Tibet World's roof, the land of snow, lamas and yaks

Tibet Travel Guide of China

Things to do in Tibet

  • The Potala Palace

    The Potala Palace

  • Jokhang Temple

    Jokhang Temple

  • Chakpori Hill

    Chakpori Hill

  • Drepung Monastery

    Drepung Monastery

  • Norbulingka

    Norbulingka

  • Namtso Lake

    Namtso Lake

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Through our Tibet travel guide, discover the peaks and plateaus of several thousand meters above sea level which make Tibet the roof of the world. Nicknamed the land of snow, you will soon understand the meaning with a visit to the Himalayas. This region is the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism, religion dictating the daily life of the Tibetan people. Beside the monasteries, lakes and sacred mountains, the Tibetan plains are inhabited by nomads taking care of their herds of yaks. Everything here is filled with nature and serenity.

The roof of the world

Tibet, which is nearly 7 times the size France in terms of area, is only inhabited by 3 million people, and this is due to a very simple reason. The reason is that the whole region is at an average altitude of 4,000 meters.
In addition to the fairly dry Tibetan plateau, the area is abundant in mountains including including the Himalaya Mountains. The Everest, highest peak in the world, rises to 8,848 meters above sea level, on the border between China and Nepal. Surrounded by many other peaks, the landscapes of this region are divine, like the sky, above the heads.

A cultural identity 

Although the streets of Lhasa are packed with Chinese Han, Tibetans fervently preserve their own culture. Of the 6,000 destroyed monasteries, many have been rebuilt or renovated to continue the practice of Buddhism. The language, habits, customs, the Tibetan people have been preserved.

Religion in Tibetan life

Tibetan Buddhism is the result of a mixture between Indian Tantric Buddhism and ancient Tibetan Bon religion animist. Since the seventh century, Tibetan Buddhism has played an increasingly important role in the lives of Tibetans, but also in the management of the country. Since the creation of the sect of the Yellow Hats at the end of the fourteenth century, the religious leaders who succeeded were in charge of Tibet policy and its management.
Over the centuries, Buddhism, which incorporates the Bonrituals already established in Tibet, occupies an important place in the lives of Tibetans. Today there is not even a word in Tibetan to mean religion, because religion dictates their daily lifestyles.
Some people go further than this and dedicate their lives to Buddhism. From their day to bow down and make pilgrimages, they have nothing. Many paths of pilgrimage for circumambulation, are frequent in Tibet. We observe pilgrims prostrate themselves around the temples and sacred places such as lakes or mountains but also on the roads leading to these places. Sometimes it's the work of a lifetime to perform an entire pilgrimage. For example, it is said that if we circumambulate 108 times around Mount Kailash, then we will reach nirvana, as Buddhist monks.

The life of the Tibetan nomads

More than a quarter of the Tibetan population is nomadic. Mainly living in the high plateaus of Tibet, you will have a chance to come across this during your trip but probably won’t be able to discuss with them unless you know a few words in Tibetan. Access to these regions are very complicated since Tibet has a poor road system, which is even worse in the winter.
Living in these remote areas, Tibetan nomads today move less than 100 kilometers, so that won't be too tiring for their goats, horses and yaks. Leading a difficult life, it is women who do most of the work. Simple tents provide their habitats and they use what they have on hand to survive.

Things to do in Tibet

Once in Tibet, you have the opportunity to make the pilgrimage tour to visit these great monasteries, go on the road which leads to the Nepal or combine the two for a cultural and natural visit. The essential travel is the discovery of Lhasa with the Potala Palace and the Jokhang temple with Barkhor Street area but the other monasteries of the city as well as the sacred lakes are also worthwhile.

The Best Time to Visit Tibet

As mentioned earlier, Tibet is the roof of the world. With an average altitude of 4,000 meters, we find ourselves close to the sky. UV rays are very strong as soon as the sun appears, year-round. The region which mainly consists of plateaus is very dry and quite cold, even in the summer.
From June to September, the night rains refresh and humidify the air but are not enough to provide warmth. In the winter, only Lhasa is easily accessible. Other cities and regions of Tibet are quickly isolated after the first snowfall. Whether you are traveling in Tibet in the spring, summer, or fall, you should prepare thick and warm clothes to protect you from the cold, rain and wind. A good sun screen, sunglasses (protective eyewear), and a hat are necessary.

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