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Shigatse 日喀则 Travel Guide

Shigatse Overview

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.

Best Months to Visit Shigatse

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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.

Weather Averages for Shigatse

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Our Top Shigatse Travel Tip

Shigatse is a worthy stop whether as part of a couple of days side trip from Lhasa or as a stop on the Friendship Highway route to Everest and Nepal. It also offers the best accommodation before you arrive in Kathmandu so make the most of it!

Hand Picked Shigatse Hotel

There is only one place we use, the Shigatse Hotel, which is the best available option in this city.

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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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