Norbulingka is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, Tibet, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's self-exile in 1959. Part of the "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace", Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Norbulingka palace has been mostly identified with the 13th and the 14th Dalai Lamas who commissioned most of the structures seen here now. However, during the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet a number of buildings were damaged. It was only from 2003 that the Chinese Government initiated renovation works here to restore some of the damaged structures, and also the greenery, the flower gardens and the lakes
Although beautiful even in winter, to our trip, this was another another example of why to visit Tibet in summer. Apparently it's even more beautiful and cultural events happen quite often in the summer months. Drats..
There is one picture of the current Dalai Lama allowed in Tibet and this is it. As this is a Unesco site China isn't allowed to touch it. The picture is of the Dalai Lama as a younger man (from when it was painted) and his family and mentors.