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Between Chiu Gompa and Kailash is 33km (straight line)
Chiu Gompa lies near the lake Mapham Yutso (Tibetan name) or Manasarovar tso (Hindi name)
The ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill. It looks as if it has been carved right out of the rock.
In the background Mt Kailash or as Tibetans cal it Gangs Rin-po-che, meaning "precious jewel of snows" གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།
Chiyu Gonpa also spelled Jiu Gonpa (`Sparrow Monastery`) at the lake`s western gateway sits atop a conical outcrop of red rock. Originally founded by the Drukpa Kagyu lama Kyapgon Gangriwa, inside there is a small shrine and cave where Padmasambhava meditated with his consort Yeshe Tsogyel before leaving this world. Various revered objects are to be found inside the cave, such as the granite rocks with clear imprints of Padmasambhava`s hands and feet. Above the cave there is a small temple containing (L-R): the reliquary stupa of Tsewang Lama who was responsible for rebuilding the complex during the 1980s, images of Vajrasattva, Padmasambhava, surmounted by a small Avalokiteshvara, and an old Padmasambhava, flanked by Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyel. The spiritual practices followed here combine the termas of the Dudjom Tersar tradition and those of Jatson Nyingpo with Drukpa Kagyu liturgies. Above the temple there is a small protector chapel.
At Jiu Gon there is the source of the Sutlej River, known as the
Ganga-chu or Langchen Khabab. When the fortunes of Tibet are low, it
is almost dry, as is the present situation. The only water that
remains is the brackish cusp of hot springs behind Jiu Gonpa, where a
glass-roofed bathhouse has been constructed. The Tibetans have also
created several open-air stone bath where you can wash yourself and
your clothes in the clean hot water.