Shigatse is located in the south of Tibet, north of the grand Himalaya mountains, and the middles reach of the Yarlung Zangbo River. As a prosperous, traditional cultural city in Tibet, Shigatse is a center for Tibetan Buddhism. It is used as the residence of the Panchen Lama. With thousands of years’history, Shigatse was the center for Tibetan politics and culture. That’s why you can see a great number of grand architectures in this city. In the past, those buildings were the symbol of power. But now, it has been remolded as scenic spots and highlights.
Temples and monasteries are here and there, which show the history of Shigatse, and the importance of Buddhism in Tibetans' daily lives, such as Yungdrungling Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Nartang Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, etc. Besides those Buddhist buildings, you can also enjoy the charming natural scenery in this Tibetan plateau. Sightseeing by the bank of Yamdrok Lake, Peikutso Lake, seeing the sunrise and sunset at Everest Base Camp, enjoying the shining Karola Glacier, and exploring the mysterious Milarepa's Meditation Cave are the best experiences.
The best time to visit Shigatse is from April to October. The rainy season will last from July to August. If you want to do a trek, you’d better avoid the two months because the roads may be blocked by natural disasters such as the landslide. Winter is too chilly to travel. The roads will be covered by heavy snows.
Recommended Tour Itineraries in Shigatse Prefecture
If you prefer to enjoy Yangtze River cruise trip in Chongqing city, it would be a good choice to continue your travel to Tibet after visiting Chongqing. The only direct train (No.Z224) from Chongqing to Lhasa departs on every other day, it takes your around 42hrs to reach Lhasa and covers 3654km.
The tour will take you to some great cities in Tibet and show you the dreamy natural views and the origin of Tibetan Buddhism. After a 4-day visiting in Lhasa, you will head to the east and discover the symbols of the Tibet culture then enjoy the two of top three holy lakes.