On the walk back from the dzong to the centre, pop into this hugely atmospheric local temple bursting with local character.
The assembly hall is straight ahead as you walk into the Pelkor Chöde compound. The entrance is decorated with statues of the Four...
Commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427 and sitting inside the Pelkor Chöde complex, the Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost...
Sound and Light Show
New in 2014 is this ambitious new nightly song-and-dance show. It's aimed squarely at Chinese tour groups but is performed on a grand...
This Nepali-run place (a branch of Tashi in Shigatse) whips up tasty and filling Indian fare. It also has the usual range of Western...
Gyantse Dzong information
The main reason to make the 20-minute climb to the top of the Gyantse Dzong is for the fabulous views of the Pelkor Chöde Monastery and Gyantse's whitewashed old town below. Entry to the dzong is via a gate just north of the main roundabout. Vehicles can drive about halfway to the top.
Many of the 14th-century fort’s buildings and rooms are open for exploration, though most are bare. There’s a kitschy attempt to re-create the old tax office behind the ticket booth, and a little further to the left you’ll find a dungeon, chapel and torture room with dioramas. Bring a torch to explore the spooky lower chambers beneath the chapel.