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Ganden Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet

Towering on the Wangbori Mountain, Ganden Monastery, built by Je Tsongkhapa in 1409, is the 1st and primary monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism as well as one of the Great Three Holy Monasteries of Lhasa, along with Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

The highlights for visiting Ganden Monastery involve one-day Ganden Kora to see the enchanting vista of Lhasa Valley and surrounding mountains; five-day Ganden to Samye trek to enjoy the most spectacular views of Lhasa and Shannan’s countryside; oberserving Ganden Monastery incense making to know more about Tibetan handicraft and art; Ganden Thangka Unveiling Festival to watch the giant Buddha Thangka unfurled on the hillside; Ganden Ngachen Chenmo Festival to light up butter lamps to commemorate Je Tsongkhapa, etc.

To sum up, Ganden Monastery offers you an excellent opportunity to dive deep into the profound Gelugpa culture of Tibetan Buddhism and enjoy the stunning landscape of alpine mountains outside Lhasa City. Please follow our in-depth guide below and make the most of Ganden Monastery tour.

Basic Facts:

Chinese name: 甘丹寺 Gāndān Sì

Location: Dagzê County, Lhasa, China; or Wangbori Mountain, around 57 kilometers to the east of Lhasa City

Altitude: 3,800 m (12,000 ft)

Founder: Je Tsongkhapa (1409)

Type: the 1st and primary monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism; one of the Great Three Holy Monasteries of Lhasa

Opening Hours & Ticket: 09:00-16:00; 50CNY/Person (all year round)

How to Get There: There are shuttle buses at the square of Jokhang Temple. But international tourists can not take public bus alone, unless accompanied by tour guide. Luckily, we, Tibet Vista team, can offer you the clean and safe tour vehicle with seasoned local tour guide and driver.

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To make sure you can enjoy the best Ganden Monastery travel experience available, we kindly prepare the latest and most easy-to-use Ganden Monastery travel and tour guides below for you. From Ganden Monastery history and festivals to the one-day Ganden Kora and scenic Ganden to Samye trekking, etc., you can follow the insider’s tip and won’t miss the single moment when visiting the most significant Gelugpa monastery in Tibet.

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Every monastery in Tibet has its mysterious past and promising future while Ganden Monastery has no exception. The full name of it is Ganden Namgyal Ling with "Ganden" meaning "joyful" while "Namgyal Ling" the "victorious temple". Virtually, you can call this Monastery a lot of things but "joyful" is definitely the one that describes Ganden Monastery’s glorious past. Was the long-last prosperity an impulse action or the destined product of time? Just follow us to ......

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Trek from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery is one of the most popular trekking routes in Tibet. Most of the route is located around 4000 meters above sea level, starting at 13,940 feet at Ganden, passing Shogu La at 17,220 feet and heading toward the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Samye Monastery. The trek is full of challenges.
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Travel to Tibet during the Ganden Thangka Festival will give you an impressive ......

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Recommended Tour Itineraries Including Ganden Monastery

After visiting Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple and acclimatizing well in Lhasa, you can travel to Ganden Monastery to explore Tibetan Gelugpa culture, follow the scenic kora with devout pilgrims, even trek further to Samye Monastery, etc. Check the top 4 highly recommended Tibet tours with a short visit to Ganden Monastery.

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