Tsetang is the 4th largest city in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Tsetang is located around 190km from Lhasa towards East South. Tsetang Region is one of the most important regions in Tibet since Tsetang is the source of many of the first things happened in Tibet.
The first monastery was built in Tsetang Yarlung Region, Samye Monastery. The first Temple was built in Tsetang Yarlung Region, Tradruk Temple. The first Palace was built in Tsetang Yarlung Region, Yumbulakang Palace. The first Tibetans were from Tsetang Yarlung Region. The first Kings in Tibet were from Tsetang Yarlung Region. The first field in Tibet was at Tsetang Yarlung region so Tsetang plays a big role in the beauty of Tibet.
There is a railway route in the construction from Lhasa to Tsetang and to Nyingchi region, it will be going to finish in few years making two ways to get to Tsetang after few years. At the moment there is only one way to get to Tsetang, by overland.
Below Tibet Travelers will share few of the important sightseeing located in the Tsetang Yarlung region.
1. Yumbulakang Palace
Yumbulakang Palace is located around 15km from the Tsetang city. It was built around 400BC by the first Yarlung King Nyatri Tsenpo, it is one of the first Palace built in Tibet. Yumbulakang beautifies Tibet.
2. Samye Monastery
Samye monastery is located around 50km from Tsetang and around 150km from Lhasa. Built during the 8th Century by King Trisong Detsen and Maha Guru Rinpoche from India. It is one of the main monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism Nyingmapa sect school. One of the best Treks in Tibet is from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery, which can be done in 4 days.
3. Tradruk Temple
Located in the Tsetang town, Tradruk was built during the 7th Century by 33rd King Srongtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng in a week. It was built much before Jhokang Temple making it the first temple in Tibet.
4. Chimpuk meditation caves
This cozy meditation caves of the first Tibetan Yogis in the late 8th century is located around 20km from Samye town towards East mountain. Even nowadays they are many meditators meditating in the holy place.
5. Lhamo Lhatso Lake
Located around 120km from Tsetang, Lhamo Lhatso lake is my favorite lake in Tibet. It is the lake where we can see a preview of our future. Many people have seen some of their future deeds in this holy lake.
6. Drak Yangzong and Dzong Kumbum meditation cave
Drak Yangzong and Dzong Kumbum are the meditation caves of Maha Guru Rinpoche and Tibetan Yogis from 8th Century till now. Located around 30-40km from Samye and around 110km from Lhasa.
7.Kings Tomb and First field in Tibet
Located in Nedong town, around 50km from Tsetang. Since the beginning of Tibetan Yarlung Kings Nyatri Tsenpo, they were many kings who have ruled Yarlung valley peacefully and nowadays we can still visit the great tombs of some of these great Kings.
The first field in Tibet is located near Yumbulakang Palace.
Tsetang is a very important religious region in Tibet. Still, they are so many important monasteries located in Tsetang region, which Tibet Travelers will do best to share in future articles.
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