Lake Manasarovar is regarded as the “Holy Land for the Center of the World” by the pious Buddhists because of the charming scenery. It's located in the east of Purang County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Besides this reputation, Lake Manasarovar is also boasted as “the Second Largest Fresh Water and the Most Transparent Lake in China” and “One of the Three Holy Lakes in Tibet”. As the birthplace of four great Asian rivers, Lake Manasarovar attracts thousands of travelers in the world.
General Introduction of Lake Manasarovar
In the Tibetan language, “Manasarovar” means “invincible clear 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 for the Shiva God.
Lake Manasarovar is the most transparent fresh lake in China. It is dotted between the Mt. Kailash and the Gurla Mandhata. In the past, Lake Manasarovar was connected with the Ghost Lake - Lake Rakshastal. After many years later, it was developed to the internal lake and isolated by the glaciers and sands. 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 by God. There are eight temples scattering all around the lake.
Next to Lake Manasarovar, there is a saltwater lake called Lake Rakshastal, which means a poisonous black lake in the Tibetan language.
Lake Travel Tips
The best way to show the believers’ sincerity is to kora around the lake. It always takes them four or five days to 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!
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 because it is hard to find a store in this area.
Recommended Tour Itineraries Including Lake Manasarovar
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt. Kailash - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye – Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Starting from Lhasa, passing by Gyantse, Shigatse, and Ngari, this itinerary includes all the must-see attractions in the center and western Tibet, such as the Potala Palace, Everest Base Camp, the sacred lake Manasarovar and the holy Mt. Kailash, etc. Get ready to be impressed by the in-depth charm of Tibet.
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye - Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Saga – Darchen - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Zhongba - Gyriong