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For me, our daytrip to the Ganden monastery was the highlight of our stay in Lhasa. The monastery is located approximately 40 km from Lhasa and is relatively easily reached by bus or other means of road transport. It will take you about one hour to get there. The first part is a very good paved road through the Kyi-chu river valley, but the last part is a dirt-road that swirls up the mountain. While you are climbing, the monastery reveals itself in its full glory; a truly magnificent sight!

Ganden is built on the crest of a curved mountain and lies at about 4500 meter altitude; about 1000 meter above the river valley. The views over the surrounding area are superb. If you climb the hill to the left of the entrance (in the direction of the prayer flags) you can get a marvellous view on the monastery. We just climbed there with the two of us. The climb is pretty tough at this altitude, but it is really worth the effort. We just sat down and enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and the breathtaking view. Being aware that we were actually there, in Tibet, just with the two of us, watching the monastery from above, without hearing other human sounds, under a blue sky.... it was really special and even emotional.

This picture was taken near the prayer flag location on this hill. We also left a few prayer flags on this special place. The next picture that I will post, offers a more conventional but clear view on the monastery from a little higher up the mountain.

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