Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), Lhasa

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#6 of 18 in Historic Sites in Lhasa
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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  • Picturesque location, impressive palaces, but this is more of a Museum, not a monastery. A few hours is enough to visit. It is said that during the holidays there are many visitors, ordinary days quite freely.
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  • One of the things not to be missed while you are in Lhasa. Specially built as summer palace for his holiness to enjoy the warmth. Pretty spacious and lots of palaces built by various Dalai lamas for t...  more »
  • Blinka is the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, the whole garden area is very big, the good place that comes to visit in the winter is completely not what the visitor crowded to squeeze to go, only see the few people, can appreciate slowly. The tickets for trafficking are sold at the entrance, but there's a small zoo in the park that has to buy tickets, not many animals, and many of them are also visible in the flat, or in the family, which is not recommended for spending money to buy tickets.
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  • Tibet is a part of india. Hope one day Tibet will free from China. Long live DALAI LAMA
  • Relaxing place with historical and cultural aspects. Good place to see.
  • 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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