Tibet Travel Guide

Tibet, a land veiled in secrecy for centuries, " The Roof of the World " with all its mystery is now open to tourists. Nepal provides one of the few windows on the long forbidden Tibet and its culture. Ever since Tibet was opened to the world in 1985, Nepal has become an easy and attractive gateway from which to explore Tibet. We operate tours to Tibet by breathtakingly beautiful Overland trips and for easy access by Air.
Heart rending dry plateau's, green flatlands, and intense culture, make the journey worthwhile. Tibet is harsh and primordial. Guarded by high passes and blessed by wispy prayer flags, it is often painted as a Shangri - La of cliff-hanging monasteries and a culture locked in eternal mysticism. A century ago, a visit to Tibet took stamina, nerve and a good deal of luck. Isolated by formidable geologic barriers and guarded by its government, Lhasa, its capital was truly

A forbidden city. Few Westerners met the challenge, but the tales they returned with tantalized the imagination of the world. Tibet was the epitome of all that was magical, mysterious and unknown. Today, with the opening up of air and land routes from Nepal, travelers have plenty of opportunities and a number of ways in which to gain first hand insight into the myriad sights and sounds of this exotic and ancient land, and to lose themselves in the rich Tibetan culture, architecture, landscape, and religion.

The spirit of adventure, however, still remains. Hidden behind the Himalaya and rising nearly five kilometers above sea level, Tibet is a land unlike any other, a magical realm of vast open spaces, clear light and pure colour, dominated by an intensely blue sky.


VISA INFORMATION ABOUT TIBET
Passport :
A traveler should bear with him a passport with validity remaining no less than six months. Make sure that it has plenty of blank pages for visas, entry and reentry stamps and extensions. Besides, holding other ID's like student card or driving license will be an advantage. Loosing passport in Tibet is very bad, as you have to go to Beijing to get new one.

Visa-Travel Permit :
Travelers to Tibet requires to obtain special Group Visa/Permit. The visa processing is initiated only after you book a trip with a qualified travel agency. Original passport has to be submitted along with the Visa Application Letter ( Invitation Letter) of Tibetan Tourism Authority to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or abroad. We are eligible to process your visa/permit and can fax you the Visa Application Letter ( Invitation Letter) if you wish to apply the visa abroad. Normally, Chinese embassy of Kathmandu works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 09 30 am to 11 am. The regular visa fee is USD 26 and you can collect the passport on the third working day. For emergency processing, there will be an extra fee.

PLACES TO SEE IN TIBET
Lhasa
The capital of Tibet, at an altitude of 3650m, is situated on the north of bank of Kyichu River, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Lhasa in Tibetan means " Place of the Gods" and Potala Palace, the Residence of Dalai Lama ( The God King), is the earthly representation of the celestial Palace of Avaloketeswora, The Buddha of infinite compassion whose incarnation in the human form is believed to be the Dalai Lama. It is a city truly blessed by the gods where life is unburried.

Tsedang
No tour of Tibet is complete without a visit to Tsedang, situated 170km Southeast of Lhasa in the Yarlung Valley along the banks of the Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra) The cradle of Tibetan civilization. This region abounds with important historical landmarks such as Samye, Yumbulkhangm Chonggye, Mindroling and others.

Gyangtse
Gyangtse Is a pastoral town between Lhasa and Shigatse. It is 264km South west of Lhasa. It still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. It made world headlines in 1904 when colonel Young Husband, who led a British expedition to Tibet, defeated the Tibetan army there. As a crossroads on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of the carpets. The compound, encircled by an impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress Perched a top a nearby mountain

Tibet Overland
Most popular trek in Nepal. The complete circuit normally takes about 18 to 21 days, plus time traveling to the area. The complete circuit circumnavigates around the Annapurna Massif, this trek

Shigatse
Shigatse Is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 254km west of Lhasa at an altitude of 281Otn.

Tingiri
Shigatse Is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 254km west of Lhasa at an altitude of 281Otn.

 

POPULAR MONASTERIES IN TIBET
Sakya Monastery
Lies 143km to the southwest of Shigatse, Sakya Monastery, the center of the sakya order of the Tibetan Buddhism, was founded in 1073 by Knochok Gyalpo. During the rule of the Skayapas the priest patron relationship between Tibet and China was established. Sakyapas rulers reigned over Tibet for nearly a hundred years from 13th - 14th century. Many of its priceless images, frescos, statues holy scriptures remaining today date back to the time of its founding.

Tashilunpo Monastery
Founded in 1447 by Dendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy. The 05 the Dalai Lama declared that his teacher, then the Abbot of Tashiliunpo, was a manifestation of the Buddha Amitabha and the fourth in line of incarnate lamas who would hence forth be referred to by the title of Panchen Rinpoche, Tashilhunpo has one of the world's largest statues-a 09 storied gilded bronze statue of Maitriya, of the future Buddha.

Sera Monastery
Once it was the second largest of all monasteries in Tibet. Sera "Enclosure of Wild Rose ", it was founded in 1419 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa. At its peak, it housed over 7000 monks and was famous for its warrior monks, the "Dob-Doa " ' We will visit Ngawa chanting ball and see the remarkable murals in the Drezme college's chanting Hall.

Jolkhang Temple
Situated in the heart of old Lhasa, houses which was brought as a gift by the Chinese princes Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gompo. Surrounding the Jolkhang Temple is the bustling Bharkhor market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa.

Shigatse Monastery
Shigatse Is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 254km west of Lhasa at an altitude of 281Otn.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung lies 8km west of Lhasa on the main road, then 3km north a steep unpaired road. Its name Drepung Means "Rice Heap ", was the biggest and the richest of all monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is said to be the largest monastery in the world, housing over 10000 monks and governed 7700 subsidiary monasteries and was divided into four colleges, each with its chanting ball, dormitories, kitchens and offices. It was founded in 1416 by the disciple of Je Tsonkhapa, founder of the Yellow Hat Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. The entire monastic communities assemble only for special ceremonies and festivals. Today, about 400 monks lived there. Approaching Drepung, you will see the Nechung Temple, the home of the State Oracle the present oracle lives in India.


CULTURAL TOUR IN TIBET
Lhasa Tour
This tour takes you spiritual and secular center of Tibet, where you could visit Potala palace, perched high above the city, the holiest temple Tibet's, the Jokhang, and the Gelugpa monastery of Drepung monastery.

Start your journey to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow capped Himalayan mountains Mt. Everest, Malaku and Kanchanjunga. You will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the near-by Barkhor market, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and other fascinating places in Lhasa

Tibet Cultural Tour
This Fly in/ Fly out tour of the heart of Tibet follows a circular route from Tsetand to Lhasa. Exploring the Yarlung Tsangpo valley, cradle of the Tibetan civilization, we begin our journey by exploring the yarlung Tsangpo valley with a ferry ride across the Tsangpo river to visit Samye, the oldest monastery belonging to the Red hat school.

Then, on to Yumbhulakhang, the first castle built for a Tibetan king overlooking a fertile agricultural valley and tombs of the Tibetan kings, from the seventh century, and then proceeding on the southern route via the Yamdrok tso, the turquoise lake, to Gyantse and Shigatse. From Shigatse we take the northern route through the scenic, rugged country side of nomads, culmination journey to Lhasa .

Tibet Overland
This is an Adventure trip for travelers on a limited time & Budget. The breathtaking trans- Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa & the overland route from Lhasa to Nepal border offers truly spectacular views of the Himalayas, High mountain passes, ancient monasteries, fortresses & culture from a by gone era.

The trip is scheduled Drive in / fly out, but is also operated Fly in / drive out some times depending on practical necessity. This tour is offered in 3 hotel categories to choose from depending on ones interest & budget. Lhasa hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Shambala hotel or similar & budget hotel.

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