Lake Manasarovar is 35 kilometers east of Burang County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet and 20 kilometers southeast of Mount Kailash. The surrounding natural scenery is very beautiful. Pious Buddhists and Bonpos have regarded it as the “Holy Land for the Center of the World” since ancient times. Besides this reputation, Lake Manasarovar is also boasted as “one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world" and "the most sacred lake in Tibet”. As the birthplace of four great Asian rivers, Lake Manasarovar attracts thousands of travelers in the world.
General Introduction of Lake Manasarovar
Manasarovar got its name from a religious fight in the 11th century. In the Tibetan language, it means “invincible lake”. It is said that Lake Manasarovar is the holiest lake that is bestowed by God. The sacred water of the lake can clean one’s sins or annoyances when he is rinsed by the river. As the oldest and holiest lake for Bon religion, Indian Buddhism, and Hinduism, Lake Manasarovar is one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet. According to the Hindus, it is the residence of the Shiva God.
Lake Manasarovar is the most transparent fresh lake in China. It is dotted between Mt. Kailash and the Gurla Mandhata. The shape of the lake like a pear with a length of 26 kilometers and a width of 21 kilometers. The lake is at an altitude of 4588 meters. The average depth of it is about 46 meters, and the maximum depth is 81.8 meters. The total square of Lake Manasarovar is about 412 square kilometers. Standing by the bank of the river, you can see fourteen meters deep of the clean lake. There are many micronutrients in the lake, such as B, Li, F, and so on. The main supplies of the lake are the melting glacier and the rainfalls.
Every summer, Buddhist believers walk to this holy place and do pray. They rinse with the sacred water for the purpose of seeking blessings from God. There are eight temples scattering all around the lake. On the west side of Lake Manasarovar, there is a ghost lake called Lake Rakshastal. According to legend, it is the sister lake of Manasarovar. Interestingly, the water in lake Manasarovar is fresh, while the water in lake Rakshastal is very salty so that no grass grows on the lakeside. In the Tibetan language, it means a poisonous black lake.
Lake Manasarovar Travel Tips
1. The hillside next to the Chiu monastery is the best place to watch the holy lake Manasarovar. Looking down from the top of the hill, you can have a panoramic view of Lake Manasarovar.
2. The best way to show the believers’ sincerity is to do a kora around the lake. It always takes them four or five days to do the kora. For travelers, you can sit along the bank of the lake quietly and enjoy the attractive views around you. Having a sunbath and seeing the snow-capped mountains in a far distance, what an incredible journey!
3. When you travel to the holy Lake Manasarovar, you’d better lower your expectations of the accommodation because you are in a remote Tibetan area, which is far away from the city. Only guesthouses are available to you. You’d better bring some dry food and some instant food as it is hard to find a store in this area.
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