Tibet the Land of Snows, the roof of the Earth: 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. For explorers, imperialists and traders it was a forbidden land of treasure and riches. Dreamers on a spiritual quest have long whispered of a lost Shangri-la, steeped in magic and mystery. When the doors were finally flung open in the mid-1980s, Tibet lay in ruins. 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. For a while images of the Buddha were replaced by icons of Chairman Mao. Today, Tibetan pilgrims across the country are once again mumbling mantras and swinging their prayer wheels in temples that are heavy with the thick intoxicating aroma of juniper incense and yak butter. Monasteries have been restored across the country, along with limited religious freedoms. A walk around Lhasa’s lively Barkhor pilgrimage circuit is proof enough that the efforts of the communist Chinese to build a brave new (roof of the) world have foundered on the remarkable and inspiring faith of the Tibetan people.
Lhasa which literally means land god is the administrative capital of Tibet. Lhasa is placed at an altitude of 3,650m and contains only 68% of oxygen compared to sea level. Lhasa carries the history of 1,300 years and since then it is regarded
Tsetang is the third largest town in central Tibet. It is located 196km away from Lhasa and is famously called as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Literally Tsetang means Monkey’s playground. The main highlight of this tour is visit to first monastery
Shigatse which literally means fertile land is known for its location i.e. 300 km away from world’s highest peak Mt Everest and 150km away from Sakya Monastery and is also the only path to Tibet’s holy lakes. Hence, Shigatse
YamdrokYamtso is Among three largest lakes in Tibet YamdrokYamtso is one of them. This lake is located about 100 kilometers south west of Lhasa. This lake surrounded by many mountains and fed by many stream is elongated
The full name of this monastery is GandenNamgyal Ling; Ganden means joyful Namgyal Ling means victorious temple. This monastery is located in Wangbur Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River is Tagtse County about 39km
Jokhang temple built during the reign of King SongstenGampo most likely in 642 was placed in UNESCO’s world heritage site in 2000AD as a part of Potala palace. Jokhang Temple located in the central Lhasa covers an area of 25,100 square metres
This site is located at 12 km from the south of Chamdo town at an altitude of 3,200m. These ruins which comprises of house architecture, stone paved roads, stone built walls, cave dwellings and many different objects made up of stones