Everyone tend to travel to the beautiful landscapes and interesting cultural places along with heart warming nice people. Such a place Tibet. Tibet is the centre of attraction for millions of people when it comes to undiluted and pure natural sceneries, mysterious and most famous culture and religion and the most beautiful arts and architecture. The Tibetan plateau lies at one of the world’s highest elevation with 4,900m (16,000ft) with around 2.4 million kilometer square which is just a quarter of China teritory.
This wonderland has a lot to offer to its visitors. Some of the places to visit in Tibet are listed as below:
Lhasa is one of the cities in the world with the highest elevation of 3,490m (11,450ft) offering a spectacular sightseeings of well preserved Buddhist contructions such as Jokhang temple, Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and more. It is the centre of economical, political and cultural activities in Tibet, hence, titled as the heart of the Tibetan Plateau. It is also popular as the “City of Sunlight” as it enjoys much sunshine than most places on earth. All the mysterious and holy sites consisting of mostly palaces and monasteries have been carefully maintained by a dovout poplulation which made the structures to stand still showcasing the same historical stories as before. You will find numerous street shops along with numerous peddlers who sell everything from a simple prayer flag to the Yak skulls at this place which leaves quiet an interesting impression on one’s mind.
Potala Palace is one of the never to miss sighseeing in Tibet. The 13 storied building consisting of over 1,000 room, 10,000 shrines adn around 200,000 statues soaring 117 meters on the top of Red Hill and rising more than 300m in the whole valley painted in red and white walls with a golden roof shine in glory of the Tibetan culture. Built by the 5th Dalai Lama, this beautiful palace has been serving as the residence for the generations of Dalai Lamas. This iconic building in the world is full of Tibetan history, religion, culture and art from the inside. The unique Buddha statues, mural, antiques and religious jewelery are what the palace is famous for.
It is one of the most classic attraction of Tibet and is one of the holiest and the most sacred Buddhist temple all around the Tibetan Plateau. Built during the reign of the Tibetan King Shrongtsen Gompo, history says that, in order to showcase the large Buddha statues brought by the Nepali Princess Bhrikuti as dowry from Nepal in her marriage with the king, temple Jokhang was founded. You will encounter numerous pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of the temple and walking in a circle around the temple in clockwise direction. The surrounding busy Barkhor Street is a busy shopping street. Also, you can join the pilgrims to circle the temple clockwise and roll the prayer wheels. Another fun option here is to walk and explore the street shops.
Located about 2 km north of Lhasa and 5 km north of Jokhang, Sera monastery is a home to thousands of monks where religious Tibetan Budhhism is taught. The building is surrounded by wild roses in bloom. The most interesting part in this monastery is to watch the monks in red robes debate in the afternoons. They gather at the courtyard of the monastery every afternoon except on Sundays. During the debate they may even jump and do some other interesting gestures which makes the whole program interesting and lively.
This lake of fresh and clear water is over 72 km long and only 2 hours drive from Lhasa. It is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet thought to be the transformation of a goddess. Surrounded by the snowcapped beautiful mountains and on clear days, the fabulous shade of tuquoise will leave you breathless. The best thing to do here is to stay still and gaze at the beauty of this lake. The lake side is occupied by the Tibetan villages and yak fields that add the taste of Tibetan culture again.
Almost everyone dream to see the world’s the most giant mountain right in front of their eyes. Mt. Everest Base Camp can be achieved either in Nepal or in Tibet. The majestic mountain is quiet difficult and a lot tiring trip from Shigatse and most of the people who make to the base of the mountain here generally, spend around half and hour in order to praise the glory of the world’s tallest mountain and to click some photos. If the weather is clear enough then the trip becomes appreciable and worth it to travel that long distance but if the weather is unsuitable then the hard work might become upsetting a little. Despite of the lifetime adventure, this trip might not be suitable for faint-hearted as the altitude sickness might become a major problem at the elevation of 5,200 meters. The above places easily visits during the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour which is most famous tour package from Nepal to Tibet.
Lake Mansarovar is at 4,590m above sea level with the circumference of 88 km with a maximum depth of 90m. This lake with a 320 square kilometers of surface area is connected by various holy rivers such as Brahmaputra River, Indus River, Ghaghara and other tributeries of Ganges. Therefore, this lake symbolized the purity in Hindiusm. It has a very unique myth in religion which says that, if one drinks the water of this lake, all of his sins committed even in 100 lifetimes will be washed away, if one baths in the water, it will cleanse all this rapacious desires and if one circles the lake, it is believed that it will bring boundless beneficence to the pilgrims. Moreover, it also offers a spectacular view of surrounded by snowcapped mountains and grey/green hills.
Mount Kailash is probably the holiest mountain on the land of Asia which looks like a pyramid with a round cap covered in never ending white snow, on its top. Located at a height of 6,656 m above sea level, this sacred mountain is believed to be of great value not only in Hinduism but in Tibetan Buddhism, Bon religion and Jainism. For hindus, this mountain is the abode of the Mahabrahman, in Jainism, Lhexa Bahal: World’s first one to relieve earthly affairs abode on this peak, in Tibetan Buddhism, this mountain stands for the Bde–mchol-rdo-rje and the Rdo-rje-phag-mo and Bon religion believes that it is a sacred holy mountain at the centre of the world where all the gods reside.
They say, if one circles the mountain once, all the sins of his current lifetime will be washed away and if one circles the mountain 108 times, all the sins of his lifetime will be cleansed and it will bring salvation from reincarnation. And, if one cirlces the mountian once and baths in the pure water of Lake Mansarovar, he will also bring salvation. The Kailash Tour is one of the main highlighted package in Tibet.
Situated on Nyima Mountain, west of Shagtse City and built in 1447 by Gendun Drup, this monastery also contains a lot of importance in Tibetan Buddhism and their culture. Rich in its architecture, it is one of the four Gelugpa monasteries which includes Ganden Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. It is a home to thousands of monks covering an area of 150,000 square meters and containing large ancient statues of Lord Buddha. The Panchen Lamas who are considered to be the most religious in Tibet after Dalai Lamas have residing here for generations.
Similarly, there a lot more sightseeing and awe-inspiring places in Tibet that will leave your jaws open and completely astonished. Ganden Monastery, Namtso Lake, Shigatse, Lulang Forest, Norbulinka, Yangbajing Hot Springs, Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon are other tourist attractions. Since, Spring (April-May) is the high time for visiting Tibet and enjoying the cultural beauty, please, book your trip now with us so that, we can reveal this gorgeous place and make you a little more happier!
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