Tibet is famous for its holy sites important to many religious backgrounds throughout the world. It is also home to some of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a truly unique spiritual city with an 'out of this world' ambience which you can experience on a private guided tour.
It is quite diverse when it comes to old and new, wealthy and poor and also diverse in culture and religious backgrounds. Although it is mainly Buddhism that is practised here, there are also other religions such as Hinduism, Bon and Jainism that are practised.
Tibet has a lot to offer for anyone that is looking for adventure or a retreat. Escape to Mount Everest on private guided tour to climb to the snow capped peaks or jump in on a retreat to temples for some self-finding on the sightseeing tours.
No matter which way you choose to spend your time in tantalising Tibet, you are sure to have a life time experience. People always say that they have found themselves and realised what has been missing in their lives after travelling to Tibet! Read More...
Test Your Faith With a Custom Tour to the Holy Jokhang Temple
Test your faith with a custom tour to the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang Temple (or Jokhang Monastery) is known to be the holiest destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. It is the spiritual centre of Tibet, situated in the heart of the old town Lhasa. It is a 7th Century building with amazing mix of architecture styles. Expect the sensation of inner peace and serenity when you visit this Temple.
Another exciting and fascinating guided tour is to visit a village of Tibetan Nomads. See how they continue the traditions of raising yaks mainly but other types of livestock too, learn their culture and enjoy speaking to them as they are very welcoming to visitors.
Top 10 Things to Do in Tibet
The Potala Palace is referred to as the symbol and landmark of Tibet. It is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest place in the world.Due to the marvellous architecture style, it is also recognised as being one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The Potala Place is rated as the No. 1 place to visit in Tibet because of its brilliant arts, history and fantastic views from its highest point of Lhasa City.
Mount Everest is, as everyone knows, the highest mountain in the world. With its staggering height of 8,848m, it is also known as the Third Pole of the World. It is here that thrill seeking visitors come to climb or take sightseeing tours around the base camps. Lying at the border between China and Nepal, Mount Everest's north ridge (in China) is the favourite place for mountaineers as it has a gentle slope opposed to other parts.
Situated to the northwest of Lhasa is Namtso Lake. It's staggering altitude of 4718 m, makes this major tourist attraction China's 2nd largest saltwater lake and the worlds highest salt water lake - not surprising then to learn it is a popular destination for sightseeing tours. Namtso lake means Heavenly Lake in Tibetan and is considered as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and used as a spiritual retreat.
Jokhang Temple (or Jokhang Monastery) is known to be the holiest destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. It is the spiritual centre of Tibet, situated in the heart of the old town Lhasa. This beautiful 7th century, four storied building boasts a mix of the architectural style of Han, Tibetan, Indiana and Nepal as well as an outlook of Buddhism. Visitors on guided tours experience the religious part of Tibet and the devotion of Tibetans.
Ganden Monastery is known to be one of the largest and earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. With more than 600 years of history, this is a popular escorted tour destination for history lovers. Standing atop of the six most famous temples, Ganden Monastery is the principal dwelling of Gelug abbots and their tombs. Intrinsic architectural of towering roofs, standing Buddhas and stupas, the Gandan Monastery will please the eye.
Yamdrok Lake - The clearest Lake of South Tibet
One of the holy lakes in Tibet is Yamdrok Lake, along with Namtso Lake and Lake Manasarovar. Situated in the south of Yarlong Tsangpo River in Shannan Region of Tibet, it is surrounded by many mountains. It is like a natural reservoir with a perfect balance between the evaporated lake water and melted snow. On sightseeing tours from the hilltop, see the far view of the fresh water under the sunshine reflecting colours of blue.
Tashilhunpo Monastery - Home of Panchen Lamas
Tashilhunpo Monastery is known to be one of the six Gelug monasteries. It is the seat of successive Panchen Lamas. In 1947, the Tashilunpo Monastery was founded by the First Dalai Lama. Therefore, it is a highly esteemed monastery in the Tibetan history and culture. The monastery is built on a vast area of land covering 150,000 sq meters. During the private tours that are available, visitors get to explore almost everywhere.
Mount Kailash - Holy center of Four Religions
As one the ten mountains in China, Mount Kailash is located in Burang County, in the far southwestern Tibet. Mount Kailash ("Mountain of God" in Tibetan) is recognised as one of the holiest spots in World which makes it a hotspot for guided tours. Visitors with religious backgrounds such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism and Bön come in large numbers every year to walk around and pray.It is an uplifting and unforgettable experience.
Basum Tso Lake
Basum Tso Lake (Green water ), is known as the small Switzerland in Tibet and is the largest lake in eastern Tibet. At Basum Tso Laken, tourists can enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the snow capped mountains surrounding the lake and explore the natural forest. The escorted guided tours prove popular among tourists where they can immerse in the beauty and tranquillity of the 26,000 sq feet of its surroundings.
Barkhor Street -
Barkhor Street, situated in the Lhasa downtown is a must on a sightseeing tour. Like a miniature of Lhasa, visitors will discover another aspect of the Tibetan material life. There is an abundance of shops along the street that have characteristic items and commodities on display, including prayer wheels, Tibetan style clothing, thangkas, prayer flags, milk tea and more. An incredible place to take in the local Tibetan lifestyle.
Travel Tips for Tibet
Best Time To Visit
Tibet can be visited all year round, there is a distinct beauty to experience in every season, due to its diverse topography and extensive areas. Generally, the best time to visit Tibet should rest on your interests and what you want to get out of your stay here. You might be looking to go for an adventure on a trail to Mount Everest, or alternatively, you are more interested in a very spiritual retreat, Tibet has a lot to offer all year round.
The official currency in Tibet is the Chinese Renminbi (RMB), or Yuan and you will find currency exchange facilities available at all the Airports, Banks and most four- and five-star hotels in the country. Costs for eating out are quite cheap with a lunch costing around 50 Yuan and a basic dinner for 2 costing around 130 Yuan. Local beer is around 25 Yuan. A taxi travelling around 5 miles within the cities costs about 28 Yuan.
Know Before Visiting
Tibet is a self-ruling region in China and it is advisable to do a lot of research before your head here. Also whether it is an adventure or retreat, it is recommended that you organise the entire trip as an all inclusive package. Walking alone at night time is strongly advised against, so better to travel in groups. It is best to have cash on hand when shopping as credit cards are rarely accepted in shops and stores.
There are different climates in the different areas of Tibet. Southeastern Tibet is temperate and gentle averaging 8 degrees Celsius. West Tibet has temperatures of 0 degrees Celsius on average. Central Tibet, Lhasa, is normal and nice! May to September is known as the rainy season although there is some rain all year round. In Lhasa and neighbouring areas the rain kindly falls at night. Obviously the weather around Mt. Everest is something else!