Tibetan Buddhist Pilgrim Mother and Son completing a Kora Tirthapuri Tibet China
One from the archives....October 2006. A pilgrimage to remote sacred Tirthapuri is considered essential to the traveler in the Kailash region. Tirthapuri is located on the Sutlej River. The traditional order of the pilgrimage is first to circumambulate Manasarovar, then Kailash, and then to go to Tirthapuri. This is almost always the final stop. Perhaps this has something to do with the soothing waters of the shallow hot springs.
Tirthapuri is best known for being a sacred place of Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyel. The monastery which was formerly connected with Hemis monastery in Ladakh was completely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and rebuilt in 1980s. Behind the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh is a cave where Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogye both meditated and a granite rock with their embedded footprints. The hot springs are surrounded by pink and white limestone terraces.