Gönlong Retok Ganden Retreat

Hidden in the fold of a valley north of town, this ruined and little-visited monastery is a 7km drive from Gyantse from a turn-off near the Rabse Nunnery. Ruins – including what was once the main Drölma Lhakhang – stretch up the mountainside, connected by a dodgy dirt road. This is a nice place for a secluded walk with fine views down the valley to Gyantse.

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1. Rabse Nunnery

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2. Palcho Monastery

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The high red-walled compound in the far north of Gyantse houses Palcho Monastery, founded in 1418. The main assembly hall is of greatest interest, but…

3. Gyantse Kumbum

1.65 MILES

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4. Guru Lhakhang Temple

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5. Gyantse Dzong

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The main reason to make the 20-minute climb to the top of this 14th-century fort is for the fabulous views of Palcho Monastery and Gyantse's whitewashed…

6. Tsechen Monastery

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7. Palha Manor

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8. Tsang Traditional Folk House


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