Tibet (Xizang), the Roof of the World, remained unknown to the world until the beginning of the 20th century. The massive, snowy land has exerted an awesome draw on travelers and adventurers ever since. Its majestic scenery, mysterious and exotic religious culture, and wonderful people, reward every tourist with an indelible life long memory!
Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region, TAR for short) borders Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan internally while India, Burma, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal meet its external borders. It covers a massive 1,220,000 square kilometers (470,920 square miles), which is about 12.8 % of the whole of China. With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet is encompassed by some of the world’s highest mountains. The Himalayas to the south, the Karakoram to the west, and the Kunlun to the north are the dream lands of all adventurers and mountaineers.
The isolation of Tibet has meant that it developed its own unique culture, and when Buddhism was introduced in the seventh century AD, this too developed into a particularly Tibetan form known as Lamaism. During Tibet culture tours, The Tibetan people are very devout and all across Tibet are temples and monasteries, many of which are “university monasteries” where Buddhist monks not only spend time in medication and contemplation, but in actively studying Buddhist scriptures and debating points of Buddhist thinking. The most important include the Lhasa’s famous Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery where the famous debates are a daily attraction. Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse is of great importance, too. All these monasteries hold Tibetan treasures and Buddhist icons of huge value and beauty.
In Tibet culture tours most famous building, the Potala Palace towers over Lhasa and was the home of the Dalai Lamas. It too is of great importance not only as a palace, but as a Buddhist study center and shrine. No visitor to Tibet can miss it and think they know Tibet.
Places of interest to visit in Tibet:
- Potala Palace
- Jokhang Temple
- Tibet Museum
- Drepung Monastery
- Sera Monastery
- Ramoche Monastery
- Shakya Monastery
- Tashilunpo Monastery
- Ganden Monastery
- Yamdrok Lake
- Namtso Lake
- Manasarovar Lake
- Kailash mountain
- Barkhor Market
- Everest Base Camp
- Lhasa, Shigatse and many more
Facts of Tibet:
Area: 1.2 Million sq. km (471,700 sq. miles)
Major Languages: Tibetan, Chinese
Major Religion: Buddhism
Life expectancy: 58 Years (man), 62 years (woman)
Monetary unit: Renminbi (CYN) =10 Jiao=100 Fen
Main exports: Handicrafts, Livestock etc.
Internet Domain: cn
International dial code: +86
Time: Tibet time is 8 hours ahead of GMT
Electricity: 220 volt
The Average temperature of Lhasa is in a Year (in Celsius)