As Tibet’s second-largest town, Shigatse is the traditional capital of Tsang province. It is located in the southwest part of Tibet Autonomous Region, and is a modern, sprawling city, with wide boulevards humming with traffic. The city borders Ngari in the west, Nagchu in the north, Lhasa, and Lhoka in the east, Bhutan, India, and Nepal on the south. One of the key must-see sites is the Potala-lookalike Shigatse Dzong, which is a fort that lies high on a hilltop overlooking Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Since the Mongol sponsorship of the Gelugpa order of Tibetan
It is also a significant communication hub in Tibet. It is connected to the outside world by Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway, Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, and No. 318 National Highway. Railway network also connects the city with Lhasa and the travel takes you less than 3 hours.