Travel ServicesPlaces of Interest in Tibet

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 the road network this dream has turned into reality. Mt. Kailash is also revered as the source of four great rivers of Asia, Indus, Bramhaputra
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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 up from the ground to over one hundred meters. 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 temples and palaces, more than 300 chapels, 300 caves, and 3 stupas each of which are around 10 meters in height. The temples contain many
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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 chipped stone implements have been discovered. The discovery of the Karo ruins provided new material for the study of migration and exchange between peoples of
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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. The hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with many waterfalls in summer and impressive ice formations in winter. It has a bank, a post office,
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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. Read more

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 with only a few thousand people. Nearby a monastery is located as well as a old fort. There is also a small, hot spring located
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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 the world. Xegar is situated only 7 km from the main road leading from Nepal to Lhasa. THE HIMALAYAS The mighty Himalayas, like a silver
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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 Manasarovar. This freshwater lake, unlike other Tibetan lakes, is sweet and non-saline. During the summer, it is turquoise green in colour, but during the winter
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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 Valley which is 72 kilometers long is said to be the cradle of Tibetan Civilization. Here lies the birthplace of the six original clans and
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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 to Lhasa. Palchor Choede Monastery and KUMBUM: NamoPalchor Choide Monastery is located west of Gyantse city and founded in 1418 jointly by Kedup Je of
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Singatse

Shigatse, or XigazĂȘ, 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 and husbandry products) between Lhasa, Nepal, Western Tibet and China (Xinjiang) and Kashmir (North-West India). Shigatse is overlooking the confluence of the Nyangchu River and
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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 a history dating back over 1300 years and its many attractions are described below. Potala Palace The Potala, one of the most famous architectural works
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