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Purang (Taklakot) County

It is quite ordinary to come across Indians and Nepalese in Purang. As a frontier county bordering India and Nepal, Purang is the only pass for Indian and Nepalese pilgrims to worship at Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. In addition, its traditional frontier market, which has a history of more than 500 years, attracts many foreigners to do business here.  
Located in the southwest of Tibet, Purang County covers a total area of 12,497 sq km (4,825 sq miles) and has a population of over 7,000. It lies 398km (247 miles) south of the town of Shiquanhe and only 20km (12 miles) from Sino-Nepal border. The lower altitude (3,900m/12,795 ft), compared with other areas in the Ngari region, gives it a more hospitable climate and makes it the most favorable environment in the Ngari region for agriculture. The Nepal Mansion, which can be found north of Purang County, is an alluring place for curious visitors. The so-called mansion is in fact a 50-meter-high (164 ft) hillside honeycombed with dozens of caves which are used as lodgings by economical Nepalese and Indian businessmen. The Purang International Market, 10-minutes walk west of the Nepalese Mansion, is where Nepalese and Indian traders sell their goods. As a seasonal market, the Purang International Market is open from July 15 to Oct 15 every year. In summer Nepalese and Indian businessmen bring their spices, cloth, coffee and jewelry here for sale or to be exchanged for sheep and wool, which will be taken back home before winter comes.  


Accommodation:  

  Peacock Hostel: the best-equipped hotel in Purang County can be found next to the Government Office of Purang County. Though lacking in-room toilets and bathrooms, the hotel provides clean and comfortable lodging facilities and has standard rooms, double rooms and single rooms to choose from.  

  Rest House of the People's Armed Police Department: one of its advantages lies in the public bathing room, since in-room toilets and bathrooms are not available in all hotels and hostels of Purang. From the hotel's information desk, hitchhikers can find out about hitchhiking by army cars heading for the town of Shiquanhe.

Comments and Questions

I want to go taklakot. I need tibet entry latter. plz any one help me at: rajsahutek@gmail.com

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10/27/2011 8:56:00 AM

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Asked by Teklal (India)

I think the right way is to take a Tibet tour group through an China travel company, and then the company will help you to apply for the Tibet entry permit.

10/27/2011 6:32:00 PM

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Bobby

I want to know the good places to put up ,I mean hotels with clean toilets & beds, while travelling from kathmandu to mansarovar. Can someone help me with the details of the hotels .

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7/7/2011 4:54:00 AM

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Asked by krishna (India)

where do you intend to stay? i mean which city or town?

7/9/2011 11:01:00 PM

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Benait

which is the best hotel in Purang please having private toilets, hot baths etc

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2/9/2011 11:31:00 PM

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Asked by I Mann (India)

i found in this page: Peacock Hostel.

2/10/2011 7:43:00 PM

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Dan

horse service? should have..

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8/25/2009 9:39:00 PM

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Asked by Emule (China)

Hello !
I will be going on the Mansarovar Yatra this September, can you just inform me that is there any horse service for the Kailash Parikrama.

Regards,
Harsh

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8/25/2009 8:06:00 AM

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Asked by Harsh Vardhan Saraf (India)

Hi OM
Came across this posting.
Are you Mr D.P. Purang's son
bye for noe
pravin

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7/11/2009 12:28:00 PM

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Asked by pravin purang (India)

Hi Yet-sun,
Thanks for you help. When you went there, where did you stay and what did you go there for? I hope I do not offend you by asking this.
Anyway, what would be the nearest drivable place to stay, so that we can go there everyday and return back to ur hotel wherever that may be. Is LAHSA close enough, because LAHSA seems to be a bustling capitol.
Also, if you prefer you can correspond directly to me at ompurang@gmail.com this way I do not have to go back and forth to this site to check my mail.
Thank you.
Thank you.

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12/25/2008 10:41:00 AM

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Asked by OM (United States)

Hi, OM
Merry Xmas:)
I've been to Purang once, but i do not know any local family there. I'm afraid you cannot find a hotel with private bathrooms, even the local government's hostel. The food service is also poor.

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12/24/2008 7:55:00 PM

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Asked by Yet-sun (China)

Hi Yet-sun,
Thank you for your response. Are you familiar with that area? If so do you know any local families there. I now need to know where should we stay. I must confess, we Americans are a bit spoilt, at least I am and we are in no mood of roughing it out, so what will be the nearest place to stay with at least basic heating and a private bathroom, food etc.
Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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12/24/2008 7:25:00 AM

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Asked by OM (United States)

Maybe Purang Middle School in the Jirung Village in Purang Town is what you want.

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12/23/2008 6:58:00 PM

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Asked by Yet-sun (China)