Destinations in Tibet

Tibet is home of Lama Buddhism. Lhasa is Capital of Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The Potala Palace is a landmark of Tibet and Lama Buddhism. The great Tibet Plateau is in north side of Himalaya and it is also a Land of extraordinary beauty. Moreover Tibet has border with Nepal and the most of the Tibetan civilization are parallel to the Himalayas. For a long time Tibet Travel from Nepal has been popular among tourists. Tourists from different part of the world make a combined tours in Nepal and Tibet. Hence Tibet tours from Nepal can be considered an integrated part of Nepal Tourism. Please find the description of important destinations in Tibet.

Lhasa

Lhasa - Potala DurbarLhasa is the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It was founded in 633 A.D. by King Srongtsan Gampo. The beautiful Sunshine city of Lhasa is located on east part of great plateau of Tibet ( 3100% m). The Potala Palace is a landmark of Lhasa and Lama Buddhism. It is a 13 story and 1000 rooms palace and once winter residence of the Dalai Lama. The construction of the present structure began during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 and took more than 50 years to complete. Sight seeing in Lhasa and its surrounding includes: Potala palace, Drepung and Sera monasteries, the Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang temple Barkhor Market, etc. Lhasa has Road links as well as Air links with Kathmandu.

Shigatse

ShigatseShigatse is the second largest cities in Tibet. It is famous for the Tashilhunpo Monastery built in 1447- the seat of the Panchen Lama that once housed over 4000 monks, but now there are only 600. Very little remains of the old Shigatse Fortress, but the ruins on the skyline are imposing all the same.

 

 

 

Gyantse

GyantseThis small agricultural town is at 13, 050 ft above sea level and is famous for its wool carpets and Phalkor choide chorten. The Palkhor Monastery built in 1427, is notable for its superb Kumbum (10,000 images) stupa, which has nice tiers and, according to the Buddhist tradition, 108 chapels. The lower tiers contain excellent murals. Gyantse is most popular site in most itineraries.

 

 

Everest base Camp (North)

Everest Base Camp( North)Shegar is a small town near highway. It is base for the expedition to Mt. Everest (north). The landmark of the town is the Monastery at Rongphu on the way to Everest Base Camp (North). Climbing expeditions pay their respects to the high lamas before completing the final stage to the base camp. Shegar 13,800 ft above sea level, this is a new Chinese community built 7 km of the highway at the foot of the ruins of Shegar Dzong. With population of 3000, it is the center of a large and remote country and also the base for the expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks.

Zhangmu

ZhangmuIt is a first town you come across from Nepal and is popularly known as Khasa in Tibetan language. It is an important trading center for Nepal and Tibet for centuries. The hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with innumerable waterfalls. The sister town, Nyalam, is an alternative site for accommodation while you are driving from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

 

 

Tsedang and Samye valley

Tsedang and Samye ValleyTsedang is a capital city of Lhoka prefecture in eastern Tibet. It is also third largest city in Tibet and is in equidistant from international airport at Gongar for Lhasa. Tsedang was renowned cradle of the Tibetans. A wonderful myth tells that Avlokitshvara descended as a monkey in the country and married a Demoness to produce the first member of Tibetan race. Hence this mountain region becomes a sacred place for pilgrimage. It is also a hub of Tibetan civilization. Tsedang is associated with first Tibetan kingdom, first palace Yambulakang palace, and first Buddhist Sutra Panghonchaja. It is also door way for trekking in Samye valley.

 

Mt. Kailash

Kailash and Mansarovar Holy Mt. Kailash is 6714 meter rock pyramid is the abode of the Gods & earthly manifestation of the "Pillar of the Universe", described in ancient texts around which all else revolves. In Sanskrit it is called "Mt. Meru or Sumeru Parvat", In Hindi Holy Mt. Kailash. For Tibetans it is "Kang Rinboche" means The Precious Jewel of the Snow. Hindu God Lord Shiva resides here with his consort, the Goddess Parvati.

Since Mt. Kailash became a mystical power in people's minds, has been symbol of relief from suffering to generation after generation of believers.

Mount Kailash is the final destination for many travelers to Tibet, ranging from tourists to Buddhist pilgrims and other followers of spiritual traditions from far and beyond. From the slopes of Mount Kailash flow four of the world's great rivers - the Indus, Brahmaputra, Karnali and Ganges; embodying its reputation as the 'heart of the world'. As the center of the physical & metaphysical universe, Mt. Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Jains, and the Bonpos. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas & Boddhisatvas.. The Wheel of Life.

The road to the sacred mountain is long and at times arduous, but the breathtaking view of the snow-capped peak, as well as the uninterrupted view of the Himalayas and rural Tibetan villages are certain to make the journey an unforgettable one.

Mt. Kailash has long been an object of worship for four major religious. For Hindu, it is the domain of Shiva. It is also the abode of Samvara-a multiarmed, wrathful deity worshipped in the chakrasamvara Tantric cycle of Tibetan Buddhism. The Jains of India also revere the mountain as the site at which the first of their saints emancipated. And in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet, Kailash was the sacred nine storeys Swatika Mountain, upon which the Bonpo founder shenrab alighted from haven. The 53 km Kailash circuit is the holiest of all Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimages and the beacon, which draws most travelers to western Tibet. It is said that a single Parikrama erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 cicurmbulation will achieve Salvation

Lake Mansarovar

Kailash and Mansarovar Just 26 Km. South of Mount Kailash, a holy lake called "Mansarovar" which enjoys the same reputation as the holy Mount Kailash. 4490 meter above sea level with about 412 square Kilometers area and about 70 meters deep Holy Lake Mansarovar is also called "Mother of the Worlds Rivers". The sacred lake is like a sapphire glittering with charming colors in the sunshine.

Water of Lake Mansarovar is so clear that fish 10 meters below surface can be seen. Beside the lake Mansarovar, the pretty shadow of Goddess, high up in the heaven, still lingers. Through its everlasting enchantment, washes away the sorrow of all mortal being through out the ages.

"When anyone touches the earth of Mansarovar or bathes therein, he shall go to the paradise of Bhrahma, and who drinks its holy water shall go to the heaven of the Lord Shiva and be released from the sins of a 100 births. Even the beast that bears the name of Mansarovar shall go to the paradise of Bhrahma."

Hindus believe that Holy Lake Mansarovar was created to show the omnipotence of Lord Bhrhma's mind, Manas. Tibetans call it "Mapham Tso", means the Unconquerable Water. This lake is most famous holiest lake in Asia.

Guge Kingdom

Guge KingdomGuge Kingdom was founded in about the tenth century by a descendant of King Lang Darma, who fled from Lhasa after the collapse of the Tubo Kingdom. The kingdom played an important role in the second renascence in Tibet and survived for about 700 years before disappearing mysteriously in the 17th century. The ruins lie on a hilltop near a river and cover 180,000 square meters. Houses, cave dwellings, monasteries and stupas were found on the hill and surrounding area. Palaces sat at the summit, while monasteries were on the mountainside and cave dwellings for the common people were at the foot of the hill. The Guge Kingdom is famous for its murals, sculptures and stone inscriptions, which are attached to the surviving structures.