Gesar Hotel

Shigatse, China

At a Glance

  • Comfortable 4-star accommodation option in Xigatze
  • Clean and modern Tibetan-style rooms, each decorated with a Thangka of Gesar Ling
  • Beautiful hotel lobby adorned with traditional Tibetan artwork and cultural objects 

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine. For a place nicknamed ‘The Land of Snows’, there’s a surprising lack of snow. The boom in domestic tourism means that Lhasa swells with Chinese tourists in the summer and particularly in the week-long holidays around 1 May and 1 October. Winter is very cold, many restaurants are shut and snow can close mountain passes, but some travellers swear by the winter months. There are few travellers about at this time and Lhasa is crowded with drokpas (nomads). The average temperature in January is -2°C.

Spring, early summer and late autumn are probably the best times to visit Tibet. March is a politically sensitive month in the country and there is occasional tightening of restrictions on travellers heading into Tibet at this time, but the weather’s pretty good. April brings reliable weather in eastern Tibet and discounts on accommodation and vehicle rental in Lhasa. Mt Everest is particularly clear during April and May.

From mid-July through to the end of September the monsoon starts to affect parts of Tibet. (The months of July and August bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall.) Travel to western Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, due to roads being washed away.

It’s worth trying to time your trip with one of Tibet’s festivals. New Year (Losar) in January or February is an excellent time to be in Lhasa, as is the Saga Dawa festival in April or May.

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Description

Gesar Hotel is a comfortable 4-star hotel in Xigatze, Tibet. Its beautiful hotel lobby is adorned with traditional Tibetan cultural objects and artwork and its clean and comfortable rooms are designed in Tibetan-style.

Gesar Hotel, located 2km south of central Xigatze, is a comfortable 4-star option in the area. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat for the second Panchen Lama is 10 minutes’ drive away.

Its beautiful lobby is decorated with traditional Tibetan cultural artwork while its 97 rooms are adorned with traditional elements and each with its own Thangka. The rooms range from 16m2 to 30m2 in size and come with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV. It has an on-site restaurant serving local Tibetan cuisine which includes Yak burger. The hotel also has a pleasant rooftop teahouse as well as a spa and a dry sauna where guests can unwind after their activities.

 

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Accommodation

Gesar Hotel has 97 beautifully decorated rooms, ranging from 16m2 to 30m2 in size. Adorned with traditional Tibetan elements and each with its own Thangka, the rooms also feature modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV.

Childcare

There are no specific childcare facilities in the property but children are welcome to stay in the hotel.

Facilities

Beside the on-site restaurant which serves traditional local cuisine such as Yak burger, the hotel also boasts a pleasant rooftop teahouse where guests can unwind and enjoy drinks and snacks. There is a spa which offers massages and Tibetan herb bath as well as a dry sauna.

Activities

Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, one of the holiest places in Tibet and 10 minutes’ drive away. It is the seat of Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism.

Experiences

  • Ngamring Lake and Lhatse Chode Monastery

    Admire the breath-taking turquoise waters of Ngamring Lake and continue to explore a small but significant Lhatse Chode Monastery whilst learning more about the local Tibetan farming culture.

  • Pala Manor and Tashilungpo Monastery

    Transfer to Xigatze and enroute visit Pala Manor, a well-preserved serf manor owned by the famous noble Pala family and gain an insight into the lifestyle of the wealthy landowning people. Explore the treasures of the remarkable Tashilungpo Monastery.

Holiday Ideas

  • Essential Tibet

    Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse

    from £2200 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • Visit in Winter to beat the crowds and enjoy a different take of Tibet as the nomads gather in Lhasa for its annual pilgrimage.
    • The trip is carefully planned with specially chosen hotels, private vehicles and guides with oxygen supply readily available during the trip to ensure our adventure in Tibet is as comfortable as possible.
  • Tibet by Train

    Xining, Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatse & Tsetang

    from £3400 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Traverse the roof of the world through one of the world's most stunning train rides
    • Discover the cradle of Tibetan civilization at Tsetang, home to the first Tibetan palace and monastery
    • Engage in the interesting monk debating session at Sera Monastery

Location & directions

Shigatse, China

Gesar Hotel is located around 2km south of the centre of Xigatze, Tibet and around 10 minutes’ drive from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. It is an hour’s drive away from Xigatze airport and 3 hours by train to Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

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