The next day after a lot of argument with Karma, we drove on to Gyantse. Here are a series of images of the sights of Gyantse, including the Kumbum, Monastery, Hill fortress, old town and city centre.
At Gyantse there is yet another monastery, Palcho, which has an intriguing temple mountain chorten (the largest in Tibet) called the Kumbum (literally, '100,000 images') of with eyes staring outward like the Nepali temples, and tiers of little shrines in rings around each layer, each with different wild Tantric images, and a splendid view of the old city and the hill fort Gyantse Dzong.
Video of Gyantse the Kumbum and the monks chanting
After lunch I climbed the fortress, while Christine stayed in the restaurant to take it easy. It commanded views high above the city and the whole plain to the mountains at either end. It was a breathless few hundred additional metres in the hot sun, already at 3900 metres or about 12,000 feet. In addition to a little museum with mannequins of the feudal court it had one of the few yab-yum sexual tantra pictures we have seen so far in a little royal shrine surrounded by a representation of the fortress as if yab-yum were the very centre of royal power.
In the evening we returned to Shigatse and set off next day for Lhasa.