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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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Large monastery and stunning views

The monastery is outside of the city and you'll have to hire a car to get there. Usually its a half day visit, so you can combine it with something else ( I went to Drak Yerpa in... read more

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The monastery is outside of the city and you'll have to hire a car to get there. Usually its a half day visit, so you can combine it with something else ( I went to Drak Yerpa in the morning and to Ganden in the afternoon). Keep in mind that some chapels may close as early as at 3pm, so... More 

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Slatington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful place to see a mountain monastery and some incredible views of the mountains, valley and small village. This monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries. We also took advantage of the opportunity to have lunch in the monastery. Not the best food but an great experience and certainly adequate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Getting to the top of this mountain is a bit of work, but worth it, so take your time. It's lovely on a nice day, but I would not go here if it's cold or windy. There is an interesting canteen for lunch (traditional noodles) and a loo that will make you regret you didn't stop earlier.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 5 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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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 22 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 

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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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