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Zhangmu City

2300 m above the sea level and sharing border with Nepal, Zhangmu city is very famous for being near the mighty Mt. Everest. Very popular among the tourist and adventurers for above mentioned reason, this city also happens to be the most used town on the line of Nepal-China border and thus the most important spot for trading between Nepal and Tibet/ China. This city receives a huge number of tourist and business travelers every month.

This is a very nice place to be.  Pleasant temperature around the calendar, blessed with the most beautiful sceneries and bustling market this town is worth visiting at least once. The climate in Zhangmu is always nice and the city is blessed with many rivers, beautiful valley and a cocktail of culture from Tibet and Nepal. The brightest flowers smiling at you, the mighty white capped mountains and milky waterfalls makes you visit to this city a truly unforgettable one.

Apart from its natural beauty the town also has bustling markets full of Nepali and Tibetan businessmen engaged in noisy conversation to pull off their deal. There are women buying household items and local children playing in the streets, which is so good to see. The building in the town looks like huge staircase because of the topography of the town, this looks make the city look more beautiful and unique. High points in the city offer you the view of barren lands as far as your eye can reach in the north and beautiful hills and mountains in the south. Just strolling down the streets of Zhangmu city is an extraordinary experience as you can go through the small shops selling various Tibetan handicrafts, children running down and playing in the streets and the sceneries you get to see in the time of sunsets.

Apart from Mt. Everest which is the main attraction of Zhangmu city, the city also has many monasteries including the wonderful Rongbuk monastery. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in the world and it’s just 4 Km away from the northern base camp of Everest. The city receives a lot of fame and with it, a lot of tourist and pilgrims due to the renowned Saka dawa Festival which is celebrated at Palkhor Monastery on the 15th of April according to Tibetan Calendar. This day is considered as the birthday of Sakyamuni.  Attending this celebration gives a brilliant chance to go through the Tibetan culture and tradition.

You can visit Zhangmu any time you want. The climate is very pleasant around the calendar and there are many very good places to stay. Tibet is beautiful but Zhangmu is nothing like regular Tibet. It’s beautiful in its own ways. Full of carpet of trees and flower shrubs, grasslands and barren lands too, Zhangmu is a real treat for the travelers. Only in Zhangmu you can buy items from both Nepal and Tibet as the town lies at the border of China and Nepal. Zhangmu is the place where you reside and prepare when you go for the Everest quest.  

Zhangmu City, Tibet

Xigatse City

Located about 300 Km away from Lhasa Xigatse City is the second largest city in Tibet. The word Xigatse means ‘fertile land’. Situated at the height of 3500 m above the sea level Xigatse city receives the largest number of tourist and adventurers every year in Tibet. This is probably because where the city is located and what it offers to its visitors. History of the grand city dates back 600 years back. The meeting point of the holy rivers Bramhaputra and Nyangchu, this ancient city is very important religiously and this is the centre of tradition and culture in Tibet. Considered as the seat of Panchen Lama who is considered the second most important leader in Tibet, Xigatse city is a very religious place. With the flow of time this city has seen many changes and now is one of the most advanced cities in Tibet. Shopping is another attraction of this city. Locally made handicraft and carpets are the items most sold. Locally made knife is one thing you might don’t want to miss in your visit to Xigatse.

The city is situated at slightly high altitude, but the summers are pleasant and bit wet. The winters in the Xigatse city are pretty harsh. The winds are cold and dry and you will need a bit of preparation to visit in this city in winter. Visiting the Xigatse city is important from monetary point of view too. There are very few banks in Tibet that except foreign checks, but the Bank of Xigatse converts travelers’ check, which allows you to collect some local currency before you hi other part of Tibet. If you can arrange your visit to Xigatse city in the month of July we will get to witness the spectacular Buddha Unfolding Festival, which will be one of the things you will love most in Tibet.

What to do and where to visit in Xigatse:

This city has some of the most important monasteries in Tibet like Tashilhunpo monastery and Sakya monastery. Apart from this you can get to visit Mt. Everest from here. This city has its face full of different water resources; the greatest lakes, rivers, streams and glaciers, you can enjoy anything you want to.

Mt. Everest: the most famous peak in the world, this is the centre of attraction in whole Tibet and Nepal. Also called Qomolongma in Tibet, this peak rises up to 8848 m and is covered with snow all around the year. Worshipped by all the mountaineers around the world, this mountain is the ultimate goal to climb, for every climbers and mountaineers in the world. As a tourist you can also have the same fun, joy and feel the same rush of blood but in an easy way, just stand on the foot of this exceptional part of earth. It is suggested that you choose a time when the rains are away to visit Mt. Everest, possibly in April to July.  

Palkhor monastery:

Also called “The Baiju Monastery” by the Chinese, this monastery is situated in Xigatse city which is about 230 Km away from capital Lhasa. Implausible combination of temples and Stupas will attract anyone. The architecture you will see in this place, are form the 14th and 15th century which make this place a Hotpoint for ancient archeological researchers. This place has more than 3000 statues from the statues of Buddha to famous King Songtsen Gampo. Number of tourist visiting this place has been increasing every year.

Sakya Monastery:

Can magic be carved in Stones? If your answer is a “NO” then you must visit this place. You will find the perfect answer there.  Considered as “the second Danhuang”, Sakya monastery must be the most treasured part in Tibetan land. Build around in 1073 this monastery houses 3000 pieces of sutras and fantastic work of art that are over thousand years old. Covering an area of 5500 sq. m and with 40 huge pillars the Lakhang Chenmo happens to be the main attraction of this place. Visit to the Sakya Monastrery is going to be a real treat for antique and art craft lovers. Not only the people who visit this place but also the governments of other countries should take this place as an example and learn how old time classics should be preserved. Thanks to the Tibetan people and its government for preserving such marvelous beauty for us and the future generations.

Tashilhunpo Monastery:

Located in Shigatse 250 Km away from the capital city Tashilhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. Among the six hugest monasteries in Tibet this monastery stands on massive area of 300,000 Sq. m and known as the “Seat of Panchen Lama”. Panchen Lama is considered as the second most important religious leader after Dalai Lama in Tibet.

The leged goes like:

Tashilhunpo monastery was found by Gendun Drub who was later named as the first Dalai Lama. The fourth Panchen Lama started massive reconstruction and renovation of the monastery and the successive lamas continued it. In 1791 this monastery was attacked by Nepalese Gurkha warriors who later retrieved when Chinese marched to the monastery. In 1960, in absence of Panchen lama Chinese took control over the monasteries. Later in 1972 Dalai Lama the 14th ordered re-establishment of this monastery in Karnataka, India. Entry of general public has been allowed from the late 1980’s but not all the part of monastery is permitted to explore. Still this temple is able to attract a huge number of tourists.

Getting and staying in Xigatse is not a problem at all. The city has many star rated hotels and numerous budget hotels too. You can find any kind of hotels as per your budget. You can find the cheapest hotels with basic services and if you are willing to raise your budget you will get the grand luxurious services too. The most reputed hotels in Xigatse are Shigatse Shangdong building, Gyantse Hotel, Zhannglin Hotel and Zhangmu Hotel.  

Travelling in and out of Xigatse heavily depends upon road travel. The road connections of this city with other cities are very good and almost all highways to major cities pass through Xigatse city. Local transportation is very good; apart from public buses you can also hire taxies. One can also stroll through narrow lanes of the city but you are advised to be extra careful about this. The temperature of the city is low and you might get sick.

The best to time to visit the city of Xigatse is from May to July. During this time the temperature is mild and many festivals falls in this period. Shopping is the hugest attraction among the Tourist visiting Xigatse. Local handicrafts are hit among the tourist and women are known to dig the silk items found in the markets of Xigatse. With the mighty Mt. Everest standing on its periphery Xigatse is no doubt the most favorite spot for the tourist. Darchen to Mt. Everest is the most favored trek route to Mt. Everest. Apart from Shopping and Trekking routes Xigatse offers a completely different taste of music i.e. Tibetan Opera. This performance gets a huge number of audiences and is getting more popular among the tourist every day. You will need 3-4 days to explore this city to the full extent, so please separate 3-4 days for this city in your tour to the mighty Tibet.

Xigatse City, Tibet

Qamdo City

Qamdo city is located in the far eastern side of Tibetan Autonomous Region at the height of 3240 m above the sea level. Surrounded by the Hengduan mountain Range and filled with many rivers flowing through it, many lakes in its face, Qamdo City is considered the most advanced city in Tibet and is a heaven for Naturalist. Heart of Tibetan industrial environment, Qamdo city is full of different Enterprises and business travelers from all around the world. The constructions in the city are in full pace and number of advanced infrastructures are increasing day by day.

Nowhere else on earth you’ll find fours type of season a day. The climate is very unpredictable and you will fill yourself passing through different seasonal conditions in a single mountain. Though it’s fun for a short time it’s quite easy to get sick in those conditions.  You are to bring all kind of clothes with you and if you miss something then you can buy anything you want just around the corner. The city is full of shopping centers, Movie theaters and street shops. You will have a enjoyable day just strolling through the streets of Qamdo City.

What to see and where to go:

City is marvelous fusion of nature and development. The city is very developed and you can find anything you want but natural life around it ate protected carefully. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and each morning you will be able to see a magical sunrise from your hotel room. This city has some of the most colorful valleys in Tibet. With its flamboyance and difference along with its proper development Qamdo City happens to be the top tourist spot in Tibet.

Chambaling Monastery:

Located at the highest point of the Qamdo City, Chambaling Monastery offers you the best view of the entire city. This monastery was built about 600 years in 1444 Ad by one of Tsong Khapa’s disciple. The temple has some of the very old Buddha statues and you will also find dazzling pieces of Thangka paintings and murals in the Temple. One if interested in visiting Qamdo city, is strongly suggested to visit the temple in the time of Tibetan New Year. The whole place moves as if they have come alive and you will get to see the most wonderful offering of the monastery, the religious dance “Guqing”. Performers in this dance wear graceful dresses and masks that give a unique feel to the dance.

Yiri Hot Spring:

There are few hot springs in and around Qamdo but Yiri Hot Spring is the most famous one for various reasons. Due to surrounding beauty and calmness the Yiri hot spring receives a huge numbers of tourists every year. The water of this hot spring is considered to have potential to cure many skin diseases, people suffering from rheumatic arthritis and many other diseases. It’s about 6 hours of driving from the centre of Riwoche County to reach this spring. As this area is not easily reachable you are advised to hire a private vehicle.

The Deqen Phodrang Sacred Mountain:

Also called ‘Riwoqe’, the mountain is a perfect spot to relax and revitalize. The surrounding is very beautiful with carpets made of colorful flowers and green grass, chirping birds and white snow capped mountains. While visiting this place please do not forget to bring your trekking gears with you. The mountains are high and difficult at many places. These mountains are however are worshipped by the locales on some special days; like the day when the locals bring harvested food. When you are coming to Riwoqe, you should try and hire a personal vehicle, there are no roads and no public transportation.

Kanuo Ruins:

Covering an area of 1800 sq m, Kauno ruins were discovered in the year of 1977. Since then these ruins has been the center of attraction for the domestic and international tourists. Situated around 12 Km away from Qamdo city this ruin has stone built houses and primitive stone tools that dates back to 5000 years or more.  This feature attracts thousands of tourists along with dozens top archeologist and researchers around the world.

Being one of the most important cities in Tibet reaching Qamdo City is not hard at all. The city has own airport. The Chando Bangdad airport at Chengdu is the highest airport in the world situated at the height of 4300m above the sea level. It takes flights from Lhasa Goggar airport. Of you prefer road trip rather than the sir travel then you will have to take buses. The Qamdo city has connections to every other part of Tibet and it even has a connection to Nepal. Taxi is the most important way to transportation inside the city.

As it’s already stated the Qamdo city is the most advanced city in Tibet and is the centre of Business and transaction. Due to this the city has loads of good hotels along with many simple hotels. Kangsheng Hotel, Qamdo Bus Station Inn and Qamdo Hotel are few that will prove to be a pleasant staying option in Qamdo City.

Qamdo city resembles with the typical Tibetan Temperature and the best time to visit the city is in summers. The city offers best shopping experience in entire Tibet and you can catch a live performance of the famous Repa dance in the Dingqen area which definitely is going to be excellent. You should put aside at least 2 days to enjoy the city in full swing.

Qamdo City, Tibet

Nyingchi City

Situated in the southern side of Tibet Autonomous Region, Nyingchi city is one of the most beautiful cities in Tibet. Well blessed with magical panorama, Nyingchi city lives up to its name. Nyingchi in Tibetan language means ‘The Grand Throne of Sun’.  Standing at the height of 3000 m above the sea level, Nyingchi city has a nice and normal climate without any sudden rise and drop in temperature, which makes the city more pleasant. Rich in flora and fauna the Nyingchi city has a very old and well preserved forest that is thousands of years old. Due its natural beauty and charisma the Nyingchi city is called ‘the Switzerland of Tibet’.  People of Nyingchi city belong to Menba and Luoba tribes and they follow their tradition very strongly. 

Visiting Nyingchi city at right time makes the tour more mesmerizing. Climate in Nyingchi city is generally wet and rains heavily from October to April. But this rain makes the city more beautiful and extremely charming. Nyingchi city’s tourism has a inseparable part and that is shopping in the city area. Hong Kong Street in Bayi is one of the most famous places in the city to shop. Most bought items in this city is the famous Chinese green tea, woolen blanket, plants of medicinal importance and locally made handicrafts.  

What to see and where to go:

Rich with natural marvels that will completely sweep you off your feet, Nyingchi city is one of the cities that will fancy daredevils and adventure lovers.

The Yaluzhangbu Grand Canyon:

located in the south eastern side of the Nyingchi city at the very feet of Himalayas, Tanggula and Henduan Mountain’s meet, Yaluzhangbu Grand Canyon is about 500 Km long and has an average depth of 5000 m. full of a large variety of wildlife and extraordinary ecological system, this canyon has some rare wildlife such as the Bangladeshi Tigers, the long leaf tail monkey and many other. There are no places to stay around this canyon if you wish to visit the canyon so you are suggested to carry your camping gear with you. This is not a place to fool around; the area is exposed to floods and landslides so you are urged to take a guide who knows the area very well.

Sacred Sejila Mountain:

This is a very important pilgrimage centre situated in the eastern side of Nyangchi City and located at an altitude of 4700 m above the sea level. Pilgrims who come here walk around the peak and offer their prayers. Visit to this place will one of the best experience in your life. There are very few places in the world like this. Just stand any point of the mountain and stare at the mountain covered with the carpet of flower embroidered magically by the nature.

The Pega Temple:  

This is a very old and ancient temple in Tibet which history takes us back to the era of the 5th Dalai Lama. You will witness a huge collection of Buddha statues in this temple, which are thousands in number. Around 100 Lamas reside in this temple. Interacting and learning with these lamas will allow you to gain knowledge about life and Buddhism. Visit to Nyangchi City is incomplete without a proper visit to the Pega Temple. This temple has a cave that goes half way up the mountain. This cave is said to have some supernatural powers and has a hot geyser that shoots out every 4 hours interval. The most amazing thing about the cave is the inscription from the very early human civilization from Tibet. But these inscriptions are still not in the spot light.

Ranwu Lake:

Just 90 Km away from Nyingchi City, Ramwu Lake is the biggest Lake in the south east of Tibetan region. Surrounded by mountains all around this lake is a pleasure to visit. Walled with the Gangrigabu Mountan in the southwest, the Azhagongla Glacier in the south and Bosula Peak in northeast, a visit to the Ranwu Lake offers you a compelling view of multicolored mountains, with their caps covered with snow but their feet carpeted by flowers of various kinds. The lake is situated at the height of 3800 m off the sea level and covers an area of 22 sq. km.

Finding a place to stay and getting in to the Nyingchi city is not a problem at all. The city is a tourist destination and has many star rated hotels. One can get any type of service from basic services to fancy and luxurious hotel services in this city, depending upon their budget. Some of the most popular hotels in Nyingchi city are Nyingchi hotel, Nyingchi Post Hotel, New Century Hotel and Nyingchi Garden Hotel.  Now talking about how to get in to and around Tibet we must state that the Nyingchi City is its own airport which happens to be the third civil airport in Tibet. This airport gets direct flights from Lhasa Gogger airport and Chando Bandgag airport. If you want to hit the road to enter the Nyingchi city, than you must take the Sichuan- Tibet highway, which cuts through the Nyingchi city. It’s about 663 Km distance from Lhasa to Nyingchi and takes around 10 hours bus travelling. Nyingchi city has many places that are unreachable by any vehicles, for the parts that are reachable with vehiches you will find local buses and vans.

A little preparation is required when you are about to visit the Nyingchi city. The city receives maximum amount of sunlight and temperature during the day is high. You are advised to bring a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion and a hat with wide brim. Some medicine for indigestion and cold will prove to be very useful. Average temperature of the Nyingchi city is around 9 degrees so the city is tourable throughout the year.  

Nyingchi city is a city where you might want to take your family for a good vacation trip. Women will have a great time shopping in the city and your young kids will have loads of fun enjoying the natural aspects of the city and adventures. Everything Tibet can offer you can be bought with in the distance of 500 m in this city. This city’s surrounding also offers a good trekking experience for the eager ones. Along with this there are many restaurants in the city famous for the yummy but cheap Tibetan foods. You are advised to put aside al least 2 days to visit this city in full swing.

Nyingchi City, Tibet

Ngari City

Situated in the western side of the Tibet Autonomous Region, at the height of 4500m above the sea level, Ngari city is very often referred as the roof of the world. Though the Ngari city covers the largest area of Tibet it has the least population count than any other city in Tibet. The city is barren like the surface of the moon but that what its beauty is. The city at the very height of the world is full of mystery and totally unexplainable. Thought the city looks totally barren; more than 80 rivers cut through this city and dozens of beautiful lakes lies calmly on the face of this city.  Each of these rivers and lakes in this city has distinct feature which cannot be found at any other place. Gate away to Mt. Kailash, Ngari city has been a must visit place for pilgrims around the world.

There are two words that must be used to define Ngari. Amusing but equally challenging. Anyone who wants to explore the untouched beauty of this place needs to have a physically fit body and spirit of a fighting person. The temperature is quite low and air is very dry. This city doesn’t receive much rain but when it does travelling in the city becomes difficult. But the rain brings out the different shades of charm to the city. With a very low population count, the city does not have settlement everywhere but whatever it has, that seems to make the city perfect on its own. Shopping for the local handicraft items can be a good experience. This city is a city that represents the topography of most of the Tibetan land, so without visiting this city your Tibet tour might not be complete.

What to look and where to go in Ngari city:

Ngari city has an attraction like no other city in the world has. Home to lord Shiva and Mt Kailash where the divine dwells, Ngari city receives a huge numbers of Devotees every year. Apart from the religious value the ancient ruins of Guge city, which is supposed to be the oldest kingdom of Tibet and the wonderful natural sceneries makes the city worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.

Mt. Kailash:

Mount Kailash is most sacred places for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and for other people it’s one of the most beautiful places they have ever seen and will ever see. Both the ways it’s very special. Towering up to 22,000 feet this is considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb and this attracts lots of adventurers. Pilgrims even with the toughest physique take weeks to reach here with great challenge.

For Hindu people this place is the sacred dwelling of Lord Shiva “The God of Destruction”. As per the legend lord Shiva resides in these mountains meditating and practicing yoga. The mountain is considered to be the centre of the world and four rivers flows through the mountain dividing the world in to four different religions.

While the local Tibetans call it Tise, Buddhist people call it Mountain Kang Rimpoche “The precious one of glacial Snow”. They consider this place as the resting grounds of Buddha Demchok and the place where Milarepa and Naro Bonchung fought. According to the legends a Great War between Buddhist and people of Bon religion took place. Since no was able to win even after long vicious fight leaders of two sides Milarepa and Bochung decided who ever reaches the top of mountain first wins the war. Very soon Bonchung got on his magic drum and started climbing the mountain. As he reached the top, to everyone’s amusement Milarepa was already was there meditating. As soon as the Bonchung reached to the top Milarepa sprung in to action, rode the sunlight and took over. Since the Buddhism is assumed to prevail in Tibet.

With no railways or roads or air route it is a tough religious walk to the Kailash Mountain and only those people with good physique will be able to do it. There are various ways to reach the tip of this mountain, the most frequently used being the Xinjiang highway which starts from Kashgar city and reaches Kailash via Shiquanhe. Others important routes are northern route, southern route and India Nepal Border. Under the administration of the Indian ministry of foreign affairs in corporation with Chinese government, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has been conducting trips to kailash-mansarovar through Lipulekh pass.

Mapam Yumco Lake:

Situated at the distance of 20 Km away from the Mt. Kailash and at the Heights of 4500m above the sea level, Mapam Yumco Lake is considered as the highest fresh water lake in the world. Very sacred lake for the Buddhist people, this lake is considered as “Mother of the rivers in the world” by Buddhist people. This might be because the four mighty rivers, namely Shiquanhe River in the north, Peacock River in the south, Maquanhe River in the east and Xiangquanhe River in the west flow in to the lake.

Lhanag Tso Lake:

Very often called as ‘the Ghost Lake” because of its lifelessness, this mighty lake was once connected to the great Lake of Manasarovar but got divided due to the Geographical disturbances. The lakes are still connected by a stream called Ganpa Chu. This lake is situated at the height of 4752 m above the sea level and covers an area of 70 Km. As the stunningly blue salty crescent shaped lake is surrounded by various dark red mountains, one might be absolutely mesmerized by the drastic color difference between the lake and the mountains.

Tholing Monastery:

Built in the era of the Guge kingdom around the 10th century, the Tholing Monastery is located at the northwest of Ngari, in the Zhada County. The name Tholing means ‘to fly high and never fall”, which happens to be the very objective to this monastery when it was first built. Very purpose of the monastery was to spread Buddhism and keep it prevailed in Tibet. Proudly standing between the dull clay mountains all around it, the monastery’s hall is only the part the stands to the date. With frescos covering every inch of wall of the Monastery’s Hall the Monastery has the capability to take to back to its building era and teach you the way they lived. The hall is as vibrant and alive as it must have been at the time of its construction.

Ngari city offers the same quality of accommodations as the other major city of Tibet does to its travelers. All the hotels have every thing that fulfils your basic needs but Shiquanhe town might have few good hotels that will provide you some luxury services too. Shiquanhe Hotel and Gangdise Hotel are the best option for the Lake Manasoravar Travelers.

Getting in to Nagri city is not a problem at all.  With four of major highways in Tibet cutting through the city you can find vehicle to take you in to this city from anywhere you want in Tibet. But when it comes to travelling inside the city, then you must be warned that the roads are not much welcoming. So the best option is to hire a taxi of your own.

Months of May, June, September and October are the best time to pay a visit to this city. There will be not much rain and temperature will be around a mark of 100 degrees. Since the city is a genuine cocktail of religious places and bizarre topography, everyone from a religious traveler to adventure hunters will find the city very interesting. You have to put aside at least two days if you intend to explore this city 100 percent.

Ngari City, Tibet

Nagqy City

Nested in the northern part of Tibet, Nagqy city is located at the altitude of 4500m above the sea level and covers an area of 40, 000 sq Km. centre of trade and export of various products like animal products, mineral ores, and many other agricultural products, Nagqu has established itself as one of the most politically and economically influential places in Tibet. The city has a population of 331, 000 belonging to various communities. Full of joy and hospitability, you will find people of Nagqu very colorful and vibrant. Temperature is here in Nagqu is like bit colder than typical Tibetan climate. You shouldn’t be amazed by the fact that the average temperature of Nagqu city is around -9.3 degrees Celsius to -3.3 degree Celsius.  With this information you must have gained an idea about what kind of clothes will you bring in your visit to this place. Violent storms are common in Nagqu because of the vast plain lands. You are to be bit aware of these and you are all but ready to explore the Lands of Nagqu. Foe anyone who is looking for the antiques and traditional items this place is a heaven. The specialty of the Nagqu city happens to be Jak, dried meet and Aweto, which is a creature, found only here and is considered to be a great medicine to many diseases. If you can, arrange your visit to Nagqu city in its festive season. The place will come alive and you will have a great time.

What to look for and where to visit in Nagqu:

Lake Namtso:

The holy lake “Lake Namtso” is in the city of Nagqu. Considered as one of the most sacred four Lakes in Tibet, this is a very important place for Buddhist people in Tibet. Located at the height of 4720 m from the sea level, Lake Namtso is the highest and largest salt lake in the world. The surrounding of the lake offers a mesmerizing view of different mountains and vegetations. Spending time at the bank of huge blue lake is a very beautiful experience.

Shodain Monastery:

Situated right at the heart of the Nagqu city Shodain Monastery is the most famous Yellow sect in Northern Tibet. Once used to be home for more than 350 monks Shodain Monastery is now home to just about 60 monks but still holds a great importance in the lives of Tibetan people. This monastery holds the grand summons ceremony which takes place in the month of January every year. You are suggested to visit this Monastery in the month of August. This month the Changmo dance takes place in the monastery by professional dancers which is an absolute treat to watch.

Zhoima Canyon Scenic spot:

Zhoima Canyon is one of the most stunning spot to visit in Nagqu city. During the month of summers this place is covered with various species of flowering plants and presents you a view you may never forget in your life time. Taking a stroll around this place discovering beautiful small lakes is a wonderful experience. Situated at the height of 4700m above sea level, 92 Km away from the city of Nagqu, Zhoima canyon is not a hard place to reach but it will serve you best if you hire a vehicle from the city.

Purugangri Glacier:

Covering an area of about 400 sq. Km Purugangri Glacier is situated at the heights of 6482 m from the sea level. Amongst the purest glaciers in the world, Purugangri Glacier is absolutely a magical view for a human’s eye. These are among the fiercest parts of Tibetan mountains so travelers are urged not to try and reach them.

Staying in Nagqu city is not a problem at all. Most of the hotels in Nagqu hotels offer excellent service in budget price. Most recommended hotels in Nagqu city are Nagqu Prefectural Government Hotel, Nagqu Hotel and Changtang Xinyuan Hotel.

You might have to drive about 330 Km from Goggar airport at Lhasa to get into Nagqu, if you land tibet by air. Or else Qinghai-Lhasa Highway, which is the busiest roads in Tibet and serves as a lifeline to the people in Nagqu will take you to the city. Nagqu has developed internal city traffic and you can get any kind of vehicle service you want.

You might find many things you want to take back home when you are shopping in Tibet. Unique items of medicinal values like Aweto, snow lotus flower and caladium can be bought in the streets of Nagqu city. Full exploration of the city takes about 2 days and has a wonderful cuisine. Cooked in numerous ways you can taste foods in Nagqu that are cooked, boiled, grilled, fried or any way you like.

Nagqu City, Tibet

Lokhla City

Once used to be the capital city of Tibet and used to be called Yarlung, Lokhla City is one of the oldest cities in Tibet. Located at the height of 3600m above the sea level, Lokhla city covers 80000sq km area. Home to the earliest monasteries in Tibet, Lokha city is considered as the source of Tibetan culture and history. Full of small lakes and river tributaries Lokhla city is one of the most beautiful city in Tibet. Temperature in Lokhla city is very fluctuating like any other part of Tibet. The temperature difference between day and night is amazing, and hence travelers are advised to bring some warm woolen clothes with them. There aren’t many shops and streets to buy things in Lokhla city but some of the specialties of this city are definitely worth searching for. Jiacha stone articles and Yamdrok air-dried meat are the most famous items you can buy in Lokhla city.

What to see and where to visit in Lokhla city:

There are many places in Lokhla city you surely wouldn’t want to miss. Being the starting point for the Tibetan culture and lifestyle Lokhla city has lots to offer. Oldest temples and the monasteries along with some awe spinning views of this place will take your breath away.

Trandruk Monastery:

Situated on the southern side of mount Gangpo Ri, Tandruk monastery is about 2 Km away from the eastern bank of Yarlung River. This is one of the earliest temple build in Tibet which is said to be built by the King Singtsen Gampo, around the same time famous Jokhang Temple was built. The look of this monastery remarkably matches the looks of the Jokhang Temple. When the monastery was first build by the 5th Dalai Lama the Monastery was way smaller. But over the time many reconstructions has taken place and the Monastery now bears a Golden roof. One thing you wouldn’t want to miss when you visit Trandruk Monastery is the “Pearl Thangka”.  This Thangka is embroidered with numerous pearls, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, corals and loads of gold. The monastery opens at 9 AM and closes at PM in the afternoon.

Samye Monastery:

Also called the Three Styled Temple and the centre of attraction for the Buddhists all around the world, Samye monastery is situated in the Shannan Region, to the north of the Tsangpo River. Comprising with three Buddhist idols, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, this monasteries attracts a huge number of tourist every year not only for this religious value but also for its superbly beautiful construction. Tibetan king Trisong Detsen started the construction of this monastery back in 779 AD. After some time, the construction of the monastery was handed over to the famous Buddhist master Padmasambhava. At the opening of the monastery the King permitted the seven Descendents of blue blood to stay and cultivate in the monastery, who later became famous as “Seven Enlightened Disciples of Samye”.  Now the monastery has become the national of china and is under the care of the government.

This temple is constructed in a unique way. This building is as exact replica of a Universe mentioned in the Sutras.  Right in the centre the majestic hall represents the Mt. Meru, which is considered the starting point of the universe according to the Sutras. Then the sun and moon chapel are built to the north and south of the Wuzi hall similar to the positions of Sun and Moon. You will also find four large and eight small halls which represent the four large and eight small continents of the world. And these are just the outlays of the monastery, inside the monastery you will find many more amazing things and that’s a promise.

There is a reason this monastery is called Three Style Temple. The lowest floor is made in Tibetan style, the middle floor is made in Han style and the topmost floor is made in Indian style making this temple absolutely mesmerizing. Wall of this temple consist many encryptions about Tibetan History and many appealing murals. The walls also have the biography of the great Buddhism tutor Padmasambhava.  If possible one should try to visit this temple on either January 5th or May 6th, for these days offer an opportunity to take a look at embroidery of Sakyamuni put on display for the pilgrims.

The temple is open from 9am to 4 pm and this monastery is easily accessible from the city centre. You can take a bus to the banks of River Tsangpo and you can enjoy a boat ride to the doorstep of the temple. From the other end of the river monastery’s bus service will take you to the monastery. You will have to pay a small amount of money to enter the temple but it’s all worth it. Anyone who is planning to visit this monastery is suggested to put aside half day for the trip.

Also called the Three Styled Temple and the centre of attraction for the Buddhists all around the world, Samye monastery is situated in the Shannan Region, to the north of the Tsangpo River. Comprising with three Buddhist idols, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, this monasteries attracts a huge number of tourist every year not only for this religious value but also for its superbly beautiful construction. Tibetan king Trisong Detsen started the construction of this monastery back in 779 AD. After some time, the construction of the monastery was handed over to the famous Buddhist master Padmasambhava. At the opening of the monastery the King permitted the seven Descendents of blue blood to stay and cultivate in the monastery, who later became famous as “Seven Enlightened Disciples of Samye”.  Now the monastery has become the national of china and is under the care of the government.

This temple is constructed in a unique way. This building is as exact replica of a Universe mentioned in the Sutras.  Right in the centre the majestic hall represents the Mt. Meru, which is considered the starting point of the universe according to the Sutras. Then the sun and moon chapel are built to the north and south of the Wuzi hall similar to the positions of Sun and Moon. You will also find four large and eight small halls which represent the four large and eight small continents of the world. And these are just the outlays of the monastery, inside the monastery you will find many more amazing things and that’s a promise.

There is a reason this monastery is called Three Style Temple. The lowest floor is made in Tibetan style, the middle floor is made in Han style and the topmost floor is made in Indian style making this temple absolutely mesmerizing. Wall of this temple consist many encryptions about Tibetan History and many appealing murals. The walls also have the biography of the great Buddhism tutor Padmasambhava.  If possible one should try to visit this temple on either January 5th or May 6th, for these days offer an opportunity to take a look at embroidery of Sakyamuni put on display for the pilgrims.

The temple is open from 9am to 4 pm and this monastery is easily accessible from the city centre. You can take a bus to the banks of River Tsangpo and you can enjoy a boat ride to the doorstep of the temple. From the other end of the river monastery’s bus service will take you to the monastery. You will have to pay a small amount of money to enter the temple but it’s all worth it. Anyone who is planning to visit this monastery is suggested to put aside half day for the trip.

Yumbulagang Palace:

With a history of more than 2000 years, Yumbulagang Palace is the oldest Palace in Tibet. According to the story the Palace was built by the first Tibetan King Nyatri Tsanpo. Located at the top of Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain the palace is visible from a long distance away. This palace was used as a summer palace by the famous King Songtsen Gompo and princess Wencheng. There are rooms for the monks and a bedroom for the Dalai Lama in the palace. The palace also has a tower at the highest point which offers a panoramic view of the Lokhla city. This palace also has a spring which has the power to cure your disease as per the local legend.

Lake Lhamo Nhatso:

The name of this lake describes it all, its importance and its values in Tibetan people. The name Lhaso Nhatso means ‘heavenly mother lake’ in Tibetan language. Situated in Gyacha Mountain at the altitude of 5100m above the sea level the lake freezes almost twice every year. And when it’s not frozen and moving the lake is as clear as glass. The surrounding of the lake offers a fantastic view of mountains around and trip to the lake is often very good trekking route for the adventure seekers. As per the local legend you can see the reflection of your future in the Lake when it’s not frozen.

The best time to visit the Lokhla city is from June to August. Around this time the temperature hovers around 150 C to 200 C. when travelling around the city it’s not possible to get back to your hotel to have the meal. There are loads of world class restaurants offering you fantastic foods. Sichuan cuisine is the most famous Cuisine here. This city demands 2 full days of visit to go though it’s every aspects and it deserves it.

Getting in Lokhla city is not a big problem.  Nearest airport is the Goggar airport in Lhasa, which is about 200 Km away from Lokhla. Every major road networks takes you to the Lokhla city and there will be plenty of local transportation services to take you around in the city.

Lokhla City, Tibet

Lhasa City

The meaning of Lhasa city in the Tibetan language means \"holy city\". Dating back to the 7th   century, the capital of Tibet was transferred from Yarlung to Lhasa by king Songtsen. And this city remains the capital city of Tibet to the date. Located at the south central part of the Tibet Autonomous region Lhasa is at the altitude of 3500 m above the sea level. This place is the centre of political, cultural and religious activities in Tibet. Lhasa also has the few of the marvelous architectural piece to boast of, like Potala palace and Jokhang Temple. Home to 31 different communities, Lhasa can be both exciting as well as exhausting place at once with its calm corners to the bustling and busy market. Reaching Lhasa is quite a challenging trip with its bizarre terrain and extreme altitude location but once you set your foot in this place you will feel all the challenge was worth it.

Lhasa is a tremendously beautiful place but one who is visiting to this place must be able and ready to meet its challenges. Most challenging factor of this city is its climate and temperature. You will be amazed how much the temperature varies in this place. Due to its altitude the air is very thin here, and the thin air neither can block the hot solar radiation nor can hold the warmth of the sun. As a result the day temperature is very high and nights get very cold. It is advices to the tourist visiting Lhasa to bring along layered cloths with them so you can put them on when you are cold and take the off when it’s hot. This city has everything a visitor intends to find and can keep you busy all day long. This place is gifted with natural beauty and Tibetan people have built a lot of temples, monasteries and other amazing places in the past so you can go for sightseeing, go for shopping in the street shop and can get involved in many other activities. 

There are numerous was to get in to Lhasa. One is to fly in to Lhasa. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is about 97 Km away from the Lhasa city and minibuses can take you in to the city from the airport. Another way to get in to Lhasa is by train. Tibet railways have started from 1st of July, 2006 and it gives travelers to explore many fantasies yet unseen in Tibetan land. From the airport the road linkage to city is very good regular bus services are available. You can get a bus to every city of Tibet from the junction of Minzu road. Within the city getting around in a minibus is the best option. Or you can go for a taxi or a manually powered tricycle commonly found in Lhasa.

One of the best features of Lhasa is that it has to offer something to everyone. While the kids can go for the toys and colorful items found in the market, thoughtful elder people can go through the book stores and enchanting monumental sites. Potala palace situated at the hill top is in everybody’s wish list to visit. A semi hike to the palace is an unforgettable experience. Though climate here is fit to travel all year around but Lhasa will be its best from June to August, when the average temperature will be around 80 degree F.

POTALA PALACE:

Situated at an altitude of 3700m on the top of Potala hills, Potala palace is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many people argue that this place is worthy of being listed in the wonders of world. Being the oldest monument in Tibet with its spectacular architecture its one of the most visited monument in Tibet.

Legend says that the palace was built by King Songtsen Gumpa in the 7thcentury for his two newlywed wives. The king used this palace as a retreat for the meditation till his death. As the time went on the palace was severely tempered by the wars and lightning until the Dalai Lama the 5th ordered the renovation and reconstruction in 1645 giving it the current look. Since then the palace has been the holy seat for Dalai Lamas gaining the importance as a political centre. But after the 7th Dalai Lama constructed a summer palace in Norbulingka, Potala palace was only used in the winters. After the unsuccessful upraise against the Chinese in 1959 the 14th Dalai Lama had to flee to Indian Dharmasala Potala palace lost its political importance and it’s being used as State Museum of China and is visited by thousands of tourist every year.

Potala palace consists of two portions. The white block is the political block and the red block is the religious block. Your journey starts when you enter the palace from easr portal leading you to the Deyang Shar courtyard, which used to be the place where Dalai Lamas used to enjoy Tibetan Opera. Fifth and the sixth floor of this block consist of living quarters of the monks.  The fourth floor has brilliantly decorated Great East Hall which once use to hold big religious or political functions. The excellence pieces of art you will find in the hall definitely worth your time. One thing you shouldn’t miss when you are this block is the panoramic view of the Lhasa city.

The red palace is where you will find the relics and antiques of the 7thcentury. Full of statues and beautifully carved stupas the red block justifies your hike up the Potala hill. Here is another gigantic hall called the Greatest west Hall which is in fact the largest hall in the Potala Palace is full of portraits about the life and works of fifth dalai lama. It is here you will come to know the power and dignity what a dalai lama holds in Tibetan community. Apart from the hall there are five chapels namely The Saint's Chapel, The North Chapel, The South Chapel, The East and The West Chapel. 

The palace is open for visit between 9 to 12 am in the morning and 3 to 6 pm in the evening. Anybody who wants to enjoy the palace to the full extent must keep aside half the day apart for this purpose only. You can find buses to the palace from the centre of the city and you can take taxies as well.

 

Lhasa, Tibet