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Welcome to visit Norbulinka, the summer Palace of Dalai Lama and highlight Sera Monastery from Monday to Saturday. During this 1 day Lhasa highlight tour, you will be led by a local Tibetan guide to enjoy the Tibetan Royal garden-the well preserved ancient artificial historical and cultural garden in Tibet and explore Sera Monastery, one famous Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect monastery in Lhasa. Sera Monastery was founded  in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa). It is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday.

Description:
Norbulingka which means ‘treasure garden’ in Tibetan language, is located in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance from the southwest of Potala Palace. It is marked as the world’s highest, largest and best-preserved ancient artificial historical and cultural garden. As part of the ‘Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace’, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the Potala Palace is known as the winter palace of Dalai Lamas, the Norbulingka Palace is known as the summer palace. Situated at an elevation of 3650 meters above sea level, Norbulingka palace holds 374 rooms. It contains a large collection of Italian chandeliers, Ajanta frescoes, Tibetan carpets, and many other artifacts. Besides, it is also a natural garden with kinds of flowers, trees, animals and even herbs and some rare plants.Join this daily group tour at 10 am. 

The magnificent Sera Monastery covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). There are three main buildings which are called Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). There are scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here every afternoon except for Sunday and this is distinctive from the other famous monasteries. In the history, it housed more than 6000 monks but since 2008, there are no more than 550 monks living here. And the time to enjoy the sightseeing to Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” in Sera Monastery happens in afternoon 3 pm to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday.

Your Tibetan English speaking guide will meet travelers at House of Shambhala hotel lobby at around 8:30 am, Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel lobby at around 9:00 am and Lhasa Shangrila Hotel lobby at 9:30 am and transfer to visit Norbulinka. If there are only 3-4 travelers finally in a group, public transport of taxi or bus will be in use, while if there are 5 or more travelers per group, local supplier will arrange a suitable van or tour bus for the transfer. Please be on time for the tour activity. The exact meeting time will be reconfirmed at least 1 day in advance. If your hotel is far from downtown, please inform clearly to supplier in advance.

Highlights:

    Location: Lhasa, China

    Duration: 1 day

    Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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    Additional Information


      Operates: Daily

      Departure Point:
      Your downtown Lhasa hotel lobby

      Departure Time: 8:30 am

      Hotel Pickup Available: Yes

      Return Details:
      downtown Barkhor or your hotel in Lhasa

    • Inclusions:
      • Local Tibetan English speaking guide
      • Admission fee
      • Shared vehicle from hotel to and from Norbulinka, Sera Monastery (1-4 pax by public transport, 5-20 pax by tour van or tour bus) 
      • Tourist accident/casualty insurance

    • Exclusions:
      • Food and drinks 
      • Gratuities (recommended)
      • Tibet permits-50 USD per person (please arrange suitable Tibet permit separately with the same tour supplier at least 20 days prior to arrival in Lhasa)

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Instant confirmation, but is subject to availability 
      • 1-4 pax by public transport such as taxi or local bus, 5-20 pax by tour van or tour bus
      • A maximum of 15 people per booking.
      • Travelers can join additional group tours with the same tour supplier if they have the suitable Tibet travel permits with the same supplier. The supplier has listed many flexible tours for travelers to join, please check it out from TripAdvisor.
      • All foreign travelers need to have Tibet permits arranged before arrival in Lhasa, otherwise they can not travel to Tibet
      • All foreign travelers entering Tibet from Nepal need Additional Tibet Group Visa (TGV requires additional cost ranging from USD$115 to USD$210 depending on traveler's nationality and 3 working days of processing time in Kathmandu).
      • Upon booking, please contact the same supplier for Tibet permits and or Tibet group visa arrangement. Please be noted that to guarantee you can enter Tibet, you'd better apply the permits with the supplier at least 20 days in advance (the earlier the better)
      • All China visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler, when you apply China visa, please do not mention "Tibet"


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