Top 20 Tourists Attractions in Ngari
Probably, you have been to Lhasa and its surrounding areas or even Shigatse for a couple of times, feeling amazed by a galaxy of sacred monasteries and lakes, magnificent Mt. Everest, and exotic locals and customs. However, if you miss Ngari out, the vast western Tibet, you will miss the chance to explore the essence of genuine Tibet.
Dominating the western Tibet with an area of 304,683 sq. m, Ngari is believed to be the place with the most quintessential Tibet, where you can experience the ultimate plateau scenery and religious odyssey in Tibet. Here are the top 22 tourist’s attractions you couldn’t afford to miss in Ngari.
With an altitude of 6638m, Mt. Kailash is the source of the Ganges, the Indus, and the Yarlung Tsangpo and its the main peak of the Gangdise mountains that extend one thousand miles. In Tibetan, Mt Kailash literally means “Treasure snow mountain” , commonly esteemed as the “King of the holy mountains” In Buddhism, Hinduism, Bobo religion and Jainism.
In the pilgrimage season, pilgrims of different religions from Tibet, India, and Nepal form endless streams along the holy mountain roads. It is said that circling round the holy mountain once can rinse out all sins in one’s entire life. Check out the best season to shoot Mount Kailash.
2. Lake Manasarova
Manasavrova is a fresh water lake with an attitude of 4588m, covering an area of 412 square kilometers. Religiously, it is a hot scenic spot of Buddhism, Hinduism. Bonbo, and Jainism. There are 5 Buddhist temples and 4 bath pavilions around the sacred lake and pilgrims believe that water from the sacred lake can get rid of stains on the body and wish out “Five Poisons “ in our mind like greedy , angry, stupid, lazy and envy. Touring sacred Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasavrova would definitely be a lifetime experience.
3. Ruins of the Guge Kingdom
The Guge Kingdom was set up after the second son of Kyide Nyimagon had conquered Tsaparang. The main ruins of the Guge Kingdom are in Tsaparang where the dilapidated construction and the natural earth forest are perfectly integrated. More than 400 houses and 800 caves are piled up on the mountain slope in 300m in height. The Guge Kingdom, covering an area of 720,00 sq.m, is the second largest complex in Tibet after Potala Palace.
4.Pangong Tso Lake
In Tibetan, Pangong Tso means “the Long-necked Swan Lake” with an altitude of 4242m. The lake formed in the long and narrow shape with a wide-opened coverage on the surface of water on both sides and a river tunnel-shaped of water in the middle part. There are over 10 islands on the lake and the lake is a paradise for all kinds of birds.
Situated about 19km to the southeast of Burang, the Khocha Monastery (also known as Khorzhak Monastery) leans on a mountain facing the water. The construction of the monastery is magnificent with lots of big and small halls for scriptures. Residence of the monks and stupas are in a beautiful setting. The monastery is close to Nepal and lies in the southern slope of the Himalayas with a pleasant climate and stunning scenery.
6.Mt. Nemo Nanyi
Mt. Nemo Nanyi (or Gurla Mandhata) is at the opposite of Mt. Kailash overlooking each other in the south or in the north. With an altitude of 7694m, Mt. Nemo Nanyi is called “Mt. Goddess” and its eastern part is eroded to a ridge which looks like an edge of knife and is formed into a cliff with a sharp drop of 200m. The glaciers surrounding the mountain area consist of three crystallized serac forests, which look like palaces in fairy tales.
Lake Rakshastal (also known as Lhalangtso)is one of the twin lakes to its neighbor Lake Manasarova. Unlike the fresh water in Lake Manasarova, Lake Rakshastal is filled with saline water. Partially because of the salty and darker water and lifeless surrounding at lakesides, Lake Rakshastal is labelled as the “Demon Lake”. Yet, both Lake Manasarova and Lake Rakshastal are safe havens for many rare birds.
8.Tsada Clay Forest --- Grand Canyon
Crustal moment of Himalayas resulted in the miraculous Tsada Clay Forest. If you are a landscape photographer or a big fan of geology, never miss the chance to explore and document the spectacular piece of art done by the great nature. The clay forest covers an area of 2464 sq. km and features steep cliffs that resemble castles, fortresses, and stupas.
9.Piyang and Dungkar Grottoes
Listed as one of the major cultural relics protection attractions, the famous grottoes can be found in Piyang and Dungkar villages. Big, and small, numerous small caves can be seen as you move to cliff to the north of Dungkar grottoes. The ruins survive with more than 200 caves like honeycomb, stretching over a length of 2000 meter cliff. Tourists can see large complex with ruined stupas and monasteries and walls.It is also praised as the most impressive grottoes, only next to Dunhuang Caves.
Situated in the vicinity of Tsada town, Tholing Monastery was originally built by Yishi O, the king of Guge in 996 AD. In 1036 AD, Yishi O, along with his brother Byanchub invited Atisha, a saint from India who took residence in Tholing and wrote books to spread Buddhism, and the monastery became ever more famous from then on.
Shiquan River or also known as Sênggê Zangbo in Tibetan is the upstream of the Indus River. Stretching as far as 430km, Shiquan River flows through a total of 2.7 thousand sq. km. The river was named after Shiquan River because of the mountain beside the river that resembles a lion.
12.Ancient Ruins in Rutog County
10km away from Rutong county lies the Ancient Ruins of Rutog. The majestic ruins survived on the top of the mountains, with hundreds of rooms. The most impressive scene is the monastery atop the whole complex and well-designed stupas below the mountains.
13.Chagcam Caka Salt Lake
Chagcam Caka Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in northern Tibet, with abundant mineral resource of Ascharite. The hyper saline Lake covers an area of 132.5 sq. km and consists of three lakes.
14.Zhari Namco Lake
Situated to east of Coqen Town in Ngari prefecture, Zhari Namco Lake(4613m) stands out as the largest saline lake with the highest altitude in Ngari region. It covers 1024 sq. km and is encircled by vast prairie around the lake. Due to the favorable environment, the lake and its surrounding areas are known for producing quality Tibetan cashmere goats.
15.Ngari Dark Sky Park
With an altitude of 4, 200m, Ngari Dark Sky Park is located, 25 km to the south of Shiquanhe town of Ngari. It is first dark sky park of its kind in Asia, featuring sky observation, photography and study. It is a paradise for star gazers.
16.Xiagangjiang Snow Mountain
Xiagangjiang Snow Mountain (4800m) is an ideal tourist attraction that involves sightseeing, adventure. The brew of the spectacular Dawaco Lake and ancient Buga monastery, and varied wildlife and lofty snow-capped mountains makes visitors reluctant to leave.
17.Rutog Rock Painting
Rock paintings are found to the south and north of Pangong Tso Lake, covering an area of around 200-300 sq. km. The paintings involve the sun and moon, mountains, horses, cattle, antelopes, houses, and locals, vividly presenting the livelihood of ancient Tibetan nomads around Pangong Tso Lake.
Mami Lake is a large saline lake, situated to the northeast of Gangdise mountain. The legend has it that Mami Lake is the right eye of Lake Manasarova. The color of the lake changes according to different weather. You may also visit the Mami temple across the lake.
Built in 7th century BC, Qulong ruins used to be the political center of Zhuang zhuang culture. Qulong ruins literally means the place where big Dapeng Bird lives on. Palaces were built on the top of the mountain while and both side of the mountains. You can see palaces on both top and side of the mountain and they used to be the residence of royals for years.
20.Ma Gaer prairie
With an average altitude of 4260m, Ma Gaer prairie is a noted wetland in Ngari, covering 22 thousand acres. According to local policy, only houses can be farmed here. Thus, it is truly a heaven for a variety of houses. The Pangong Tso lake adjacent to lush Ma Gaer Prairie makes it a fantastic place for photography.
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