Norbulingka Palace, which means Treasure Garden in Tibetan language, locates in the west side of Lhasa, near the Potala Palace. It is the largest artificial garden in Tibet, covering an area of about 89 acres. As part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace”, Norbulingka is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, besides the title of World Heritage Site, it is also a premier garden and unique historical site of Tibet.
History and structure of Norbulingka Palace
The VII Dalai Lama built the Palace in 1755 to cure his health problem. Later, it served as the summer palace of Dalai Lamas. It is the world’s highest, largest and well-preserved ancient artificial horticultural garden with a large collection of Italian chandeliers, Ajanta frescoes, Tibetan carpets, and many other artifacts. Except a 374-room palace, the park is also the home of hundreds of rose bushes, valuable plants, rare trees and even a number of wildlife. In addition to exploring its undoubtedly natural beauty, travelers can discover about 30,000 cultural relics from ancient Tibet scattered around. Visitors may enjoy Kelsang Palace, the oldest building in Norbulingka, as well as the Lake Palace on the southwest portion of the garden.
Worth to mention that there are three islands linking with small bridges and a row of quaint horse stables. It makes this spot a picturesque pause on a visit to the extraordinary garden.
During the summer and fall seasons, Norbulingka Palace will host a number of dance and music festivals. For example, the annual Sho Dun festival (Yogurt Festival) that celebrates in August. (the exact date of this festival bases on the Tibetan calendar). The palace is unquestionably beautiful and historical. But you need a guide to tell the details about each room. During the reign of the Dalai Lamas (from the 7th Dalai Lama onwards), their annual shifting of residence from the Potala Palace to Norbulingka Palace was also an elaborate festive event.
Norbulingka Palace, known as the summer palace of Tibet, is a fantastic wonderland you will never miss in Lhasa city tour.
Tips while visiting Norbulingka Palace
1.The best travel season of Norbulingka is summer, especially during the Sho Dun Festival.
2.When you travel Norbulingka Palace, please do not feed the animals without permission.
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