Norbu meaning Jewel and Lingka meaning Garden. The Jewel Garden is also known as the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and picnic area of local Tibetans.
The Palace was built by the 7th Dalai Lama in the mid 18th century.
The article Photo: Tsokyil Palace
7th Dalai Lama
The 7th Dalai Lama was born in Litang town at the eastern Tibet Kham area. The 6th Dalai Lama predicted the 7th Dalai Lama through his poems. ( Hey white crane, can you hire me your wings. I won't go far, will go Litang and come back soon. ) Later 7th Dalai Lama was born at the Litang and traveled to central Tibet. In Lhasa, he had built the first Palace in the Norbulingka known as Kelsang Podrang Palace.
Kelsang Podrang Palace
Kelsang meaning Prosperous. The Palace is built by the 7th Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyatso. The main shrine of the Palace is Buddha Shakyamuni and Buddha of three families. Travelers can also witness the horse cart and few different types of transportation vehicles from the 7th Dalai Lama to the 14th Dalai Lama. The location of the Palace is near the Zoo of Norbulingka.
Chensal Podrang Palace
Chensal meaning favorite. This is the most favorite Palace of Dalai Lama. The Palace was built by the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso. The main shrine of the Palace is the Thangkas of female Buddha Jetsun Drolma ( also known as Tara in Sanskrit.) The location of the Palace is near the main entrance gate.
Tsokyil Podrang Palace
Tsokyil meaning in the middle of Lake. The Palace was built by the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso. The main shrine of the Palace is the compassion Buddha Chenresig with thousand arms and thousand eyes. The Palace looks like a library with many spiritual books. Kagyur and Tengyur of Buddha. Many oral teachings from Tibetan ancestors. The location of the Palace is opposite the Takten Migyur Podrang Palace.
Photo: Takten Migur Palace
Takten Migyur Podrang Palace
Takten meaning everlasting. The Palace was built by the 14th Dalai Lama. There are three floors with around 60 rooms. The main shrine of the Palace is the golden seat of Dalai Lama and personal and meeting rooms. Many beautiful wall paintings with gold and silver statues of Buddhas. This is the biggest and newest Palace in the Norbulingka. The bathroom and shower room are made of modern design with a big radio from India. Few of the electric bulb in the room are from England. The Palace has a beautiful garden. The location of the Palace is towards the north at the opposite of Tsokyil Palace.
Zoo of Norbulingka
This is the only Zoo in Lhasa. There are many different animals from Tibet. Bear, Blue sheep, Musk deer, Monkeys, Peacock, Chicken, Deer, Parrot, Wolf, Fox, and Rabbit. The entrance fee of the Zoo is 10 RMB per person.
The specialty of the Norbulingka Palace
Potala Palace is the winter Palace of Dalai Lama and Norbulingka Palace is the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama.
They are many different types of trees in the Norbulingka including Juniper which gives a beautiful smell. The Palace looks like a small forest villa.
During the Shoton Yogurt festival, Travelers can witness the beauties of Tibetan Opera for a week in the Norbulingka Palace.
Tibetans will come for a picnic in the Norbulingka Palace during the summer.
Norbulingka Palace is one of the most peaceful Palaces with sounds of birds and smell of flowers during the summer.
Norbulingka Palace is one of the biggest gardens in Tibet. The Palace is well maintained from the Lhasa central office management.
The entrance fee of the Palace is 60 RMB per person for Travelers.
During the Shoton Festival, Norbulingka Palace will be crowded with Travelers from different nations and local Tibetan people from different areas in Tibet.
Many Travelers has told us that they are too many monasteries in the tour so we have recommended Norbulingka Palace and many of them like it a lot.
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