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Ganden Monastery

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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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The location is slightly on the cliff/mountain so the views are incredibly beautiful on a clear sunny day. do visit if you have time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The location is slightly on the cliff/mountain so the views are incredibly beautiful on a clear sunny day. do visit if you have time!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

beautifully located on a hill, well kept, overlooking interesting view on the valley below. as in other places in Tibet, it is best to avoid visiting the toilet

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This monastery is a two hour trek from Lhasa on the side of a mountain. It has beautiful views of the valley, is run by nuns and is a nice spot to spend part of a day. Lunch and tea are served at the Monastery.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I think the views from the top of the mountain that overlook the monastery are worth the trip alone. Such a shame that most of this monastery got destroyed during the "peaceful" liberation of Tibet but a lot of work has gone into it's restoration. For any practicing Mahayana Buddhists visiting please note that unfortunately the controversial outlawed practice of... More 

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This was far and away our favorite landmark we visited in or around Lhasa. The road up is exciting (lots of switchbacks), especially given the current construction and the number of big trucks on a tight road. The Monastery is lovely -- like a small village nestled high in the mountain top about an hour and a half drive outside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Don't miss the one for all the tea in China. Its magical and not a lot of tourists either. Just fabulous location and the monks are very easy to talk to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Make sure you have a good guide, but this place is quite special, especially if you are interested in Tibetan Monasteries and Tibetan buddhism. You need to be good in a bus, as the the many serpentines going up (and then on the way back down) are pretty hair raising.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

First, I had to come back to the reviews just to figure out why I wanted to go here. The Pluses: It is high up on a mountain - another 1100 meters above Lhasa. The views are breath taking. This is the only Monastery near Lhasa that allows pictures inside. They charge 20rmb. So if you really want pictures of... More 

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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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