Tibet – The last Shangri-La
Tibet – one of the world’s most mysterious places! Tibet was largely isolated from the rest of the world until the beginning of the 20th century.
Often referred to as the “Roof of the World” – due to its towering peaks and extremely high altitude, Tibet is situated on the remote Tibetan plateau at the centre of Asia at an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level.
Tibet includes some of the world’s highest mountains. Tibet is surrounded by the Himalayas to the south, the Karakoram to the west and the Kunlun to the north, and Tibet, along with Nepal, shares the mighty Mount Everest.
Tibet, it must be said, is surely a place for adventurers and mountaineers. The country is also particularly recognised for its beautiful temples and monasteries.
Tibetans are an extremely religious people and religion has been a consistently strong influence in their lives. The atmosphere in Tibet feels quite literally spiritual so, if you are in Tibet, you are going to experience many moments of peace. The grand and stunning lakes and valleys have always added to the glory of Tibet.
More than 1,500 lakes exist on the Tibetan plateau, including the heavenly Lake Namtso and the holy Lake Mansarovar. Numerous great rivers, such as the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Nu River (Salween), the Lancang River (Mekong), the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus and the Ganges are all located in Tibet and consequently the country has been rightly named the “Water Tower” of Asia.
Many water projects are carried out in Tibet. The capital city of Tibet is Lhasa which is also the site of the hilltop Potala Palace.
This palace once used to be the Dalai Lama’s winter home too, and Jokhang Temple is and is considered to be Tibet’s spiritual heart.
This temple stores a golden statue of the young Buddha and it is highly prized. Travelling to Tibet presents a wonderful opportunity to recognize its people, culture, religion and history.
There is a lot to discover in the mysterious country of Tibet. And although there are some great attractions for tourists some things are still developing, including tourist facilities, the road network and infrastructure.
If you are planning to travel to Tibet, prepare yourself mentally, have a bit of physical fitness and a little patience as there are a few slight challenges you might need to overcome while travelling in Tibet.
With the feel of absolutely another world, Tibet is the perfect definition of the very best kind of travel.
Plan your spectacular trip here to Tibet and witness its glory like never before!
Area: 1.228 million square km.
Population: 3.18 million – based on the 2014 census.
Capital City: Lhasa.
Official Name – Xizang Zizhiqu (Tibet Autonomous Region), “Zang” for short”
People and Ethnicities: Tibetan, Han, Monpa, Hui.
Languages: Shino-Tibetan, Mandarin, Chinese and English is also used in the tourism business and other languages like Hindi and Nepali are spoken by Indian and Nepalese merchants.
Religion: Tibetan-Buddhism is the main religion with others following Bon, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
Major Industries: Tourism & Handicraft, Natural gas, Rubber, Petroleum.
In the past: Foreign travel to Tibet used to be restricted.
Tibet is the highest region on Earth, hence the name: ‘Roof of the World.’
Tibet is the source of five of Asia’s largest rivers, providing water for over one billion people.
Tibet is known as the world’s “Third Pole” after the North and South Poles, it holds the third largest quantity of glacially stored water.
Basum Lake in eastern Tibet is the largest freshwater lake.
Lake Mansarovar, known as “Mah-pung-yong-tswaw” in Tibetan, is the highest freshwater lake in the world.
Yangbajing, a small town in Tibet, is the highest place on earth with a hot spring.
Unknown to many, Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world.
Yaks are the most famous animals in Tibet and also an essential part of Tibetan culture.
Solo travel to Tibet is not permitted!