Nepal Building and Darchula Bazaar in Burang County, Ngari
Chinese Name: 尼泊尔大厦
English Name: Nepal Building and Darchula Bazaar
Location: Located in Burang County (普兰县), Ngari Prefecture(阿里地区), Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Admission fee: Free
Opening hours: All day
About Nepal Building and Darchula Bazaar
Nepal Building is situated in the north of Purang County. Unlike other concrete architectures, Nepal Building is actually made up of countless caves in a hill, some of which used to be temples. Now, many Indians and Nepalese cross the international border to make a business in Purang. That’s why local people tend to call this hill Nepal Building.
Main Attractions- Nepal Building and Darchula Bazaar
It is now a trading center comprising a number of distinct settlements separated by the Hunla Karnali River, known in Tibetan as Mabja Tsangpo (Peacock River). Nepali traders come up from the Humla and Darchula regions in the extreme west of Nepal to trade a variety of goods, including rice, carried up from Nepal in huge trains of goods-carrying goats. Indian traded for Tibetan salt and wool in the Darchula Bazaar, a 15-minute walk south of Purang.
This bazaar consists of 6 or 7 rows of shops. In Darchula Bazaar, most vendors are Nepalese, bringing clothes, jewellery, coffees and perfumes in, and taking wools and sheep back to Nepal. There are also some sellers from India, Tibet and even inland China.
Purang is also the arrival point for the annual influx of Hindu pilgrims from India, intent on making a kora of Mount Kailash, which devout Hindus consider the abode of Shiva.
There are two main highways in Burang, which link places such as Shigatse, Lhasa etc. There are also roads connecting different towns in Burang. You can choose either self-driving traveling or take public transportation. Take a train or bus from Lhasa, and then you can get to Burang County by bus.
Attraction Travel Tips
1. Traveling Hours: 2~3 hours
2. Traveling Seasons: All year
3. High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water and some thick clothes, eating more fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and so on.
4.You need to manage your shopping time because when it’s getting dark, the seller will close the shops.