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In the 1930s the Drepung Monastery ranked among the largest monasteries is the world with between 7,000 and 10,000 monks from various countries living on its grounds at any given time. Its colorful halls were once divided into four schools for monks from Mongolia, Khampas and two other nearby regions. And while the number of monks has dropped to approximately 2,000, Drepung is now divided into seven colleges where men venture to learn about lineage, religion and geography.

In 2008, Chinese authorities shut Drepung down after monks led what became a violent protest against Chinese rule. After that, it didn't open to the public until 2013. Now travelers can explore the caves and temples around the grounds and step inside the iconic white pagodas tucked amid the hillside. Ganden Potrang, one of the most popular sites of Drepung Monastery, originally served as a residence for the second, third, fourth and fifth Dalai Lamas, before becoming a political and religious meeting place. While travelers agree the monastery’s buildings are certainly impressive, it’s the vast courtyards and dense forests that make this famous destination a perfect place for finding peaceful reflection.

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7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

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This spectacular, and comprehensive tour will help you discover multiple highlights in seven days.You’ll travel between spread out attractions in a comfortable vehicle, and will save time researching and planning your itinerary, as it’s all organized for you. Take the stress out of language barriers, as this tour includes a guide. Highlights included Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery, Karo glacier, and Everest Base Camp. 
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  • 8 days
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$880.00
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$880.00
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6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

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Discover the wonders of Tibet on this 6-day tour. You’ll save hours planning your itinerary, as everything is organized for you, including accommodation, and entrance tickets. Make the most of your time, and visit multiple cities, while traveling in a comfortable vehicle, with a guide. Highlights include Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Potala Palace in Lhasa. You’ll also visit attractions in Gyantse, and Shigatse.
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  • 6 days
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$757.90
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3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

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Check off the spiritual and historic highlights of Lhasa in just three nights on this classic Tibet discovery tour. Spend your first day exploring the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, then get to know your small group and guide over a welcome dinner. Then travel a little further to two of Tibet’s greatest monasteries: Sera and Drepung. Choose between 3-star or 4-star accommodation, which includes breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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$480.00
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$480.00
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Discover one the world’s most wild and ruggedly beautiful regions on this seamless, 5-night tour from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet. Set off in the evening from Beijing and choose a hard-sleeper or soft-sleeper compartment; during your 2-night journey, you’ll pass by some of China’s most remarkable scenery. Upon arrival in Lhasa, enjoy a welcome dinner and settle in at your accommodation. Spend the remaining time exploring the region’s highlights, from the Potala Palace (once home of the Dalai Lama) and Jokhang Temple to the Drepung and Sera Monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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$854.00
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15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

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Explore Tibet with a 15-day tour that travels from Lhasa to the northern and far western regions. Highlights includes Potala Palace, and the Drepung and Sera Monasteries in Lhasa; camping at Everest Base Camp with views of Mt Everest; and trekking around Mt Kailash. See several UNESCO World Heritage sites, the sacred Yamdrok Lake on the way to Shigatse, remote monasteries, and an abundance of stunning scenery.
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  • 15 days
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$2,221.06
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4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

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Discover the highlights of Lhasa with your own private guide on a 4-day tour of Tibet’s capital. See UNESCO World Heritage sites and landmarks such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and Drepung Monastery, and travel with ease in a private vehicle with hotel or airport pickup and drop-off provided. Admission tickets are purchased on your own, which leaves flexibility to visit the sites that you want.
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  • 4 days
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$656.29
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Lhasa Culture tour

Lhasa Culture tour

1) Meet local Tibetan expert on Dinner 2) Visit a Tibetan Handicraft centre 3) travel with Authentic Tibetan travel company 4) Tibetan Caligraphy Class
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$564.11
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$564.11
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Tibet 8-Day Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

Tibet 8-Day Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

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Go on an epic adventure in Tibet with this 8-day tour that stops at some of the most popular monasteries, including Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Rongphu Monastery, and Tashilunpo Monastery. Along the journey, see Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Karo-La Glacier, and Yamdrok Lake. Plus end your tour by visiting the Everest Base Camp at the majestic Mt. Everest.
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  • 8 days
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$1,208.26
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15 Days Mt. Kailash and Manasarova Pilgrimage Group Tour

15 Days Mt. Kailash and Manasarova Pilgrimage Group Tour

For Buddhist believers, Tibet is the holiest place to visit. Here, you can enjoy the ancient monasteries and temples, sacred mountains and lakes. This 15 days Mt Kailash Manasarovar yatra tour is the ideal tour route for those who are interested in Buddhism. At the beginning of the tour, you will spend three days to adapt to the high altitude in Lhasa city. After visiting the main temples and monasteries in Lhasa, you will head to visit EBC, Mt Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, etc. Along the, you will meet lots of pilgrims trekking to the holy mountain and lake.
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  • 15 days
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$2,368.43
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Chengdu

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Chengdu

Explore the rich culture and architecture of this beautiful Himalayan city on a railway adventure from Chengdu. Enjoy two overnight stays aboard the Qinghai Tibet Train while cruising through northwest China’s picturesque scenery, then tour Lhasa’s landmark sites with an informative local guide. Visit landmarks like the White and Red palaces, Jokhang Temple, and the Drepung Monastery. Enjoy accommodations in 4-star hotels and some complimentary meals.
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  • 6 days
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$815.40
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

Travel along one of the world’s most spectacular rail routes during this multi-day, train adventure from Shanghai to Lhasa. Pass by stunning mountain views and scenic provincial villages as you head deep off the beaten track. In Lhasa, you’ll enjoy time to hit the highlights, from the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace to Tibetan handicraft stalls. The tour includes four-star accommodation and visits to two of Tibet’s most fabled monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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$869.20
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15-Day Small-Group Best of Tibet Tour

15-Day Small-Group Best of Tibet Tour

Tibet is famous for unique scenery and culture of Lamas which allure worldwide travelers from adventure-seeking backpackers to luxury jet-setters since opening up for tourism in the 1980's. This 15-day small group tour provides an escape for your soul from the hustle and bustle and takes you to visit Lhasa, Gyamtse, Shigatse, Tingri, Rongbuk, Mount Everest Base Camp, Saga, Darchen, Dirpuk, Zutulpuk, Manasarovar, and Payang.
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  • 15 days
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$3,636.00
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8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

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This comprehensive tour will take you to many of Tibet’s top attractions. You won’t have to worry about arranging transport, as transfers and accommodation are organized for you. Save time researching places to visit, and instead enjoy your action-packed itinerary, which has been carefully planned so you don’t miss any highlights. Best parts of the tour include Drepung Monastery, and Potala Palace in Lhasa, Lake Yamdroktso, Shigatse, Gyantse, and Mt. Everest. 
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  • 8 days
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$1,131.58
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Tibet Private Tour: 15 Days Mt.Kailash With Mt.Everest Tour

Tibet Private Tour: 15 Days Mt.Kailash With Mt.Everest Tour

This 15days tour on Tibetan Tour On Tibet Plateau will include landscapes, lakes, UNESCO world heritage sites , trekking and most sacred mountains. This will provide you Tibet adventurous odyssey from Central Tibet to Far Western Tibet. The Destinations are; Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Mt.Everest, Old Tingri, Saga, Lake Manasarovar, Mt.Kailash, Darchen, Mt,Kailash Trekking.
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  • 15 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,263.16
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$2,263.16

8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

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Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Lhasa 8 Days Tour covered the essence spots.  The tourists shall launched towards Lhasa, experiencing the holy city, which abundant with the Tibetan Buddhist culture.  Here stand with the highest palace in the world – the Potala Palace, The holy worship place – Jokhang Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Monastery – Drepung Monastery, and famous Sera Monastery which is attracted with the Monks debate.  Depart from Lhasa, on the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4990 m), pass by the sacred Yamdrok Lake with the reputation of Heavenly Lake.  In Shigatse you may visit the residence of Penchen – Tashilunpo Monastery.  Finally, receives the ablution of the world’s highest peak at the Everest Base Camp.
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  • 8 days
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$1,559.22
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$1,559.22
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7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

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Explore Tibet on a private 7-day tour that starts in Lhasa and continues to the important cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Travel with an experienced guide through Lhasa to see Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street. After three days, head to Gyantse, stopping at beautiful Yamdrok Lake before arrival in Gyantse where you take in Palkhor Monastery. Keep going to Shigatse to tour the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen (Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas) before returning to Lhasa.
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  • 7 days
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$1,920.00
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$1,920.00
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5-Night Lhasa City Private Tour

5-Night Lhasa City Private Tour

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Travelers interested in learning about the culture, traditions, and religion of Tibet will enjoy this carefully planned tour. You’ll visit some of the most important Tibetan Buddhist sites in Lhasa, including the must-see Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, various monasteries, and more. As well as comfortable four-star accommodation you’ll also spend a night in a homestay, so you can learn more about the daily life and customs of ordinary Tibetans.
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  • 5 days
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$730.53
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$730.53

5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

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This convenient five-day tour of Lhasa and nearby areas is an ideal tour for travelers who want to see the cultural and natural beauty of Tibet but don’t have weeks to explore. Everything will be arranged for you, so you can just enjoy the cultural treasures of Lhasa, including the unmissable Potala Palace and other monasteries. Plus, visit Lake Namtso on an easy overnight excursion, one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet.
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  • 6 days
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$790.00
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$790.00
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5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

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Visit the three largest cities in Central Tibet—Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse—and get a good overview of the culture and landscape of the region on this convenient five-night tour. You don’t have to worry about any permits, transportation, or accommodation, as it’s all taken care of for you. Travel in a comfortable mini-bus, make new friends on a small-group tour, and learn about Tibet first-hand from a local guide.
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  • 6 days
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$770.00
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$770.00
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10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

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This well-designed tour will help you to discover most of the wonders from Lhasa to Mt Everest and Lake Namtso. The tour starts with the top holy sites in Lhasa such as Potala Palace which is the landmark of Tibet and Jokhang temple, an ancient temple holds the highest position in Tibetan Buddhism. Then you will head to Gyantse and Shigatse for an adventure tour and get close to Lake Yamdrok and a great many of other attractions on the way. The sunrise at Everest Peak could be a spectacle not to be missed and it may be an unforgettable memory in your life time. The beautiful Lake Namtso and wonderful Yangpachen hot spring are waiting for you on your way back.
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  • 10 days
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$1,292.64
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$1,292.64
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8 Days Lhasa to Mt. Everest (EBC in Tibet) Join-in Group Tour with 4-star Hotel

8 Days Lhasa to Mt. Everest (EBC in Tibet) Join-in Group Tour with 4-star Hotel

This 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour with 4 stars hotel is one of the classic itineraries in Tibet. In this tour, you will not only visit the famous attractions in Lhasa and Shigatse, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc, but also witness the the world highest mountain - Mt.Everest from the Everest Base Camp at 5200 meters above the sea level.
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  • 8 days
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$920.00
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$920.00
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4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

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Explore the palaces of the Dalai Lamas and learn about Tibetan Buddhism on a private 4-day tour of Lhasa. Tour the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into Buddhist traditions when visiting Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Witness the rhythms of local life in the shops along Barkhor Street, and stop into the Tibet Museum and Tibetan Traditional Hospital. This once-in-a-lifetime tour includes three nights of accommodation, airport transfers and most meals.
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  • 4 days
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$881.00
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$881.00
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5-Night Tibet: Lhasa and Namtso Lake with Travel Permit

5-Night Tibet: Lhasa and Namtso Lake with Travel Permit

Remove the stress of exploring Tibet independently on a 6-day tour from Lhasa. As well as taking care of your Tibet Travel Permit, this excursion covers top Tibet attractions such as the 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, and Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, you’ll spend a couple of days at the spectacular Namtso Lake. Overnight accommodation, transfers, and entrance fees are included on this seasonal tour, available between April and October.
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  • 6 days
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$934.27
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$934.27

6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Group Tour

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Visit Lhasa and Lake Namtso during a 6-day tour that goes to key UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural attractions in Tibet. Take in Lhasa highlights over three days including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, and Barkhor Street. Then take an overnight tour to Lake Namtso where you can soak in the spectacular scenery before returning for your final night in Lhasa.
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  • 6 days
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$800.00
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$800.00
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What are Drepung Monastery hours of operation?
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Drepung Monastery hours of operation: Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Drepung Monastery tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Drepung Monastery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 157 Drepung Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Drepung Monastery 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Drepung Monastery costs USD 180.00. Guided Drepung Monastery tours start around USD 180.00 per person. See all 157 Drepung Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.
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