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Shigatse, the capital of Tsang province (western Tibet), is 380km west of Lhasa via Gyantse through the southern friendship highway and 280km west of Lhasa via the northern friendship highway along the river. 
For centureis tension has existed between Lhasa, the capital of U (central Tibet), and Shigatse, the capital of Tsang (wetern Tibet). After the collapse of the Pamotrupa dynasty in 1418, the center of political power in Tibet shifted from teh Yarlung Valley region to Tsang, first to Rinpung (east of Shigatse) and then, in 1565, to shigatse itself (at that time called Samdrup Tse). 
The town became the base of the powerful king of Tsang, who, allied with the Karmapas at Tsurpu monastery, sought to gain control over the whole Tibet. In 1610 the King's authority was tenuously extended by the powerful Geluk school and their patrons. The conflict culminated in 1642 in the defeat of the Tsang king by the principal Geluk patron, the Mongol Gushri Khan, and the enthronement of the Fifth Dalai Lama in the vanquished king's capital.
Shortly after the Great Fifth assumed power, he officially declared his teacher to be an incarnation of Buddha Amitabha and entitled him as the Panchen Lama. From that point on the authority of the Panchen tended to outweigh that of the district governor, appointed from Lhasa, who resided in the defeated king's castle in the town.
Because of its proximity to India, Shigatse was one of the first towns in Tibet to be visited by Westerners. In January 1628 the first two missionaries to reach Tsang, the Portugues Jesuits Cacella and Cabral, arrived in Shigatse, where they were granted an audience with the king of Tsang, whom Cabral described as " a young man of twentytwo, of a fair complexion, in good health and above all, very religious and generous towards the poor.' Shigatse, he continued,  "is at the foot of a mountain on whose top lies a fortress. The contruction of the fort is after the plan of those in Portugal, the only thing wanting is artillery. The inside of the houses are gilded and painted, and the wing containing the king's apartment is really worth seeing. Hangings are much used in all his rooms, the plainer ones being o Chinese damask, but the others are equal to the very best in Portugal."
Today Shigatse has a poor reputation among travelers to Tibet, justifiably based on the singularly unattractive sprawl of functional Chinese buildings that constitute the modern town. This impression has led visitors to ingore the delightful warren of valleys and townhouses of the old quarter, which is situated between Tashi Lhunpo monastery and the ruins of the fort, behind the market.
Shigatse has population of about 40,000 and after Lhasa is the second largest town in Tibet.
  • Gyangtse Kumbum Stupa and Palch

    Gyangtse is very famous for its giant architectural stupa in Tibet called Kumbum and Palkor Choede monastery next to it. Both the stupa and monastery are located in the far north side of the town. Wher
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  • Shalu Monastery

    Around 68km from Gyangtse taking off from the main road for 5km takes you to the Shalu monastery established in 1040 by Jetsun Sherab Jungnay. The monastery is very popular for its murals and paintings
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  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shiga

    Tashi Lhunpo monastery is located in Shigatse town which is the second largest city in Tibet Autonomous Region the monastery is very decent and marvelous looking from the outside that sometimes called
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  • Samding Monastery

    Samding monastery is also known as Samten Ling monastery that currently belongs to Gelugpa sect and sometimes called as yellow hat. Moreover the head of the monastery is Droji Phagmo is a female incarn
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  • Sakya monastery

    Sakya or Pel Sakya monastery is located 25 kilometer away from the Sakya Bridge on the friendship highway to Nepal. The monastery was established by Khon Kunchok Gyalpo (who studied from Drokmi a great
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  • Rongbuk Monastery

    The highest monastery in the world called Rongpu Rongphu Rongbuk or originally Dzarongpu that locates on an altitude of 4980 meters above sea-level. It was the established by the great master (Padmasam
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  • Mt.Everest & Everest base Ca

    Mt.Everest and Everest base Camp (EBC) Everest (8850m) the highest mountain in the world also called as Jomolhangma in Tibetan which literally means Female Incarnated Giant Mountain. That surrounds
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  • Nojin Kangsang Glacier

    Mt.Noijin Kangsang (7206m / 23641ft) is the closest major Himalayan peak to Lhasa the capital of Tibet. Name of the peak is known with many variations in different books and maps such as Nojinkangsang
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  • Ralung monastery

    Ralung monastery Ralung monastery is originally the seat for the Drukpa Kagyu order in Tibetan Buddhism that locates near the south of Karo la pass (also known as Karo la glacier). The monastery was fo
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  • Yamdrok Lake

    Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake (Yamdrok Yutso in Tibetan dialect) is situated near central city of Tibet called Lhasa which covers 363 square kilometers with a curly shape from one side to the other. Yamdro
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