Drepung Monastery Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

1. Visitors need some medicine to prevent the altitude reaction.

2 The delicious foods here are: Lhasa Zanba, Lhasa buttered tea,

Best Time to Visit Drepung Monastery

The best time to visit Lhasa is the summer and spring because the temperature is moderate, neither cold nor windy. The city is warm throughout the whole year and people call it “sunlight city.”  The highest temperature is in July whereas the lowest temperature is in January. There are few rainfalls here but you can clearly distinguish between seasons. Rain is concentrated in July, August and September and mostly during the night. In summer, you can visit the Potala Palace, the Dazhao Temple, the Drepung Monastery and some other palaces. You will feel the strong religious atmosphere. At night you can go to the Tibetan bars and experience the Tibetan customs. Most of the rain will be during the night, so you will see a sunny day when you get up in the morning. You can breathe the fresh air and go on your journey. The 1st of July, according to the lunar calendar used by the Zang nationality is the Shoton Festival in Tibet. You can watch the performances and see the splendid scene.

Drepung Monastery’s Tickets:

The level of the scenic spot: the impotant preservation of culture relics

Address: in the Genwu Zi Mountain of the west Lhasa

The entrance ticket: 55RMB/person and the Tibetan are free of charge. The low season from the 20th of October to the 20th of April, and the ticket is 25RMB/person.

Open time: 9:00AM-17:00PM

How to get to the Drepung Monastery:

By airplane:

Lhasa Gongga Airport has international and domestic routes, including direct flights to Chengtu (part of the flight stops at Changdu), Chongqing, Xi’an, and Changdu, Guangzhou (stops at Chongqing), Beijing (stops at Chengtu) and Shanghai (stops at Xi’an). The only national flight flies to the capital of to Nepal.

The Gongga airport is in the Gongga Country which is 98km away from the south of Lhasa. The airport bus from the airport to the ticket office of the Niangre Road and it will take you one and half an hour, the charge is 25RMB each person. If more people want to go to the airport together, you can take a taxi, the charge is about 150RMB.

By train:

The Lhasa train station is located in the northwest of Liuyu village, Duide Longqing. It is 20km to the Potala Palace. You can take the bus No.86,91 to get there. At present, Beijing, Chongqing, Chengtu, Xining, Shanghai, Lanzhou, and Guangzhou have trains to go to Lhasa.

By bus:

Lhasa has four passenger depots including the eastern suburbs, the west suburbs, the north suburbs and the Liuyu.

The eastern suburbs passenger depot is located in the No.3 of Jiangsu east Road of Lhasa. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6340523.

Bus Routes:

Lhasa – Bayi: every hour, the charge is from 80RMB to 120RMB.

Lhasa – Dangxiong: eight times a day, the charge is 30RMB.

Lhasa – Yangba Jing: 3 times a day, the charge is 15RMB.

Lhasa – Sangye Temple: 2 times a day, the charge is 40RMB.

Lhasa – Gandan Temple: 4 times a day, the charge is 10RMB.

Lhasa – Zhigongti Temple: one time a day, the charge is 30RMB.

The northern suburbs passenger depot is located in the No.11 of Zhaji Road. The buses will take passengers to the Ali, Naqu and Shigatse. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6922104.

Bus routes:

Lhasa – Ali: two times a day, the departure time is 4:00 AM, the charge of front rows is 800RMB and back rows is 500 RMB. It will arrive at the destination next day.

Lhasa – Shigatse: 4-5 times a day, the charge is about 50RMB.

Lhasa – Naqu: 6-7 times a day, the charge is about 60RMB.

The western suburbs passenger depot is located in the No.1 of Nationality Road, Lhasa. The buses will take passengers to the Chengtu, Shigates and Shannan. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6824469.

Bus Routes:

Lhasa – Chengtu: just one time a day, the departure time is 5:00 PM. It will arrive at the destination in 2days. The charge is 530RMB.

Lhasa – Shigates: the bus will come per half an hour. The charge is about 50RMB.

Lhasa – Shannan: the bus will come per half an hour. The charge is 30RMB.

Liuyu passenger depot is next to the Lhasa Station and combined with Lhasa Station into one. It is a new long – distance passenger depot. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6947216.

Buses Routes:

Lhasa – Zhangmu (the Nepal port), it will leave at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning. The charge is 270RMB.

Lhasa – Changdu: the departure time is 10:00AM every day. The charge is 320RMB. It will arrive at the destination in three days. The bus will pass by the Bayi, Mibo and Wuran.

Lhasa – Mangkang: the departure time is 10:00 AM on the next day morning, the charge is 350RMB. It will pass by the Bayi, Mibo and Wuran.

Lhasa – Shangri-La: the departure time is 10:00AM on the next day morning. The charge is 520RMB, the sleeper is charge 570RMB. It will arrive at the destination in 4 days. It will pass by No.318 line.

By taxi:

The taxi will take you to the foot of the mountain and the charge is 20RMB. You also can take a bus to arrive at the foot of the mountain the charge is 1RMB/person. If by walking, it will take half an hour.

Lhasa barley wine, stew the sheep head, drying red meat and so on.

Jack Li
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