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Ganden Monastery

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Ganden Monastery, also known as Ganden Namgyeling, is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries (the other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery) of Tibet, China. It was constructed in 1409 near Lhasa by the founder of the Gelug...more
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Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Once in Lhasa everybody visit Jokhang / Potala etc. however Ganden (some 50km out of Lhasa) is definetly worth a visit: that is a kind of Moncs village, less Tourists and so interesting pavillons to visit... after the inside Monastery visit also make the village...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

A good hour outside Lhasa - a very nice (rebuilt) monastery in a great location. Before visiting the temple we took the 2 hour walk around the mountain. Great views into the valley below. Make sure to have lots to drink, the altitude is very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank UrsulaHans
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Nice and big monastery about an hour away from Lhasa city. It belongs to the tibetan buddhist gelkpa school.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WL911
Reviewed September 18, 2018

the Ganden monastery located 60km far of the lhasa city and a 1hrs drive to reach this Tibetan buddhist famous monastery ,it is bring a wonderful trekking opportunity for traveler .also the Ganden monastery is a start point for Ganden -samye trekking route.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tibetanstravel
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The Ganden monastery is one of the Tibetan Buddhuist Gelukpa school's first monastery In Tibet.it is a bigget and sacred monastery for Tibetan buddhism.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mytourin
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Very winding drive up, but enjoyable. Beautiful monastery. We had a Qora (walk) round the outside of the monastery, which is quite interesting. May be a little tiring. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sowmai
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

1.5 hr drive from Lhasa- tomb of tsongakpa and the golden throne r there. Built 1409. Because of the yogurt festival, it was a special day and they undraped the 14 century old thangkaa. They were 14 of them. Beautiful assembly hall. Absolutely spectacular view...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Because the day visited was the last day of Sagadawa. Nearly no visitors since most people n the monks all went to Johkang or Bakor Street to take the advantage of last praying day for Sagadawa month. Therefor the visit at Gandan was easy n...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tsai95862016
Reviewed June 24, 2018

This monastery is situated outside Lhasa and it takes about 1,5h journey to go there. Even though it was badly damaged during he culture revolution years it has been in part reconstructed to its former shape, if not glory. It exudes tranquility and wellness. Do...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank dsdanti
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

I came to Tibet with a private customized tour, perfectly organized and prepared by China Highlights. China Highlights also obtained my Tibet Travel Permit before arriving at Lhasa. I was very fortunate to have Daniel during my 7-day trip to Tibet as my personal guide....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Andrei L
December 20, 2016|
Response from richard k | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so - but i am not sure. Also there would be an inevitable language barrier.
June 29, 2016|
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Response from lous652 | Reviewed this property |
Hard to answer, since I was only at Ganden Monastery. Drak Yerpa sounds interesting, but not much that I can say about the comparison. Let your sense of adventure be your guide.
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Trup Shi Village near Ganden monastery (2 Replies)
Has anyone taken the 3 to 4 hr. "trek" to Trup Shi village to visit with a local Tibetan family for some local drinks and snacks? This seems to be a common part of several itineraries offered for Tibet. Is it a strenuous hike, or an easy stroll? What can we expect from the "visit with a local Tibetan family?"
May 30, 2011|
Response fromMelody W|
I don't know the "Trup Shi Village" you mentioned here, but "visit with a local Tibetan family" is kind of cookie cutter activities in Tibet itinerary travel agencies usually add in the daily schedule. For trek, surely some pilgrimage route along holy lake such as Namtso Lake is better experienced. Of course, "visit with a local Tibetan family" may a pretty good experience to see the local life, and foreign guests must be accompanied by guide and can't visit alone.
When should I stop taking Diamox? (2 Replies)
Hi, I'm off to Tibet in a weeks time and have gotten Diamox prescribed by my doctor. The more I read about dosages and usage, the more confused I get though. Can someone help me to sort this out? I know I'm supposed to start at least 24 hours before ascending to higher elevations (will be travelling in by train) and the dose I'm prescribed is 125 mg twice a day. The question is: for how long should I continue? My doctor told me to continue for 2-3 days, but from other posts in this forum...More
June 20, 2010|
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This is the wrong place to ask for medical advice. Talk to your doctor.
Chole W
Hong Kong, China
Sharing my trip last year. (0 Replies)
Hoo…..really cold these days, reminding me of the snow and coldness in Tibet. I visited there during April last year, though only a 10-day trip, I believe I did fully experience the beauty there. For the first three days, we stayed in Lhasa in case of the altitude sickness and visited attractions such as the Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Sera monastery. I was truly pleased to see that these old temples still remained as they were, because similar things in many other cities of Mainland...More
January 25, 2016|