Tibet - Getting to know Shigatse

The traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, and base of the Gelugpa Buddhist order, Shigatse is Tibet’s second-largest city, and a dynamic modern metropolis on the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway. Though profoundly reshaped by commercial development and industry in recent years, Shigatse is also an important centre of Tibetan history and culture, still threaded with a few seams of authenticity that combine with an appealing frontier spirit. Most visitors will not stay for long however, in the knowledge that Mount Everest is just another day’s drive away.

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