Tibet- The roof of the world
Tibet is an astonishing land of mysteries hope and secrets. It is situated on the largest and highest plateau in the world. It attracts millions of travelers each year to explore its fascinating Tibetan culture and untouched natural scenery. Extensive Mountain ranges to east of the Tibetan Plateau marks the eastern border with China. Similarly the towering Himalayas of Nepal and India form a barrier to Tibet from India and Nepal in the south. This overwhelming landscape is every traveler’s dream.
Tibet offers fabulous monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude walks, stunning views chanting monks, and remote cliff side meditation retreats. Tibet’s spirituality is all about chanting of mantras in temples to a divine walk that culminates around Mt Kailash. It is fascinating, inspiring and enchanting arid beauty that is timeless and vivid.
General Facts and Figures about Tibet
Total Area: 2.5 million square kilometers, this includes U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo provinces. “Tibet Autonomous Region”, consisting of U-Tsang and a small portion of Kham, consists of 1.2 million square kilometers.
Political Status: It is an occupied country and without United Nations’ representation.
Altitude of Tibet: 4,000 meters or 13,000 feet above sea level.
Administrative regions of Tibet:
Tibet is divided into 5 administrative units:
- a) Tibet Autonomous Region.
- b) Qinghai Province
- c) Tianzu Tibetan Autonomous County and Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province
- d) Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Mili Tibetan Autonomous County in Sichuan Province
- e) Dechen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province
Population of Tibet
The total Tibetan population in Tibet is 6 million. Of them, 2.09 million live in the “TAR” and the rest in the Tibetan areas outside the “TAR”.
Wildlife of Tibet : Tibetan antelope, wild yak, wild ass and Tibetan argali, blue sheep, black-necked crane, Tibetan gazelle, giant panda, red panda, golden monkey.
Best time to visit Tibet
The autumn months of (April-October) is regarded as the best time to visit Tibet. During these months you can get the best glimpses of landscapes and enjoy a comfortable weather. By far Tibet can be visited all year around as you can visit different region in different seasons.
Sedate Nightlife of Tibet
For major chunk of people Tibet is just a remote and a holy religious Buddhist land. There might not be any kind of buzz in the air or any kind of entertainment at night. However to everybody’s surprise there is nightlife in Lhasa’s and that too it is very unique and colorful. Many Tibetan young people like to spend their night hours in bars, pubs or taverns now. Here are some places for you to enjoy a sleepless night in Lhasa.
Best Places to Enjoy the Nightlife of Lhasa
Mayke Ame is a historical eye-catching yellow tavern renowned for its beauty and its romance folklore. The little tavern was once the place of where legendary romance took place. Many foreign tourists or locals would choose to sit beside the windows and have a drink of beer or whatever wines offered there after nightfall.
Tianhai night market
Also the so-called snack street of Lhasa, the most vociferous and largest scale night market. This place is frequented and filled with visitors with locals and tourists coming and going in the hilarious atmosphere. It is also a place to spend nightlife in Lhasa and have a taste of various roasts mingled in Sichuan, Xinjiang and local Tibetan flavors. You can just relax and retire order some dishes and quietly sip a beer.
Langma Halls in Lhasa
The word “Langma” in the Tibetan language means the royal music. The Lhasa tour is meaningless if you miss out a visit to Langma Halls. This stunning place is popular for the wild dancing and singing in Langma Hall in Lhasa at night. Every night, hundreds of people gather here to enjoy traditional Tibetan dancing and singing over beers.
Tianhai Night Market in Lhasa
Located in the west suburb of Lhasa city, Tianhai Night Market is the most famous, also the biggest and busiest night fair in Lhasa. Visitors are enchanted by the many stalls of snacks, barbecue, fruits, fashion clothes, handicrafts, mobiles, articles of daily use and home appliance lining the street. The goods at this market are much cheaper than at the Barkhor Street, the most famous commercial street in Lhasa.
Barkhor Night Market
The famous Barkhor Street is multiple-functional. The Barkhor Street not only is the oldest and the commercial street in Lhasa. But also is a famous ritual walk path in Lhasa. Then at night, it becomes a night market. If you take a stroll in Barkhor Street, you will encounter people who are making a prostration. It’s really worth a visit, for beholding glimpses that can only be seen in Lhasa’s street.
Potala Palace is Tibet’s iconic stand out spot for people all around the world. When night falls, the lighting system and music fountain add livingness to the Potala Palace. People throng in numbers to bask under this charming night view of the Potala Palace. The music fountain in the square changes its shapes with the rising and falling of the music rhythm.
Major Attractions of Tibet
Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet
Potala Palace is an awe-inspiring and one of the most iconic architecture of Tibet. It is listed in UNESCO world heritage Site in Tibet. Potala Palace (3750m) overlooks the holy Lhasa city, with its majestic presence on the tip of Red Hill. This distinct Tibetan aesthetic of castle-like building embodies a rich Tibetan history and countless religious and cultural significance. .
Barkhor Street/Kora in Lhasa, Tibet
Lying in the Lhasa Old Town, Barkhor Street or Bakuo Street, reputed as the “heart of Lhasa”, is the most famous pilgrimage circuit and bustling bazaar in Lhasa.
Around here, you step into a time warp, catching glimpses of what life must have been like centuries or even a millennium ago. Roaming around the street, you will come across various kinds of traditional Tibetan costumes and exotic handicrafts. Barkhor Street is a fascinating mix of local neighborhood, pilgrim circuit, marketplace, restaurants and historical sites.
Jokhang Temple of Lhasa
Jokhang Temples is regarded as the “spiritual heart of Tibet”. This amazing temple was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. With the air filled with a palpable sense of holiness, the entire Buddhist temple acts as the focus of worship and devotion. It is always thronged by devout Tibetan pilgrims, young and old, to worship the statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni Buddha. One can explore the exquisitely-made Buddhist murals and the dimly-lit religious chambers. It is a focal center of attraction to delve into the essence of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
Mount Kailash is one of the most famous holy mountains in Tibet. With 4 distinct sides, the gigantic pyramid has a round cap covered in eternal snow and ice. Standing far above surrounding mountains, Mount Kailash is just like a majestic ruler of Nature. It is ardently revered by the Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon religion and Jainism. It is one of the divine places to be in for getting blessed and inspired.
Namtso Lake, Lhasa
Namtso Lake (4718m), holds the distinction of being the highest saline lake on earth. Embraced by the imposing Mt Nyenchen Thangla Ranges, Namtso Lake is embellished by its splendid beauty. With seagulls hovering above the sparkling sapphire lake, it presents with a natural spectacle. Besides that a leisurely stroll along the boundless shore of Namtso, gazing at the snowy rolling mountains is an eye catching experience.
Lake Manasarovar is among the world’s highest fresh-water lakes. This invincible lake is purer than a sapphire and one can see through dozens of meters into the lake. The lake is located in the Burang County, 20 km southeast of the Mount Kailash. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is believed that bathing with the water of Manasarovar will drive off avaricious desires, troubled thoughts and past sins; drinking the water will keep healthy and away from disease; while circling the lake will bring boundless beneficence to the pilgrims. One should not miss out an opportunity to circumnavigate this lake and attain salvation.
Clothing and Equipment’s
The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.
Tibetan has a distinct and varieties of delicacies to adorn your palettes with lingering taste and texture. These are authentic signature cuisines that are rare and delightful.
Cheser Mog: It is a preparation of rice, whose authentic recipe is prepared with melted butter made from yak meat, for sweetness brown sugar is used, little salt and then its mixed and garnished with some raisins.
Chebureki: is a deep fried turnover with a filling of ground or minced meat and onions.
Gyatog: is a noodle made with eggs, flour and bone soup. Gyabrag: a pancake made with barley flour yak butter, dry cheese curds and sugar.
Khapsey: cookies or biscuits that are deep fried and usually made during celebrations such as Losar or weddings. Laping: is a spicy cold mung bean noodle.
Masan: a pastry made with tsampa (roasted barley flour), dry cubic or curd cheese, yak butter, brown sugar and water. Momo: These Tibetan-style dumplings are stuffed with pork, beef or cabbages and cheese.
Tibetan Economy: Agriculture and animal husbandry.
Literacy Rate: Approximately 25 per cent.
Tibet is a breathtaking trekking abode. The remarkable landscapes and Himalaya views are one of the greatest reasons to visit Tibet. This phenomenal landscape is like no other place on Earth: rugged, remote and unforgettable. Come, feel and conquer this wanderlust destination called Tibet. Whatever is your desire, Mission Nepal Holidays ensures that it will be an extraordinary adventure that will change the way you see the world. Tibet is a place that will change the perception of land once and forever.