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Drak Yerpa

40 km outside of Lhasa, Lhasa, China
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In the middle of the 7th century, Songtsan Gampo and his team built Drak-Yerpa for his wife. Songstan Gampo (604-650) was the 33rd king of the Yarlung Dynasty. And he was the first emperor of a united Tibet. It was said that there were 108 caves at Drak Yerpa in the past but now only a dozen of them remain well. And the earliest among these caves is the cave of Songtsan Gampo. Many individual temples were built around the cave, then after several expansions, they were consolidated forming the well-known temple. This site is very peaceful and has stunning views. To walk and hike where Songtsan Gampo and the later Guru Renpoche and the later Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche (late 8th to early 9th century) have walked is really aspiring.
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40 km outside of Lhasa, Lhasa, China
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Located in northeast of Lhasa. Altitude is 4,885m. There are no crowded people there. You can feel peaceful.

Thank 04072013
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This was an unplanned trip on our last day in Lhasa. It was supposed to be rest day in the City before leaving Tibet, but we decided to ask about other options and our guide recommended this trip. It was probably an hour or so...More

Thank gcap_11
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This site gives the visitors a insight to the caves where ancient yogis of Tibet meditated.A site worth visiting.

Thank sonamdhondup
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Less than an hour outside of Lhasa and worth the trip if you've seen the closer in monasteries. It involves a pretty steep climb so be prepared. There is a very traditional tea house on premises that is very dirty, but interesting.

Thank MGStickler
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Once you are in Lhasa try to rent a car and escape the crowds to Drak Yerpa Monastery. You will be delighted by the atmosphere and the view from the mountain. Its a bit hard to walk all the stairs but worth the effort. Plan...More

Thank pavlusssa
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This is less crowded as the Ganden Monastery and is mostly frequented by locals and not foreign tourists. A bit of a hike up, but if you go slowly and steady this is the most genuine of experiences. We each took a foldable mountain walking...More

Thank LuxuryGypsie
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Walking is not easy but the scenery makes it worthwhile. If you are in Lhasa you should not miss this opportunity to visit this authentic place.

Thank Elisa K
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Seriously why is this place not on more itineraries ? Then again I'm glad it isn't because the calm away from the tourist crowds is part of the magic of the place. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves - but I will also say...More

Thank Nikki H
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Padmasambhava or the Lotus Buddha has meditated in 8 caves during his human lifetime. This is the most important one. Why ? This is the mountain with 108 caves nested in the body of the Green Tara mountain. This is where both the Daila Lama...More

Thank rebecca w
Reviewed 26 November 2016

I highly recommend this place, even though it's not yet popular to tourists in Tibet. Couldn't believe my eyes here! A big surrounding is the gorgeous snow mountains and valley (see my pictures). The temple is spreading over the mountain, with lots of pagodas scattering...More

Thank Yao-Li W
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Response from Bill L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for long delay in response. There are no regular tours or local transport to this site. As all foreign travelers must be accompanied by a guide you should be able to arrange this directly with your guide or through... More
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