Welcome to Ganden Monastery

Ganden means ‘joyous’ in Tibetan and is the name of the Western Paradise (also known as Tushita) that is home to Jampa, the Future Buddha. There is a certain irony in this because, of all the great monasteries of Tibet, Ganden suffered most at the hands of the Red Guards, possibly because of its political influence.

Ganden is also the start of the popular wilderness trek to Samye Monastery.

Top experiences in Ganden Monastery

Travel guides

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Ganden Monastery activities

$1000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Nights 5 Days Lhasa including Potala Palace and Ganden Monastery Tour in Tibet

Day 1     Fly to Lhasa from Chengdu or BeijingFlight to Lhasa , the exciting capital of Tibet. You will be met at the airport by a representative in Lhasa and transferred to your hotel(55km). Rest of day is to acclimatize.Day 2     Sightseeing in Lhasa[B]First you will visit the Potala Palace of the Dalai Lama, a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965 the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, which was built, in the eighteenth century.Day 3     Sightseeing in Lhasa[B]You, will visit the Drepung Monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine of Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha, which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess "Wen Chen". You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.Day 4    Ganden Monastery & back to Lhasa [B]Today you will take a day trip to Ganden monastery. This compact monastery was once gutted by fire but the restoration is now complete. Drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon.Day 5     Transfer, to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu or Chengdu or Beijing.[B]

Ganden Monastery in detail