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Ganden Monastery, Lhasa

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At Ganden Monastery, explore one the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, perched high on the 4,200 m (13,779 ft) Wangbur Mountain. Founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa, the great preacher, saint, and Tibetan Buddhist scholar, the monastery would go on to teach thousands upon thousands of monks, and give rise to the "yellow hat" section of the Tibetan Buddhist faith. Look for yaks as you take the scenic winding road up the desolate mountain to the site; once there, you'll gain an authentic look at an ancient, still-functioning spiritual society. Choose from several walking paths traversing the monastery, including one that circumnavigates the entire site, affording panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Use our Lhasa itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Ganden Monastery and other attractions in Lhasa.
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  • This monastery is a fine example of ancient Tibetan university it has produced numerous Buddhist scholars and has kept alive the ancient Buddhist wisdom.  more »
  • This monastery is not usually on the short list of those visited near Lhasa, but if you have an extra day or two it is worth a visit. For one thing, it charges a reasonable price to take photos inside...  more »
  • It is a good hours drive from Lhasa so you see some of the expanding city plus the countryside . Once at the Monastery you can opt for the walk around the hill top, but be aware it is more like a trek...  more »
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  • A must see Gelug-pa sect monastery located in south east of Lhasa.
  • An extraordinary pilgrimage at Ganden Monastery Stunning!
  • Wonderful place
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  • The best Tibetan monastery in Lhasa . Highly recommend for the hiking around the monastery. Must visit in Lhasa