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Gyantse Kumbum:

The Gyantse Kumbum is the largest Buddhist monument or stupa in the whole of Tibet. Even now, the Kumbum remains one of the most famous and impressive tourist attractions in Tibet. It was the highlight of the Pelkor Chode Monastery and came to be known as “Kumbum”, which stands for “hall of 100 thousand images”. The Kumbum was designed in the shape of an octagonal structure, consisting of five storeys, indicating the five paths to enlightenment. The Kumbum stupa, with its stunning golden dome, is currently in a wonderful state of preservation. Right below the dome are present four pairs of eyes which seem to gaze peacefully in all the four directions of the compass. The interior of the Kumbum contains over thousand gorgeous murals. On top of that, the stupa contains Tibetan paintings and sculptures. The interior extends over six levels. Over seventy chapels are present on just the first four floors. Scholars arrive at the site armed with flashlights and reference books to get a glimpse of a few of the oldest preserved murals in the land of Tibet. The sixth level offers a grand view of the adjoining countryside as well as well as the city below.

 

Pelkor Chode Monastery:

The Pelkor Chode Monastery is located to the western side of the town of Gyantse. The site was founded back in the year 1410 is a multi-denominational monastery complex. In recent times, however, the greater part of the monastery is in ruins with an aura of mystery. The large courtyard bounded by walls that reach the hills backing on to the Pelkor Chode Monastery, lies bare while the rest of the structures are looked after by the Geluga monks. Enclosed by mountains on three corners, three different sects of Buddhism remained under a single roof in Pelkor Chode. There are almost 6 to 7 courtyards for every sect present in the monastery. Figures of the Four Guardian Kings are present at the gateway of the monastery, replacing the traditional painting. The jewel-vomiting mongoose deserves special mention. The main chapel is situated at the back of the primary assembly hall is adorned with striking murals. The main image in the interior of the monastery is that of Sakyamuni along with the Buddha of the future and the past.

 

Yamdrok Lake:

Located en route from Lhasa to the town of Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake happens to be one of the main sacred lakes of the local Tibetan people. The lake is located at the top of a tall mountain with an altitude of 4794 metres. Most of the lake remains sheltered by the mountains, glittering brightly under the warm rays of the sun. The entire scene looks amazing, set against the backdrop of lush green valleys and fertile farmlands with charming little Tibetan farmhouses. The wetland found on the bank of the lake happens to be the richest soil in the dry region of Tibet. Thousands of birds gather at the lake on an annual basis in winter.

 

Gyantse Dzong:

The town fort of Gyantse, Gyantse Dzong, is located upon a hill to the north of the town. The fort is currently in a state of ruin, having been abandoned many decades ago. But it is very interesting to see the spot. An Anti-British Imperialists Museum is located in the area, showcasing a few facts of the British invasion of Tibet in 1904. The panoramic view offered from the top of the fort is well-worth the long climb.