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Buddhist Monastery in Nangchen

Gading Gompa

Nestled on a piece of land within a horseshoe bend in the Dzichu River, Gading makes for one of the most stunning photos you could take in the region. The monastery itself is nothing special, but hike up the hill op…
Buddhist Monastery in Nangchen

Dana Gompa

The stunning Dana Monastery is remote and the road out from Nangchen takes you across a valley towards 4000m elevation. Once there, you'll find the province's largest nunnery. Getting out here is expensive and drive…
Buddhist Monastery in Nangchen

Gar Gompa

Nestled on the ridge of a forested mountain about 70km south of Nangchen is this picturesque monastery. Wildlife is prevalent in the area, including blue sheep and monkeys. It’s a popular spot for birdwatchers. A ta…
Buddhist Temple in Nangchen

Naygyama Gompa

Some 10km south of Nangchen is an atmospheric kora path sitting beside a wide section of the Mekong River. The nunnery here isn't much to look at but the kora wends you round a small hill past stupas, fluttering pra…
Buddhist Monastery in Nangchen

Sajiya Gompa

The most recognisable of the Buddhist monasteries scattered around Nangchen, this one is perched on a hill above town like an old manor and its kora is popular with locals. You can hike even further up the hill behi…
Buddhist Monastery in Nangchen

Jiaba Gompa

This monastery in the centre of Nangchen is where Tibetans, young and old, appear each morning to turn prayer wheels and circumambulate the temple. From the T-intersection in town, head south 250m and turn right int…
Noodles in Nangchen

Zhēngqì Niúròu Miàn Guǎn

A popular and cheap place for Muslim-style noodles. Try the zhá jiàng miàn (炸酱面), a dish consisting of hearty meat noodles topped with minced beef. Located roughly 200m west of the main bus station. There's another …