Maps of Nagri and Prefecture
Nagri (also Ali) prefecture in northwestern Tibet is known as the roof of the roof of the world for it is situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level. It's the place where the Himalayas, the Gangdise, the Kunlun Mountains and Karakorum Mountains meet. It is surrounded by Nagqu Prefecture on the east, Shigatse Prefecture and Nepal on the south, India on the west and Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Ngari on the north.
Shiquanhe is a town situated on a wild gobi desert in western Tibet. It is where the administrative authority of the Ngari Prefecture is located and is the political, economic, cultural and communication center of Ngari. Being the main town of Ngari Prefecture (Ali in Chinese), Shiquanhe is also commonly known in English as Ali Town.
Ngari Attraction Map
This area is dotted with beautiful lakes and rivers, great mountains and glaciers, vast grasslands, spectacular snow mountains, as well as many famous cultural and historical sites.
Mount Kailash : the most famous holy mountain in Asian history; Kailash kora is very popular, especially for pilgrims
Ruins of the Guge Kingdom : one of the first important cultural relic sites under protection; exploring lost civilization of Guge Kindom is a totally fresh experience for you.
Tsada Clay Forest (Zanda Earth Forest ) : the most typical and largest tertiary strata earth forest in the world; classified as National Geological Park in 2007
Piyang and Dungkar Grottoes : praised as the most impressive grottoes, only next to Dunhuang Caves
Tholing Monastery : the oldest monastery in the Nagri Prefecture; you can see many ancient precious and well preserved frescoes
Shiquan River : the river was named after Shiquan River because of the mountain beside the river that resembles a lion.
Ancient Ruins in Rutog County : the most impressive scene is the monastery atop the whole complex and well-designed stupas below the mountains.
Lake Manasarovar : one of the world’s highest fresh-water lakes; you can see through dozens of meters into the lake
Lake Rakshastal (Lhanag-tso) : one of the twin lakes to its neighbor Lake Manasarova
Gurla Mandhata (Mt. Nemo Nanyi) : at the opposite of Mt. Kailash; the glaciers surrounding the mountain area consist of three crystallized serac forests, which look like palaces in fairy tales.
Korjak Monastery : the most famous monastery in Ali Prefecture; an important monastery of the Sakya order
Chagcam Caka Salt Lake : the largest salt lake in northern Tibet, with abundant mineral resource of Ascharite
Nagri Dark Sky Park : it is first dark sky park of its kind in Asia, featuring sky observation, photography and study. It is a paradise for star gazers.
Pangong Lake : means “Long-Necked Crane Lake” in Tibetan language; a destination for photographers and experiential travelers to appreciate exceptional natural beauty
See more about Tourists Attractions in Ngari.
Attraction around Ngari Map
Lots of places of interest are scattering around Ngari Prefecture, including nature reserves, turquoise lakes, religious monasteries, etc. It’s worthwhile to touring around Ngari Prefecture.
Siling Tso : the highest lake in the world; the second largest lake in Tibet (next to Namtso Lake)
Relics of Xiangxiong Kingdom : mystery disappear of Ancient Kingdom; the earliest civilization center on the Tibetan plateau
Shenzha Nature Reserve : praised as the paradise of birds; the biggest protecting area of black-necked crane in China
Purog Kangri Glacier ：third largest glacier in the world; you can see magnificent view of glaciers, lakes and deserts coexisting together in harmony.
Tangra Yum Tso : a holy lake of Bon Sect in Tibet; the forth largest salt lake in China; it’s said that water of the lake would change into three different colors a day.
Nagqu horse racing festival is usually held between August and September, so you should visit it if you get the chance.
Everest Base Camp : offering the chance to gaze on the magnificent north face of Mt.Everest; one of the most popular trekking destinations in Tibet
Rongbuk Monastery : the highest monastery in the world; tourists choose to overnight here before trekking Everest Base Camp
Tashilhunpo Monastery : treasuring the world’s largest glided Qamba Buddha bronze and many precious cultural relics in Shigatse Prefecture; the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet
Pelkor Chode Monastery : the landmark of Tibetan art and history; the most famous items are the murals
There are a few other attractions not included Just feel free to contact us for more information.
Hotel and Accommodation Map of Ngari
Hotels in Nagri are a kind of poor. Most of them are guest houses. We recommend you take your sleeping bag, for self-sanitation and keeping warm. Here are a handful of hotels around Shiquanhe and mount Kailash.
Xiangxiong Hotel (Xiangxiong Dajiudian) is one of the best hotel in Shiquanhe. Covering an area of more then 6,000 square meters, the main building have five floors and 58 guestrooms. Here you can zeal your meals, drink tea, even have an excellent spa.
Address : Binhe South Road, Shiquanhe
Guge Dynasty Hotel
Just next to Xiangxiong Hotel, Guge Dynasty Hotel is well-equipped with modern facilities, like air-conditioner, television, hair drier, etc. Hot water and electricity are availble for the whole day. Here you would have a feeling of home.
Address : Binhe South Road, Shiquanhe
Shiquanhe Hotel (or Shiquan River Hotel) as the only two-star hotel there, provides western-style rooms which are equipped with small bathrooms and 24-hour hot water. Rooms, especially the triples, can not be booked easily.
Address : No.17 Shiquanhe East Road, Shiquanhe
Heng Yuan Guesthouse
Heng Yuan Guesthouse (Heng Yuan Hotel) in Shiquanhe of Ngari Prefecture provides double rooms with spacious bathrooms but there is a problem of make water from the showerheads. You can taste the flavor of Chinese food in the restaurant of the hotel, like beef noodles, dumplings and so on, which are very cheap. There's also a expensive but quite pleasant teahouse-sports bar on the 2nd floor with a widescreen TV.
Address : No.1 Beijing South Road, Shiquanhe
Ngari Telecom Hotel
In Telecom hotel, the rooms are good enough for one night's stay even though there is no running water.
Address : Shaanxi Road, Shiquanhe
Shenhu Hotel (or Shenhu Binguan) is owned by the Yak Hotel in Lhasa. It offers you clean rooms but no showers. Here you can relax yourself and enjoy warm service. You can also try some delicious food around Shenhu Hotel.
Address : No.1 Shaanxi Road, Shiquanhe
Himalaya Kailash Hotel
Himalaya.Kailash Hotel offers you a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful and quiet surroundings. It’s very convenient for you to go to Jiangzhagongba. Entering the lobby, you can see the Tibetan sofa and tables. It’s really special and impressive. The guests’ rooms are spacious and well-equipped. You can have a good rest in the warm and soft bed after a long trip. After the Tibetan breakfast, you can have a tea in the tearoom or take your kids to walk around. There are some conference rooms. It’s also a good choice for guests who go on business or the team who want to have a training here.
Address : Baga Township Scenic Area, Pulan
The accommodation in Gangdise Hotel is relatively better. Here you can have hot shower. The hotel has its own electric generator, so no worry about the electricity. Tibetan food is provided with warm service.
Address : Gongga Road, Pulan
Lhasa Restaurant, near to Gangdise Hotel, is considered as the best restaurant around Mount Kailash. Given the remote location, the food is surprisingly good and the stuff are really kind.
Address : Pulan
Restaurants in Ngari
The food in Ngari (western Tibet) is quite limited in varieties under the influence of a harsh climate. Especially vegetables and fruits are mostly imported from other places. Therefore the food in Ngari is much more expensive than expected. Anyhow, it is lucky that restaurants still can be found in most towns and counties of this remote area. The restaurants supply Tibetan cuisine, Sichuan food and Xinjiang dishes. However, during the trip to Mt. Kailash or further trip to Kashgar, most of time, the food will be served as fried rice, noodles and simple dishes.
It is easy to find the restaurant becasue a hanging carcass of a cow is always at its entrance. Here you can have a typic taste of central Asia. Fresh bread and barbecue are something you can’t afford to miss.
Address : Beijing North Road, Shiquanhe
The highlight here is Dapanji, cooked with a chicken, potatoes and boodles. It feastues in Xinjiang taste. Besides, you still can try some pilau rice and kebabs.
Address : Beijing South Road, Shiquanhe
Chengdu Xinjin Famous Food
You should try some Sichuan cuisine. The food is fantastic and prices are reasonable. The owner is from Sichuan, and you can feel their enthusiasm and kindness. Sevice is awesome!
Address : No.6 Beijing South Road, Shiquanhe
Xueyu Tibetan Food
This restaurant features in Tibetan style and is very popular among local people. Tsampa and yak butter tea are the staple food for Tibetans. You shouldn’t miss them in your Tibet tour.
Address : Wenhua Middle Road, Shiquanhe
Ngari Road Map
Xinjiang Tibet Highway is the main way to Ngari, starting from Yecheng (Xinjiang) to Lhasa via Shiquanhe. With the improvement in transportation, Ngari economic development and social stability have greatly been promoted. However, Xinjiang-Tibet road will be blocked by snow during winter and spring (from late October or early November to early April).
Domestic Flights to Ngari
Ali Kunsha Airport, also known as Ngari Gunsa Airport, is located near the town of Shiquanhe, Ngari Prefecture, western Tibet Autonomous Region. This airport started operations on 1 July 2010, becoming the fourth civil airport in Tibet. Due to speical geographical location, there are only two direct flights to Gunsa from Lhasa and Kashgar. If you want to go to Nagri from your Tibet entry-cities, you can take connecting flights stop over at Lhasaor Kashgar.