6 days Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse group tour with train

Attractions in this trip

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Palkhor Monastery

The Palkhor Monastery lies about 230 kilometers south of Lhasa in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and 100 kilometers east of the Shigatse Prefecture, at the foot of Dzong Hill.

It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
The monastery was founded in 1418 by the second Prince of Gyantse, Rabten Kunsang, who was a devotee of Kedrub Je, Tsongkapa's disciple. It became an important centre of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1904, the town and monastery were attacked by British soldiers, most of the damages were later restored, but bullet holes from this attack remain there up to now.
It was partially destroyed in 1959 after a revolt against Chinese ruling class and again was damaged in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), but has since been largely restored.

The compound housed approximately 15 different monasteries, made up of three different sects (Gelugpa, Sakyapa, and Kahdampa) in a rare instance of tolerance amongst the Tibetan sects of Buddhism. It is the only monastery that housed monks from different sects in harmony. Meanwhile, its structural style, enshrined deities, and murals are pretty special.

Palkhor Monastery is most famous for its Bodhi stupa (Kumbum in Tibetan, meaning hall of 10,000 Buddhist figures).

As the symbol of the monastery, the spectacular stupa (Buddhist shrine) consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing a hundred thousand figures of Buddha or so, Bodhisattvas, Vajras (thunderbolt symbols), Dharma Kings, Arhats (enlightened Buddhists), and disciples and great experts of different orders in Tibetan Buddhist history. The stupa also contains about 3,000 statues of outstanding figures in Tibetan history such as Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Detsen, so it is also called Myriad Buddha Stupa.

Covering a space of 2,200 square meters, the stupa has a total 108 gates and 77 chapels, each of which has a dominant religious figure and murals. The cylinder, 20 meters in diameter, has four chapels inside. The elegant structure is worth a visit.

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Shigatse, the Panchen Lama's Seat

 Shigatse , meaning in Tibetan language the most fertile manor in Tibet  , is situated in the central part of Tibet, at the junction of the Yarlung Tsanpu River and one of its main branch named the Nyanchu River. It is 280 km west to Lhasa, 5 hours drive by bus from Lhasa. The altitude of the ciy is 3800 meters above sea level. There  are  six mountains whose altitudes are averagely over 5500 meters. The city has a population of 82'000, covering an area of 3658 square kilometers. It is wet and warm in summer, while it is dry and cold in winter. And it is also the successive Panchen Lamas’ Seat. Plus, Tashilumpu Monastery as famous as Potala Palace is also in this city.

Here below is Shigase City Map

The city of Shigatse is an old city with the history of 500 hundred years. It is also politics, economics, traffic and religion center in this area called latter Tibet due to Lhasa is former Tibet . The trip to Shigatse will dead you to the most fascinating attraction Mt. Everest in Tibet , Sagya Monastery, the same famous Buddhism culture center as Dunhuang in China , Shalu Monastery, Palchor Tsode Monastery located in Gyangtse Town of Shigatse Prefecture, and the New Palace for Panchen Lama

All these make Shigatse second largest city in Tibet.


The Jong or Fort of Shigatse, a map of the town of Shigatse showing the Dzong or fort, from Journey to Lhasa and Central Tibet by Sarat Chandra Das, 1902 

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