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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)



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Tashilunpo MonasteryThe Tashilhunpo Monastery, the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore.

Tashilhunpo Monastery,TibetThe monastery was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa, Genden Drup. Genden Drup was retroactively named the first Dalai Lama and he is enshrined in Tashilhunpo. Despite its association with the first Dalai Lama, Tashilhunpo was initially isolated from the mainstream of Gelugpa affairs, which were centered in the Lhasa region. 

The monastery's standing rocketed, however, when the fifthTashilhunpo Monastery,Tibet Dalai Lama declared his teacher-then abbot of Tashilhunpo-to be a manifestation of Amitabha. Thus Tashilhunpo became the seat of an important lineage line the Panchen Lamas. The title Panchen means great scholar and was the title traditionally bestowed on abbots of Tashihunpo. But with the establishment of the Panchen Lama lineage of spiritual and temporal leaders-second only to the Dalai Lamas themselves-the specter of possible rivalry was introduced into the Gelugpa order. Naturally it did not take long to emerge. The next Panchen Lama was declared ruler of Tsang and Western Tibet by the Qing Dynasty in China.

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