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Lake Manasarovar, Burang County
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Lake Manasarovar is a freshwater lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region, from Lhasa. To the west of it is Lake Rakshastal; to the north is Mount Kailash.GeographyLake Manasarovar lies at above mean sea level, a relatively high elevation for a large freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau.Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88km. Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 90m and its surface area is. It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej, which is the easternmost large tributary of the Sindhu. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Ghaghara, an important tributary of the Ganges.Lake Manas Sarovar overflows in to lake Rakshastal which is a salt-water endorheic lake. These lakes used to be part of the Sutlej basin and were separated due to tectonic activity.EtymologyThe word "Manasarovara" originates from Sanskrit, which is a combination of the words "Manas" "sarovara" manas meaning mind and sarovara meaning lake. According to the Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.
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  • On my trip to the Guge kingdom in Western Tibet (mid/end October 2016 ) I stayed on the way to Guge and back from Guge 2 days in Darchen at the foot of Mt. Kangringpoqe or Mt. Kailas as Hindus call th...  more »
  • This Lake is one of the most sacred lakes in Tibet, route to the Kailash. Can one stay in the homes of the existing monastery. There are no comforts, but we must recognize that one is on one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. It is worth walking along the shore and be able to contemplate its waters.
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  • We had a wonderful trip to Kailash and Mansarovar during this August / September 2016. The whole tour was very well arranged and their staff were really good and ready to help always. We can recommend...  more »