Explore Sera Monastery Monday To Saturday With Tibetan Guide - Lhasa

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    2 pm from House of Shambhala Lobby, 2:20 pm from Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel lobby, Please be ready at least 10 minutes earlier than departure hour.
  • Departure Details :
    House of Shambhala, Ganggyan Hotel Lhasa Tibet
  • Return Details :
    downtown Barkhor or your hotel in Lhasa
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable


Welcome to visitthe Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa). It is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of Monks Debate which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday.

Know More about this tour

Sera Monasteryis one of three famous Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect monasteries in Lhasa. The other two are Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect is branch of Tibetan Buddhism which was founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in1419during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which refers to wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built.

The magnificent Sera Monastery covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). There are three main buildings which are called Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). There are scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here every afternoon except for Sunday and this is distinctive from the other famous monasteries. In the history, it housed more than 6000 monks but since 2008, there are no more than 550 monks living here.

Your Tibetan English speaking guide will meet travelers at House of Shambhala hotel lobby at around 2 pm,Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel lobby at around2:20 pm. If there are only 3-4 travelers finally in a group, public transport of taxi or bus will be in use, while if there are 5 or more travelers per group, local supplier will arrange a suitable van or tour bus for the transfer. Please be on time for the tour activity. The exact meeting time will be reconfirmed at least 1 day in advance. If your hotel is far from downtown, please inform clearly to supplier in advance to appoint the time and location for guide to meet.


  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Admission fee
  • Shared vehicle from hotelto and fromSera Monastery(1-4 pax by public transport, 5-12 pax by tour van or tour bus)
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Tibet permits-50 USD per person (please arrange suitable Tibet permit separately with the same tour supplier at least 20 days prior to arrival in Lhasa)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The tour sightseeing hour is between 3 pm and 5 pm, please be ready to meet Tibetan guide at 2 pm at House of Shambhala or 2:20 pm at Ganggyan Hotel Lhasa Tibet. If your hotel is far from downtown, please contact supplier at least 2 days in advance to reconfirm the meeting time and point (however you will need to get to the meeting point by yourself)

Instant confirmation, but is subject to availability 

1-4 pax by public transport such as taxi or local bus, 5-12 pax by tour van or tour bus

Travelers can join additional group tours with the same tour supplier if they have the suitable Tibet travel permits with the same supplier. Some recommended products codes:  Viator product code: 12288P19, 2288P14,12288P35,12288P22,12288P29,12288P37

All foreign travelers need to have Tibet permits arranged before arrival in Lhasa, otherwise they can not travel to Tibet

All foreign travelers entering Tibet from Nepal need Additional Tibet Group Visa (TGV requires additional cost ranging from USD$115 to USD$210 depending on traveler's nationality and 3 working days of processing time in Kathmandu).

Upon booking, please contact the same supplier for Tibet permits and or Tibet group visa arrangement. Please be noted that to guarantee you can enter Tibet, you'd better apply the permits with the supplier at least 20 days in advance (the earlier the better)

All China visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler, when you apply China visa, please do not mention "Tibet"

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