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Tibet Popular Places to Visit

Gyantse

Rounding out the Top 10 places to visit in Tibet is the pleasant town of Gyantse  located 260 kilometers west of Lhasa. Though a small town, there is a lot to see and do here. The Palcho Chorten Monastery is located here, which is over 600 years old. The walled monastery contains the largest stupa in all of Tibet, which rises 32 meters high. A short hike to the base of the massive wall surrounding the monastery offers a panoramic view looking south towards Bhutan. The old Gyantse Fortress dominates the skyline of the town. Though now abandoned, this was once a large military base for Tibetan soldiers. 

Lastly, the Old Town of Gyantse will take you back to generations past as you stroll the streets lined with traditional Tibetan homes.

Gyantse, Tibet

Lake Manasarovar

Lake Manasarovar, Mapaham Yum Tso in Tibetan, is Tibet’s most sacred lake. It is found in far western Tibet near Mount Kailash at an elevation of 4590 meters. It is one of the highest freshwater lakes on the planet. The lake lies near the border of Nepal and offers a sweeping view of the Himalaya to the south. The mighty peak of Gurla Mandhata, elevation 7694 meters, can be seen rising above the lakeshore. Most people going to Manasarovar also do the 3 day trek around nearby Mount Kailash. 

Lhasa, Tibet

Guge Kingdom

Located in the extreme west part of Tibet, the ancient Guge Kingdom is an amazing place that few travelers get to experience. Guge, pronounced “Goo-Gay”, was established in the late 10th century near the modern day town of Zanda. For nearly 700 years, Guge was a major Buddhist religious center as well as an important trade hub between Tibet and Central Asia. Guge is divided into a few different areas all in and around the town of Zanda. 

The most popular place is the Tsaparang Citadel, located 20 kilometers outside of town. Tsaparang is spectacular ruin set in an unreal badlands setting. The citadel is in ruin and is an intricate set of caves linging the base of a mountain. The top of the mountain have summer and winter palaces of the royal family that used to reside here. The entire area is unbelievable and spectacular in every way. Other parts of the Guge Kingdom are Tholing Monastery, Dungkar Village and the Piyang Caves.

Lhasa, Tibet

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash, known in Tibetan as Kang Rinpoche or “Precious Jewel of Snow”, is the most sacred peak in Tibet. It is located in far western Tibet’s Ngari prefecture, more than 1200 kilometers from the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. It is not particularly high as far as peaks in the Himalaya go as it only rises to 6714 meters/22,027 feet, but there is no other peak in Tibet that is as holy as Kailash. Each year thousands for Buddhists and Hindus do the 52 kilometer pilgrimage circuit around the mountain. 

A journey out to Kailash will take between 15 and 20 days to complete, but is absolutely worth it!

Lhasa, Tibet

Shoton Festival

The Shoton Festival is a standout amongst the most mainstream conventional celebrations in Tibet. It praises eating yogurt, the Tibetan ministers who end their season of reflection, the viewing of Tibetan emotional musical dramas, and Tibetan Buddhism. It is held every year in the month of August, or late in the 6th month or ahead of schedule in the seventh month of the Tibetan date-book.

The Shoton Festival has turned into a far reaching festivity that impacts the way of life of Tibet. It is an incredible event for both Tibetans and voyagers. It has likewise turned into a business sector time, and a period for rivalries, exhibitions and amusement.

Lhasa, Tibet

Lulang Forest

Tibet is a genuine common gallery of plants, facilitating the qualities of various plant species, which frame a showcase of the whole Asian vegetation. LuLang signifies "Loong King Valley" in Tibetan dialect, or "a spot that will make you overlook your home". It is situated by the Sichuan-Tibet Highway, around 80 km from Nyingchi County. In summer, the blooms will bloom. In Spring, it is of full-chestnut azaleas everywhere throughout the backwoods, which draws in swarms of flying creatures.

In Summer, you can see brilliant wheat waves with freshing breezes in Lulang Forest. In Autumn, the leaves all turn yellow and afterward red aside from the evergreen pines. In Winter, snow falls on the woods and in addition the on the icy masses.

Nyingchi City, Tibet

Barkhor Street

Situated in the old range of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is an extremely antiquated round road encompassing the Jokhang Temple and local people are constantly glad for it. As an image of Lhasa, it is additionally an unquestionable requirement see place for guests. It's said that in 647, the main Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617 - 650) manufactured the Jokhang Temple.

Because of its brilliance, it immediately pulled in a great many Buddhist explorers. Additionally you can see a few explorers strolling or advancing body-lengths by body-lengths along the road. Indeed, even some of them are youngsters or have encountered a great many miles' stroll to achieve this hallowed spot. The way they express their devotion could make you comprehend the blessedness of religion.

Lhasa, Tibet

Lake Yamdrok

Lake Yamdrok, Lake Nam, and Lake Manasorova are the three holy pools of Tibet. Lake Yamdrok is said to have the capacity to offer Tibetans some assistance with finding the resurrected soul of the Dalai Lama. After a Dalai Lama passes away, the senior friars are dependable to discover the kid in whom the resurrected soul of the Dalai Lama has gone to tolerate.

They come to Lake Yamdrok to serenade and implore, and toss hada (a bit of silk utilized as a gift object) and other heavenly articles into the lake to get the impression of the particular area of the Dalai Lama's spirit. The view is best seen from a separation, up on a mountain.

Best time to visit: April to November

Highlights: • Photography • Bird watching • Samding Monastery • Hiking • Camping • Shopping • Photos with Local Animals • Stunning Scenery of the Lake • Bird Watching • Samding Monastery

Shannan Region, Tibet

Namtso Lake

Arranged at a height of 4718m, Namtso, alongside Yamdrok Tso and Manasarovar is considered as a sacred lake venerated by Tibetans. The lake remains as a cherished memory to Tibetans and it truly signifies 'heavenly or consecrated lake'. Namtso extends similarly as 70 kilometers from the east toward the west side of the lake and not just is it generally perceived as the second biggest saltwater lake in China additionally the saltwater lake with most elevated height on the planet. The amazing turquoise water ladies the skyline, making it hard to tell whether you are strolling on the water or the elevated snow-topped bumpy extent approaching a long ways ahead is inside of your simple scope.

Best time to visit: June to September

 

Lhasa, Tibet

Norbulingka

Lying at the western rural areas of Lhasa, Norbulingka is 2 km toward the east of the Potala Palace. In 1988, the State Council approved it to end up a national vital social relic security unit. On Dec. 14, 2001, the UNESCO included Norbulingka into the expansion subjects of the Potala Palace which is enrolled as a World Cultural Heritage site. In 2001, the State Tourism Administration evaluated Norbulingka as 4A on the national tourism locale level.

Norbulingka signifies "Treasure Garden" in the Tibetan dialect. It was first implicit the mid-eighteenth century and expected today's scale through numerous extensions. Norbulingka has 3 sections: the patio before the royal residence, the castle and woodland. With more than 400 arrangements of rooms, the greenhouse takes up 3.6 square kilometers, among which 3.4 square km are green knolls or woods.

Lhasa, Tibet