Essential Tibet Travel Guide and Tips for 2017/2018

Traveler-friendly Tibet Tourism Industry

Tibet is an Autonomous Region of China, situated in southwestern China, adjacent to Nepal, India, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Yunnan, and Sichuan. Regarded as the “Roof of the World”, Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with average elevation of 4500m. The spectacular geographic condition formed diverse marvelous landscapes, such as majestic highest peak Mount Everest, tranquil holy Lake Namtso and Yamdrok, mysterious Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, vast Nagchu grassland, stunning Midui Glacier, etc. The hosts of this wonder land is the hospitable and wise Tibetans who have already inhabited in Tibet for more than 2,000 years and have created one of the best culture in the world. The brilliant Tibetan Buddhism originated here, and then spread to the rest of the world.

Tibet used to be a mysterious place because of its special location and culture, which is one of the reasons that attract millions of travelers to visit. Today traveling to Tibet is much easier now, as there are frequent trains and flights you can conveniently take to Tibet. Well in Tibet, you don't have to worry about absence tourist amenities. There are many professional travel agencies opened their brands in Tibet. Great hotels are not a unreachable wish anymore because there are many foreign travelers friendly hotels are under operation in Lhasa, Shigatse, and other regions in Tibet. Besides, more and more well-trained local Tibetans are joining Tibet tourism industry, and offering pleasant service to travelers from all over the world. So what are you waiting for? Come and explore Tibet with us!

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Tibet Travel Guide and Tips 2017/2018

Where to Go in Tibet - Tibet Destinations

Tibet is full of travel resource. Most of popular attractions are located in 10 regions: Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Everest, Namtso Lake, Shannan, Nyingchi, Ngari, Nagchu and Qamdo. Lhasa is the capital city and cultural center. Shigatse is the important stop to Mount Everest and Nepal. Ngari has the holy Mount Kailash. Shannan is the Cradle of Tibetan Civilization... Each region offers featured highlights.. Check out our travel guide to learn about attractions, transportation, weather, hotel, maps and other helpful information of each destination Tibet!

Top Tibet Attractions

The vast land Tibet is full of things to see and experience. It pleases every traveler with its marvelous natural landscapes and unique culture. There is a survey indicates that Tibet has more than 650 attractions of different kinds of size and themes. You must be wondering where should you go to explore most with limited days and budget? Here is the list of Top Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Tibet for your reference:

Potala Palace

Type: Architecture, Religion

Altitude: 3,700 meters

Best time to visit: April to October

Only the given words cannot form the real Potala Palace. It's not only the center of Lhasa, the house of treasure, or the winter palace of Dalai Lama, but also the start of your Tibet Travel, an essential part of your life journey.

Mt. Everest

Type: Mountain, Natural Park

Altitude: 8,848 meters

Best time to visit: Summer & Autumn

Mount Everest is the must-go destination in Tibet. As the goal achievement of many mountaineers, it shows the most beautiful natural beauty in the world, including perennial snow, amazing sunrise and sunset, dazzling starry sky etc.

Namtso Lake

Type: Hiking & Photograph

Altitude: 4,718 meters

Best time to visit: June to September

Literally meaning Heavenly Lake, Namtso Lake is really worthy of its name. With shimmering turquoise-like blue water and flying colorful flags, Namtso Lake attracts plentiful photographers...

Jokhang Temple

Type: Religious Sites, Historical Sites

Altitude: 3,650 meters

Best time to visit: April to October

The 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Lhasa permeated with intense incense. The life-sized statue of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12 is worshiped in the main hall.

Barkhor Street

Type: Religious Sites, Historical Sites

Altitude: 3,650 meters

Best time to visit: April to October

Known as a popular circumambulation and souvenir shopping site, Barkhor Street is busy with pilgrims and tourists. In this saint road, you can feel the strong Buddhist belief.

Yamdrok Lake

Type: Holy Lake & Natural Site

Altitude: 4,441 meters

Best time to visit: Summer

Among the three holy lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake is the nearst one from Lhasa Without an outlet, it seems like a natural reservoir with a perfect balance between the melted snow water and the evaporated lake water. It is located along the way to Gyantse.

Sera Monastery

Type: Architecture & Culture

Altitude: 3,700 meters

Best time to visit: April to October

Also one of the three greatest monasteries, Sera Monastery is mostly famous for Buddhism debating which a spectacular way of discussing the Buddhist knowledge, which makes it as a must-see in Tibet. The Buddhist halls are amazing as well.

Mt. Kailash

Type: Religious Site, Peak

Altitude: 6,656 meters

Best time to visit: May to October

Mount Kailash is one of the most beautiful mountains as well as the holiest mountain in Asia, and worshiped by pilgrims of Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Every year, a lot of pilgrims traveling far here to trek Mount Kailash each year.

Palcho Monastery

Type: Architecture & Culture

Altitude: 3,900 meters

Best time to visit: April to October

Palcho Monastery in Gyantse is a typical combined building with stupa and temples. It has the famous Kumbum and houses traditions of Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together with a hard-won lenient tolerance and balance.

Yumbulagang Palace

Type: Historical Site

Altitude: 3,700 meters

Best time to visit: Summer

Yumbulagang Palace is the first palace in Tibet built in the 2nd century BC. As one of the first buildings in Tibet, the palace has a watchtower styled building with many historical relics kept inside. It is a must-see for tourists of Tibet history.

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Useful Tibet Train Travel Tips

Tibet is such a spectacular place that there are too many things for you to explore. Getting well prepared is very necessary before visiting Tibet. You can learn basic knowledge about Tibet culture and history so that you will not be puzzled when visiting dazzling Tibetan monasteries. You should also acquire information about the best time to visit, how to get to Tibet, how to avoid the high altitude sickness, etc. To help you read easily, we have classified all travel tourism information into 8 categories as following:

Recommended Tibet Tour Packages

Check out our most popular train tour packages departing from most popular gateway cities to Tibet - Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Xining, Shanghai, etc. All packages are customizable according to your requirements. If you have more time, you can extend your trip from Lhasa to other popular destinations, such as Shigatse, Mount Everest, Nyingchi, Ngari, etc. Check more Tibet Tours>

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