Saga, Tibet

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Saga
Township
Tibetan transcription(s)
Chinese transcription(s)
Saga
Saga
Location of Saga
Saga is located in Tibet
Saga
Saga
Coordinates: 29°19′48″N 85°13′56″E / 29.33000°N 85.23222°E / 29.33000; 85.23222Coordinates: 29°19′48″N 85°13′56″E / 29.33000°N 85.23222°E / 29.33000; 85.23222
Country China
Province Tibet Autonomous Region
Prefecture Shigatse Prefecture
County Saga County
Elevation 4,640 m (15,220 ft)
Time zone CST (UTC+8)

Saga (Tibetan: Kyakyaru) is a town and township and seat of Saga County in Shigatse Prefecture in southern Tibet. It lies at an altitude of 4,640 metres (15,223 ft.)

Description[edit]

Saga ("happy land") is an army town with a Chinese garrison which patrols the whole length of the Tibetan-Nepalese border (and often conducts target practice with machine guns very close to the town).[1]

Saga straddles the Dargye Tsangpo river above its junction with the Brahmaputra River. It is strategically located at the junction of three roads - the Lhartse road coming from the east, the Dzongka road from the south and the Purang and Drongpa roads from the west. Saga is also an important stop-off point for pilgrims and tourists on the way to visiting Mount Kailash being the last town on the southern route with supplies for travellers, having both a store and a restaurant and several guest houses and hotels.[2][3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Dorje (1999), p. 312.
  2. ^ Dorje (1999), pp. 311-312.
  3. ^ Mayhew and Bradley (2005), pp. 203-204.

References[edit]

  • Buckley, Michael and Robert Strauss. (1986). Tibet: A Survival Kit. Lonely Planet, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 0-908086-88-1.
  • Dorje, Gyume. (1999). Footprint Tibet Handbook with Bhutan. 2nd Edition. Footprint Handbooks, Bath, England. ISBN 1-900949-33-4.
  • Mayhew, Bradley and Michael Khohn. (2005). Tibet. 6th Edition. Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-523-8.

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