Shigatse is located in the south of Tibet, north of the grand Himalayan 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 of history, Shigatse was the center of Tibetan politics and culture. That’s why you can see a great number of grand architecture 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 Mt.Everest, Rongbuk Monastery, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Nartang Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Yungdrungling Monastery, Sakya Monastery, etc. Besides those Buddhist buildings, you can also enjoy the charming natural scenery on this Tibetan plateau. Sightseeing by the bank of Yamdrok Lake, and 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 landslides. Winter is too chilly to travel in some highlands as the roads will be covered by heavy snow.
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