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Walking the Ganden Kora

Walking the Kora — one of the circuits around a monastery — is a traditional way for Tibetan Buddhists to worship, and you will see pilgrims making circuit after circuit of major monastery buildings wherever you are in Tibet.

The Ganden High Kora is a longer walk around the monastery area, climbing above the monastery to the Wangpori ridgeline, while the lower kora circles the complex and leads to Tsongkhapa's meditation cave.

 Walking the kora takes about one and a half to two hours, and on a clear day there are stunning views of the peak of Nyenchen Thangla and the Kyi-Chu valley below.

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Other experiences in Lhasa

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    Visit to the Potala Palace, Lhasa

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    Monks at Sera Monastery, Lhasa

    Sera Monastery Visit

    Sera Monastery Visit

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    Summer Palace, Lhasa

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