Last updated by david at 2013-11-3
Yamdrok Lake, only less than 100 kilometers from Lhasa, is one of the three sacred lakes of Tibet together with Namtso Lake and Lake Manasarovar. It is the largest inland lake in the north of Himalaya Mountain. Located in Ngarzhag County, Lhokha Prefecture, Tibet, it covers an area of 678 square kilometers (67800 hectares). The average altitude of it is 4441 meters.
It is said that Yamdrok Lake is the embodiment of a goddess. Devout Tibetan Buddhists will go around the lake once every year, which may take them a month if they ride a horse. This equals a pilgrimage to Lhasa. The Buddha and the goddess will bless them.
The Yamdrok Lake is more famous for its beauty. It is honored as the most beautiful lake in the world. The name of Yamdrok Lake means “the lake of jasper above the pasture” in Tibetan language. Surrounded by imposing mountains, the lake looks more clear and gorgeous. The picturesque landscape will make people think they are in a fairyland. Apart from mountains and the lake, tourists can also enjoy island, pasture, hot spring, temple, woods and animals here. Big or small, there are 21 islands in the lake. Large numbers of migratory birds are living on these islands. The picture of thousands of white birds flying above the lake is really breath-taking. On the islands in the lake or the grasslands around the lake, tourists can also see many kinds of wild animals, such as wild goats and foxes. In addition, Yamdrok Lake is also the heaven of fish. There are lots of plankton in the lake, which serve as rich food for the fish. And, Tibetan people do not eat fish, so various fish grow happily and healthily in the lake. The fish in Yamdrok Lake tastes tender and tasty, so tourists should not miss it.
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