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Ganden Monastery

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Address: Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Located only 45 kilometers to the east of Lhasa, this is the first Gelugpa...

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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A brilliant beginning to our Tibet tour

The access road itself is a tourist attraction, well-engineered (but, like most Tibetan roads, inadequately-surfaced). Ganden Monastery is an imposing and very busy working... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The access road itself is a tourist attraction, well-engineered (but, like most Tibetan roads, inadequately-surfaced). Ganden Monastery is an imposing and very busy working monastery with far fewer surging hordes of tourists than Potala, therefore there is more time and space to see and absorb the sights and events. The monastery restaurant is an excellent idea, with good food and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Outside potala this was my favorite monastery specifically for the windy road and views you get of the monastery and the views from the monastery are truly spectacular and worth the drive!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I particularly enjoyed this visit. It somehow seemed more authentic, with less tourists and more Tibetan pilgrims. I does have some steep ramps etc. but it is still worth the effort but you do feel the 4,300 metres altitude. I am told it has been substantially re-constructed since it was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution but you couldn't really tell.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Wonderful monastery off the tourist beaten track - we felt so lucky to have the opportunity to visit this 15th century complex built by the founder of the Gelukpa sect, Tsongkapa. Beginning from the winding path up to 4100 meters, located approximately 60 kms east of Lhasa, to the amazing vistas behind the monastery - it was the Tibet of... More 

Thank Travel715
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I wish more people came here - and then again, maybe I don't. There were very few travelers when we were there, allowing us to explore and soak in the atmosphere without being pushed around by other tourists. A very large monastery, with the opportunity to hike around it on a 45-60 minute kora. The road to the Ganden monastery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Entirely reconstructed?, yes; still wonderful?, yes; worth visiting on a half day trip from Lhasa?, yes again. Another huge walled monastery with buildings newer and brighter compared to other religious complexes in Tibet. Don't miss the opportunity to trek the hill above the monastery for views of the other side (the river valley) before looping it back to the monastery.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

10 000 monks some 30 years ago, only 800 today but we are no far away the Truth and the soul of Tibet. The trip from Lhasa ( 55km ) is interresting and if you can stop in a village do it. The people occupy the animals and all the walls are " decorated " with the yaks dung.. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We visited this monastery on our last full day in Lhasa. It's about an hour's drive from the city, first on the new expressway and then on a beautiful new road up the hill. The view from the road is itself breathtaking and we saw many yak along the higher points of the road. As usual, everything is uphill (both... More 

Thank Lou S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

I came here for the Butter Lamp festival on December 5, 2015. It was a very holy day and many pilgrim come here to attend the festivities. The Ganden Monastery is one of the greatest monasteries in Tibet. It is about 40 km from Lhasa (about 35 minutes by car). The road is in very good condition. We arrived at... More 

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Lhasa, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

the Ganden Monastery is the one of the three monasteries of the Gelug sect (yellow sect).the other two are Drepung and sera monastery.But the Ganden monastery is the most important and beautiful located on the mountain around the altitude of 4200m. Inside you can see the greatest tibetan master Tsongkha's tomb and around the monastery you can trek almost like... More 

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