Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace for the successive Dalai Lamas. It is a popular place for Locals for a picnic and the very popular tourist destination in Lhasa. The palace is under the protection of UNESCO under the extension of Potala Palace. during your visit, you will see the Tibetan architectural from different centuries and blend of different architecture.
History of The Norbulingka
Before the establishment the resort palace, the very location was full of wild animals, there was a small spring and there are lots of bird singing the melodies. Due to lots of wild animals and the quietness of the place, it is called as the masked deer park.
During the time of fifth Dalai Lama, he is said to have built a tent and celebrated the bathing festival in the mask deer park. When seventh Dalai Lama was residing at the Drepung monastery, he is said to have spent summer days in the park. After taking the political responsibility of regional Tibetan Government, he has developed arthritis. Seventh Dalai Lama has built bathing facilities in the park, The water was said to have a medicinal value which treated his illness. Later in the year 1755, he built a two-story Palace on the left side of the bathing facilities and gave his name to the Palace, as it is called Kalsang Prodrang.
From that time, it has become the School for young Dalai Lamas and the summer palace after assuming the political and religious authority of the Regional government of Tibet. Eight Dalai lamas have built the pond and pavilion on the pond, the yellow fence, he also plans lots of tree and plant which makes the Palace into a very beautiful park. Later every successive Dalai Lama has extended and built their own structures.
A final word about Norbulingka
The palace is the accumulated works and renovations done over two centuries. Many scholars of Tibetan architecture and Tibetologist stays the Norbulingka is the nectar of Tibetan civilization