Day 6 Gyantse - Shigatse
In the morning, visit Gyantse's Monastery - Pelkor Chode. The main temple of Pelkor Chode, the Tsuklakhang was built 1418 - 1425 AC by the 2nd prince of Gyantse. It was an eclectic academy with 16 dralsang (colleges) belonging variously to Sakya, Butonpa, Geluk and Kagyu schools. All the dralsang buildings have been destroyed, however the main assembly hall was preserved along with its remarkable (15th images and Murals). The top chamber is decorated with fantastic mandalas in Sakya tradition.
Continue to Shigatse and visit Tashilunpo, which is the seat of the Panchen Lama, second only in importance to the Dalai Lama. Panchen means a great scholar and was traditionally best owned on the abbots of Tashilumpo. Its numerous halls contain a 21.6 meter wooden status of Maitreya, the future Buddha & elaborate, jewel encrusted reliquary chorten.