Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
The holy Yamdrok Yumtso Lake means 'swan pool' in Tibetan, lies in the south of Yarlong Tsangpo River in the Shannan Region of Tibet. The lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. Yamdrok Yumtso is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas with an area of about 638 square kilometers. The lake is 130 kilometers long and 70 kilometers wide with a surface of 4,441 meters above the sea level. It is said that the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is the female Guardian of Buddhism in Tibet. People here believe that it will bless and protect them. So every year, many religious followers in Tibet and from other places would come here for pilgrimage.
Some of them start on foot and give one prostration every three steps even from hundreds of kilometers away. All of these visitors bring much mystery and dignity to the charming holy Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. The Yamdrok Yumtso Lake has some beautiful and vivid names such as Coral Lake or Green Jade Lake. The name Coral Lake is derived from its irregular shape because this lake has many short streams winding into the nearby mountains and it just appears like the coral. The name Green Jade Lake implies its beautiful appearance for the pure clean water looks like as smooth as the surface of fine jade.
Looked from the nearby high mountain, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake just like a holy sapphire, set in the group of mountains. In the lake, are dotted several small islands where fertile grasses and groups of wild birds betray peaceful. Embraced by the snow-capped mountains and lying under the clear blue sky, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake appears so holy and evokes solemnity.That’s why every visitor would like to list Yamdrok Yumtso Lake as a must go destination while travelling Tibet. Here are some guide information for your tour to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Address: south of Yarlong Tsangpo River in the Shannan Region of Tibet.. Admission Fee: CNY 40. Contact Number: 86- 10-85968802
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