The Norbu Lingka, or “Jewel park” is the summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas. In the 18th century the 7th Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyatso took treatment bath in a spring here and soon a palace was built for him,which is called the Kelsang Podrang. The is also a smaller palace called Uyap Podrang and this was used by the Dalai Lama when they watched Tibetan opera dance during the Shoten or “Yoghurt Festival” and other events. The second major palace is called Chensel Podrang which was built during the 13th Dalai Lama. Thupten Gyatso’s time.
The Takten Mingyure Podrang is the newest palace. Built in the early 1950s for the 14th Dalai Lama. Inside there is an impressive wall paining that shows a complete history of Tibet starting from human creation, the first Kings, and the main events and figures in Tibetan history. Beside, we can also see so many types of trees and plants such as bamboo, pine trees and junipers. For the local people, Norbu Lingka is not only an important pilgrimage site, but it is also a place where they can learn about their ancestors, history and culture. At the same time they can also enjoy picnic in summer and watch the traditional opera dance.