Guge Kingdom is situated in western Tibet which was centered in present day Zenda Country, the Ngari prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. It was once a sovereign estate which later disrupted after the civil revolt and the invasion of the allied armies of eight foreign countries. This state shivered after the civil combat and foreign attacks. There is much to learn about the history of this legendary kingdom from some of its remaining.
During 10th century, a wing of heir of a nearby collapsed Kingdom endowed this kingdom. It was ruled for over 700 years by 16 kings with armies of tens of thousands of soldiers. Then, there were conflicts from power disputes within the imperial family resulting anxiety and disorder in the society and induced civil revolt in 1660s. King’s brother asked the ruler of Ladakh (the present Kashmir), the neighboring country to send his army to get victory over the disordered state and was successful too. Power revolved to Tibet only after years. Guge plays an important role in the economic and cultural development of Tibet during its existence. It encouraged Buddhism, and flourished its versions from Guge into the heart of Tibet.
In today’s time, the Ruins of Guge Kingdom boosts around the sides of a mountain more than 300 m. (984 ft.) high with over 400 rooms and 800 caves, fortresses, secret paths, pagodas, arm storerooms, granaries and all kinds of burial places. Explorers have been researching and investigating for more revelation. Although rooms here are nothing than debris, walls can be seen except for some temples. Ruins are surrounded by city wall and a fortress marks each of the corners. There are ancient palaces, temples and local residences from the top to the bottom and only secret hidden roads are the way to catch atop, an outline designed to indicate king’s supremacy and to ensure the protection and safety of the palaces. This Ruins of Guge Kingdom have been mentioned under the first group of Cultural Relics of National Importance for its great research value and historical significance.
The other interesting heritages of Ruins are The White Temple, Red Temple, Samsara Temple, Imperial Palace, and Assembly Palace. The picture of Sakyamuni is the most valuable artifacts remaining. Dozens of nude Dakinis paintings are on the margin which looks more interesting. Mural’s colors and lines resemble Mogao caves in Dunhuang City, Gansu Province. Mostly, it is filled with golden and silver Buddhist statues.
Mount Kailash (6714m) is one of the significant pilgrimage destinations for the devotees belonging to four different religions, The Hinduism, The Buddhism, The Jainism and The Bonpo. It is considered to be the sacred dwelling of the gods and goddesses like, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Buddha and also called as ‘The sparkling Jewel of Snow’. Buddhist symbol ‘Swastika’ makes this mountain more mysterious and spiritual. Believers relate this mountain to Mt. Meru of Hindu mythology with its four faces made of four different jewels (gold, crystal, ruby and lapis lazuli). It is also source four great rivers of Asia namely, The Karnali, The Indus, The Sutlej and The Brahmaputra. Every year, thousands of devotees from across the world come to visit Kailash Parvat with the belief of obtaining ‘Mokshya’, an ultimate salvation. Circumambulating this holy peak popularly known as Kailash Parikrama with true intention of mind and soul is also believed to get rid of all known or unknown sins ever committed in life.
Meeting point: As soon as you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport, our staffs will welcome you and take you to hotel.
Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing Kathmandu & Briefing
Day 03: Drive to Shaybrubeshi normal guest house or hotel
Day 04: Shyabrubesi to Kerung Bazaar, guesthouse or hotel
Day 05: Drive Kerung to Saga bazaar & stay in guest house
Day 06: Stay in Saga for acclimatization, rest and will relax
Day 07: Drive to Hor& round Mansarovar, stay mud hosue
Day 08: Drive to Guge valley Toling /Zenda 290km & lodge
Day 09: Full day visit Guge Kingdom Ruin and Guest house
Day 10: Drive to Darchen& overnight stay in four star hotel
Day 11: Drive to Yamdwar and start trek to Dirappuk-lodge
Day 12: Trek to Zutulpuk via Dorma La pass 5636m - Lodge
Day 13: Trek to Chongdo, drive to Darchen - Prayang -hotel
Day 14: Drive from Dongba to Kerung and stay guesthouse
Day 15: Drive to Kerung & border than drive to Kathmandu
Day 16: Transfer hotel Kathmandu airport for final departure
5 star Radisson hotel in Kathmandu, 3 & 4 star hotels in Tibet as well normal guesthouse/mud house also in Tibet
04-05 Persons, per person USD 3500
06-07 Persons, per persons USD 3395
08-10 Persons, per person USD 3275
11-14 Persons, per person USD 3000
15 persons or more, per person USD 2900
Single Supplementary USD 300 (single room)
Hotel Kathmandu: 5 star hotel Radisson
Hotel in Shabrubesi: Normal hotel/Lodge
Hotel Kerung: Normal hotel/guest house
Hotel in Saga: 3 star hotel
Manasarovar Lake Chui Gompa: Mud house
Zend/Tolling: Normal guesthouse/Hotel
Darchen: 4 star Kailash Himalaya Hotel
Dirapuk: Normal Shishapangma guest house
Zuthulpuk Normal guesthouse or Mud house
Dongba/Prayang: 3 star hotel