Yomdrok Lake & the great mother nature
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The Yomdrok Lake means “the jade lake in the upper pastureland” or “Swan Lake” in Tibetan. Lying at an altitude of 4,441 meters, the Yomdrok Lake is 130 kilometers long from east to west and 70 kilometers wide from north to south and covers an area of 638 square kilometers. It is located on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River and is surrounded by mountains and is said that a fairy maiden left the heaven and turned into the lake on earth. In any case, it is considered as one of the three holy lakes in the Tibetan Plateau.
About 100km away from Lhasa, the scenery of the nature, mountains and rivers along the way to the lake was beautiful. Upon arrival, the view of the lake did not fail us.
As one of the main tourist attractions, there were some locals with dogs and yaks for people to take pictures with. Well, the two dogs with the extra fur collars were just too cute to resist and I had to take a picture with them.
Lake Yomdrok has the highest hydroelectric power station in the world. The surface of the lake on the southern side of the mountain is at 4,441m above sea level while the north side is only at 3,570m. The locals have used this natural fall of over 800m and built a hydroelectric power station on the roof of the world.
Continuing our journey towards Shigatse county, the next destination was the Tashihunpo Monastery although this visit was scheduled for the next day. We changed our plan again as we were not keen to drive two hours in a different direction as our end destination for the day just to see Palgor Chorten even though it was supposed to be a tourist attraction.
Since we were supposed to stay overnight in Shigatse and the Tashihunpo Monastery is located on the western part of Shigatse city, we decided to visit another monastery for one more time. The view of this monastery was actually quite interesting. Painted in red and white, the buildings in the monastery stood closely together in neat terraced rows and offered a grand view. This monastery represented architecture in the Last Tibetan spirit and has attracted thousands of Buddhists and tourists.
For the return journey back to Lhasa the next day, we had decided to spend some quality time with Mother Nature. Whenever we felt that the scenery was beautiful, we told the driver to stop and wait while we walked around a bit. Indeed, we did not regret this decision and had a really enjoyable time enjoying the beautiful moments with the vast nature. The beautiful scenery of the mountains, rushing rivers, vast river deltas, lakes, gorges and the autumn foliage was really unforgettable.