The mere mention of Tibet evokes thoughts of the real “Shangri-La” shrouded in mystery and myth. ‘Explore Lhasa‘ brings you the best from the vicinity and offers you an exciting opportunity to explore the natural vivacity and cultural splendor that surrounds Tibet. From remote retreats to pilgrim paths, magnificent monasteries, raw high-altitude valleys, lake and mountains, Tibet is ready to receive you!
Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, lies in a quiet and beautiful garden in the west part of Lhasa. Norbulingka represents confluence of Tibet and inland cultures. The well preserved murals, superb mandalas and frescoes are fascinating sights not to miss. One particular mural inside depicts the history of Tibet and all the Dalai Lamas. The Dalai Lama was living here during his last days in Tibet. The rooms have remained as they were when the Dalai Lama left in 1959. If you are interested to explore the 10 inherent facts about Norbulingka, then go for Explore Lhasa tour.
- Norbulingka in Tibetan language means “precious garden”. It is the summer palace for all Dalai Lamas. It was first built in the 18th century by the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso, and then expanded into the present size of 360,000 square meters in the 20th century.
- The building complex has over 400 rooms of various sizes. The Norbulingka is the biggest and most magnificent and representative large-scale palace garden in Tibet.
- The main part of the Norbulinka architecture complex includes Kelzang Potrang (palace), Chensel Potrang, and Tagten Migyur Potrang. Their color, style, and decoration feature in Tibetan traditional architecture characteristic; whereas, their layout and overall structure treatment absorb and take after Han style architecture.
- Norbulinka is also a confluence of Tibetan quintessential arts of architecture, painting, statue and sculpture. As the political, religious and cultural centre of Tibet in the Qing Dynasty, the Norbulingka is a symbol of multi-ethnic cultural confluence.
- Norbulingka was announced to be national key cultural relic protection unit in 1988 by the State Council, and was enlisted as world cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 2011.
- Tibet became under the central government’s administration as early as in the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century. The live record in the Norbulingka architecture of the confluence of Han-Tibetan culture is strong evidence that Tibet’s land, people and culture were destined to be indispensible part of China.
- Another feature of Norbulingka is the frescoes in its main hall. Frescoes records Han-Tibetan national unity and cultural exchange history. The frescoes can be categorized into religious and non-religious themes. The religious paintings are about Buddhist doctrines and stories of eminent monks. The non-religious paintings are about historical figures and stories. All of them are reflections of the diverse and unique traditional culture of Tibetan people.
- It is recorded that the 13th Dalai Lama sent craftsmen to Beijing especially for cultivating traditional decoration ornamentation skills and arrangement of Han architecture. The emblazonry of “the Eight immortals crossing the sea” and the totem of “happiness, wealth, longevity, and auspiciousness” is almost identical with that in the inland. Moreover, there are Chinese characters of “fu” (happiness), “lu” (wealth) and “shou” (longevity) written amid the painting decoration.
- The stone lion corridor and the pair of stone lions in front of the Norbulingka’s gate look almost exactly the same shape and style with those in the inland.
- Inside the Tagten Migyur Potrang is a set of fine frescoes displaying important historical political events in Tibet, such as the story of Princess Wencheng and Jincheng coming to Tibet and Emperor Shunzhi of the Qing Dynasty issuing the empowerment document and golden seal to the 5th Dalai Lama. The paintings also is a combination of traditional Tibetan painting and the Han style painting with exact delineation and enriched colors and line drawing.
Pilgrimage escape is the excellent way to explore the Himalayas’ pilgrimage destinations. Life here revolves around an intricate intermingling of ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. As Nepal has several ancient pilgrimage sites and they all are attached to the legend that glorifies the miraculous powers of its deity. Likewise, Bhutan, the most sacred religious sites in the world, has tens and hundreds of monasteries, monuments and sacred religious sites. Apart from Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, the Buddhist monasteries like Drepung and Jokhang are some of the holiest sites in Tibet. Similarly, being a religious land, India is home to innumerable temples, and other religious structures. For the pilgrims Himalayan mountains are the most sacred and revered mountain ranges in the world. Here are depicted the top 8 pilgrimage escapes in the Himalayas.
1. Jomsom Muktinath Trek, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Nepal for both Buddhists and Hindus, reaches to the site of hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes of Annapurna region. Each year it witnesses thousands of devotees flocking for worship in a hope to receive salvation. The temple of Muktinath is in the Annapurna region at an altitude of 3800 meters from the sea level. It is a gate way to Mustang from Manang in famous Annapurana circuit Trek route. The holy shrine at Muktinath includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Temple. The Hindus call it Muktichhetra (Place of salvation). Many Shaligrams (Ammonite) found here are considered by Hindu as incarnation of lord Vishnu and worship them. For Tibetan Buddhists, it is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara. This pilgrimage trek makes an adventure starting from world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Region into world’s highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls.
2. Buddhist Cultural Tour in Nepal, one of the top pilgrimage escapes in Nepal for Buddhists, takes you to some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, including the birthplace of Buddha – Lumbini. For those who are curious about Buddhism, this tour is made to provide them the opportunity to get to know the details about Buddhism and its culture. It takes you to the major Buddhist pilgrimages in the valley and to the birth place of Lord Buddha to Lumbini. In the valley you will visit Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and Lumbini (birth place of Lord Buddha) out of the valley. During the trip, you can see the Buddhist devotees chanting religious hymns in their religious attire totally devoted to Buddhism.
3. Kathmandu Tour revolves around the cultural and religious sacred sites of City of Temples. Kathmandu has its own brand of cultural life which is based on unique mixture different religions, faiths, and practices including Hinduism and Buddhism. The valley holds a considerably high number of places recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. It contains three medieval cities famous for their arts and architectures – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each has an artistic exposition of graceful temples, elegant palaces, brick-paved courtyards and quaint streets. One is sure to be enchanted by the multi roofed temples, exquisite monasteries, stone carvings and wooden carvings, and the age-old traditions and religious festivals. All these sites in the Kathmandu Valley are related to the spiritual traditions practiced in this Himalayan region.
4. Phuentsholing to Paro Tour covers cultural and religious highlights of Bhutan. The tour begins from Phuentsholing which is a main commercial hub in south-west Bhutan. The long uphill journey to Thimphu will be exhilarating and on the way you come across tiny villages, waterfalls and animals. In Thimphu, you stroll around various landmarks of Bhutanese capital and even try to intermingle with the locals in the town. On your journey to Punakha, you enjoy the incredible vistas of the Himalayas from Dochula pass. Likewise, in this tour you also visit religious sites in Punakha and Paro. Including the breathtaking Tiger’s Nest Monastery above the Paro Valley, Punakha Dzong-the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, Chimi Lhakhang-the temple dedicated to Devine Madman, and Kichu Lhakhang-the oldest monastery in Bhutan will be the other attractions of this pilgrimage escape in Bhutan.
5. Bhutan Insight Tour gives you cultural, natural and religious exposure to Bhutan’s rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys. You travel around the monasteries, dzongs, temples, chortens and museums of Bhutan during this tour. Besides observing the unique Bhutanese culture, you will also experience the various breathtaking views of Himalaya mountains. The Paro Valley, capital Thimphu and the central Bhutan are the major attractions of this Insight Tour. In this tour you also cover Punakha to have with unique Bhutanese culture and lifestyle. Moreover, you enjoy the hike to Taktsang Monastery – Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at a height of above 3120 m. Similarly, strolling through the traditional market places, observing Bhutanese handicrafts and household items, discovering unique religious festivals and gaining firsthand experience of proud Bhutanese people enhance you to intermingle with nature, religion, language and culture of Bhutan.
6. Mount Kailash Yatra and Parikrama of Lake Mansarovar, one of the holiest paths to Nirvana, takes you to one of the most revered places in the Himalayas. Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash are two of the holiest pilgrimage areas to devotees of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Bonism and many other faiths. Each year thousands of devotees undertake the treacherous and rigorous journey through the mountains of Himalayas to reach this sacred land. For Hindus it is the holiest of the holy place as the abode of Lord Shiva. It also has geographical significance as four great rivers flow from it: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra, which drain the vast Tibetan Plateau to contribute to the Ganges in India. Kailash is an object of devout pilgrimage also for the Buddhists. Likewise, Lake Manasarovar is one of the highest sacred lakes in the world. The sacred lake is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, as it is believed that bathing in the holy waters will cleanse one’s sins.
7. Explore Lhasa, one of the top pilgrimage escapes of Lhasa, is very popular amongst international travelers. The journey begins and ends in the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, and covers popular landmarks of this beautiful city such as the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. You also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries in Lhasa like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. They are all amazing monasteries with a religious relevance of their own. This escape also takes you further to the outskirts of Lhasa where you visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and explore the Drayerpa Cave, which is still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks.
8. Impressions of Ladakh, one of the top pilgrimage escapes in the Indian Himalayas, gives you an impression of age-old centre of Buddhism. India’s Ladakh is the northernmost tip of India, sandwiched between the Karakoram and the Himalayas. The Ladakh Leh Region is also one of the most popular areas for pilgrims. The people of Ladakh are predominantly Buddhist and practice ‘Mahayana’ Buddhism tempered with the old Bon animistic faith and Tantric Hinduism. It was brought Buddhism to Tibet and Ladakh during the 7th century AD. In the 11th century the Buddhist scholar Rinchen Tsangpo established 108 monasteries in the region. The Gompas at Lamayuru and Alchi are said to date from that time. The influence of Buddhism can also be seen in the capital of Ladakh, Leh.
Would you like to make a top Tibet escape in the tallest pristine mountain region of the world? The top Tibet escapes help you to traverse through Tibetan mountains, cultures, religions, local people, age-old monasteries, and different untouched lakes. Tibet, the mystical land of spirituality, is the heart of Buddhist culture and philosophy. The Roof of the World is the most mesmerizing destinations not only for the geographical and natural enchants but also for historical, cultural and religious enthusiasts. Spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the impressive landmarks that appeal the visitors to visit Tibet at least once in a lifetime. Here are listed the Top 9 Tibet Escapes.
1. Explore Tibet, one of the top Tibet escapes, helps you to explore stunning Himalayan views, high plateau, beautiful Buddhist monasteries and extraordinary people of Tibet. In Tibet, you will travel around Tsedang, Yumbulakhang, Thandruk, Samye, Tsurpu, and Ganden monasteries. Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaaar, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, and Tibetan Nunnery and Tibetan Medicine Center will be the prime attractions of this tour while you are strolling around Lhasa. Of course, you will also cover Tibet’s famous turquoise lake, Yamadroke Lake. Truly speaking, this escape suits to those who are interested to experience the people, culture, monks, monasteries, land and palaces of Tibet.
2. The Most Popular Tour of Tibet, one of the outstanding escapes of Tibet, begins and ends in Lhasa with visits to other popular Tibetan cities like Tsedang, Gyantse and Shigatse. In Lhasa, you make excursion around the stunning Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazar along with a couple of important Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung and Jokhang Temple. Then, you take a day tour of the amazing Namtso Lake (4,718m), believed by many as the most beautiful lake in Tibet. In Tsedang, you pay your visit to Samye Monastery. In, Gyantse, you visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress). Then, you move towards Shigatse and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. All of these monasteries have their own history and religious significance. While on this escape you also cross a few high passes while being in constant company of the high Himalayas.
3. Mount Kailash Yatra, or Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, the most sacred escape for spirituality, is the most sacred and revered pilgrimage for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists – lie in the southwestern part of Tibet. Mt. Kailash (6638m) located to the north of the Himalayan barrier in Western Tibet. The mountain is religiously sacred for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. So every year many visitors of different religions and from different countries visit the holy site. Mostly pilgrims of Nepal, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan, China, Southeast Asia and other countries, follow this yatra to pay homage to deities. According to the Hindu mythology, Mt. Kailash is believed to be the residing place for Lord Shiva (Mahadeva- the supreme god). And similarly according to the Buddhist mythology, it is believed to be home to Buddha Demchok. The spiritual experience of Kailash Mansarover Yatra is believed to go beyond the confinement of any religion or belief, and the region is open to people of all religion. When traveling by bus, the journey begins from Kodari and trails to the ends of remote Tibetan villages before reaching Kailash Mansarover. The trek is filled with hours of bus rides and adventurous treks. Along the trail, enjoy a spectacular view of some of the most majestic snow capped mountains such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, Lantang Himal and many other mountains ranges surrounding this region. Through the slopes of Mt. Kailash flows a stream to Manasarovar Lake (the highest body of fresh water) and from this lake the four of Asia’s greatest rivers the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Karlani, and Sutlej flow.
4. Explore Lhasa and Tsedang with Namtso Lake, the ultimate trek in the pristine region of the world, covers popular landmarks in Lhasa and Tsedang with a day tour of the Namtso Lake. In Lhasa, you visit the astonishing Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. Furthermore, you stroll around a number of Lhasa’s impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. In Tsedang, you escape for the 8th century Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. A separate day has to set aside to explore the Namtso Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet.
5. Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour, one of the dream overland escapes in the Himalayas, is another best way of making Tibet Overland Tour. The biking overland tour of Tibet travels through the land of ancient Buddhist culture having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and centuries’ old caravan trails. The biking adventure in the Himalayas comes across a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people. Tibet has not only exerted magnetic spell upon travelers for centuries but also upon spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks etc. Tibet being extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges, a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers.
6. Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, the grandest escape in the Himalayas, begins from Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu. In between, you travel through beautiful Tibetan cities and towns such as Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk and Zhangmu. One of the major highlights of this escape is reaching the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, which you have to accomplish. The Lhasa to Kathmandu escape also allows you to explore the mystical Yamdrok Tso and Namtso Lakes and conquer a few high passes. Besides, you stroll around popular Tibetan landmarks like Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. This escape also includes touring quite a number of spectacular Tibetan monasteries including, but not limited to, Sera, Drepung, Samye, Phalkot, Tashilhunpo, Sakya and Rongbuk, the world’s highest monastery.
7. Extended Tour of Lhasa, the enticing escape of Tibet, begins and ends in Lhasa with visits to other beautiful Tibetan cities and towns like Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. Besides, you will also accomplish one of the major highlights of your escape, reaching the Everest Base Camp. The escape of Lhasa covers popular Tibetan landmarks like the amazing Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. You also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang, Samye, Khumbum, Phalkot, Tashilhunpo and Sakya. Each of these monasteries has their own history and religious importance. Another important aspect of this escape is the opportunity to explore the Namtso Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, also believed by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
8. Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour, the spectacular escape of Tibet, passes through wonderful scenery dominated by green meadows, river gorges, snow capped mountains, waterfalls and enchanting flora and fauna in the Himalayas. Besides, mingle with the local people, who are following the same lifestyle for thousands of years, enjoy their reception with Tibetan Yak butter tea. Tibet, once Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom, has captured the hearts and minds of the travelers from all around the world since the ancient times. The highland of Tibet and its typical geographical position has been exploited since the ancient times by explorers and adventurers, pilgrims, traders, and even missionaries. Whether you are a spiritual seeker in search of the mystery of life or seeking an adventure, this epic escape across the Tibetan Plateau into the remotest and mystical highlands takes you to the land of paradise in Earth. This tour explores Lhasa as well as other famous places such as Gyantse, Shigatse, and Sakya. In Lhasa, you visit most holy Jokhang temple, see the legendary eighth-wonder Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Drepung, Sera Monastery and more. On the way, you will be viewing the most exotics of Tibet: Yamutso Lake, Pelkhor and Tashilunbu monasteries.
9. Explore Lhasa, the shortest possible escape of Lhasa, is very popular amongst international travelers. The top escape begins and ends in the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, and covers popular landmarks of this beautiful ancient city such as the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. You also stroll through a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries in Lhasa like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. They are all amazing monasteries with a history and religious relevance of their own. This escape also takes you further to the outskirts of Lhasa where you visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and explore the Drayerpa Cave, which is still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks.
Explore Tibet and behold it’s the top 10 must see landmarks. While discovering the top 10 must see landmarks of Tibet you will capture the true essence of why Tibet is still so mesmerizing destination for the world travelers. The moment you start to explore Lhasa – the capital city of the Roof of the World you see the deeper aspects of culture, art, architecture and history of the spiritual paradise. Besides, the more you strive to travel for Mount Kailash Yatra in Tibet, the deeper you put forth yourself into the greatest path of enlightenment. All the must see landmarks of Tibet are the source of spiritual inspiration, peace of mind, and are the treasure-troves of Tibet. The Top 10 must see landmarks of Tibet are listed here.
- The Potala Palace is a landmark of Tibet. The history of this awe-inspiring construction can be dated back to the 7th century, some 1,300 years ago that built by King Songtsen Gampo. With an area of over 360, 000 square meters, Potala Palace is a spectacular castle-like building complex of Lhasa, which is used to be the unification centre of political and religious of Tibet. With grand stele commemorating the architectural achievements of ancient Tibetans, the Potala Palace is truly a cultural treasure on the Tibetan Plateau. In December 1994, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. It is a must-visit site for tourists enjoying Tibet tours. The Potala Palace worked as the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley. The palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, special atmosphere, splendid artworks, precious scriptures, murals, jewels and antiques.
- Jokhang Temple, the famous landmark in Tibet, is the irreplaceable representative of Tibetan religion. Located in the center of old Lhasa city, this majestic temple, which with the Barkhor Street surrounded, formed the “heart” of ancient Lhasa. It is said that Jokhang Temple occupies an unchallengeable position of Tibetan Buddhism. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, Jokhang Temple is the oldest civil-structure building in Tibet that has a history of more than 1,300 years. It well mixed Tibetan, Tang-Dynasty, Nepalese and Indian style of architecture together, initiated a new space layout model for Tibetan monastery. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lhasa, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace’.
- Norbulinka Palace, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, lies in a quiet and beautiful garden in the west part of Lhasa. The well preserved murals, superb mandalas and frescoes are fascinating sights not to miss. One particular mural inside depicts the history of Tibet and all the Dalai Lamas. The Dalai Lama was living here during his last days in Tibet. The rooms have remained as they were when the Dalai Lama left in 1959.
- Samye Monastery, the first monastery ever built in Tibet, was founded by the Tibetan King Trisiong Detsen and belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa sects. The construction consists of three styles, namely, the Han, the Tibetan and the Indian. It is said that the monastery was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt three hundred years as the residence of the 6th Dalai Lama. Finally, it was completed by Rating Rimpoche. To visit this monastery a ferry across the Yarlung Zangpo river has to be taken from the road to Tsetang.
- Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet. It was founded in 1416 by a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelukpa School. Drepung Monastery was one of the best schools of the Middle-Ages and during the 1930s it housed over 10,000 monks from all regions of Asia. After the Chinese invasion and the persecution that followed, many of them retreated to India where they started a new monastery. Now only a few hundred monks remain at Drepung, but its history makes it a popular attraction.
- Tashilunpo Monastery, the residence of the Panchen Lamas, is one of the six big monasteries in Tibet that located in the central area of Shigatse. It is the oldest monastery in Shigatse which was constructed in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. But actually the monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking Tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition, only after the Dalai Lama. The highlight of the monastery is the statue of Maitreya Buddha made of copper with 22.4 meters high, which looks graceful and dignified in appearance. It is considered to be the highest statue in the world. Standing on the entrance of Tashihunpo, you can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls. The remarkable Tangka wall which is nine-floor high, displays the images of Buddha on the 14th, 15th and 16th of May every year following the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. Since the early 1980s parts of the Tashilhunpo monastery have been open to the public and it is an important tourist attraction in Tibet today.
- Mt. Everest, the famous landmark in Tibet, is the highest mountain of the world. It locates at the south part of Tingri County in southern Tibet, the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. With a height of 8,848 m above sea level, this mountain is permanently covered with snow. Its body assumes the shape of a pyramid with its peak stabbed the sky. Its snow peak sends out silver radiance year after year. Its waist is hidden in the clouds. With a challenging height, it is the ultimate goal of every mountain lovers.
- Yamdok Yumtso, the sacred lake in Tibet, is one of the three largest lakes of Tibet. The lake lies about a hundred kilometers’ distance to the southwest of Lhasa. The surface of the lake, with its fathomless depth, covers some six hundred squire kilometers. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wide ducks. Fish in the lake is plentiful and tasty for diet.
- Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are the remotest and yet popular tourist destinations in Tibet. Mount Kailash is 6,714m high and with its four sheer walls and snow capped peak it is an awe-inspiring sight. For Hindus it is the holiest of the holy place as the abode of Lord Shiva. It also has geographical significance as four great rivers flow from it: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra, which drain the vast Tibetan Plateau to contribute to the Ganges in India. Kailash is an object of devout pilgrimage also for the Buddhists. Likewise, Lake Manasarovar is situated approximately 30km from Mt. Kailash and is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The sacred lake is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, as it is believed that bathing in the holy waters will cleanse one’s sins.
- The Namtso Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, is perched near the Dangxiong County in the middle of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Standing 4,710 meters above the sea level, it is the highest salt water lake in the world. Located on the border between Damxung County and Baingoin County, Nagqu, Tibet, Namtso is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the Nyainqêntanglha mountain range with pure clean water which reflected the color of the sky. Thus, the local people named it Nam as in Tibetan language, Nam means “Sky”. There are 5 islands lie on the water, which is said that they are embodiments of gods. Every year, hundreds of thousands pilgrims come here to worship the Holy Spirit it represented.