The unique Tibetan palace of Norbulingka was the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 18th century. The palace and surrounding gardens are covered with brightly colored flowers, fruit trees and classical Tibetan water features, providing a relaxing retreat for Tibet’s political and religious leaders to escape to in the hottest summer months. Today the gardens are particularly popular for celebrating the annual Sho Dun (“yoghurt”) festival, where the locals gather to sing, dance and play musical instruments.
Average time for this activity : 2.5 hrs
Opening hours : 9:30am until 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm