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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 than a...More

Thank Scott A
Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you travel to Tibet and don't know who Lord Matreiya is, I suggest you should read up on him. Matreiya is the Future Buddha in the Buddhist scriptures, who is supposed to rule the world after Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama. He...More

Thank rebecca w
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The monastery is outside of the city and you'll have to hire a car to get there. Usually its a half day visit, so you can combine it with something else ( I went to Drak Yerpa in the morning and to Ganden in the...More

1  Thank galinamf
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to see a mountain monastery and some incredible views of the mountains, valley and small village. This monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries. We also took advantage of the opportunity to have lunch in the monastery....More

Thank Suet910
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Getting to the top of this mountain is a bit of work, but worth it, so take your time. It's lovely on a nice day, but I would not go here if it's cold or windy. There is an interesting canteen for lunch (traditional noodles)...More

Thank EsllindaB
Reviewed 1 November 2016

The access road itself is a tourist attraction, well-engineered (but, like most Tibetan roads, inadequately-surfaced). Ganden Monastery is an imposing and very busy working monastery with far fewer surging hordes of tourists than Potala, therefore there is more time and space to see and absorb...More

Thank Sandron60
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Outside potala this was my favorite monastery specifically for the windy road and views you get of the monastery and the views from the monastery are truly spectacular and worth the drive!

Thank Steven H
Reviewed 25 September 2016

I particularly enjoyed this visit. It somehow seemed more authentic, with less tourists and more Tibetan pilgrims. I does have some steep ramps etc. but it is still worth the effort but you do feel the 4,300 metres altitude. I am told it has been...More

Thank richard k
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Wonderful monastery off the tourist beaten track - we felt so lucky to have the opportunity to visit this 15th century complex built by the founder of the Gelukpa sect, Tsongkapa. Beginning from the winding path up to 4100 meters, located approximately 60 kms east...More

Thank Travel715
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I wish more people came here - and then again, maybe I don't. There were very few travelers when we were there, allowing us to explore and soak in the atmosphere without being pushed around by other tourists. A very large monastery, with the opportunity...More

Thank weige89
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Andrei L
is the monastery hosting tourists for several days/weeks? I want to stay into a quiet place and learn about meditation and spirituality. Is this a good place?
20 December 2016|
Response from richard k | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so - but i am not sure. Also there would be an inevitable language barrier.
If you had to choose between Drak Yerpa and Ganden Monastery, which is better?
30 June 2016|
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Response from lous652 | Reviewed this property |
Hard to answer, since I was only at Ganden Monastery. Drak Yerpa sounds interesting, but not much that I can say about the comparison. Let your sense of adventure be your guide.
sandra g
From Lahsa to visit this monastery far from there..so like the other monastery ...is it possible rent a car? If no...how can I visit when I arrive in Lahsa ...I will have a little free time before to live again. Tanxs Sandra
28 January 2015|
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Response from Pinods | Reviewed this property |
First of all I really suggest to visit this monastery ! I used a car with a driver provided me by the hotel staff. In Lhasa I typically house in the tibet post hotel downtown nearby the bus station. In the lobby there is a... More
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