from centuries of prostrations.