To get a better idea of the layout of Ngari, there are a number of places that offer expansive view. The most holy mountain in Asia of Mt. Kailash, the holy Lake Manasarovar provides the stunning views too. Another spectacular site is the ruins of the Guge Kingdom and Tholing Monastery near Zanda. Head further northwest, is the capital town Ali(Lion village), near the lake of Palgon. The norther route back to Lhasa pass via the people-less ChangTang grassland. This guide will lead you to the specific attractions there.
Top 2. Lake Manasarovar
Top 3. Lake Raksas Tal
Top 4. Tholing Monastery
Top 5. Tsaparang(The ruins of Guge Kingdom)
Top 6. Tirthapuri Hot Springs&Kora
Top 7. Pangong Tso Lake
Top 8. Zhari(Tsari) Nam-Tso Lake
Top 9. Chagcam Caka Salt lake
Top 10. Ngari Night Park
Kailash(entrance fee ¥300, environment bus fee¥110) is the center of the universe-or at least the Tibetan Buddist universe. In the Tibetan worldview, at the cosmic axis of the universe lies Mount Meru, the abode of the gods. Mount Kailash is thought to be an earthly manifestation of the mythical Meru. The Tibetan name for Kailash is “Kang Renpoche”-Precious Jewel of Snows: the dome-shaped peak is symmetrical like an uncut diamond, with a permanent cap of ice and snow.
Lake Manasarovar (joint admission ticket with Kailash ¥300) draws Hindu Pilgrims who come for ritual bathing in the icy waters: full submersion in the waters is claimed to ensure the enlightenment. Indian pilgrims pick up pebbles from the lakeside and fill containers with holy water when returning home. A 90km walking circuit around the lake takes about 4-5days, the route is perfectly flat and lies at 4,560m in altitude.
While Manasarovar is identified with positive forces of light( the sun), the lake next door, Raksas Tal(Known to Tibetan as Lhanag-tso, admission ticket ¥35)), is aligned with the forces of darkness( the moon). for this reason, Raksas Tal is shunned by pilgrims-its water rumoured to be poisonous(actually, they are not), as opposed to the healing waters of Manasarovar.
Lake Raksas Tal
Tholing Monastery(Known as Tuolin Si, joint admission ticket with Tsaparang ¥200) was once most important monastic complex. Dates back to the 11th century when a structure was built by Yeshe O, the king of Guge. Although hundreds of monasteries were built in the western region, Tholing became the most important center for Buddhist study, and its reputation grew with the arrival of 11th century scholar Atisha from India.
Located 26km west of Zanda are the extensive ruins of Tsaparang (joint admission ticket with Tholing ¥200), the once-powerful capital of the 10th century Guge Kingdom(pronounced Goo-gay). The main building material is not stone, but clay, with walls, buildings, secret tunnels and escape exits all fashioned from this material. Little is known of the history of Guge Kingdom, but some of the exceptional murals at Tsaparang portray realistic scenes with courtiers and visiting dignitaries and give some idea of how people lived here in cave-dwellings in this kingdom of clay.
Tirthapuri(admission fee ¥15) is the other on the pilgrim’s “wish-list” after Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. The most revered site is Tirtapuri, a yellow-streaked rocky landscape with hot springs. After encircling Kailash and Manasarovar, Tibetan pilgrims come to Tirthapuri for a relaxing circuit-the kora is only an hour, and there are grassy meadows for picnicking as well as hot water for soothing tired limbs. It lies 10km southwest of Moincer, approached by land cruiser or truck. At the site, pilgrims bathe-or dip their feet-in several sulphurous hot-spring pools, which can accommodate three or four people. The hot springs are reputed to have healing powers, and Tibetans search the waters for pellets of lime, for medicinal purpose.
Tirthapuri Hot Springs
Pangong Tso Lake( admission ticket ¥30) is also known as Tsomulangkar, located at Rutok County, next border to India, along the Xinjiang-Tibet Highway. About 8km north of Rutok County, the road hits the east end of turquoise Pangong-Tso. The lake extends 110km into Ladakh in India. It’s worth continuing ere for views of the lake but beware of when rent a boat to visit the lake to go to bird island to see the nests, eggs, gulls and geese as several Chinese tourists died here in 2010 when theirs capsized. Every spring and summer between May and July, the bird island in the middle of lake Pangong-Tso is home to tens of thousands of wild geese, brown-headed gulls, crested ducks and more than 20 kinds of water birds.
One excursion from Tsochen is to Zhari(Tsari) Nam-sto, a huge salt lake 50km east towards the town of Tsero(Tsitri). The third largest lake in Tibet. Which is surrounded by a good pasture, and rich in valuable purple cashmere goats here. Along the lake there are groups of Tibetan antelope, wild donkeys and other wild animals, galloping in the lakeside field. It is a long closed inland lake with saltwater, the lake is blue and transparent with few of the aquatic life.
Zhari(Tsari) Nam-Tso Lake
Chagcam Caka salt lake is a famous boromagite base in China and the largest salt lake in northern Tibet.The salt lake is located in the northern foot of Alongganli mountain, the salt lake district of Gegye county in Ngari region, and the northern side of Hei’a highway. It is 32 kilometers long from east to west, 3 to 5 kilometers wide from north to south, with a total area of 132.5 square kilometers. It is composed of three lakes.
Chagcam Caka Salt lake
The national astronomical observatory has set up an observation station in Ngari region, and "Ngari night park" has been built next to the observatory, providing the best place for tourists to see the most beautiful stars and leading a wave of starry tourism. Due to the cold and dry climate in Ngari region, the atmosphere is extremely transparent. In addition, it is far away from the city because of "light pollution", making Ngari the most ideal place to observe the stars on the land in the northern hemisphere.
Ngari Night Park
Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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