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Famous Attractions in Shigatse

By:Alice
Being as the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, Shigatse is a prosperous Buddhism city and the 2nd biggest city in Tibet. In the past, it was the most important political and cultural center. A series of majestic buildings added strength to its political status. These cultural relics, especially the monasteries, with their mystery and rich holy color, tell the history of Shigatse and show the status of Buddhism in people's lives. 


Mt. Everest Base Camp
Mount Everest is the highest mountain with the 8,848 meters high peak. Everest Base Camp in front of the Rongbuk Monastery is a place mainly offering accommodation for tourists, where the highest post office in the world situates. The northern EBC is the best place to view the Mount Everest. If you do the Everest Base Camp tour, we will have 1 night stay at the base camp so you can appreciate the sunset and sunrise at the nearest place to Everest.


Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. It is the best spot to view the Everest. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains touching the sky. On sunny days, you can see a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floating lightly above the peak, which is known as the miracle of 'The Highest Flag Cloud in the World'. In addition, Rongbuk Monastery if the only monastery where monks and nuns staying together.


Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also known as the Heap of Glory, Tashilhunpo Monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. If you do Shigatse tour when in big holidays like Saga Dawa Festival, you can see the grand ceremony in Tashilhunpi Monastery.


Pala Manor
Pala Manor is about 10mins drive from Gyantse. Pala, the former owner of the Manor, used to be an emirate for a tribe in Bhutan. He moved to Tibet and became a local officer during the civil war in Bhutan.


Shalu Monastery
Shalu Monastery or Schalu Kloster, located 20 km southeast of Shigatse, is a perfect combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. The portrait of Bodhisattva in the Shalu Monastery is quite different from those of other temples, whose artistic style is a combination of Chinese inland and exotic Tibetan culture. 


Zhangmu Town
Zhangmu Town lies in the southern piedmont of the median Himalayas, about 776 km away from the capital of Tibet Lhasa. It's also the border between Nepal and Tibet with Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge only 10 more km away. It used to be the important stop on the way from Everest to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

Notice: After the earthquake, Zhangmu Border is no longer available for travelers. Gyirong Town is the current border for travelers exiting to Kathmandu when doing the overland trip from Tibet to Nepal.


Before planning the trip to Shigatse, please do remember to check the Weather in Shigatse so you can choose the best time to visit and pack accordingly.

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