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Day tour to Ganden Monastery
Ganden Monastery is located 60kms east of the Lhasa. Its known as one of the biggest monasteries of the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 1409 by the founder of Yellow Hat sect. master Tsongkapa. The monastery is located at the top of mountain which is 4100 meters above sea level.
Tour Type: Day tour
Tour Duration: One day
- All travel permits for Tibet
- English speaking Tibetan tour guide
- All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary
- Pick up and drop off by airport bus
- All administrative fees
- All meals and accommodations for your driver and guide
- Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs (if necessary)
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
- Breakfast each morning
- Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
- One time welcome meal for the group
- One box of mineral water, shared Oxygen tank in car.
- Transportation costs to and from Tibet
- Chinese visa fees and passport fees
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
- Tips to the driver and guide
Usually every Wednesday, as well as at some special occasion like Saga Dawa, pilgrims visit Ganden Monastery early in the morning around 5-6:00 o’clock. They bring all the Sangsol equipment such as Sang (Junipers) , Tsampa (barley flour), barley, butter, milk, alcohol, prayers on paper and also prayer flags.
It takes around 1 hour to reach Ganden Monastery from Lhasa. When people first arrive to the monastery, they climb to the summit of the mountain, which is located on the opposite side of the monastery. This mountain is known as Anku Ri and it is 500 meters. above Ganden Monastery.
Once pilgrims reach the top right after sunrise, they start the process of Sangsol by offering Sang (Juniper incense). They burn it and add milk, alcohol and barley to make the smoke offering. They then throw prayer papers in air. Finally, we go to the top of the mountain and hang the five-coloured prayer flag at the top where there is a blowing wind to take the prayer flags to heaven and send our prayers and messages to the gods.
After the completion of Sangsol at the top of monastery, we then descend to Ganden Monastery to start 30 minute kora (pilgriamge circuit) around the monastery. While doing the kora, you will see breathtaking view of Kyichu river along the Lundrup valley from the top of Ganden Monastery.
After finishing the kora, you will reach Ganden Monastery’s main assembly hall where you will get a blessing from the Ganden Tripa, the shoe and hat of the 13th Dalai Lama, the old funeral stupa of Master Tsongkapa and also the giant statue of Maiteriya (Future Buddha). After finishing your visit of the monastery, you can have lunch in the Ganden Monastery restaurant, where you can find both vegetarian and non vegetarian food.