Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), Lhasa

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The summer palace of Dalai Lamas and a World Heritage Site, Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) features 374 mansions and classical Tibetan gardens. Spanning some 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered the greatest man-made garden in Tibet, it was built in 1755 on a hot springs spot. The palace features highly scenic and intricate garden designs with ponds, as well as a mini-zoo with bears, lions, and monkeys. Feast your eyes on the flower patterns and nuances, matched only by the brightly colored facades and ornaments on the pavilions and shrines. Stroll along paved paths and stone bridges by yourself, or consider hiring an informative guide to explain the rich history behind the buildings and sculptures. Make Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) part of your personalized Lhasa itinerary using our Lhasa trip maker app .
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  • Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, as built by the 7th Dalai Lama around a natural hotspring that provides nourishments to the most beautiful garden in the city of Lhasa. When...  more »
  • This is an UNESCO World Heritage site but not many tour groups offer to take you here. This is the summer palace of Dalai Lama (Potala Palace is the winter palace). It's neat to see Dalai Lama's medit...  more »
  • We had a guide on this site that is known as the summer palace, but literally means "the jewelry Park" which is a well wooded and flowery Park. We made a short trip because we were tired from the journey that was delayed too. We pay up to one electric cart so we don't have to walk far, is cheap and, but the path is well short. If you have time and willing, walk through the park rides that are beautiful. The construction of temples and monasteries follow nearly a standard in Tibet, colors, pictures, furniture ... change the functions of each location. This has both the religious slant, although each corner reflect the spirituality here. Notice that all the bathrooms are scary!!!.
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  • Relaxing place with historical and cultural aspects. Good place to see.
  • Tibet is a part of india. Hope one day Tibet will free from China. Long live DALAI LAMA
  • Serene and beautiful. Historically significant.
  • The summer palace. Children are free. Adults pay less than ¥100 each. The ticket is beautiful. It is a beautiful place to visit and should be on anyone's list when they come to lhasa. There are many buildings and each is beautiful. The grounds are beautiful and there are many nomads and other Tibetan people walking around to visit each of the temples and buildings. We spent two hours here and it was serene. Only one negative comment is that the toilet is awful and so plan your trip properly and aim at not needing to use the toilet here.
  • Summer palace of successive Dalai Lamas. This place has a smooth environment with nice zoo. Tibetan Shoton festival mostly takes place at this place in summer.

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