Gyantse is a small town in the southwest of Lhasa. This very good example of a typical Tibetan town that hasn’t changed much yet, and it is well worth a visit for its impressive monuments.
Gyantse boasts some very impressive architecture. The most important of them – the Kumbum Stupa, Phalkor Monastery and Gyantse Dzong – have been completed by 1440. Gyantse was an important trading centre and famous for its carpets, which were considered the finest in Tibet. The town’s historical importance declined from the end of the 15th century.
Gyantse is famous for the largest chorten in Tibet, the Kumbum Stupa: 35m high with a crown-like golden dome and containing countless Buddha images it is truly awe-inspiring and one of the most spectacular monuments in Tibet. It contains many chapels, filled with murals, and from the upper levels you have a magnificent view over the area. The Stupa is a very well preserved building and even the interior is largely intact and contains some of the oldest preserved murals in Tibet.
Just as interesting to visit is Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century fort that overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Climb up there to enjoy breathtaking views of the whitewashed buildings of the town.
Phalkor Monastery boasts fine paintings and statues. The Phalkhor holds a special meaning for Buddhism in Tibet because its unity of Gelugpa, Sakyapa & Bhuton sects.
Gyantse treks and tours
8 days for £1105 per person
On this tour you will access Tibet over land, past the highest mountain range in the world. Soak up the dramatic landscape on the way while drawing closer to the holy city Lhasa, where your travel will end with the stunning sights of this ancient town. click to view details
8 days for £934 per person
This short tour combines all the important places in Central Tibet. Start your holiday with the flight from Kathmandu to Tibet over the highest mountain range in the world. Stand speechless before the imposing sights of Lhasa and then move on through the dramatic scenery to the Cradle of Tibetan Civilisation and other places of cultural importance. click to view details
13 days for £1259 per person
Join us on this adventure tour from Lhasa over land to Kathmandu. You will get a deep insight into life in Tibet, see dramatic scenery and pass the highest mountain range on earth. To add even more adventure to your travel take the chance to hike up to Everest Base Camp! click to view details
23 days for £3080 per person
This tour will at take you to Lhasa, to discover the Tibetan capital before driving South. On the way you will visit places of cultural importance and stunning beauty before reaching the Qomolanga region. Here you will test your strength on a tough trek to Everest Base Camps I, II and III in Tibet, a true adventure. click to view details
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