City of Hero
the summit of the victory and the residence of the King
Gyantse Town, once to be the political, economic and transportation center of Tsang, is a famed historical and cultural place located in Gyantse County, Shigatse Prefecture. It strategically lies in the Nyangchu Valley on the trade route, linking the traders between India and Tibet as well as the pilgrims journeying across the Himalayan Plateau in the ancient times. Now it plays an important role in connecting Kathmandu and Lhasa by sitting on the friendship highway. With the good climate and fertile soil, Gyantse area is also rich in natural resource and honored the Granary of Tibet. Nowadays, it is no longer the most developed town and not fast-growing as some other places, but it remains its original charm and manages to leave you a wonderful experience. In Gyantse, you are able to admire the natural sightseeing and historical sites.
Top Gyantse Attractions
Owing the long history and special geographic position, there is plenty more to see. Gyantse’s greatest sight must be Gyantse Kumbum in Palcho Monastery, the outstanding architectural wonder and the largest chorten survived in Tibet. In addition to that, Pala Manor and Gyantse Dzong are the good places to catch a glimpse of the old life of Tibetan nobles and explore the heroic history. Besides, Gyantse also shows a view of idyllic scenery. During late spring and autumn, you might see the sowing and reaping scenes.
Karola Glacier is a spectacular galcier featuring in its approachability, brightness and grotesque in shape. Stretching from the sky with wispy cloud and mist to the road closely, it shapes like a big frozen fall preparing to flow down from the high peak.
Perched high above the center of Gyantse Ancient Town, Gyantse Dzong (Gyantse Fortress) is one well preserved Dzong with historical significance in Tibet. Climbing to the top of Gyantse Dzong, you will get the fabulous view of Palcho Monastery and Gyantse’s whitewashed old town below.
As the former residence of a noble family, Pala Manor is the epitome of Tibet’s past. It keeps the traditional architecture of noble layout and gives an excellent insight to the wealthy landowning people. You will feast your eyes with numerous imported goods and exquisite accessories everywhere.