Why Should You Travel to Tibet?
Why should you travel to Tibet? Because it's there.
Honored as “the roof of the world”, Tibet is one of the most remarkable tourist destinations in China, even the world. Traveling to Tibet means an experience of visual feast and mind purification. It offers the splendid views of natural landscape, Buddhist monasteries, historical sites, cliffside retreats, etc.
1. Breathtaking Natural Wonders
With an average altitude of over 4,000 meters, Tibet is the closest place from the paradise and formed with various natural wonders. You won’t miss the soaring snow-capped mountains, like Mount Everest - world’s highest peak, Mount Kailash - the religious “center of the world”, Namjagbarwa Peak with an existence of over 700 million years and so on. Then, the holy lakes are also a great attraction in Tibet, including Yamdrok Lake, Namtso Lake, Manasarovar Lake, Lhamo La-tso, etc. which are all taking on translucently sapphire-azure but owning their unique beauty. Besides, you can explore the wild prairies, deep valleys, verdant forests, grand ice glaciers, rare animals and other different scenery. Of course, the blue sky and white clouds will never absent.
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2. Strong Fragrance of Buddhism
Beautiful natural landscape gives Tibet charming appearance and the Buddhism endows it with powerful spirt. Traveling to Tibet, you can suck the strong fragrance of Buddhism. As a deep-rooted belief, Tibetan Buddhism permeates all Tibetans from top to bottom and becomes an important part of their daily life and spiritual mind. Every day, there are numerous pilgrims coming to Tibet, including some Buddhists from distant land. They may prostrate themselves in prayer to Jokhang Temple the spiritual center of Lhasa. They may also undertake a kora around monasteries, sacred mountains and holy lakes as a meditative practice. The most famed circumambulations include Barkhor Street Kora (in Lhasa) and Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (in Ngari).
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3. Magnificent Palaces & Monasteries
When it comes the outstanding architectures in Tibet, you must think of Potala Palace at once. Located highly above Lhasa city, Potala Palace makes full use of the hilly topography to create both majesty and the harmonious integrity. Besides Potala Palace, Yumbulagang Place deserves your travel as well. It is a watchtower styled building situated in the hilltop of southeast of Tsedang. Apart from places, Tibet enjoys over 1,000 monasteries belonging different sects of Tibet Buddhism. Tourists are always attracted by the different features of different monastery, like the golden roof of Jokhang Temple, Thangka of Buddha Exhibition in Drepung Monastery, scripture-debating in Sera Monastery, Kumbu stupa of Palcho Monastery, four great palaces of Tashilhunpo Monastery, cham dance of Tsurphu Monastery, etc.
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4. Unbelievable Trekking Tracks
Tibet is the dreamland of trekkers. Compared with any other transportation, the joys of sightseeing the stunning nature can be better heightened and more immediate by traveling on foot. There are several popular trekking routes in Tibet offering fantastic walks and superb scenery. Just around Lhasa, tourists can enjoy a short trekking from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery. This trek includes lakes, alpine landscapes, and Tibetan camps as well as religious center. For more challenge treks, you are suggested to have Tsurphu Yangpachen tour, which is a good choice to get a close look at the lifestyle of the drokpas. If you want a real adventure, more than the sightseeing on foot, trekking to Everest Base Camp or around Mount Kailash will realize your ambition. Both of them provides you a heady mix of solitude, wildlife sightseeing and physical challenge.
5. Featured Festivals & Activities
Special Tibetan culture bred featured activities and festivals successfully. Tibetan people love to get together for picnic, games, party or worshipping. It is said that Tibetan people celebrated festivals almost every month, and the top events include Sga Dawa Festival, New Year Festival, Shonton Festival, Nagqu Horse Festival, etc. In some big days, there will be traditional Tibetan Opera, Thangka of Buddha Exhibition, horsemanship competition, chanting ceremony taking place. By visiting Tibet during these big festivals, you are able to take a glimpse of Tibetan folk culture and art as well. You can also take part in some interesting activities in Lhasa, like cooking, Thangka-drawing, kora, etc.
6. Devoted & Hospitable Tibetan
Though long living the tough condition, Tibetans have a happy and satisfying life. Most of them are Buddhists. No matter which sect they follow, they are devoted to it. You can see pilgrims in the monasteries or on the outside road in Tibet. Many pilgrims prostrate themselves every 3 steps from their home to the holy city of Lhasa. They believe that what they do is able to erase their sins and accumulate virtue. The Tibetans are also very kind and hospitable to tourists. When you need, they are usually willing to help you. If you say “Tashi Delek” to them, you will get the friendly response.
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How Other Travelers Recommending Tibet
"I had a life changing trip to Tibet in August for 14 days. It can be an enlightening experience - spiritually, culturally and emotionally. Anyone can visit the Potala Palace and be amazed by the building. But the real secret is to seek a cultural experience - there is a depth to this kingdom and its people that is incredible. The Tibetan Buddhist people are the most compassionate, gentle people. Their spirituality is powerful. I recommend Tibet as your sole destination. Spend the time to know the kingdom and its people. A trip to Tibet, like any place, is what you make of it. Take your time, get off the standard itinerary and be prepared for an experience of a lifetime."
-- By Yountswe
"Mystical, magical, incomprehensible Tibet offers an overload on the senses: the gaspingly thin air; the overwhelming beauty of the world's highest mountains; the haunting images of Buddhas, deities and demons; the intricate patterns of the colorful Tibetan art; the poignant devotion of the pilgrims circumambulating sacred images; the improbability of the ancient architectural wonders clinging to perilous hillsides; the tumultuous history of inaccessibility, mystery, struggles, determination and resilience."
"This is a kingdom of extremes with one of the most adventurous, scenically stunning and physically demanding road trips in the world, as we followed the path from Tibet's capital Lhasa, through grueling conditions, past vast landscapes and glittering peaks, remote high altitude deserts, densely forested precipitous gorges and virtually unpopulated high altitude moor-land to the end of its borders and further towards the fabled city of Kathmandu. It was a journey of scenic and religious discovery!"
-- By Grete Howard
"Tibet has to be one of the most alluring countries on the planet. Nowhere else seems to conjure the captivating images that its mere mention puts in one's mind. Truth be told, despite the brevity of my stay, I found what it was I was seeking in Tibet... a certain peace. I felt the cold, crisp mountain air at 12,000 feet, I had the chance to walk with a monk on a pilgrimage, I stood on a mountain ridge with neither soul or structure in sight, I let the chants of hundreds of monks fill my ears, and I sat in the shadow of the Potala Palace and walked the Barkhor each day. Such simplicity. Just being in Tibet was enough to satisfy me."
-- By Gage 17
"No matter how one gets there, a trip to Tibet is a journey out of the ordinary. It gives fresh meaning to the old label: the trip of a lifetime (or perhaps several of them, if reincarnation proves to be true). I'm not a religious person, or even very spiritual, but this place awakens childhood wonder and silences the ego. Put simply, this place puts me in my place."
-- By Envoy Travel's Travelogue
"You have to put up with a lot to get up onto the "rooftop of the world" - bureaucracy & permits, distance & flights, unpaved roads & long drives, poverty & filth, altitude sickness, headaches, nose bleeds, and dust... lots of dust. But make it to Tibet and you will be rewarded with a surfeit of sensory experiences. A Tibet tour will delight and challenge your senses with smells, tastes and colors you have never experienced before. Good or bad, you’ll discover the fetid odor of yak butter and incense that smacks of hashish. You'll taste rich, savory stews of spicy yak, crisp Asian pears, and sweet local melons..."
-- By Ken Exner
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