Norbulingka means Treasure Garden in Tibetan language. It locates in the west side of Lhasa, near the southwestern Potala Palace. And It is the largest artificial garden in Tibet. The total area is about 89 acres. As part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace”, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, in 2001 it was considered as an extension of Potala Palace. Today. Despite of the title of World Heritage Site, people recognize it as a unique historical site of Tibet.
It was built by the VII Dalai Lama in 1755. First, it has the primary function of curing his health problem. Later, it serves as the summer palace for Dalai Lamas. Moreover, it remains as the world’s highest well-preserved ancient garden. And it contains a large collection of Italian chandeliers, Ajanta frescoes, Tibetan carpets, and so on. Norbulingka is not only a 374-room palace but also the home of nature. There are rose bushes, rare trees and wild animals. Moreover, travelers can discover about 30,000 cultural relics scattered around. For example, you can enjoy Kelsang Palace and the Lake Palace. Besides, there are three islands linked by small bridges and a row of quaint horse stables. They make the spot a picturesque pause on a visit.
Festivals in Norbulingka
Norbulingka hosts a number of festivals in summer and autumn. For example, people celebrate Sho Dun festival (Yogurt Festival) in August. They dance and sing in the park. Moreover, many professional and amateru opera groups perform traditional Tibetan opera there. Therefore, the performances attract a lot of local people and worldwide trourists.
Norbulingka, known as the summer palace of Tibet, is a fantastic wonderland you will never miss in Lhasa city tour.
1. The best travel season of Norbulingka is summer, especially during the Sho Dun Festival. .
2. The total time for visiting Norbulingka is nearly 3 hours.