Excellent view, few tourists, relaxed visit. Much better than other monasteries. Worth the trip. You'll enjoy the landscape as much as the place.
Though the monastery is very interesting and definitely worth the trip, the real selling point to this location is the view. After you're done looking around, head to the far end of the monastery, you should see some trails leading over the top of the hill. These trails take you to the other side of the mountain and to a... More
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... More
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... More
I made a trekking til Samye temple with a local yak man and his pony. It was just amazing experience.
If you are going to Lhasa, I highly recommend you visiting Ganden Monastery. Tibet Travel Co-op took a group there in April 2012 right after Tibet was re-opened and everyone had a great time. Ganden monastery: Located roughly 45km east of Lhasa, Ganden is a Geluk monastery founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa on the Gokpori ridge of Mount Wangkur. Additions... More
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... More
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... More
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