As one of the most popular scenic sites along Qinghai Tibet Railway, Cona Lake attracts thousands of tourists at home and abroad. Located in Amdo County, Cona Lake is the highest freshwater lake in the world. If you take a train to Tibet, you can have a chance to enjoy the stunning views of this holy lake at the east side.
According to the legend, Cona Lake is the residence of a God in Amdo. That’s why it is worshiped by local residents. Every year, herdsmen in Amdo get up early and head to this holy lake to seek blessings from this God on the first day of the traditional Tibetan lunar calendar. Tibetan believes that all the Gods lives in the mountains and lakes, so they have a special emotion to lakes and mountains here. Especially in the Year of Dragon of Tibetan lunar calendar, hundreds and thousands of pilgrims from different regions flock to Amdo to take a kora around Cona Lake. It just takes one day for pilgrims who live closely to finish Cona Lake kora. While it takes dozens of days for pilgrims who stay in a far distance to finish the whole trip. Doing Cona Lake kora has become a lifetime dream for most herdsmen. It is said that doing kora can get rid of all sins and miseries for the whole life and bless the thriving livestock.
Before you enjoy this attractive place, you should obey the local customs and traditions. You are not allowed to swim in the lake and drive your car into the grassland.