Norbulingka – Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas

Norbulingka lies southwest of Potala Palace in western Lhasa and used to serve as the summer palace for the residence of the former Dalai Lamas of Tibet. In Tibetan, Norbulingka means ‘Jeweled Park,’ and this palace is a jewel of Tibet. Embedding an area of 36 hectares this palace is the most extensive garden in Tibet. Similarly, it consists of 374 rooms which were enough for any royal Ceremonies.

Norbulingka Palace is also on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The architecture of the palace is great, and the garden around the palace completes its looks. The flower gardens and lakes have combined nature with this beautiful palace. The palace is also a historical monument, and one can learn about the life of different Dalai Lamas from this palace. Situated at an elevation of 3,650 meters palace also provides breathtaking sceneries and mountain views.

The Tibetan festival Shoton Festival or ‘Yogurt Festival’ takes place at Norbulingka. It is free of any tickets and no charge at the Shoton festival. Singing, dancing and different Tibetan drama performances are also the major attractions of these festivals. Norbulingka is a hub of art and culture; You must visit this Jeweled park and relive your Tibetan visit.

Major Attractions

Sho Dun or Shoton Festival

Flower Garden

Grand Architecture

Norbulingka Park

Largest man-made Garden (in Tibet)

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