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In the middle of the 7th century, Songtsan Gampo and his team built Drak-Yerpa for his wife. Songstan Gampo (604-650) was the 33rd king of the Yarlung Dynasty. And he was the first emperor of a united Tibet. It was said that there were 108 caves at...more
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If you physically (see warning at end of review) can, you should visit this site. It's basically a series of 650-yr old small buildings and temples built over holy caves. The caves were (we were told) used by Buddhist masters for meditation and, in one...More
A beautiful monastery located way up at the end of a valley. Very few foreign visitors and lots of local worshipers. The climb is exhausting with the lack of air but worth it as all the small Temples built into caves are beautiful.
Stupa at parking lot. Delicious tourist restaurant on 2nd floor: beautiful meditation caves that require steep one hour hike uphill. Caves for 7th c King and some 11th c masters. Resembles Tigers Nest in Bhutan, on the side of the mountain
Drak Yerpa is a climb but one of the most beautiful temples/monasteries in the clouds and on the mountain side in Tibet. It's located approximately 35km outside of Lhasa but a definite "must see" site while in Tibet. I loved it and it reminded me...More
The visit to Drak Yerpa was on the last day of a 10 day trip. It turned out that this was no mistake on the part of the tour company (tibetanguide.com). Even having visited Everest Base Camp the walk was pretty hard. Don't underestimate the...More
This is a very sacred site for local Tibetans, but it’s a bit out of the way from Lhasa. There is a public bus from Lhasa that takes locals here. But best if you come in a private car with your guide. On the way,...More
Sorry for long delay in response. There are no regular tours or local transport to this site. As all foreign travelers must be accompanied by a guide you should be able to arrange this directly with your guide or through... More
Sorry for long delay in response. There are no regular tours or local transport to this site. As all foreign travelers must be accompanied by a guide you should be able to arrange this directly with your guide or through travel company. This is off the regular Lhasa "tourist path" but is well worth the time. The scenery along the way is beautiful. Allow at least 1/2 day to travel/tour/return to Lhasa.