Tibet is definitely a beautiful and wonderful territory, located on the highest plateau on Earth at an average altitude over 4000 meter. It is nowadays the South west frontier of China. Within its borders there are more than fifteen peaks above 7000 m. among which eleven are over 8000m. For centuries this mysterious Buddhist kingdom, locked away in its mountain fastness of the Himalaya, has exercised a unique hold on the imagination of the West. Tibet has proved over the years its way of life has been able to withstand this influence, power of thought and life itself overcoming the modern ravages of politics. Tibet is without doubt one of the most remarkable places to visit in Asia. Tibet travel offers fabulous monastery sights, breathtaking high-altitude treks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and one of the most likeable peoples you will ever meet.
Between 1950 and 1970, the Chinese wrested control of the plateau, drove the Tibetans’ spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and some 100, 000 of Tibet’s finest into exile and systematically dismantled most of the Tibetan cultural and historical heritage, all in the name of revolution. Lhasa however remains the major focus of Buddhist worship anywhere in the world, a place for the traveler to cast away any preconceptions he or she may have and join in Tibet's journey of discovery along the way at least for a while. Monasteries have been restored across the country, along with limited religious freedoms. Your trip will take you past glittering mountain turquoise lakes and over high passes draped with prayer flags.
For many people, Tibet is a uniquely spiritual place. Those moments of peace, fleeting and precious, when everything seems to be in its proper place, seem to come more frequently in Tibet, whether inspired by the devotion apparent in the face of a pilgrim or the dwarfing scale of a beautiful landscape. The own unique cultures and traditions of the Tibetans Monpas, Lhopas, and Moslems and their style of large exciting celebrations will keep you astonished. Through the high passes ornamented with colorful flags beating endlessly against the stone cairns, to the blue salt lakes of Namtso, you will travel an ancient trail alive with color, ritual, and history.
Tibet is entirely within and encompasses most of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau or the Plateau of Tibet, with an average altitude of over 4,500 meters above the sea level. It is known as The Roof of the World and The Third Pole of the Globe. Tibet is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. Tibetan people grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular Zanba and barley wine are made from it. Tibetan culture developed in Tibet, largely isolated from the rest of the world. Human activities can be traced back to the late Paleolithic Period.
The journey to unlock the complexities posed by this arid mass of discovery (almost the size of Europe) begins with probably the most dramatic flight in the world. From Kathmandu, you will be transferred by a van/coach to Kodari (Tibet border 116 km) accompanied by our escort and from Tibet border onwards, Tibetan crews will drive you all the way to Lhasa. Tibet can be divided into three parts; the East, the South and the North. The Eastern part is forest region which occupies around 25% of Tibet. The Southern part is open grassland occupying almost a half of Tibet. The Southern and Central region is an agricultural region occupying the rest of Tibet as well as containing all the major cities Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Gyatsa, and Tsedang. This area is also considered as the cultural center of Tibet and Buddhism.
Spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the intoxicating wonders to be experienced by adventurous travelers who get the opportunity to visit this land. Despite untold ravages brought about during the Cultural Revolution, Tibet's past grandeur, majesty, monuments & mystery still remains undiminished. Visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Visit the Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibetan, spectacular Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. Cross the highest passes as Khamba La, Karo La and Gyatmso La that proves to be the adventurous hiking. We will visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. Tibet Lhasa offers the best view of Mt Everest from north face and advance base camp.
You can travel to Tibet throughout the year but mid July through to the end of September is the best period. The temperature varies sharply from the south grassland to north plateau. The south is warm and rainy. Most rain falls during May to September. It is warm from June to August. The coldest months are from December to February and crossing over the passes becomes almost impossible. Below given is a table of average temperature, rainfall and sunshine hours in Tibet. The weather is cold, harsh and dry. You will need enough warm cloths, tennis shoes, suntan cream, sunglasses, hats, scarves, lip guards etc.
Traveling Tibet can be such as to explore people lives in different parts of the world, to see beautiful places, to experience the historical monuments, to escape from regular life and experience adventures. Tibet can be the destination that you are dreaming for and will make your dream come true.