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Tibet

Tibet

Tibet Highlights

  • Tibetan history can be traced thousands of years back.
  • The written history only dates back to the 7th century when Songtsan Gampo.
  • 33rd Tibetan king, sent his minister Sambhota to India to study Sanskrit who on his return invented the present Tibetan script based on Sanskrit.
  • Geographically, Tibet can be divided into three majoy parts, the east, north and south.
  • The eastern part is forest region, occupying approximately one-fourth of the land.
  • Virgin forests run The entire breadth and length of this part of Tibet.
  • The northern part is open grassland, where nomads and yak and sheep dwell here. This part occupies approximately half of Tibet.
  • The southern and central part is agricultural region, occupying about one-fourth of Tibet's land area. with all major Tibetan cities and towns such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse ad Tsetang located in this area, it is considered the cultural center of tibet.
  • Tibet, a rich and beautiful land, is located at the main part of Qinghai-Tibet plateau, south-West frontier of China.
  • Tibet borders with Sichuan, Yuannan, Qinghai And Xinjiang; to the south contiguous to India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma, and bounded by Kashmir on the west.
     

TIBET: A MOSAIC OF MYSTERY

Lying to the north of the 3000 kilometre-long Greater Himalaya Chain and protected on its northern side by an expanse of impenetrable desert, the Chinese region of Tibet has always been a difficult place to get to. The Tibetan Plateau is one of the highest on earth, with an average elevation that goes above 4000 metres.

There are no tree-lines at this height and the spartanly beautiful landscape is symbolised by rolling brown and orange hills, with a backdrop of the distant silver grey snow-covered Himalayas. Tibet’s capital Lhasa can be reached by air or surface & by train from Beijing. This supernatural city was once home to the revered Dalai Lamas & represent the sacred Buddhist beliefs of the citizens of this once forbidden country seeped in mystery; The family home of the Dalai Lamas is the 17th century, 1100 room Potala Palace, which sits on 'Red Hill' and dominates the landscapes of central Lhasa. Central to the windows of Tibet is the access it provides to the north side of the Himalayas. Mount Everest displays its most vivid faces to the north and east and these are seen, respectively, from the Rongbuk and Kangshung valleys. Towards the western side of this capital city, we can encounter the other side of this region's unique beauty which is that of the sacred mount Kailash. Trekkers, climbers & culture lovers have lots of heady options in this part of the world and the 950 kilometre mountain bike journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu is a world famous thriller for those who dare.

Another block buster adventure into this rugged country is traversing high passes, & crossing the harsh but spectacular Tibetan plateau to Everest Base Camp with gripping views of the massive north face of Everest, and descending deep gorges to the lush green valleys of Nepal, this route demonstrates some of the most amazing scenery to be found anywhere in the world.

With breathtaking views of some of the highest Himalayan peaks, this is one of the planet’s classic road journeys - we can undertake this trip by travelling in the comfort of private Land-cruisers. Crossing the Tibetan plateau is only part of the experience - equally attractive is the landscape and scenery with the wealth of cultural interest which Tibet has on display.

Within the Forbidden City of Lhasa we find the very heart of Tibetan Buddhism - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang are places where the monastic rituals and traditional ways of life are enacted in one of the most enthralling environments on earth.

The ancient Buddhist culture combined with the warmth and friendliness of the people make a visit to this country one of those unforgettable journeys for a lifetime…your odysseys with NEPAL NOMAD TREKS into Tibet are journeys of a kind that take you into another world as you explore a world you never thought was there, but it’s the kind of world that opens your eyes to a culture that has been in existence for centuries.

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Tibet Facts

Capital city: Lhasa

Population: 2,800,000

Language: Mandarin, Tibetan and Cantonese

Currency: Renminbis

Religion: Buddism

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