Kailash and Guge Kingdom (Tshaparnag) Tour
The Kingdom of Guge was founded in 868 and became a focal point for the preservation of Buddhism in Tibet until the 17th century. After the assassination of King Lang Darma in 842 by his own brother, Buddhism in Tibet was completely snuffed out for nearly 100 years. In 1040, a renowned Indian Pandit named Atisha arrived in Guge Kingdom and spent some time at Tholing Monastery where he created a resurgence of interest in Buddhism that eventually spread all over Tibet. Tsaparang and Tholing retained their importance within Western Tibet as political and religious centres until the 17th Century. Today, more than 300 years later, all that remains is a huge complex of caves, living quarters and temples, some of it in an excellent condition, the rest in ruins. This place can be visited in combination with the Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Tour via either a northern route (Shiquanhe) or a southern route via Saga – Paryang and Manasarovar. The trip can be designed to accommodate your personal preferences for time and destinations.