Tulin Castle Hotel

Zanda, Tibet, China

At a Glance

  • Perfectly located to explore to explore the ancient Guge Kingdom of Zanda
  • Set amongst the barren, rocky landscape of Tulin
  • Close to the 9th century fortress of Tsaparang

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine. For a place nicknamed ‘The Land of Snows’, there’s a surprising lack of snow. The boom in domestic tourism means that Lhasa swells with Chinese tourists in the summer and particularly in the week-long holidays around 1 May and 1 October. Winter is very cold, many restaurants are shut and snow can close mountain passes, but some travellers swear by the winter months. There are few travellers about at this time and Lhasa is crowded with drokpas (nomads). The average temperature in January is -2°C.

Spring, early summer and late autumn are probably the best times to visit Tibet. March is a politically sensitive month in the country and there is occasional tightening of restrictions on travellers heading into Tibet at this time, but the weather’s pretty good. April brings reliable weather in eastern Tibet and discounts on accommodation and vehicle rental in Lhasa. Mt Everest is particularly clear during April and May.

From mid-July through to the end of September the monsoon starts to affect parts of Tibet. (The months of July and August bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall.) Travel to western Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, due to roads being washed away.

It’s worth trying to time your trip with one of Tibet’s festivals. New Year (Losar) in January or February is an excellent time to be in Lhasa, as is the Saga Dawa festival in April or May.

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Description

Set amongst the stark landscapes of far west Tibet’s Ngari prefecture, the Tulin Castle hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the historic Guge Kingdom of Zanda, with its crumbling monasteries and fortresses built into the ochre rock.

Located in central Zanda, the Tulin Castle Hotel is a simple yet elegantly built refuge amongst the rugged mountain landscape of this remote corner of Tibet. Rooms are clean and bright, with simple furnishings, set around a central courtyard. Built to blend in with the tawny rocks that surround the hotel, the Tulin Castle is flooded with light, offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel’s restaurant serves Huaiyang and Sichuan cuisine. From your simple yet comfortable base at the Tulin Castle Hotel, you are well placed to explore the ancient beauty of Zanda. Discover the secrets of the Guge Kingdom, visit the fortress at Tsaparang and marvel at the incredible lunar landscape of the Zhada Earth Forest National Geopark.
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Accommodation

Rooms are simple yet comfortable, with private bathrooms, cable television and WiFi.

Experiences

  • Tholing Monastery Tour

    Discover the Tholing Monastery in Zanda which was once the province's most significant monastery. Explore the ruins of the mystical Guge Kingdom which was established nearly 1,200 years ago before its civilisation mysteriously disappeared.

Location & directions

Zanda, Tibet, China

The Tulin Castle Hotel is located at the heart of Zanda, in western Tibet’s Ngari prefecture. From Zanda, you are within easy reach of Tsaparang, the Thöling Monastery and the Zhada Earth Forest National Geopark.

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