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Pungri Holy Mountain

Pungri Holy Mountain is to the southeast of Nyingchi County seat on the northern bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River. It is one of the mountains respected by the Bon believers. During a competition with the Bon, Buddhism gained the upper hand and put the Bon in the edge of termination.

A legend says the Bon believer Aqiong Jibu destroyed the magic arts of the Buddhist master Padmasambhava in the power contests and thus saved the Bon.

(It takes three days to walk around the holy mountain at least. Plus visits to the monasteries around it, it takes seven days. In Nyingchi tourists can hire horses and yaks for carrying your luggage. But the horse and yak could not pass through the mountain pass and have to make a detour from the east slope. Fortunately, the monasteries on the mountain provide food and lodging.)

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