Lhasa and Shannan Highlights Recommended by Tibet Tourism Bureau - Classical Itinerary
Tibet Local Time:16:31:16 GMT+8
Lhasa Weather
tibet tour logo,professional tibet tour operator

Office Hour: 09:00am - 06:00pm, (GMT+8)

Call our professional Tibet tour advisors


Home > Tibet Tour Advice > Tibet Travel Information

Lhasa and Shannan Highlights Recommended by Tibet Tourism Bureau - Classical Itinerary

Update: Mar. 14th, 2013

Ganden Monastery

Lhasa and Shannan Highlights Recommended by Tibet Tourism Bureau - Classical Itinerary

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is regarded as one of the top 6 ancestral monasteries of Gelug Sect in Tibet Buddhism history. It is also highly praised as the top 3 monasteries of Lhasa, which the other two are Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. It is situated about 3 kilometers north far from Lhasa City. It was built in AD 1434. It is the second larger monastery of Lhasa City.

Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery is located in the southern bank of Lhasa River. It stands about 3800 meters high and about 57 kilometers far from Lhasa City. It was built by Tsongkhapa personally in AD 1409 (Tsongkhapa is the founder and the great master of Gelug Sect) and regarded as the ancestral monastery of Gelug Sect (Yellow Sect). The successive abbots of Gelug Sect are living in Ganden Monastery.

Tsupu Monastery

Tsupu Monastery is available in the upper reach of Tsupu River, about 60 kilometers west far from Lhasa City. It is the ancestral monastery of Karma Kargyu Sect in Tibet Buddhism history. It is proud of 800 year's history. It is said that the reincarnation system of Living Buddha was originally established by Karma Kargyu Sect.


Yumbulhakhang is located about 11 kilometers far from Tsedang County of Shannan Prefecture. Yumbulhakhang was established in BC 2 century, acted as the earliest palace of Tibet. Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty usually came to Yumbulhakhang with Songtsen Gampo in summer every year. During the period of the 5th Dalai Lama, it has been rebuilt as the monastery of Gelug Sect. The best time to visit Yumbulhakhang is from June to August.

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery is available in the northern river bank of Yarlung Zangbo River. It is surrounded by the lakes and canals, thick forests and high snow mountains. It is proud of more than 1000 year's history and the precious cultural relics of Samye Monastery such as the amazing murals, colorful Thangka, and religious Buddha statues, etc. It was the most magnificent and splendid building during the period of Tubo Dynasty. Samye Monastery was constructed combining with the architecture style of Han, Tibetan and Indian's.

Tombs of Tibetan Kings

The tombs of Tibetan Kings are located in the southwest part of Zongshan Mountain of Shannan Prefecture under the state protection. It is the complex tombs of some royal families and the important officers. It covers an area of 385 square meters. It stretches about 130 meters long from the east to the west. The larger tomb nearby the river is said to be the tomb of Songtsen Gampo. What a pity that the tombs of Tibetan kings were destroyed in AD 9 century. It is just a cenotaph as of now.

Trandruk Temple

Trandruk Temple was located in the eastern river bank of Yarlong River, about 2 kilometers far from Naitong County. It belongs to Gelug Sect (Yellow Sect). Trandruk Temple was built during the period of Songtsen Gampo, acted as the one of the earliest Buddhist temples at that time.

Please enjoy reading the previous one: Classical Itinerary Recommended by Tibet Tourism Bureau – Lhasa and Shannan Attractions.

Share |
Quick Links:
Master Card VISA American Express Paypal Bank of China
Copyright 2011 | Tibet Tour Dot Com | All rights reserved. See our Privacy Policy, User Agreement