Gaze your way through this beautiful town on a private Gyangze tour. Gyangze is a small town in Tibet that is situated about 260 km southwest of Lhasa. It is home to a population of 60,000 people. This town is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to visit when in Tibet.
Gyangze lost its influence and commercial importance back in 1959 due to riots. Most of the local industries were dismantled, and workers fled to elsewhere to find a job. However, it kept and still retains its Tibetan characters and several of its remarkable landmarks of its history.
Some of the great places to take a guided tour are of the Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, the multi-storied building that has more than 70 chapels and over 10,000 murals.
This is a place most people visit with a Tour guide on the way back from the Everest visit or sightseeing at the dramatic Manla Reservoir with its turquoise lake. When in Tibet do not deny yourself a guided tour of this amazing town. You will not be disappointed. Read More...
Be King of the Castle on the Sightseeing Tour of the Sangzhu Zizong Castle
Be the king of the castle on the sightseeing tour of the Sangzhu Zizong Castle. Mostly visited as part of a tour the Sangzhu Zizong Castle is always a plus for any traveller. It is an old abandoned castle on the top of a mountain. Visitors come to climb their way to the castle that is now a museum and explore ancient artefacts that are on display.
Other interesting things to see and do in Gyangze include visiting the temples, a cavern, speciality museums and a fortress.
For some activity and possible adventure, take hiking tours to the peaks of the mountains.
Top 10 Things to Do in Gyangze
Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa
Take a tour to this famous Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa to have an experience of a lifetime. Explore the burial stupas within the Potala and ascend the levels. The stupa itself contains more than 70 chapels, each to be gazed upon and explored. It is the largest stupa in Tibet and holds more than 10,000 paintings. Learn about the work behind the old statues and paintings when you take a guided tour around this place.
Gyangze Old Street
Take a stroll through a perfect place and take in some of the Tibetan architecture that is found in Gyangze old street. One gets a real look at how life used to be like here. The buildings are old but busy with many vendors selling prayer flags and souvenirs. There are animals that stroll freely up and down as there are few cars. If you enjoy photography, this is a great place to capture great pictures.
Located along the road from Shigatse to Lhasa via Yamdrok Lake sits the Manla reservoir. It is a stunning turquoise lake with a small island that has some old ruins on it. Completed with a background of snowcapped mountains, this is a good place to see while travelling through Gyangze. Visitors typically spend up to an hour here, taking in the beautiful scenery and it is an excellent opportunity to take great photos.
Dominating the landscape of Gyangze is the "Dzong Fortress", or often referred to as the "Gyangze Dzong" and it is one of the best-preserved fortresses in Tibet. It is an old fortress that dates back to 9th century and played a significant role in protecting Tibet during the British invasion. Visitors get this explore the beautiful surrounding as well as take a tour through the fortress. A great place for anyone who enjoys history.
Sangzhu Zizong Castle
On a sightseeing tour, the Sangzhu Zizong Castle is always a plus for any traveller. It is an old abandoned castle on the top of a mountain. Visitors come to climb their way to the castle that is now a museum and explore ancient artefacts that are on display. Great photography can be taken of the beautiful surroundings from the top of the castle, a plaque dedicated to the Tibetans who refused to surrender to the British
Pala Manor is an old housing estate that covers an area of 5000 sq meters and has 57 houses. The main structure is a three-storey building that contains and a reception hall, scripture hall and many bedrooms. It was built for a wealthy family who once owned the land, and visitors get a great insight into their lifestyle. Nowadays, there are modern buildings built up around Pala Manor, but it remains a relic of cultural past.
Yerpa Valley is famous for its meditation caves in the stunning limestone cliffs. Just a 10-minute drive from Gyangze, it is home to many small temples, shrines and hermitages. Travellers come here to explore caves and witness the grand landscape of this holy land that is known to be the earliest meditation sites in Tibet. For this reason, it is one of the three most important centres of meditation and retreat in Central Tibet.
Take an adventurous guided tour to the Jin'ga Cave where you can climb and explore. Of the many caves in Tibet, this is one of the smaller caves and which is situated in the Gyangze county. It is a great experience to visit this holy land and see the how unique it is and to basque in the beauty of the nature that surrounds you. Typically, visitors usually spend an hour or two here to take it all in.
Ningjin Kangsha Peak
Sitting to the north of the Himalayas in Gangze county is the Ningjin Kangsha Peak. A great spot to get some time away from the busy city of Tibet. Take a guided tour to this mountain to climb to the peak and take in the glorious beauty of the snowcaps, see wildlife on your path and take a breath of fresh air while admiring the natural beauty that surrounds you. A great place for a family picnic.
The Jiangsanglamu Peak is an excellent place to climb anytime during the year. Another great spot to get some time away from the busy city of Tibet. Take an adventure tour and do some adrenalin activities from the peaks of just a relaxed guided tour of this mountain to climb to the peak and take in the glorious beauty, see some amazing wildlife and all the while admiring the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Travel Tips for Gyangze
Best Time To Visit
Anytime is good time to visit Gyangze but it depends on your preference of weather as they see moderate summers and cold winters. Apart from the many historical landmarks, you can always appreciate the stunning landscapes. If you visit during the off-season which is from October to March, you can avail of lower priced sightseeing tours of the attractions. As this is a top meditation town, again anytime is a perfect to relax peacefully here.
The prices in Gyangze are great for tourists, the only problem is that there is not too much choice of places to eat, drink and stay. However, if you are on a meditation all inclusive, you are sorted, as these are excellent in content and quality of food. In a restaurant, it costs less than US$20 for two people for an evening meal. The guided tours of museums are priced higher during the busy season but still excellent value.
Know Before Visiting
Gyangze can be reached by bus which runs on a regular basis from Lhasa (via Xigatse) to Gyangzee. The town is small and most sights can be visited on foot, but taxis are available. Keep your belongings close by as there can be pickpockets around just like everywhere else you visit. Always stay in a group when out at night and do not walk alone in dark areas. Also never stray from your tour guided in organised tours.
The climate here is classed as local steppe climate. This is when the temperature varies a lot during the summer but averaging 13 degrees Celsius in July, the hottest month and it can drop as low as -14°C in the winter with December and January being the coldest. The average temperatures during these months are -4 degrees Celsius. The wettest months are the summer months are there is virtually no rain in the winter months.