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Ganden Monastery, Lhasa

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#7 of 15 in Historic Sites in Lhasa
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. See Ganden Monastery and all Lhasa has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lhasa trip builder site .
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  • The first time I saw Ganden 1995... and 2017 about the extent of the destruction was horrified... now living in Ganden has returned... nice!
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  • Most rooms were locked. it is nice to see from far but as we got there we were able to see very little. the visit was short  more »
  • 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 »
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  • A must see Gelug-pa sect monastery located in south east of Lhasa.
  • An extraordinary pilgrimage at Ganden Monastery Stunning!
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  • The best Tibetan monastery in Lhasa . Highly recommend for the hiking around the monastery. Must visit in Lhasa

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Look along the knotted streets of the eastern district of Lhasa for a number of welcoming guesthouses and storied hotels, close to the main Tibetan attractions around Jokhang Temple. With a little more age and character than options out west, the accommodations in this district attract seasoned travelers and cultural enthusiasts. Out to the west sit a good deal more chain hotels and towering hotel and mall complexes, offering a range of additional facilities, such as swimming pools, restaurants, and karaoke bars.
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