Day Tour: Tibet Drepung and Sera Monasteries


At 9:30am, greet your guide in the lobby of the GangGyan hotel, located in central Lhasa. From here, you’ll make the 30-minute journey to the Drepung Monastery and learn about the complex’s rich history along the way.   Hear about when the monastery was closed down due to the incitement of a violent protest, visit the former residences of Dalai Lamas, and discover the scenic temples, caves, and pagodas scattered across the colossal grounds. Then, you’ll continue to 15th-century Sera Monastery, known as the home of the debating monks, to watch raucous debates between novice and senior monks on the doctrines of Tibetan Buddhism.    Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point at around 5:30pm.

Tour info

8 hours
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Why take this tour?

Explore two monastries, the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery — two of the 'great three' Gelug university monasteries of Tibet — on this full-day tour. Drepung is the largest monastery in Tibet and the home monastery of the Dalai Lama. Sera Monastery is famous for the monk's debate at 3-to-5pm daily. All entry fees, plus a Lhasa hotel pickup and drop-off, are included.

What’s included?

  • Small-group (2-12 persons)

  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off

  • English-speaking, local Tibetan guide

  • City tour tourist vehicle

  • Liability travel insurance

  • Drinking water provided during the trip

  • Entrance fee of tourist site

  • Entry/Admission - Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

  • Lunch

  • Tibet Travel Permit at additional USD $50 per person

  • Entry/Admission - Sera Monastery

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 8h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Tibet Vista

About operator:

Tibet Vista (Tibet Travel Org) is your window to Tibet travel and offers the first-hand Tibet Travel information, helpful Travel ideas and customized Tibet tours. Our tour company was founded in 1984. We has been committed to objectively introducing profound culture and awe-inspiring natural wonders of Tibet to the world. With sincere management and innovative spirits, we aim to make memorable travel experiences to foreign tourists and shoulder the responsibility for creating more job opportunities for local Tibetans.

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