A historic town on an old trading route
Gyantse sits on a historic trade route between India and Tibet, providing a crucial link for traders and pilgrims journeying across the Himalayas. Once considered one of Tibet’s main cities, behind Lhasa and Shigatse, but Gyantse has slipped down the pecking order, meaning it has managed to hang onto its small-town charm and laid-back atmosphere. The city's main sight is Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chorten in Tibet and one of its architectural wonders, but there's plenty more to discover in the little-visited nearby monasteries or on a wander along the town's atmospheric back streets.
A selection of tours to Gyantse
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