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Address: Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Description: Located only 45 kilometers to the east of Lhasa, this is the first...
Located only 45 kilometers to the east of Lhasa, this is the first Gelugpa monastery in Tibet, which was founded in 1409 by the great master Tsongkhapa.
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Worth the Bumpy ride

We visited from Lhasa and managed to do both the outward and return journeys in under two hours. However, the road is bumpy in places and likely to be sometime before the new road... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited from Lhasa and managed to do both the outward and return journeys in under two hours. However, the road is bumpy in places and likely to be sometime before the new road is completed our guide estimating Summer 2016 so be prepared. There is also a switchback climb to reach the monastery, but nothing too frightening with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The view unfolds in front of you as you ascend the mountain, one switch back after another to reach the monastery which is at about 12,500 feet. Still under construction, the path walking to the monastery was muddy and full of ruts. Once past that, our cameras never stopped clicking. One fabulous view after the other. We sat in on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Loved the walk at Ganden monastery, although the 4500m altitude made it tougher than it looks! Absolutely great views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Ganden Monastery sets high on the Wangbur Mountain, at about 12,500 feet. As you drive higher and higher on the small road with sharp switchback turns, depending upon the day, you will enter the clouds surrounding the mountain. If you have altitude issues, you may get very dizzy, or nauseated. Once we arrived, we took the Pilgrims hike around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

If you only have time to visit 1 Monastery in Lhasa, this is definitely a good choice! The monastery is built on a mountain, about 4300m above sea level, and the view of the valley is gorgeous. There are many donkeys roaming around the monastery ground, a hit for my "Shrek-loving" little boy. On the way up the winding roads,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

one of the highlights of my trip seeing the monks debating so interesting to watch....loved this trip

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This was my favorite monastery out of all the monasteries we visited in Tibet because of the fantastic views we managed to see while doing the kora around it. GETTING THERE Ganden Monastery lies on the outskirts of Lhasa, some 36km away from the city centre, and it also involves a fun drive up a very, VERY windy road. Be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We were fortunate enough to have good weather for our visit and this is important given that the views are a special part of the trip. The drive there was of some interest as we drove out of Lhasa, seeing all the continuing construction. Generally, the countryside was attractive, that is apart from the bone jarring sections where we had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This monastery is set high up in the hills. It offers majestic views of the surrounding mountains and snow capped peaks. They even allow you to photograph the interior for a small fee. There is also an ancient hand operated printing press still in service printing scriptures daily.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The drive up to Ganden Monastery is amazing. Have you ever seen clouds at eye level? Here you can do that. Make time to do the kora (walk around) around the Monastery. The views are fantastic, and it's peaceful without a ton of people. This was a highlight of my trip.

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