Norbulingka Palace in Lhasa Tibet Tour Guide:
Nestled at an altitude of 3,650 metres above sea level, just a short distance away from the magnificent Potala Palace, the Norbulingka Palace and Gardens offer visitors, both tourists and locals alike, a wonderful escape into a wonderland of lush green gardens interspersed with scenic water features and architectural masterpieces.
The palace and gardens were once the summer homes of the Dalai Lamas and hence, are not only exquisitely beautiful but have a serene environ that is only punctuated by the music of birds and the tunes of theatre, opera and dance performances.
The Dalai Lama may not be in residence even in summer now, the Chinese authorities might have taken over the gardens but the Norbulingka retains its beauty, perhaps due to its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Revel in its beauty and see the features that gave Norbulingka Gardens its name, which once translated, mean Treasure Garden or Precious Stone Garden.
The garden, at 36 hectares, is the largest manmade garden in Tibet. Palatial architecture including Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang or Lake Palace, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang, Throne Room and an abundance of chapels and pavilions are sprinkled across the garden. Walk across the bridges to the Lake Palace and venture into the New Palace, the newest structure of Norbulingka and the palace built by the 14th Dalai Lama. The Kelsang Potrang, the first palace to be built in Norbulingka, in particular is very beautiful and an excellent example of Yellow Hat architecture.