Travel to Lhasa
Monday, December 26, 2011 9:40:59 AM
Lhasa, the remote abode of the Dalai Lamas, object of devout pilgrimage and heart and soul of Tibet, is still a city of wonders, despite the large-scale encroachments of modern Chinese influence. Buddhism permeates most facets of Tibetan daily life and shapes aspirations in ways that are often quite alien to the Western frame of mind. With such an important status, when having a Lhasa Tour, tourists should not miss the chance to pay a visit to the famous temples and this maybe one of the best ways to experience the life in Tibet.
Ganden Monastery is a national key protected institution of cultural relics located just 50 kilometers northeast of Lhasa, was the first Gelugpa monastery and has been the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. If you only have time for one monastery excursion outside Lhasa, Ganden would probably the best choice. With its stupendous views of the surrounding Kyi-chu Valley and fascinating kora, Ganden is an experience unlike the other major Gelupa monasteries in the Lhasa area. The monastery was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa, the revered reformer of the Gelugpa order, after the first Monlam festival was performed here. Ganden means “joyous” in Tibetan and is the name of the Western Paradise that is home to Jampa, the Future Buddha.
Ganden Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery together are “the three major monasteries" in Lhasa. Emperor Shizong in Qing Dynasty had named it as Yongshou Temple. Every leader of Gelugpa Ganden Tripa is living in the temple. So after paying a visit to these temples, tourists will get a deeper understanding about Tibet custom and culture. And the unique experience in Lhasa will leave a deep impression on your mind as the Best China Tour during your trip in China.
For all its modernization Lhasa remains a fantastic culture hybrid, its streets bustling with a diverse mix of people. As the gateway to the “real” Tibet, out in the countryside, Lhasa deserves at least a week to see all the sights, soak up the backstreets and organize the adventures that beckon at the city limits.