to Visit Tibet
cultural philosophy, religion, and spiritualism can be found in contact with
native people and their arts. Architecture, rug weaving, Thangka painting, metal
work, butter sculpture, sand mandalas, textiles and jewelry are just few things
to be sampled.
The mighty Himalayas, like a silver screen, zigzag along Tibets southern
horizon adjacent to Nepal. Mount Everest, known locally has Qomolangma, needs
no introduction, as it is the worlds highest peak ( 8,848m). The optimal
weather season is from April to June for adventurers set on mountaineering.
Lhotse (8,516m), the worlds fourth highest peak, Makalu (8,463m), the
fifth highest, Cho Oyu (8,201m), the sixth highest and Shisha Pangma (8,012m),
the 14th highest, also reside Tibet.
The landscape at the northern side of the Himalayas is as attractive as it is
in the south. The worlds highest glaciers are found on these slopes, which
are mysteriously in wait for mans exploration. A pilgrimage to Kailas
can take you through the northern grasslands with many beautiful lakes to experience
Tibetan nomadic life of long ago. Also, Kailas may be approached from another
direction that offers a rich view of bird life.
Any trip to the Himalayas promises lots of unforgettable memories!
Lhasa The Land of Gods
Lhasa is the capital of Tibet. Bordered by the north bank of the Kyichu River,
Lhasa is at an altitude of 3,650m above sea level. Its 1,300 year history has
put it at the center of politics, economy, culture and religion in Tibet since
There are numerous scenic spots and famous historical attractions among which
Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ramoche Temple,
Jorkhang Temple and Barkhor Street Market.
Shigatse The Estate that Fulfills Ones Wishes
Shigatse, is Tibets second biggest city and it is the center of transportation
and a distribution center for agriculture and husbandry products into the southeast.
Monasteries such as Tashilhunpo and Shalu are its major historic attractions.
Yamdrok Yumtso The Sacred Lake
One of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers southwest
of Lhasa. The surface of the lake covers some six hundred square kilometers.
Interior hills form islands that provide homes to flocks of wild ducks. Fish
are plentiful and supply a tasty for diet for the locals.
Terrestrial Heat in Tibet
Northern grasslands, called Changthang, bear an extremely cold climate. Eight
or nine months a year is the freezing season. Boiling hot springs send cloudy
vapors into the air and provide a picturesque landscape. This Terrestrial Heat
is eightyseven km northwest of Lhasa and covers some forty km. You can
see underground steams shooting up a hundred meters into the air and can be
seen from ten kilometers away.
Founded in 1409 by Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect, this monastery
is the earliest of the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet.
Four storied temple of Golden Splendor featuring architecture of the Tang Dynasty
from the 7th century AD. Murals and historical relics depict famous figures
and stories from the past.
The Karo Ruins
These four to five thousand year old ruins include house architecture, stone
paved roads, stone built walls, cave dwellings, and many different kings of
chipped stone implements. Their discovery provides new threads for the study
of migration and exchange between people of the Neolithic Age.
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