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“Good day trip from Lhasa”
Review of Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery
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Owner description: 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 order, Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa. Back in 1958, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, took his last degree examination here. However, Ganden was destroyed after 1959, right now it has been partially rebuilt. Right now, there are several major constructions in the monastery, namely, the Lagyi Hall, Chitokang, Yangbagyain Hall, Xaze, Jamze Zhacang Buddhist Colleges and kamcuns and Myicuns. The Lagyi Hall is a 3-storey building. And it takes up 2,000 square meters and can contain 3,000 people at the same time.
Maarsbergen, The Netherlands
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“Good day trip from Lhasa”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

The Ganden is somewhat of a must-do on most group itineraries. It is close enough to Lhasa to visit on a day trip and far enough tpo feel quite remote. Ganden has seen some major changes over the last couple of years, amongst which the building of a massive Chinese police station right next to the main temple. They don't even need to say 'owned' with a behemoth building like that! The monastery is still a good place to explore and walking the high Kora is the stuff of legends.

Visited September 2011
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“Great place to visit in Lhasa”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

Really enjoyed this visit. We saw most of the major sites over 5 days in Lhasa, and this was my favorite. First of all, it's very quiet with few tourists (i counted < 10 over 2 hours). We did an hour hike around the hill/mountain which was not very strenuous, but gave great views of the valley. They had just done a sky burial 3 hours prior, and there were 10's of eagles still in the air. Amazing. We were there around noon, and watched the 200 monks chant and read which was fantastic. The drive to/from Lhasa was 90 min or so, and scenic. Highly reccomended.

Visited May 2012
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Auroville, India
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“Place to walk”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

I made a trekking til Samye temple with a local yak man and his pony. It was just amazing experience.

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“Amazing scenery”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Not only the monestry itself but a pilgrimage road around it were amazing. It takes about 40min. walk and you can enjoy a breath-taking view of valleys. Around noon, a bell rang to tell the time of chants and we could hear monks chanting. It was quite a nice experience.
The first place to go for a day trip from Lhasa!

Visited November 2011
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“A wonderful day trip from Lhasa”
Reviewed December 6, 2011

Ganden is about an hour and a half from Lhasa, mostly along a very pretty river valley. the last part is a long climb up a very steep and twisting road. It is very slow going up but the views are great. Near the top you can see the monastery spread out over the top of the mountain. It is enormous and well-worth visiting. You really need a guide, however. You can also walk around the kora behind the monastery- it takes about 1 1/2 hours and the views are spectacular. there is a basic shop in the monastery area and a tiny food stall near the car park- they have delicious chips

Visited October 2011
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