Shigatse 日喀则 Travel Guide
Shigatse is Tibet’s second largest city and almost always an overnight stop on trips outside of Lhasa 250 km away. Originally known as Samdruptse it has always been an important trading and administrative centre in Tibet as well as the traditional home of the Panchen Lama. The Tibetan town rather than the new Chinese town is the draw for travellers.
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Best Reason to Visit Shigatse
The Tashilhunpo Monastery is the prime draw along with a climb in the hills around it for the best views.
Top Attractions in Shigatse
Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional home of the Panchen Lamma is the big draw and one of the few monasteries to escape the attention of the Cultural Revolution. It is practically a town in it’s own right so enjoy exploring the old cobbled streets and the ancient buildings.
Shigatse Dzong (fort) is probably the first structure you will see as you approach Shigatse as it is strategically situated on a hill overlooking the town. Although there isn’t much to see once you reach the top of the Dzong itself the surrounding and expansive views are excellent.
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Hand Picked Shigatse Hotel
There is only one place we use, the Shigatse Hotel, which is the best available option in this city.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.