Tibetan monk in Drepung monastery in Lhasa

This tour first visits Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world. Drepung complex was home to over 10,000 monks. After visiting Drepung, we will walk down the mountain to visit Nechung Temple. Although it is less famous than larger monasteries in Lhasa, it is a unique place to visit. Nechung is the monastery where State Oracle was advising Dalai Lamas and Tibet Government in making important decisions.

DREPUNG MONASTERY

Drepung monastery in Lhasa, once the largest monastery in the world

In the morning we visit Drepung Monastery.We will visit the huge Assembly hall, where several thousand monks were gathering in the past. We will visit the most important chapels in the complex. You will also see the inside of monastery’s kitchen. There are several giant pots for cooking, hundreds of large teapots and other cooking inventory.

After visiting the monastery, we will walk down the hill, passing through the mani stones. We will reach the West Gate of Nechung in the beautiful area surrounded by juniper trees.

NECHUNG TEMPLE

Nechung State Oracle statue

Tourists rarely visit Nechung Temple. However, it is a fascinating place if you are interested in Tibetan Buddhism.

The temple was a seat of the State Oracle. The oracle was falling into a trance state to become a medium for the powerful protector Pehar. Dalai Lama was consulting with the Oracle about all important decisions. The temple has statues of the Oracle with his traditional costume. You cam also see some of the finest murals in Tibet made by talented artisans.

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