Tagong (塔公) is a small town situated in historial region Kham which lies in western Tibet at 3800 meters beyond sea level (12500 feet). The town is also known by its Tibetan name Lhagang (ལྷ་སྒང་)which means, a place which is loved by Buddhas.
In 9th century there was passing through a Chinese princess which was supposed to be married to a Tibetan King. On her was she was accompanied by important Buddhist Lama, Tulku. When they camped in the area the Lama decided to stay here for the rest of his life. Nevertheless, princes persuaded him to leave with her and promised him that a big buddha statue was going to be built. Next morning the promised statued miraculasy appeard on the planed spot.
Today Tagong is still deeply conected to Tibetan Buddhist tradition and it’s nicknamed little Lhasa. On of the most important monasteries of the area is located on the town square – Chinese Tagong si or Tibetan Pel Lhagang. Nearby is also sacred mountain Zhara (Yala) which peak is at 5 820 meters (19 000 feet).
Tagong and its surrounding is an ideal place for explorating of local authentic Tibetan Buddhist traditions and to see orginal nomadic way of life on the high grasslands around Tagong with their Yak herds.