Home to the largest remaining chorten in Tibet – the Gyantse Kumbum – Gyantse charms with its old world Tibetan airs and graces. Fall in step with the leisurely pace of life in this small town, mirroring the gait of the Nyangchu River that flows through it. Gyantse was once an important Buddhist pilgrimage and trading post along the ancient routes shared by India and Tibet. This charming little town is dominated by the Pelkor Chode Monastery that stands by the Nyangchu river valley. Numerous prayer wheels line the path up to the Pelkor Chode. Right next to the monastic complex, an old fort (Dzong) looks over the cityscape, although this is closed to visitors at the moment. It is worth driving up to the Karo La pass for stunning views of a gigantic Himalayan glacier, as it almost drops down to the road leading to Gyantse.

Themes

  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Palcho Monastery
  • Gyantse Dzong
  • Yamdrok-tso lake

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