See Tsetang, the Cradle of Tibetean Life, on Private Sightseeing Tour
Tsetang is the capital of Lhokha Prefecture, and is also referred to as the "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization". Located in the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, it is the birthplace of the earliest Tibetans, holding much of its history. It was once the capital of the Yarlung Valley and a place of great importance for Tibetans. It is said there were thousands of houses, a fort, a bazaar and a gompa during the 19th century.
Your tour guide will take you on a sightseeing tour to the Yamdroktso Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, to witness its beauty and importance to Tibetan pilgrims. Take a guided tour to the Trandruk Monastery, the earliest Buddhist Temples in Tibet and learn about its history and see the Thangka of Chenrezig Buddha statue that is made up of 29,000 pearls.
Tsetang town boasts combinations of cultural and natural scenery. From its beautiful lakes to the peaceful valleys and its many tourist attractions, it is a city that you can take full advantage of any time of the year.
Top 10 Things to Do in Tsetang
The thrills of the Tombs of the Tibetan Kings with your own private Tour guide
Join in on the thrilling tour of the Tombs of the Tibetan Kings with your own private tour guide. Among the many tombs found in Tibet, the Tombs of the Tibetan Kings include the Tsampos, their wives and their officials. Covering an area of 3 million square meters, this group of tombs vary in size and offer a fantastic view of the giant tombs lining up from north to south in the valley.
Other sights and attractions of Tsedang include lakes, valleys, monasteries and breathtaking landscape. View the scenery on activity tours such as 4WD tours or horse riding tours to name a few.
Travel Tips for Tsetang
The best time to travel to Tsetang is between June to August. This is when the temperatures are the hottest, almost the same as Lhasa. Take a cardigan with you for evening times as the temperatures vary greatly between day night where the temperatures drop to around 10 or 20 degrees Celsius. There is no bad time to visit Tsedang if you do not mind all types of weather and you can get good deals in the winter months on guided tours.
It is not very convenient to change your money in Tsetang; it is a good idea to change it at the airport or the Shannon bank that offers currency exchange. The official currency in Tsedang is the Chinese Renminbi (RMB), or Yuan. It is relatively cheap for tourists here with lunch costing around 50 Yuan/ US$7.50 and a basic dinner for 2 costing around 130 Yuan/US$20. Local beer is around 25 Yuan/ US$3.75.
Tsetang is located at an average altitude of about 3590 meters, an altitude where sickness quickly occurs. Most travellers have a short stay in Lhasa to adapt to the high altitude. In the case that you may experience sickness or want to avoid it, it is recommended to drink enough water, eat fruits and snacks of food which have a high-calorie content such as chocolate. Never stray from the group when on guided tours.
The summer in Tsedang is usually mild and wet, with the most of the annual rain falling then. Winter is cold, dry and windy. July and August are the hottest months but also the wettest months much like Lhasa. The driest months are also the coldest months, December and January. The temperatures are hottest at 20 degrees Celsius and coldest at 10 degrees Celsius. Bring a cardigan because at night the temperatures drop quite a bit.