What should you pay attention to when visiting monasteries in Tibet
Posted by ugfanfan on February 4th, 2015
Most monasteries welcome visitors. The larger urban monasteries will be set up to recieve tourists and entrance fees will likely be in place. During certain times of the year some Eastern Tibetan monasteries may not accept visitors if it is retreat time. Central Tibet has no restrictions on women entering monasteries although certain protector chapels may be off limits to women. Visiting monasteries is often one of the most fascinating experiences of travelers’ time in Tibet. When entering monasteries it is appropriate to wear modest clothing: long pants and shirts or tops that are not revealing. Always remove your hat but you may not always have to remove your shoes. Ask your guide or check with the caretaker monk. It is inappropriate in smoke in or close by a monastery. It is not common to be able to stay overnight in monasteries in Central Tibet. However, in more remote rural places or in Eastern Tibet it is possible to stay a night. Monasteries are not hotels and monks are often going out of their way to put you up for the night. Payment may or may not be requested but it is always appropriate to leave a donation especially if food and drink was provided.
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