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Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Tashilhunpo Monastery

One of the few monasteries in Tibet to weather the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution, Tashilhunpo remains relatively unscathed. It is a pleasure to explore the cobbled lanes twisting around its aged buildings. …
Top Choice Tibetan in Shigatse

Wordo Tibetan Courtyard

For something a bit special, head out to this stylish Tibetan restaurant near the Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas. Sit in one of Tibet's loveliest courtyards, bedecked in swirling prayer flags, and enjoy super-fr…
Top Choice Nepali in Shigatse

Third Eye

A Nepali-run place that is popular with both locals and tourists. Watch as locals sip thugpa (Tibetan noodle soup) while travellers treat their taste buds to the city's best Indian curries and sizzlers. The chicken …
Cultural in Shigatse

Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival

During the second week of the fifth lunar month (around June/July), Tashilhunpo Monastery becomes the scene of a three-day festival, featuring masked dances, the creation of a sand mandala and the unveiling of three…
Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Shalu Monastery

It’s a treat for the traveller when a sight is both a pleasure to explore and of great artistic importance. Such is Shalu Monastery, which dates back to the 11th century. It's worth a visit for its fine murals and p…
Palace in Shigatse

Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas

Though it ranks far below Tashilhunpo, if you have extra time in Shigatse, pay a visit to this walled palace complex at the southwestern end of town. The original palace was built in 1844 by the seventh Panchen Lama…
Dumplings in Shigatse

Tashi Choeta

This bright restaurant offers Amdo-style food, namely steamed yak-meat momos. And there's Lhasa Beer to wash them down with. Watch the chefs at work inside a glassed-in kitchen at the entrance. The picture menu (no …
Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Nartang Monastery

Just a few kilometres outside of Shigatse, this 12th-century Kadampa monastery is famed for wood-block printing the Nartang canon in the 18th century. Treasures in the assembly hall include small statues of Denba To…
Fort in Shigatse

Shigatse Dzong

Once the residence of the kings of Tsang and later the governor of Tsang, very little remained of this dzong (fort) after it was destroyed in the popular uprising of 1959. Rebuilt in the 2000s, Shigatse is now once …
Homewares in Shigatse

Tibet Gang Gyen Carpet Factory

This workshop employs local women to weave high-quality wool carpets. Upon arrival you’ll be directed to the workshop, where you can watch the craftswomen work, some singing as they weave, dye, trim and spin; you’re…