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Mountain in Darchen & Mt Kailash

Mt Kailash

Sacred Mt Kailash dominates the landscape of western Tibet through both its unique geographical allure and it's sacred, metaphysical role as the religious focus of a billion people. Pilgrims show their devotion by w…
Religious in Darchen & Mt Kailash

Saga Dawa

The festival of Saga Dawa marks the enlightenment of Sakyamuni, and occurs on the full-moon day of the fourth Tibetan month. In the Kailash region the highlight is the raising of the Tarboche prayer pole in the morn…
Hot Springs in Darchen & Mt Kailash

Tirthapuri Hot Springs

On the banks of the Sutlej, only a few hours’ drive northwest of Darchen, the hot springs at Tirthapuri are where pilgrims traditionally bathe after completing their circuit of Mt Kailash. The one-hour kora route ar…
Tibetan in Darchen & Mt Kailash

Markham Teahouse

A cosy Tibetan teahouse whose comfy sofas beckon for sweet tea, breakfast omelettes, noodles and fried dishes, all easy to order on a picture menu. It's on the upper floor, above a shop, on the southwestern corner o…
Chinese Islamic in Darchen & Mt Kailash

Qīnghǎi Salar Noodle Shop

There's a good range of excellent-value and tasty noodle or rice sets at this tiny but super-clean place run by Salar Muslims, an ethnic group from Qīnghǎi. The picture menu on the wall makes ordering a breeze.
Sichuan in Darchen & Mt Kailash

Héruìtáng Fàndiàn

One of many Sìchuānese places on Darchen's main drag, but with a well-translated English menu with photos and even a spiciness rating. The Hunanese dishes are tasty and the owner is friendly.