The Ganden monastery is 30 miles east of Lhasa. Built in 1409 by the great monk Tsongkhapa (founder of the Gelugpa order, the Red Hats), Ganden looks like an eagle's nest. The Red Guards forced the monks to demolish it themselves, and then the Chinese decided to restore it, at least partially, to be identical. The site itself is worth a one-day visit, by taking the first bus in the morning at 6.00 AM to Lhasa.
The Ganden Monastery is one of the three great religious and cultural centres of Buddhism of the Gelug School, along with those of Drepung and Sera.© Easyvoyage.com
The Ganden monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain.© SuperStock
The monastery is located at an altitude of 4,300m.© SuperStock
Its full name is Ganden Namgyal Ling; 'Ganden' meaning 'joyful'.© SuperStock