A fascinating tour beyond your imagination
Tibet at Glance
Area: 2.5 million sq km
Geography: Tibet borders with Sichuan and Yunnan to the east; Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces to west and north; to the south with India, Nepal, Bhutan and Burma.
Population: 6 million.
Language: Tibetan and Chinese (Mandarin).
Religion: Buddhism & Bon Po.
People: The Tibetan people (Tibetan, Bodpa, Chinese, Pinyin) are the natives of Tibet.
Culture and Tradition:
Tibet tour starts with their unique ways of welcome. First of all, you are greeted with the khada a soft ceremonial cotton/silk made scarf of about a meter and half length. It is their traditional form of garland used to worship their gods and goddesses in the temples and monasteries as a result of scarcity of flowers due to poor vegetation in Tibet. So, experience yourself how the guests are treated as gods and goddesses at their home.
Next, the moment you enter their home, you are offered a bowl with a special tea brewed with yak butter and tea. It has a very special nostalgic Tibetan taste. You will find their traditional homes as a miniature monastery with the images of gods and goddesses offered with khada being decorated in a similar monastic style. It is no wonder why their whole houses and monasteries pleasantly smell with yak butter and incense of juniper leaves.
The Tibetan life style is completely different and unique. Tibetan women wear dark-colored wrap dresses over a bright colorful blouse. They also dress up with a colorfully striped woven woolen apron on the front side of the body below their waist. It is called pangden. It symbolizes their married status plus the pattern of stripes tells which area of Tibet the ladies are from. Men dress up with a dark grey colored gown like dress covering whole body with long sleeves. Although everywhere western dresses are taking over, still Tibetan hamlets and cities abound with men and women in the traditional Tibetan attire. It is really interesting to watch them as if it is an ethnic fashion show during your visit in Tibet. If you wish you can try and wear the Tibetan costumes and enjoy photo session with them. The roof top of the Potala Palace is the best place for it.
Their food habit is also unique. The major crop in Tibet is barley and the staple food of Tibet is the flour milled from the roasted barley called tsampa. It is taken mostly by mixing with their national beverage called yak butter tea. Momos, Thukpa and Balep reads are some of the major food items enjoyed by the Tibetans with much interest and taste all the year round.
Next is the unique Tibetan landscape. Tibet offers highly picturesque scenery although it is so arid and barren. Its ever changing color and light over its varied landscape with the snowcapped mountains around is so wonderfully photogenic that it is beyond our imagination. It is a land of innumerable beautiful fresh water and salt lakes. It is, in fact, the photographers’ paradise. Be there and experience yourself. You will certainly agree with us.
Tibet is worth visiting once in you lifetime. It is because this is where many unique and unbelievable practices are being undertaken even in this present day modern world. Have you heard of sky burial (offering of chopped human dead bodies to the birds)? Have you heard of polyandry (one wife with more than one husband)? Have you heard of taking bath once in a year? Such an interesting lifestyle is still in practice. That is in Tibet.
Geology and geography of Tibet:
Tibet, the Autonomous Region of China, is located to the south-west of China and just north of Nepal, also bordering India, Burma and Bhutan.
It is unbelievable for us to believe that the formation of the Tibetan plateau dates back to the period prior to 60 million years. The geologists from Geological Society of London describe that the Himalayan mountain range and Tibetan plateau got formed as a result of the collision between the Indian and Eurasian Plates and it is continuing even today and continues for the days to come. The recent earthquakes in and around this area are the result of this continuous pressure building up through the years. In their own words,
‘225 million years ago (Ma) India was a large island situated off the Australian coast and separated from Asia by the Tethys Ocean. The supercontinent Pangea began to break up 200 Ma and India started a northward drift towards Asia. 80 Ma India was 6,400 km south of the Asian continent but moving towards it at a rate of between 9 and 16 cm per year. At this time Tethys Ocean floor would have been subducting northwards beneath Asia and the plate margin would have been a Convergent oceanic-continental one just like the Andes today… The Himalayas are still rising by more than 1 cm per year as India continues to move northwards into Asia, which explains the occurrence of shallow focus earthquakes in the region today. However the forces of weathering and erosion are lowering the Himalayas at about the same rate. The Himalayas and Tibetan plateau trend east-west and extend for 2,900 km, reaching the maximum elevation of 8,848 metres (Mount Everest – the highest point on Earth).’ [Ma stands for million years in geological term]
After learning the amazing geological information about the formation of the Tibetan plateau, anybody would be fascinated to visit Tibet. What about you? Do not delay. Tibet is fast changing under the Chinese influence. Early bird catches the worm. You know it better.
Actually, you can enter Tibet from either the mainland China by the highest train journey or flight; or by overland or flight from Nepal. The shortest way to visit Tibet is Nepal where we (Tibet Kailash Treks Pvt. Ltd.) are based to provide you all the needful travel related services. You can fly in to Lhasa (just 1 hour) and drive out overland to Nepal or first drive in to Tibet overland and fly back to Nepal or to the mainland China. You have the options.
We have a wide array of varying types of Tibet tour packages ranging from 4 days to weeks long duration. They have been carefully designed by a team of our experts to meet the varying requirements of people with different taste and interest. You can choose the tour or the tour with trek of your choice depending upon your time frame and special interest from our unlimited store.
Each of the Tibet tour includes the most important never-to-miss sites depending upon the time availability in the program. Each itinerary has been carved in such way that it always leaves a lingering impression of the Tibetan people and their unique culture in the mind of each of the tour participants.
However, if you have your own program with particular names of places/sites you wish to visit or specific interest like bird watching, photography, study/research, meditation, etc., please do write to us. We will prepare a customized itinerary to meet your special interest and enable you to make the best out of the Tibet tour just by dropping a line to us.
You can also join our group tours. Check out our suitable group tour with departure dates for you and write to us. We assure you of a great time with us.
Just choose one of the tours from our well variety of tours with varying length (from 4 days to weeks) to meet your personal taste and interest. You can also join our group tours or take an exclusively private tour comprising just one person to more and more. We assure you of a great time with us.