One of the homes of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibet’s second-largest city, Shigatse is a modern, sprawling, vibrant city. As you drive across the plains, high on a hilltop overlooking the town you will see Shigatse Dzong, a now empty fort that wasr econstructed in 2007. The city is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which since the Mongol sponsorship of the Gelugpa order in the 17th century, has been the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual figure in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Shigatse.
Home to around 950 monks, the monastery is the largest functioning religious institution in Tibet, and one of its great monastic sights. The huge golden statue of the Future Buddha is the largest gilded statue in the world, and the quaint cobbled lanes twisting around its historic buildings are the ideal place from which to soak up the atmosphere.
Once the residence of the kings of Tsang and later the governor of Tsang, very little remained of the fort after it was destroyed in the popular uprising of 1959. Rebuilt in the 2007, Shigatse once again has an impressive hilltop fort looking down, protectively, over the town.
A selection of our tours to Shigatse
China Tailor Made Rail
Train to Tibet
15 day tour from £4,048
This exciting journey takes you to Tibet's astonishing landscapes via a thrilling journey aboard the highest train in the world.