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Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery

Lhasa, China
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Visit the sacred Samye Monastery on a day-long tour from Lhasa. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the site was the first Buddhist monastery to be built in Tibet. Learn about its lauded mandala design and admire a variety of Asian architectural styles as you explore with a guide. Admission fees are included, but Tibet travel permits are at your own expense and must be arranged with the local supplier 20 days before you travel.
  • Day trip to the Samye Monastery from Lhasa
  • Admire sights of the Yarlung Tsang as you travel
  • Explore the 8th-century site, which was Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery
  • Hear tales of King Trisong Detsen from your guide
  • Learn about the sacred monastery’s architecture and Buddhist jewels
  • Relax with a hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off
Book online, then contact the local supplier to confirm your hotel pickup time. When your group is on board the vehicle, you’ll depart Lhasa around 9:30am.

Relax as you travel past Yarlung Tsang, aka the Brahmaputra River, and see the famous Sand Mountain. Gaze out the window at a high mountain meadow, and see the local wide-flowing rivers as you make your way to the Samye Monastery.

The first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, the Samye Monastery traces its foundations to the 8th century. Head inside as you hear how the important site is home to the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha — making it a must-visit site for locals and visitors alike.

Learn about the monastery’s architecture, which encompasses Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese styles, and hear how it was the first temple in the country to be built at the request of King Trisong Detsen. The layout of the sacred site was created according to the ideal universe detailed in Buddhist scriptures. 

When your temple visit ends, return to your transport. Your day ends with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
Stop At:  
Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)
Starting with a Lhasa hotel pickup in the morning, the tour guide will lead the way along the Yarlung Tsang (Brahmaputra River), the Sand Mountain, the high mountain meadow, and the wide rivers en route to the Samye Monastery. The Samye Monastery is Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery, built in the 8th century. It is the first monastery to have three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors both at home and abroad. Samye Monastery is located on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsanpo River of Zharang County. It is know as the first temple in Tibet commissioned by King Trisong Detsen. The monastery combines Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian architectural styles. The layout was designed completely according to the ideal universe found in Buddhist scriptures. The tour ends with a return trip to Lhasa.
Duration: 3 hours 
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