Lakes are considered as sacred as mountains in Tibet, scattering on the Tibetan Plateau. Those pure and blue lakes are related to the legends of Buddhism and attracts plenty of pilgrims and tourists. When you travel to Tibet, these three holiest lakes are on your must-see list, including Yamdrok Lake, Manasarovar Lake and Namtso Lake. Visiting these holy lakes in your Tibet tour, you will indulge yourself in the natural scenery of the holy land.
The Yamdrok Lake is the largest freshwater lake and the largest bird habitat in southern Tibet, located at the north foot of the Himalayas. Yamdrok Lake means “jade lake” or “swam pool” in the Tibetan Language.
There is a saying that the Yamdrok Lake is like the fairyland on the heaven, and flocks of sheep by the lake are like stars in the sky. Heading south from Lhasa, and crossing the Qushui Bridge over Yarlung Zangbo River, following the winding mountain road, climb the Gombarra pass (5,600m), you will stand at the mountain and look to the south, and the pure blue — Yamdrok Lake, fills your eyes.
When the lake is calm, flocks of yaks and sheep, mountains, grasslands and clouds in the sky are reflected in the lake which is like a mirror. And the reflection of the pure blue lake will add diverse color and mysticism to this sacred lake. In the shoals of Yamdrok lake, there are plenty of fishes, and the shoals are polluted by the commercial exploitation. Fish is caught from this lake and sold at markets from April and October.
Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash are the most representative holy lake and sacred mountain of Ngari. For many Buddhists and pilgrims, having a drop of this lake or taking a bath in this lake will wash away sins of them and bring good fortune. In the Tibetans’ mind, Mount Kailash is a mighty Father, and represents the sun, meanwhile, Manasarovar Lake is a gentle Mother, represents the moon. If you come to Manasarovar Lake, you can wait for the sunrise to the sunset, and look at the lights in the tents, then you will feel the tender of this lake.
Departing from Lhasa and driving along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway, you will see the magnificent scenery of the northern Tibetan grassland. Then past the observation deck of Mount Tanglha , you will arrive Tashi Island in Namtso scenic area. Lake Namtso is a holy place in the hearts of pilgrims, and means “Heavenly Lake”. Therefore, “Nam” means sky and “Tso” means lake in the Tibetan. It is said that Namtso is the daughter of Indra(a guardian deity in Buddhism) and the wife of Nyenchen Tanglha , and Lake Namtso become the must-visit place for believers.
From May, the frozen lake is melting, and you can enjoy the beauty of Nmatso, as the water with a glaring blue, sky with while clouds and grand mountains surrounded are reflected in the lake. In summer time, yaks, cattle and sheep are dotted in the vast grassland along the lakeside. If you go to Namtso in winter, you will be addicted in the majestic snow-capped mountains, the steep glaciers, the beautiful islands, and the flying snowflakes.