Shigatse Tourism

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
  • Province:
    Tibet (Chinese: 西藏, Pinyin: Xī Zàng)
  • Population :
  • Area :
    1,228,400 square km (474,300 square mile)
  • Overview:
    With an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft), Tibet has long been a favored destination for tourists from around the world.




Around 250km to the south-west of Lhasa, Shigatse is the second-largest city in Tibet. Since the Mongol sponsorship of the Gelugpa order, Shigatse has been the seat of the Panchen Lama, who is traditionally based in Tashihunpo Monastery, which is one of the high-lights of Tibet and is Shigatse's foremost attraction.



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Shigatse has long been an important trading and administrative centre. The Tsang kings exercised their power from the once imposing heights of the Shigatse Dzong-the present ruins only hint at its former glory-and the fort later became the residence of the governor of Tsang.


Far too many travellers speed through Shigatse on their way to the Nepali border, leaving just one afternoon to poke around Tashihunpo and a night to rest up. This is a pity because, while it may not be brimming with sights, Shigatse is a good place to hang out, kick back, and enjoy a few beers on the roof of the Tenzin Hotel gazing across at the ruins of the fort. It's also one of the few places in Tsang with reliable and frequent public transport connections with Lhasa.


Shigatse is not a paticularly big town, but orientation can initially be a bit confusing. Like most modern Tibetan cities, it is divided into a distinct Tibetan quarter and a newer Chinatown.


The old Tibetan part of town is for the most part clustered higgledy-piggledy between Tashilhunpo Monastery and the high ramparts of the Shigatse Dzong. Here you'll find the Tibetan market and the Tenzin Hotel. Tashilhunpo Monastery effectively marks the western extent of city-beyond it is a nomad encampment-while the Shigatse Dzong does the same thing to the north.



Must see



Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, is located on the hillside overlooking Shigatse northwest of the town. It was established in 1447 by Genden Trup, a disciple of the founder of the Gelugpa Order...more

Shalu Monastery

The Shalu Monastery is situated in Rikuozuo within the Shalu village.The construction was started in 1000 by Jestun Sherab Jungne. Its architecture is of typical combination of the Tibetan and Chinese styles with the archways, carved pillars, tiled roofs and the Song and Yuan style murals...more

Sakya Monastery

The Sakya Monastery located in Sakya County, stands in the southem and the northern, two parts on either side of Dongchu River.This monastery is the centre of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order)...more

Karola Glacier

Going south, take the mountain road, go all the way up to climb up the top of the Gangba-La pass, stop at Yamdroktso Lake, suddenly you will meet Karola Glacier face to face. The Karola Glacier is quite close to the road, a breathtaking view of the Karola Glacier is an unforgetable experience...more



Mt. Quomolangma
The Tibetan name for Mt. Everest is "Mt. Quomolangma" which literally means "The Third Goddess".
Jokhang Monastery
Located in the center of the ancient city of Lhasa, the Jokhang Monastery was built in the seventh century by Songtsan Gambo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng.
Namtso Lake
Area: 1,961.5 square meters; 4,720 meters above sea leavel Tibetan for 'Heavenly Lake', Namtso is regarded as one of Tibetan Buddhism's three holiest lakes. The lake is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists, who consider it the seat of Paramasukha Chakrasamvara.
Drepung Monastery
On the slope of the wuze Hill in Genbei five kilometers northwest of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest of the monastery of the Gelug Sect.