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Norbulingka, Lhasa

Norbulingka Overview

Norbulingka popularly known as The Jewelled Park is a beautiful destination visited by many on a tour to Lhasa, Tibet, China. The Norbulingka is a palace and surrounding park established in the year 1755. The place was the traditional residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959 in summer.

The Norbulingka is part of the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace. The place was added as an extension of the Historic Ensemble in the year 2001. It is even recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Built by the 7th Dalai Lama, the Norbulingka served as the religious center and the administrative center simultaneously. Today, the place is a favorite tourist destination, as it a representation of the Tibetan palace architecture.

It is located on the west side of Lhasa and a short distance of the southwest of Potala Palace. The park covers around 36 hectares (89 acres) of land. It is believed to the largest garden made by humans in Tibet.

The Norbulingka serves as a park having horticultural similar to the ethnic settings of the Tibet. The best time to visit the place is during summers and autumn, when it the hub of festivals, entertainment, dancing, singing and much more.

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