Garzě Gompa

Buddhist Temple in Ganzi

North of the town’s old Tibetan quarter is the region’s largest monastery, dating back more than 500 years and glimmering with gold. Encased on the walls of the main hall are hundreds of small golden Sakyamunis. In a smaller hall down the hill to the west is an awe-inspiring statue of Jampa (Maitreya or Future Buddha) dressed in a giant silk robe, with a tooth of the historical Buddha embedded in the right big toe.

Catch fantastic views from the rooftop, as well a large permanent mandala built into a small pavilion on the eastern corner. The monastery is a 25- to 30-minute walk from the bus station. Turn left out of the station and just keep going.