If you want to go for a trip to Tibet, the disappearing of Guge Kingdom is a must-see attraction in Tibet. If you read the history of Guge Kingdom and know how it started from a runaway royalty from Tibetan empire and ended 700 years later by the army from Ladakh, you will be more intrigued by the rich history of this kingdom ruins.
Tuolin Town, Zhada Prefecture, Ngari DIstrict, Tibet, China.
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The mystery of disappearing of Guge Kingdom
From 8：00 am to 7：00 pm.
How to get to the ruins of Guge Kingdom
The ruins of the Guge Kingdom which are located in the western part of Tibet is close to the Indian border, deep in the bizarre limestone formations of the Sutlej Canyon. Go to the ruins of Guge Kingdom, you need first arrive at Tsada town, about 6-12 hours via a good 4×4 off-road vehicle.
A Buddhist kingdom
Guge Kingdom was founded by the descendants of the Tubo dynasty, which ruled Tibet from 630 to 842 AD. At that time Tibet was called the Tubo. Because of persecution of Buddhists and destruction of monastic practices, the last king of Tubo led to the decline of the dynasty. A few years later, Guge became a Buddhist kingdom, which was said to have a population of 100,000 at peak times. It has many architectures and arts. The stupa was built for respect for the Buddha statue, and some caves were reserved for meditation. However, the best preserved Buddhist buildings are named after either the outward color of structures such as the White Palace or the Red Palace.
Greatest murals in the Guge Kingdom
Guge sculpture is mostly gold and silver Buddhist statues. Among of them, the highest achievement is known as the Guge grid of silver statue. Guge murals are very magnificent and a comprehensive reflection of all aspects of social life at that time. As its geographical location and the influence of foreign cultures, the artistic style of Guge has obvious characteristics of Kashmir and Gandhara Art. Guge has abounded with gold and silver. In the Tholing Monastery, it has found so many great scriptures which are written with gold and silver juice. No language to describe the luxury!
Mystery corpse cave in the Guge Kingdom
From the ruins of Guge, you will walk about 10 minutes to the foot of the mountain then reach to the corpse cave. The corpse cave from the ground about 2 meters is located in a rock wall and look like very common. The cave is very spacious, deep tens of meters, and filled with headless mummy. It’s said that the end of the cave is the Lama corpse, next to the children, followed by women and men. As the climate is dry, the body is not completely corrupt and exudes a strange smell. There are many kinds of legend about the corpse cave, the most credible of a saying is that when the Guge kingdom was defeated, Ladakh soldiers cut the head of Guge soldiers who were will rather die unyielding, and all of their bones are abandoned in the cave.
If you are willing to stay away from Lhasa to see this disappearing of the Guge Kingdom when you go for a Tibet tour, I congratulate you. You will view the gems of the Ngari area. Most travelers agree that the ruins of the Guge Kingdom are certainly one of the best sights in the Ngari region. As for the ruins of the Guge Kingdom reaching the top and looking at the amazing panorama is one of the strongest experiences I have had in my life.