The Tibetan City carrying a trade relevance is the Gyantse that is responsible for bridging the Indian traditions and the Tibetan culture. Gyantse travel has already proved to be a highly satisfactory trip for abundant people and this monotony is still maintained. A very significant trade facilitator for the visitors in Himalayas, this town carries a laid back charm in its atmosphere that is surely not to be missed. Gone are the days when this city stood at the third place following Lhasa and Shigatse, but it is now slowly replaced by some other fast developing cities. However, the rustic charm and the delightful sceneries of Gyantse are till now making it a ‘worthy of being visited’ place. Bringing for you its plentiful architecture and the Gyantse Kumbum that is the city’s most appealing hub, you can’t just say No this beguiling hub!
Kumbum Monastery, Gyantse Dzong, Pelkor Chode Monastery
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Gyantse Town or Gyangze Town is located in Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region. Being one of the largest and most major towns in the Tibet region, it is advanTAGeously located in the Nyang Chu Valley on the old trade routes of Chumbi Valley to Yatung and finally diving into Sikkim. It joins cultural India to spiritual Tibet and proves important for traders and travelers of Himalaya’s destination. Gyantse joins Central Tibet through Shigatse and Karo La Pass. Though its thriving and lively nature allures the visitors, but the small town charm and laid back atmosphere is not easily missed.
The main attractions of this place are Gyantse Kumbum/Pelkor Chorten which is an eight storey structure with Buddhist images. It is deemed as the largest chorten of Tibet and famous as an architectural wonder. Also equally alluring are the restored Gyantse Dzong/Fort and its beautiful tiered Kumbum of the Palcho Monastry. A Gyantse prince commissioned the Kumbum in 1418 and is rendered as a crucial centre of the Sakya school of the Tibetan Buddhism. This pious structure shows a strong Nepali influence and contains 77 chapels and illustrated with over 10,000 murals. The floods of 1954 and the riots in 1959 dismantled the local industries and made the artisans flee while others were placed in various workcamps.
The fort, monastery and the Kumbum have also seen the days where they were ransacked and precious objects were destroyed. Even then, these places have restored their charm and glory. Palcho Manastery, a high red walled compound, gives a picturesque view of the praying pilgrims any time of the day. The main assembly hall and the several chapels are a main attraction of this place. Towards the northwest of Gyantse, the traditional village of Tsechen is located. This main attraction of this village is the small Sakyapa school called Tsechen Ge Tubden Rabgye Ling Monastery that sits just above the village. The charming Rabse Nunnery, that lies behind the hills between Palcho Monastry and the Gyantse Dzong is a charming place with decorated with prayer flags, chortens and butter lamps. Tourists should not miss paying a visit to the Tsang Traditional Folk House and the Guru Lhakhang Temple.
The rustic views of this region, the awe-inspiring monasteries and the charming back streets of the Gyantse will give you a sense of calmness and being closer to your spiritual self.
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