Sitting in a beautiful valley around a half an hour outside of Zhongdian, the Banyan Tree Ringha Resort offers a luxurious rural retreat in traditional Tibetan style accommodation.
Songtsam Hotel, Zhongdian, China
This is a lovely little hotel located ten minutes out of the town of Zhongdian, in front of the Lamaist monastery of Songzanlin.
It is beautifully decorated in traditional Tibetan style and all rooms have wonderful views of the lake and mountains in front of the hotel.
The Songtsam is wonderfully placed for exploring Songzanlin monastery and the surrounding village, as well as taking a peaceful stroll around the lake to appreciate the mountain scenery.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Songtsam Linka Shangri-La is a peaceful boutique retreat nestled within a Tibetan village close to the sacred Songzanlin Monastery. Surrounded by lush fields and mountains, away from town, it’s a haven of calm.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The trek begins at Ruobola Hill, heading through the forests towards Dabao. During the journey the highest sections are around 3,500 meters above sea level.
This 300-year-old monastery houses over 600 Tibetan monks and is one of the most prominent Tibetan monasteries in southwest China.