Day 5 - Ganden Monastery and Tibetan Home

Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

My last day in Lhasa will bring me to Ganden Monastery which is 40 km out of Lhasa (built in 1417  - 1st yellow hat buddist in Tibet - and there is close to 50 monks now living here.)

I had an amazing ride out of Lhasa to the hilltop where Ganden Monastery is. Such beautiful scenery  on the way and the first opportunity I have to see several groups of yaks in the fields, on the road . . .   Anyone not able to go to Gyantse, Shigatse, Yamdrok-Tso Lake and elsewhere in Tibet should definitely make Ganden Monastery  a must to visit. It definitely gives you a little insight as to how the countryside of Tibet is like. Of course not quite the same views but . . .when time is short and altitude is a problem Ganden Monastery is still doable. This, my last day in Tibet and  my 1st and only  kora.  It takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hr but so exilarating and so emotional once again.  I start out by hanging a prayer flag for blessings and good luck.  I carry a stone and place it in a special place for a wish to come true, I burn incense for more blessings and peace in the world.  My day trip ends with a visit to a Tibetan house that I had asked my guide to organize.  As she can't speak Tibetan(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) she asked the driver to come with us so that he could translate my questions!!!!!!  It was quite interesting.  I find out that the wife is working in the field, the daughter in law will soon appear with the children home from school for lunch and the husband is at home!!!!!!!! It is on my last day that I finally get to taste Yak butter tea which I cannot refuse as it would be insulting to the owner so I manage drink down half a cup and hope that everyone will be happy with that. 

I have my last diner at The Original Crazy Yak Restaurant and take in a second Cultural show.  This time I try  the buffet and it is a mixture of Chinese, Tibetan and Indian food and all very tasty.
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