Located by the Nyang-chu River, Gyantse is
regarded as the fourth largest city in Tibet.
It once was a major centre for trade with
India. In 1904 the city became a battlefield
when the British Army under Colonel Frances
Younghusband attacked it. It is often
referred to as the "Hero City"
because Tibetan forces battled the British
for two months despite technological disparities
in Younghusband's favour.
The Gyantse Dzong is a fort whose construction
started in 1427 and was completed 10 years
later. The fort has a few exhibitions detailing
the history & use of the Dzong. It’s
worth climbing to the top of the fort to
see the views.
Gyantse Kumbum (Baiju Temple) is an eight storey aggregate
of Buddhist chapels. This large gold-domed
stupa is one of the eight buddhist stupas,
known as tashe multi-door stupa and stands
42.4 metres high. Inside it contains thousands
of holy images and is illustrated with over
10,000 murals and statues of with extremely
From the temple there are amazing views of
both Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu