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Drepung Monastery Tours

Drepung Monastery
In the 1930s the Drepung Monastery ranked among the largest monasteries is the world with between 7,000 and 10,000 monks from various countries living on its grounds at any given time. Its colorful halls were once divided into four schools for monks from Mongolia, Khampas and two other nearby regions. And while the number of monks has dropped to approximately 2,000, Drepung is now divided into seven colleges where men venture to learn about lineage, religion and geography. 

In 2008, Chinese authorities shut Drepung down after monks led what became a violent protest against Chinese rule. After that, it didn't open to the public until 2013. Now travelers can explore the caves and temples around the grounds and step inside the iconic white pagodas tucked amid the hillside. Ganden Potrang, one of the most popular sites of Drepung Monastery, originally served as a residence for the second, third, fourth and fifth Dalai Lamas, before becoming a political and religious meeting place. While travelers agree the monastery’s buildings are certainly impressive, it’s the vast courtyards and dense forests that make this famous destination a perfect place for finding peaceful reflection.

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Covering an area of 250,000 square meters, Drepung Monastery is located in the foothills of the Gambo Utse Mountain, five kilometers from Lhasa. Its name means “collecting rice” in the Tibetan language, and travelers say its buildings appear like a pile of rice when seen from afar. The monastery is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and admission is CNY 55 per person. A taxi to the site costs approximately CNY 20.
Address: Lhasa, Tibet, China
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Admission: CNY 55
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8 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Group Tour

8 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Group Tour

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For those who want to explore the old Lhasa city and the holy Mt Everest, this 8 days Everest Base Camp tour package is the ideal one. Starting from Lhasa city, you will visit some landmarks such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. Then, you will head to Shigatse to enjoy the beauty of Mt Everest on Everest Base Camp. Finally, we come back to Lhasa from Shigatse. Here are some details about this itinerary.
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  • 8 days
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7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

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This spectacular, and comprehensive tour will help you discover multiple highlights in seven days.You’ll travel between spread out attractions in a comfortable vehicle, and will save time researching and planning your itinerary, as it’s all organized for you. Take the stress out of language barriers, as this tour includes a guide. Highlights included Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery, Karo glacier, and Everest Base Camp. 
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  • 8 days
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3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

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Check off the spiritual and historic highlights of Lhasa in just three nights on this classic Tibet discovery tour. Spend your first day exploring the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, then get to know your small group and guide over a welcome dinner. Then travel a little further to two of Tibet’s greatest monasteries: Sera and Drepung. Choose between 3-star or 4-star accommodation, which includes breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Discover one the world’s most wild and ruggedly beautiful regions on this seamless, 5-night tour from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet. Set off in the evening from Beijing and choose a hard-sleeper or soft-sleeper compartment; during your 2-night journey, you’ll pass by some of China’s most remarkable scenery. Upon arrival in Lhasa, enjoy a welcome dinner and settle in at your accommodation. Spend the remaining time exploring the region’s highlights, from the Potala Palace (once home of the Dalai Lama) and Jokhang Temple to the Drepung and Sera Monasteries.
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6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

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Discover the wonders of Tibet on this 6-day tour. You’ll save hours planning your itinerary, as everything is organized for you, including accommodation, and entrance tickets. Make the most of your time, and visit multiple cities, while traveling in a comfortable vehicle, with a guide. Highlights include Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Potala Palace in Lhasa. You’ll also visit attractions in Gyantse, and Shigatse.
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15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

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Explore Tibet with a 15-day tour that travels from Lhasa to the northern and far western regions. Highlights includes Potala Palace, and the Drepung and Sera Monasteries in Lhasa; camping at Everest Base Camp with views of Mt Everest; and trekking around Mt Kailash. See several UNESCO World Heritage sites, the sacred Yamdrok Lake on the way to Shigatse, remote monasteries, and an abundance of stunning scenery.
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4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour

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This tour covers the main highlights of the holy city Lhasa. Two full days of sightseeing includes three world heritage sites-Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Besides, you’ll visit two great monasteries to explore the authentic Tibetan Buddhism culture.
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6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Group Tour

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Visit Lhasa and Lake Namtso during a 6-day tour that goes to key UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural attractions in Tibet. Take in Lhasa highlights over three days including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, and Barkhor Street. Then take an overnight tour to Lake Namtso where you can soak in the spectacular scenery before returning for your final night in Lhasa.
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  • 6 days
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4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

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Discover the highlights of Lhasa with your own private guide on a 4-day tour of Tibet’s capital. See UNESCO World Heritage sites and landmarks such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and Drepung Monastery, and travel with ease in a private vehicle with hotel or airport pickup and drop-off provided. Admission tickets are purchased on your own, which leaves flexibility to visit the sites that you want.
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  • 4 days
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

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Travel along one of the world’s most spectacular rail routes during this multi-day, train adventure from Shanghai to Lhasa. Pass by stunning mountain views and scenic provincial villages as you head deep off the beaten track. In Lhasa, you’ll enjoy time to hit the highlights, from the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace to Tibetan handicraft stalls. The tour includes four-star accommodation and visits to two of Tibet’s most fabled monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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4 days Lhasa tour

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In our special offer, we will be providing the following exclusive escorted tour services; Getting an in-depth understanding about Tibetan culture, religion, tradition, costume, architecture and festivals etc., we can arrange an inspirational and enlightening talk with invitation of renowned Tibetan local experts on the theme of your interest. A visit to Tibetan traditional handicraft school will be also arranged during the tour to see and learn the extraordinary array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary works of crafts and arts, like Tibetan traditional Thangka painting, fabrication of Buddhist statues etc. Visit to a family in rural traditional Tibetan village to observe and experience an up close of the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous Tibetan farmers and taste locally made snacks To see and feel what it is like to be eating in local Tibetan restaurants and have a morning or afternoon tea in local popular tea shops.
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Tibet 8-Day Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

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Go on an epic adventure in Tibet with this 8-day tour that stops at some of the most popular monasteries, including Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Rongphu Monastery, and Tashilunpo Monastery. Along the journey, see Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Karo-La Glacier, and Yamdrok Lake. Plus end your tour by visiting the Everest Base Camp at the majestic Mt. Everest.
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5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

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8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

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Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Lhasa 8 Days Tour covered the essence spots.  The tourists shall launched towards Lhasa, experiencing the holy city, which abundant with the Tibetan Buddhist culture.  Here stand with the highest palace in the world – the Potala Palace, The holy worship place – Jokhang Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Monastery – Drepung Monastery, and famous Sera Monastery which is attracted with the Monks debate.  Depart from Lhasa, on the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4990 m), pass by the sacred Yamdrok Lake with the reputation of Heavenly Lake.  In Shigatse you may visit the residence of Penchen – Tashilunpo Monastery.  Finally, receives the ablution of the world’s highest peak at the Everest Base Camp.
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8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

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This comprehensive tour will take you to many of Tibet’s top attractions. You won’t have to worry about arranging transport, as transfers and accommodation are organized for you. Save time researching places to visit, and instead enjoy your action-packed itinerary, which has been carefully planned so you don’t miss any highlights. Best parts of the tour include Drepung Monastery, and Potala Palace in Lhasa, Lake Yamdroktso, Shigatse, Gyantse, and Mt. Everest. 
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10 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Namtso Lake Group Tour

10 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Namtso Lake Group Tour

For those who want to explore the old Lhasa city and the holy Mt Everest, this ten days Everest Base Camp tour package is the ideal one. Starting from Lhasa city, you will visit some landmarks such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. Then, you will head to Shigatse to enjoy the beauty of Mt Everest on Everest Base Camp. Finally, we come back to Lhasa from Shigatse. Here are some details about this itinerary.
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  • 10 days
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8 Days Lhasa & Everest Base Camp Tour

8 Days Lhasa & Everest Base Camp Tour

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This Lhasa & Mount Everest tour includes all of the best sights, sounds, and smells Tibet has to offer. The expedition to the great Mt. Everest, one of earth’s most remote corners, could also give you a chance to view the sunrise and sunset there. You can do nothing but feel marvel for the nature’s masterpiece on this tour.
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  • 8 days
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8 Days Tibet to Nepal Overland Group Tour

8 Days Tibet to Nepal Overland Group Tour

In our special offer, we will be providing the following exclusive escorted tour services; Getting an in-depth understanding about Tibetan culture, religion, tradition, costume, architecture and festivals etc., we can arrange an inspirational and enlightening talk with invitation of renowned Tibetan local experts on the theme of your interest. A visit to Tibetan traditional handicraft school will be also arranged during the tour to see and learn the extraordinary array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary works of crafts and arts, like Tibetan traditional Thangka painting, fabrication of Buddhist statues etc. Visit to a family in rural traditional Tibetan village to observe and experience an up close of the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous Tibetan farmers and taste locally made snacks To see and feel what it is like to be eating in local Tibetan restaurants and have a morning or afternoon tea in local popular tea shops.
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10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

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This well-designed tour will help you to discover most of the wonders from Lhasa to Mt Everest and Lake Namtso. The tour starts with the top holy sites in Lhasa such as Potala Palace which is the landmark of Tibet and Jokhang temple, an ancient temple holds the highest position in Tibetan Buddhism. Then you will head to Gyantse and Shigatse for an adventure tour and get close to Lake Yamdrok and a great many of other attractions on the way. The sunrise at Everest Peak could be a spectacle not to be missed and it may be an unforgettable memory in your life time. The beautiful Lake Namtso and wonderful Yangpachen hot spring are waiting for you on your way back.
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  • 10 days
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$1,292.64
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4-Day Private Short Tour of Lhasa City Higlights

4-Day Private Short Tour of Lhasa City Higlights

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After busy working style, and the annoying of the city, start with a pack on your back. The eyes reached to heaven, the soul returned home, a purify Tibet tour set out from here.Here has the most generous sunshine, and the purest sky, with the most devoted people. Tibet is calling you with its purity and mystery.  Feel the blue sky and white clouds, amongst the sacred land, standing on the closest place in the sky, feeling the beauty of silence, find back true self, start from here.
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  • 4 days
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7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

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This is a papular overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC. It will take two days to visit Lhasa where you can see the world heritage Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung monastery. After the visit to Lhasa, we will drive you to the Shigatse through the main highway. On the way from Lhasa to Shigatse, you'll enjoy the unique plateau scenery of western Tibet by driving along the friendship highway, witness blue color lake Yamdroktso and shinning Karola Glacier under the sunny plateau climate, also you will see the seat of Pancha Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery. Continue the journey after passing through Shigatse, you will stand on the closest place reaching the sky - Everest Base Camp, and feel the beauty of silence. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of the golden Everest peak. The next day you will go down to Gyirong town in the morning. Finally, you’ll get to the Gyirong border between Tibet and Nepal, and get to Kathmandu.
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Lhasa City Impression 4 Days Tour

Lhasa City Impression 4 Days Tour

★ No shopping. Pure sightseeing. ★ Officially registered Tibetan English guide. ★ High quality service provided by our professional team. ★ Small group tour to guarantee the service and quality. ★ Comfortable tourist vehicle with oxygen and water supply to make sure the safety and comfort. ★ Use fingertip blood oxygen meter to follow guests’ health condition. ★ Hand-picked Tibetan restaurants with safe food and local flavor. ★ Comfortable hotel with good location. ★ Traditional Tibetan welcome dinner and use Tibetan restaurants during the tour as much as possible. ★ Pay more attention to interaction and activities with local communities rather than just tour.
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5-Night Tibet: Lhasa and Namtso Lake with Travel Permit

5-Night Tibet: Lhasa and Namtso Lake with Travel Permit

Remove the stress of exploring Tibet independently on a 6-day tour from Lhasa. As well as taking care of your Tibet Travel Permit, this excursion covers top Tibet attractions such as the 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, and Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, you’ll spend a couple of days at the spectacular Namtso Lake. Overnight accommodation, transfers, and entrance fees are included on this seasonal tour, available between April and October.
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$935.87
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Private 4-Day Lhasa Buddhism Culture Experience Tour, flight from Chengdu

Private 4-Day Lhasa Buddhism Culture Experience Tour, flight from Chengdu

4-day Lhasa city tour will take you to explore the highlights of Lhasa, the holy city on Tibet Plateau. You will learn the history and culture of Tibet from Potala Palace, witness the sacred pilgrims in front of the Jokhang Temple, and experience the Monk Debating in Sera Monastery to fully experience the authentic Tibetan life with local Tibetan guide.
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  • 4 days
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$611.85
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Drepung Monastery hours of operation?
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Drepung Monastery hours of operation: Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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