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Top Choice Buddhist Site in Tsaparang

Lhakhang Marpo

This large building was constructed around 1470. The beautiful murals were repainted around 1630, shortly before the fall of the Guge kingdom. The original chapel door, with its concentric frames and carvings of bod…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Tsaparang

Lhakhang Karpo

The large Lhakhang Karpo holds the oldest paintings at Tsaparang and is probably the most important chapel in all of Ngari. The murals date back to the 15th or 16th century but their influences extend back to 10th-c…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Tsaparang

Chapel of the Prefect

This small building was a private shrine for Tsaparang’s prefect or regent. The caretaker has named it the ‘Drölma Lhakhang’ after his own sculpture of Drölma (Tara) displayed here. The exuberant wall murals date fr…
Top Choice Hot Springs in Northern Ngari

King Tiger Hot Springs

The Tagyel Chutse (King Tiger Hot Springs) are a Yellowstone-style collection of bubbling hot springs and puffing steam outlets that seem to lead straight down into the bowels of the earth. Local Tibetans use the wa…
Top Choice Chinese in Purang

Peacock Restaurant

This place has a good range of tasty Chinese dishes and friendly service in pleasant surroundings.
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…
Buddhist Monastery in Lake Manasarovar

Gossul Monastery

South of Chiu Monastery on the shore of Manasarovar, this charming 16th-century monastery has long been part of the Manasarovar kora but can now be reached by road. The three resident monks will show you the tiny me…
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…
Lake in Tsochen

Tsari Nam-tso

One excellent half-day or overnight excursion from Tsochen is to Tsari (Zhari) Nam-tso, a huge and spectacular salt lake that remains totally undeveloped. Most people head for a viewpoint halfway along the northern …
Ruins in Guge Kingdom


The citadel of Tsaparang, 18km west of Zanda, is one of Western Tibet's great hidden gems. Dozens of ruined residences and chapels dot a naturally defended hillside, topped by an underground palace. The Kashmir-infl…