Ani Tsankhung Nunnery came into existence in the 7th century during the reign of the great Tibetan king Songsten Gampo. Buddhists nuns have been residing inside since the 12th century. The original function of the place is a meditation chamber. The nunnery lies on the street parallel and north of Chingdol Dong Lu in the historic old Lhasa quarter. It houses a beautiful image of Chenrezi, the multi-armed Bodhisattva of Compassion. It is a magically tranquil place in the bustling town. Travelers especially interested in a quiet and intimate religious site will enjoy this off-the-beaten-path tour.
What you can expect
Our English speaking local Tibetan tour guide will meet you in the historic center near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. We will then walk to Ani Tsankhung Nunnery. It is not the easiest spot to find. The journey to reach it, however, can be a wonderful experience. We wander through the busy alleys south of the Barkhor area before we finally find ourselves in front of the yellow building that is the nunnery's main hall. The total trip takes about 2 hours.
After the trip, our guide will take you back to central area at Barkhor plaza. If you want to do more sightseeing for the remaining time of your Tibetan journey, we welcome you to check out more Tibetan culture tours that we offer.