Nagqu is located in northern Tibet, between the Tanggula Mountains, Nyenchen Tanggula Mountains, and the Gangdise Mountains. Standing at an average altitude of over 4500 meters, it has the unique nomadic culture, sacred religious culture, as well as secret and stunning natural landscapes. This secret holy land attracts thousands of tourists from home and abroad with its unique charm every year. Walk into Nagqu, you will be overwhelmed by the picturesque natural scenery, such as snow-covered mountains, boundless prairies, fascinating geothermal springs, holy large lakes, etc. In addition, the Nagqu Annual Horse Racing Festival in August is also a highlight, which shows plentiful performance as well as traditional culture. The following famous Nagqu attractions will help you to have a perfect Nagqu trip.
- Yampachen Hot Springs
- The Yampachen Hot Springs is located in Dangxiong County, 90 kilometers northwest of Lhasa city, covering an area of 7,000 kilometers. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, it is a natural wonder. It is said that the hot springs here can cure many kinds of chronic diseases.
- Namtso Lake
- At an altitude of 4718 meters, Namtso Lake has clear water with the stunning scenery. It is one of the great three lakes in Tibet, also one of the famous Buddhist holy sites.
- Tashi Dor Monastery
- Tashi Dor Monastery is located on Namtso Lake Island. Historically it has been the practice site of the great living Buddhas.
Recommended Tour Itineraries in Nagqu Prefecture
The first station is to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland and salt lake in China. Then take the train from Xining to Lhasa, which will take you around 22 hours. You can enjoy the most beautiful landscape of Qinghai-Tibet Railway along the way. Short stay in Lhasa, you will visit Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery.
This is a relatively easy route for travelers. After 2 days of essential sightseeing tour in Lhasa, tourists will go to Shigatse passing through Gyantse, then stay overnight at the lakeside of Namtso - the holiest lake in Tibet. At last, enjoy a hot spring bath in Yampachen on the way back to Lhasa.
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