Gyantse means "peak of success" in Tibetan. With a population of 56,000, it is a small agricultural town and the important post along the ancient Tea and Horse Trading Route between Tibet, China and India. The road to India runs at a height of approximate 3,500 meters above sea level.
Gyantse is well known for its famous Tibetan Dzong (a fortress or an administrative building usually located on a hill top), and the monastery called the Pelkor. The local famous specialties are tapestries and wool blankets.