Tsetang is a modern Chinese city with a charming little Tibetan part of town tucked into a traditional corner. It is an important district capital and army base, set by the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which makes for a pleasant stay in the heart of Tibet. The town’s administrative importance has continued down the ages, with Tsetang having been the ancient capital of the Yarlung Valley area. Largely believed to be the mother of Tibet’s unique culture and civilization, the oldest Tibetan monastery of Samye is also less than an hour’s drive from the center of town. The ancient Gajiu Monastery is yet another draw for travelers to this bustling city. It is worth exploring the old Tibetan town that stands near the foothills of the sacred Gongbori or Gangpo Ri Mountain. Tsetang serves as the perfect base for visiting the far flung corners of the beautiful Yarlung Valley.


  • Heritage


  • Yamdroktso Lake
  • Tradruk Temple
  • Samye Monastery

Places to Stay

Tsetang Hotel

Style: International

Tsedang Hotel is nestled amid lofty mountains by the Yarlung Tsangpo river in Tsedang town of rural Tibet. Occupying a vast property near numerous monasteries and ancient ruins, the hotel complex houses a plaza with fountains and landscaped gardens.

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