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Norbulingka Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama

18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama
Norbulingka Monastery in Lhasa

Constructed in the 18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. This delightful palace, filled with beautiful gardens, ornamental ponds and fountains, is located on the western part of Lhasa, on the banks of the Kyichu River. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace complex has four palaces and a monastery and decorative pavilions.  Tibetan families usually love to spend their leisure hours sitting at the grassy lawn of this beautiful palace. The Shoton Festival or the Yoghurt Festival is celebrated on the grounds of the Norbulingka Palace. The festival is celebrated on the seventh month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (July or August). This is a week-long festival and people celebrate it by merry-making and feasting. Traditional Tibetan operas and cultural performances are held in the garden area of the Summer Palace


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