List of Places

  • Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar - Mt Kailash hMt. Kailash (Kang Rimpoche), situated in the Western region of Tibet, has been considered sacred by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bonpos for thousands of years. For Hindus and Buddhists, it is the center of Universe. In past a visit to this holiest place was something of a dream for mankind but due to Read More »
  • TERRESTRIAL HEAT IN TIBET - The northern grasslands, called "Changthang" in Tibet, have an extremely cold climate. Eight or nine months a year, the whole region is frozen except for the occasional hot springs. The regions terrestrial heat spots are found in Yangpachen, eighty-seven kilometers to the northwest of Lhasa, they cover some forty km. Steam and hot geezers shoot Read More »
  • THE RUINS OF THE GUGE KINGDOMS - Situated in the Tsada region of Ngari the Guge Kingdom was originally built in the 10th Century. According to historical records some sixteen hereditary kings have reigned here. The extensive Guge kingdom ruins are found on a hillside around 300 meter high. The ruins cover an area of 180,000 square meters, and include five magnificent Read More »
  • THE KARO RUINS - Located 12 km away to the southeast of Chamdo town, Karo is at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level, Karo ruins date back four to five thousand years and belong to the Neolithic Age. These ruins contain simple living structures, stone paved roads, stone walls and cave dwellings. Also many different kinds of Read More »
  • ZHANG-MU (KHASA) - Better known by its Tibetan name, Khasa, Zhangmu is a small settlement clinging to a hillside 10 km from the Friendship Bridge that crosses the Bhotekoshi river. Since the closure of the China/India border from Gangtok, Zhangmu has become the major trading point between Tibet and Nepal. The climate is quite different from the hinterland. Read More »
  • NYALAM - Known as 'Kuti' to Nepalese traders, Nyalam used to be an important trade centre. Nowadays, barrack style Chinese communes surround the typical old flat roofed, mud-brick houses. Although vegetation is sparse, one can see an abundance of alpine fauna on the hillside during the summer months.
  • Lhatse & Sakya - Lhatse (3950m) is situated where the main Tibetan road turns westwards towards Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. During the short summer season, the whole valley is covered with green barely fields and bright yellow mustard meadows. It is a welcome change after the barren lands of the Tibetan plateau. However, the town is really small Read More »
  • Xegar and surroundings - Xegar (4350 meter or 13800 feet), also called Shekar Dzong or Tingri, is a town at the base of Mount Everest on the Tibetan side. Built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, this small city with only 3000 inhabitants is the starting point for many climbing expeditions to the highest peaks in Read More »
  • Yamdrok Tso and surroundings - Yamdrok Yumtso lies to the south of the Yarlong Tsangpo River and about a hundred kilometer to the southwest of Lhasa. The lake is 130 kilometers (about 80 miles) in length and 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) in width and is one of the four holy lakes. The other lakes are Lhamo La-tso, Namtso and Read More »
  • Tsetang and Yarlung Valley - Tsetang is the jumping board for exploration of the Yarlung valley area which is the cradle of Tibetan civilization. This area has the oldest building in Tibet, Yumbu Lagang, the oldest monastery, Samye, and has the birthplace of the six original Tibetan clans, the Monkey Cave on Mount Zodang Gongpori. THE YARLUNG VALLEY The Yarlung Read More »
  • GYANTSE - A small agricultural town famous for its wool carpets and the Palkor Choide Chorten, Gyantse lies between a Monastery and a fort in the Nyang-chu Valley on fertile grounds along an old trading route. Before 1959, traders coming from Kalimpong and Gangtok in India would enter Tibet through Yadong traveling on to Gyantse, en route Read More »
  • Singatse - Shigatse, or Xigazê, is the second biggest town situated in the South Central of the Tibet Autonomous Region. "Shigatse" in Tibetan means the "Estate that fulfills one's Wishes". It lies on the ancient caravan route between Lhasa and Kathmandu and is a one of the most important trade centers in Tibet, distributing goods (mainly agriculture Read More »
  • Lhasa - Lhasa in Tibetan means "lands of God" and has been the center of politics, economy, culture and religion in the Tibet Autonomous Region since ancient times. It is located on the north bank of the Kyichu river, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, at an altitude of 3650 meters above sea level. Lhasa has Read More »