Saga, Tibet
Saga is a town and township and seat of Saga County
Saga County
Saga County is a county of the Xigazê Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region.- Transport :*China National Highway 219...

 in Shigatse Prefecture in southern Tibet
Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people...

. It lies at an altitude of 4,640 metres (15,223 ft.)


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).
Saga straddles the Dargye Tsangpo river above its junction with the Brahmaputra River
Brahmaputra River
The Brahmaputra , also called Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, is a trans-boundary river and one of the major rivers of Asia. It is the only Indian river that is attributed the masculine gender and thus referred to as a in Indo-Aryan languages and languages with Indo-Aryan influence...

. 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
Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash is a peak in the Gangdisê Mountains, which are part of the Himalayas in Tibet...

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.

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