Lake Manasarovar

Lake Manasarovar Ngari Tibet
Lake Manasarovar is a beautiful freshwater lake nestled in the Tibetan mountains. The beauty of its landscapes, with Mount Kailash in the background, explains why the area was considered as the creation of a jade bead fallen from the sky. As a sacred Lake of Tibet, it has attracted devotees for its crystal clear waters and mystical legends.

Lake of Invisible Jade

Lake Manasarovar really lives up to its reputation. This body of fresh water nestled in the vast Tibetan mountains is one of the largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Compared to a jade pond in the sky, the blue waters, which at times shimmer like an emerald, are definitely a beauty. Extending to almost 4600 meters above sea level of 412 km² in area, it’s just like a sparkling sapphire.

Sacred Lake in Tibet

Lake Manasarovar lies in a beautiful landscape of Mount Kailash, the most sacred mountain of Buddhism. We find Hindus and good pilgrimage around the lake and Mount Kailash. The pilgrims of the different religions gathered around the lake in less than a week and visit the renovated eight temples on the way. But the circumambulation is not the most important when the pilgrims are in Lake Manasarovar. Hindus must immerse themselves in the waters; while for Tibetans, they believe that they can just drink pure water for their sins to be forgiven.

Legend of Raksastal Lake

On the left of Manasarovar Lake located the dark Raksastal Lake. According to Hindu legend, the cannibal demons inhabited the extremely salty waters. According to legend, in this lake where no animal lives due to toxic water. It is said that a channel connecting the two lakes appeared so that the waters of Lake Manasarovar was purified in order to cast out devils from the Raksastal Lake. For Tibetans, it suffices to check the water level of the canal to see the state of religion in Tibet. Thus, during the last century, the canal was clogged with salt and unrest in the region. In recent years, the water began to pass through the channel. The pilgrims have since seen a sign of the resurgence of religious practice in Tibet.


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  • Altitude

    4 500M Altitude Lake Manasarovar
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