Explore Gyantse's 14th-century streets and learn how this place went from being Tibet's third-largest city to a small, laid-back town.

The starting location of this adventure is set at the city's largest hotel, aptly named Gyantse Hotel. All of the streets surrounding the hotel are flat and cobblestoned, with little traffic or danger, and should be comfortable for all types of travelers.

Head right out of the entrance of the hotel to reach the main downtown area. The shops and restaurants downtown will be littered with unique Buddhist relics and rich-smelling tsampa, which you should absolutely indulge in. Almost anywhere in the city, you should be able to see the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Zhongshan Kangying Relic Site looming off to the northwest, overlooking everything. Head for these hills, and you'll find the landscape slowly changing as city gives way to suburbs and the 14th-century architecture that still remains there today. 

Gyantse Hotel will be able to provide you with an English-speaking guide if you'd like a personalized and structured walking tour, otherwise you can bring along your copy of Lonely Planet: Tibet and get to know the city yourself. 

Pack List

  • Good walking shoes
  • Water or snacks if desired
  • Money for tea or offerings if you stop at a monastery
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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