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Shigatse hotels mapShigatse intro. Only a short distance from the Tibetan foothills and Mount Everest, the ancient holy city of Shigatse has become an indispensable base for exploring the region. Shigatse hotels provide lodging on the sole path to the holy lakes of Tibet, as well as access to the most important Tibetan monasteries. Closest to the city is Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447. The shimmering golden roofs found in this impressive complex are supported by stunning white walls flanked with huge sacred images depicting the history of this prestigious Buddhist sect. South of Shigatse, Shalu Monastery marks the first major monastery built by Tsang nobility; this and the nearby Sakya Monastery contain important Buddhist scriptures and historic relics of the Sakyapa tradition. Overlooking the city, the castle and surrounding fortress known as Shigatse Dzong were reconstructed in recent years, reinforced in cement and covered with natural stones to emulate the original structure, and is now a museum of Tibetan culture. Discover the multifaceted cultural heritage of Tibet through the fertile lands of Shigatse.