Best Places to Visit in Tibet

Yamdrok Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet.

Tibet is a mysterious place that combined with breathtaking natural scenery and traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Here are the seven best places that you had better visit.

Mt. Kailash

Regarded as the center of the world for Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and Bond, Mt. Kailash, located in the far western Tibet, is the most sacred peak in Tibet. Snow-covered all the year, it looks glittering under the sunshine. The shape of it is quite different from that of other mountains in Tibet, for it looks like a pyramid from a distance. Every year thousands of Buddhists and Hindus do Kora around the Mt. Kailash to show their devotion. It usually takes more than 15 days to finish this Kora journey. Mt. Kailash is a good place to feel the impact of your soul.

Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest, lying along the border of Tibet and Nepal, is the highest mountain in the world. So to climb it up becomes the dream of many people around the world. There are two base camps on both its south side and north side. Northside base camp in Tibet can be reached by driving despite trekking. If the weather is clear, you can see a blue sky with stars twinkling. While in the morning, you can enjoy the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks, which creates a holy atmosphere.

The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace, one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is an attraction that you cannot miss in Tibet. It lies on the side of Marpo Ri in the northwest Lhasa. At the very beginning of its construction, it is the royal palace of King Songtsan Gampo. And since it was reconstructed in 1645, it has become the residence of the Dalai Lama. It has a large collection of works of art, which wins it the great reputation of “the palace of art”. The Potala Palace is the best place to feel the large-scale Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Namtso

Located in Damxung County and Baringo County, Namtso is the largest lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region, and the second largest saltwater lake in China, after Qinghai Lake. Like the meaning of its name, “Heaven Lake” in Tibetan, Namtso is regarded as a holy lake by Tibetan Buddhists. In the Year of the Sheep in the Tibetan calendar, Buddhists will come to Lake Namtso. Surrounded by the snow-covered Nyenchen Tanglha Range, under the azure clear sky, Namtso leaves you a memory of purity and sanctity.

Yamdrok Lake

Located in Nagarze County, about 70 kilometers from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. The combination of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, coral-colored waters, the Samding Monastery, wild animals, and green grassland makes it a good destination to hug the nature.

Lake Manasarovar

At an elevation of 4,590 meters, Lake Manasarovar is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. It is located near Mount Kailash and there’s a legend story about it and Mount Kailash. Lake Manasarovar is the most sacred lake in Tibet.

Jokhang Temple

Located on Barkhor Square, Jokhang Temple is a place that you must visit in Tibet. It is regarded as the holiest temple since it is the supreme temple of Tibetan Buddhism. It is built for the Tang Princess Wencheng and Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. It is a mixture of Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese architectural features.

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