Hit the trails to the breathtaking natural world
Towering Himalayas soaring above the floating clouds, shimmering still turquoise lake, stunning landscapes woven with such intricate beauty, adventures hidden in the exciting trekking trails, and more! Natural Charm of Tibet is difficult to cover only in words. Tibet Travel Package is the ideal tour for you to actually experience the rejuvenating natural riches of this elevated destination.
Himalayan Ornaments of the Roof of the World
With iconic mountain peaks- Sishapangma 8013m the 14th tallest snow giant, Cho Oyu 8201m, magnificent Everest North and South 8848m, Mt. Lakpa Ri 7045m, sacred Mt. Kailash 6638m it is not at all unfair to call Tibet as a haven for mountain fanatics. Kissing the acme of these mighty mountains is an adventure like no other, Mountain Expedition in Tibet therefore, is incomparable to the rest of the world. People hardly miss out to put Trekking Destinations of Tibet on their bucket list. Thrilling treks to Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour, Kailash Yatra, Khatra Valley Trek, Sishapangma Base Camp Trek, Gama Valley Trek. bring you closer to the splendid lustrous mountain ranges, and experience so alluring, you forget everything else that is going on in your life. Wrapping yourself in the wild realm of the Tibetan region, you encounter adventures that induce your adrenaline rush to the maximum.
Sacred pristine Lakes in Tibet
Utterly divine, the geography of Tibet is a blessing open for the world to devour in. A place where everything is considered to be holy, the ecstatic lakes are no exception. The Lakes in Tibet, don’t just exist, they are representations of great sacred values in Hinduism and Buddhism religions, they are as pure as the word “pure” can be.
While you are in the land of Tibet, you are never to miss out on The Three Holy Lakes- Namtso Lake, Manasarovar Lake, and Yamdrok Lake, if you really want to get to know the place to its core. Translated as the “Heavenly Lake”, Namtso Lake 4718m is a surreal destination surrounded by Mt NyenchenThangla Ranges and holy monasteries. Yamdrok Lake 4441m, is another vibrant shiny blue lake that is associated with the belief that if the water of Yamdrok dries up, then the whole of Tibet will not be suitable for living. The lake is one of the prime religious destinations of Buddhist Pilgrims where the devotees perform “Kora” encircling the lake. Termed as “Invincible Lake” the sacred Mansarovar Lake 4583m lies in the Southeast of Mt. Kailash. The lake holds beliefs that are linked to Hinduism and Buddhism stating that drinking the water and encircling the lake purifies us from the sins we have committed. The waters so calm and the beliefs so deep, Lakes of Tibet sooth your eyes and freshen up your soul without much effort.
Antique beauty of Tibet
Heart of spiritualism, nurturer of Tibetan Buddhism, the conserver of ethnic traditions, depiction of marvelous architecture, Tibet is a land blessed with timeless beauty. Disconnected from modern buildings, the cultural heritage of the Himalayan Plateau is carved in such detail and gleam with such spark that seems like they have just been polished!
Tibet Overland Tour takes you around the landmarks that the place holds that have not been affected by modernization. Gripping your attention from the very start the prominent Potala Durbar named after Mt. Potalaka, the highest palace in the world was built reign of the 5th Dalai Lama in the year 1645. The beauty of the palace-built hundreds of years ago, can still not be topped by any other creation. Then the seating of the Government now a museum, 2564 steps up to the durbar gives you a mystical view of Lhasa- the capital of Tibet.
Nothing can alter the fact that faith, spirituality, and religion are deeply engraved in the surrounding of this holy land. Cultures of Tibet are vividly alive in the carvings of famous monasteries- Samye Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Palcho Monastery. You can feel the presence of spiritualism in the pure air of the territory. Guided by the preaching of His Holy Dalai Lama, relish in the serene charms of the cultural treasures of this elevated land. In the land where worshipping never halts, cleanse your inner self in the vicinity of the largest Drepung monastery, the sacred Jokhang Temple, the unique Sera monastery where monks debate, the historic Samye monastery, the world’s highest monastery- Rongbuk. Get to know the essence of selflessness in the realm of these divine pilgrim sites. Add radiance to your life in the culture, customs, and traditions on untarnished territory blooming in faith and belief.
Tibet offers endless exploration opportunities
Uncovering the treasures of the Tibetan Plateau fuels your heart with everlasting ecstasy. A blend of spirituality, history, and dramatic topography, the place is beyond astounding. Spectacular architectural heritage, Potala Durbar sits proudly on top of a red hill that looks over the capital city- Lhasa. Built in the 7th century, with a total of 999 rooms, served as the seating for Government and the residence for Dalai Lama. Combination of Red and White palace, the durbar is the shining star of Tibet which now has been converted into a museum that preserves ancient Tibetan artifacts, jewels, and statues of Buddha.
Jokhang Temple, the ‘Spiritual heart of Tibet’ is a fine living historical creation that was built by King Songtsan Gampo for his two brides: The Tang Princess Wencheng and Nepali Princess Bhrikuti. Craftsmen from China, Nepal, and India were brought to carve out this glorious beauty also known as Tsuglhakhang. Inside the intricately built temple sits the life-size statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought by Princess Wencheng along with her after her marriage.
A destination sacred for Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and Bons; Mt. Kailash 6638m, is a major pilgrim site. According to Hindu beliefs, the mount is worshipped as the throne of Lord Shiva and is treated as the ultimate pilgrim place. Named as the ‘Center of the world’ people from all over come and encircle the Kailash Circuit known as ‘Kora’ in Tibetan Buddhism. On the base of the mountain lie two sacred lakes- Mansarovar and Rakshas Taal. Major holy destination, visiting Mt. Kailash is a spiritually fulfilling journey.
Who would not be excited to be on top of the world? Mount Everest North Expedition 8848m is the ultimate way out for mountain junkies to scale the tallest snow giant. Everest North Base Camp Trek 5200m is another adventure that wins the heart of thrill-seekers. Facing the challenges up to these splendid high altitudes is a life-altering experience.
A sight of monks debating is a unique tradition practiced by the Samye Monastery. Constructed by JamchenChojey Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), visitors excitedly wait for monks to gather in the courtyard every day except for Sundays and debate showing different gestures. The monastery is a sacred point with 3 main parts- the main hall, 3 “Zhacangs” (colleges), and 32 Kamcuns (dormitory), also known as HomdongKangtsang where Mahayana Buddhism is taught. Attractions of this mystical land are not limited only to these sites, there are more attractions that automatically draw your attention towards them.
Celebrate the festivities of radiant Tibet
The cultural richness of Tibet is selflessly reflected in the festivities the region celebrates annually. Festivals in Tibet rejoice with such enthusiasm that literally lights up the whole territory and your excitement level just boosts up. Different traditions that originated ages ago are performed with the utmost respect throughout the year.
Celebrating the beginning of a new year, Lhosar (Tibetan New Year) is the very first festival celebrated in the annual year. Tibetans observe this festival with immense joy and families together dance, sing, and enjoy to the fullest. Usually, lying in the month of February, families clean their homes, courtyards, they replace the ‘Fragrant Curtain’ (Decorative curtain hung in the doors and windows) for a peaceful and auspicious new beginning, ‘Guthuk’ a special type of dumpling is prepared on this day.
Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival also known as the Buddha Exhibition Festival, is the largest ‘Thangka’ (Traditional Buddhist Painting) unveiling celebration held on the 14th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan Calendar (June-July). It is a 3-day long custom practiced in Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, where different colossal paintings are showcased each day. On the first day, a huge thangka painting of Amitabh Buddha is revealed, on the second-day painting of Sakyamuni Buddha is shown and on the final day painting of Maitreya Buddha is presented.
Marking different stages of life Birth, Enlightenment (Nirvana), and Death (Parinirvana) of Lord Buddha, Saga Dawa is one of the holiest festivals celebrated for 1 whole month. The devotees believe in giving more to others and engage themselves in worship as it is believed that prayers multiply into thousands fold during this time of the year. People set free the animals kept captive and refrain from killing any animal in order to increase their good deeds. Kora around the Kailash circuit and erecting flagpole ceremony in Tarboche are major activities of this festival. Falling on the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar (June), it is a perfect time to explore the best of Tibet.
‘Shoton’ is a term made up of two words ‘Yoghurt’ and ‘Banquet’. One of the popular festivals of Tibet, where monks isolate themselves inside the monastery for 100 days in order to harm no individual even the tiniest of ants. When the monks complete 100 days and come out, the locals offer them yogurt thanking them for the sacrifices they made. The custom of observing this festival lies on the 6th month of the Tibetan Calendar (August), with the evolvement of time, Tibetan opera performance has become a highlight of this festival therefore, it is also known as the ‘Tibetan Opera Festival’.
Plan your Tibet Travel Tour during the time of these festivals that vividly display the prosperous customs of Tibet.
Acquiring Travel permit for Tibet
Since Tibet is a strictly regulated territory, you need to acquire a legal travel permit in addition to a Chinese Visa. In order to gain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit, you have to apply via a registered travel agency since independent travel is not authorized. Chinese Visa is not needed for Chinese nationals. Without a legal TTB permit, you can neither board a flight to Tibet, neither can you book your train ticket. Make sure you carry around your permits along with identification documents as the officials keep checking your authentic documents every now and then.
The ideal time to visit Tibet
Tibet opens its doors for tourism throughout the year, the opening and closing of destinations do differ from season to season but each season has a different highlight to explore. For instance- The mountain expedition is not favorable in Winter however, the Tibetan New Year (Lhosar) is the main attraction of the Himalayan Plateau in February. It is better if you book your trip to Tibet in the appropriate season according to where you want to travel.
The ideal times to travel to Tibet are Spring (April and May) and Summer (June, July, August). With moderate temperatures and pleasant weather, you can tour around the monasteries with the easement. Even for trekking and mountaineering sports, the weather is suitable since the temperatures do not drop too low and the air is not windy. Plan your trip to Everest North expedition, Sishapangma Expedition, Cho Oyu Expedition since the skies are clear and do not get foggy easily providing you clear views from the top.
Another appropriate season to explore the Tibetan Plateau is Autumn (September, October, November), only mornings and evenings get chilly during these months. Visiting different monasteries, archeological structures are perfect in these months as the streets are not flooded with tourists. Trek to Everest North Base Camp, Kailash Trek, Shishapanga Trek, Gyama Valley Trek. are also accessible since the weather conditions are mild and do not harm your trek adventure.
Winter (December, January, February, March) is not appropriate for mountaineering and high-altitude treks since many routes are likely to be closed due to heavy snowfall and low oxygen levels. You can go and explore the cities and low altitude treks in the winters.
There is one thing or the other in every season where travelers can come and enjoy, planning your holidays in this majestic place is never a disappointment.
Food and Accommodation service in Tibet
Welcoming you to their dwellings, Tibetans shower you with respect and provide you warm hospitality that simply brightens up your Travel in Tibet. Being a region where Buddhism prospers, the locals believe in serving selflessly hence, they take care of your needs without compromise.
Food in Tibet: Tibetan cuisine is built with flavors the dishes are a representation of prosperous Tibetan culture. Dishes are prepared with love and effort to satisfy not only your taste but your heart as well. The recipes that date back years are found in the local delicacies like- Tsampa (roasted barley), Thenthuk or Thukpa(Tibetan noodle), Ginseng fruit rice, dumplings, butter tea. Indian, Chinese, and Nepali dishes are also available in restaurants.
Accommodation service in Tibet: Accommodation services differ according to places and altitude. Major cities like Lhasa, Lokhla, Xigatseetc have standard graded hotels providing you premium services. If the starred hotels are not friendly with your budget there are other reasonable guest houses and simple hotels that offer you comfortable staying.
During your treks, you spend your nights in a teahouse equipped with basic toilet facilities, a hot shower, and decent rooms. You can sleep on your sleeping bags if you are concerned over the hygiene of the bedsheets and blankets however, they are not dirty to be inappropriate to sleep in. Trekking in high altitudes and during mountaineering expeditions, tented lodges are available. You can pitch your tents along with the staff accompanying you. Camping is more of a raw experience in the wild.
How do you arrive in Tibet
Before you book your transport tickets to Tibet, you need to have your Chinese Visa accepted and have Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit with you without these there is no chance for you to enter the region. The region has been open to tourists for quite a while now therefore, Transportation facilities in Tibet are improving to increase the mobility of tourists throughout the place and also provide them with a comfortable transport experience. Getting into Tibet is possible via flight, train and through a private vehicle via highway.
Airways: There are no direct international flights to Tibet except flights from Kathmandu, Nepal. You either need to fly from Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Xining Chinese cities or fly from Kathmandu.
Train: You can enter Tibet from the highest running train in the world- the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Functioning at an elevation of 4000m, the railway ride is an extraordinary experience in itself. Currently, the train has routes to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Chongqing, Lanzhou, and Xining.
Roadway: Qinghai–Tibet Highway, Sichuan–Tibet Highway, Yunnan–Tibet Highway are the popular highway operating within China which enables you to enter the Tibetan region. You need to travel by a private vehicle allocated to you by your travel agency.
Compatibility is key when visiting Tibet
Traveling around Tibet comes with certain rules and regulations. You cannot travel solo to this region; you are supposed to travel with a group and a licensed guide. You also are supposed to access only vehicles allocated to you by the travel agency since accessing public transportation by tourists is not allowed.
There are officials present at different points who can ask to show your documents one by one. To avoid getting into trouble, please do comply with the transportation rules of the place. Your quest to paradise is fulfilled in the tranquil realm of the highest plateau nestled in the world stage of Tibetan Buddhism. Traveling to Tibet is to soak yourself in spiritualism, gigantic Himalayas, enrooted cultures, historic structures, and limitless exploration. So, book your trip to this fascinating land and get amused by the jewels that sparkle here.