Imagine a modern Tibetan town dominated by a massive red-roofed and white washed fort-like building, perched atop a hill overlooking the town. Welcome to Shigatse, the second largest town in Tibet, next only in importance to Lhasa. The massive Shigatse Dzong, recently renovated a decade ago, mysteriously mirrors Lhasa’s Potala Palace, which once held the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. Today Shigatse is home to the Panchen Lama, however, whose traditional seat is in yet another monastery in town – the Tashilhunpo. This pretty Himalayan town is set right at the confluence of the mighty Brahmaputra and the Nianchuhe rivers. Shigatse is a major destination along Tibet’s famed Golden Route. Get to know the spectacular countryside around Shigatse better by taking day trips and excursions to the tranquil lakes and mountain passes around town. It might be difficult to return from this heavenly retreat!


  • Tashihunpo Monastery
  • Sakya Monastery
  • Panchen Lama’s Palace

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Tibet Tours Shigatse Hotels Gesar Hotel room

Style: Guest house

Gesar Hotel is a boutique accommodation located in Shigatse's quiet suburbs. Get an insight into Tibetan culture as colorful expressions of storytelling are evident throughout the hotel.

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Enchanting Travels Tibet Tours Shigatse Hotels Mansarovar Hotel facade

Style: Lodge

Manasarovar is a Tibetan style hotel spread across an exposed stone-walled complex, situated in Shigatse's city center. Relax in well-furnished rooms with teak wood interiors, carpeted floors and Tibetan accents.

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Enchanting Travels Tibet Tours Shigatse Hotels Qomo Langzong Hotel twin room
Qomo Langzong Hotel

Style: Lodge

Qomo Langzong Hotel is a contemporary boutique accommodation located in central Shigatse. The hotel's exterior is inspired from and resembles a dzong. Warm wood interiors with minimal design along with a collection of Tibetan artifacts add to the decor.

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