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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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  • July 17, 2017
    Another great stop on our journey across former Tibet, the views from Ganden are spectacular. This was a bit our side of town but worth the visit if you have time. Great photos opps.  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    The view from the outside is quite spectacular and the location amazing. Inside it is nice, but if you have already seen the Potala Palace you will not be impressed that much. Not a definite "must see...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    It's important to note most of it was destructed during the revolution and rebuilt in 1985. Some ruins are original but most of it is new. The temple is great to visit anyway. They sell cool souvenirs...  more »
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  • April 5, 2017
    A must see Gelug-pa sect monastery located in south east of Lhasa.
  • June 9, 2017
    An extraordinary pilgrimage at Ganden Monastery Stunning!
  • April 28, 2017
    Wonderful place
  • March 24, 2017
    Very Good
  • November 12, 2015
    The best Tibetan monastery in Lhasa . Highly recommend for the hiking around the monastery. Must visit in Lhasa

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