Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, and one of the must-see attractions in sacred city Lhasa. Norbulingka means “treasure garden” in Tibetan. It is in the west side of Lhasa and 3km from Potala Palace. Also the largest artificial garden in Tibet, Norbulingka is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as part of Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace.
The construction of Norbulingka began in 1755 by the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso. The primary function of Norbulingka Palace was to cure the health problems of the 7th Dalai Lama. It has later become the summer residence of Dalai Lamas. The three lake palaces located in the southwest area is the most popular points of interest in the park. In the center of the lake, three islands are linked to the land by small bridges and a palace was built on each island. In addition, Norbulingka hosts celebrations of a number of Tibetan festivals. Local people especially like to gather in Norbulingka and express their happiness through singing, dancing and performing Tibetan opera.
Norbulingka tour is one of the best short Lhasa tours we especially like to recommend to our guests. The trip takes about 2 hours. You will enjoy the company of our local Tibetan English guide on this tour. Book now and receive more great services that we offer.
What you can expect
Our English speaking local Tibetan tour guide will meet you at House of Shambhala hotel lobby or Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel lobby around 9:00AM. If you have a special request for meetup location we can happily accommodate that as well. You will then be transfered to our destination, Norbulingka Palace, and begin your tour.
Norbulingka showcases the finest of Tibetan architecture. The three palaces in Norbulingka, Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang and Takten Migyur Potrang, are all exemplary of this glamorous architectural tradition. You will find many precious Tibetan historical relics and artworks inside each palace. There are also a great number of Thangkas, Buddha statues, murals, etc. Our knowldgeable guide will tell you about the stories of Dalai Lama and the royal family as well as answer your questions about Tibetan history.
After the tour, we will return to downtown area of Lhasa. If you want to continue to do more sightseeing, we welcome you to check out more Tibetan culture tours that we offer.