Tibet Trips & Places To Visit in Tibet

Tibet Trips is a spiritual journey to the highland and power places. Tibetan trips offers a unique experience of highland adventure and an insight into Tibetan Buddhism. Interspersed with excursions to ancient monasteries, school of Buddhism highly recommended for the admirer of Tibetan theology. Trips to Tibet offers you an altogether different walking experience. As you hike along the rugged Tibetan terrain, you will be greeted with sights so different and new: from the arid Tibetan topography that resembles a lunar landscape to the ancient villages with their colorful prayer flags and powerful, magnificent monasteries. The Tibet trips begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). Flying over highest mountain on earth is one of the most thrilling experiences of the Tibet Trips.

Western Tibet Trips

Western Tibet is famous for its spiritual magnetism and natural beauty; Mt. Kailash and Manasarowar Lake are most focal point for pilgrimage and Kingdom of Guge offer a great experience of ancient history of Tibet. Western part of the Tibet administered under Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is the most under developed compare to Central and Eastern Tibet. However construction of Road has already been completed up to Kailash area linking with Lhasa.

Major Highlights: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, The Guge Kingdom, Tholing, Tsaparang, Darchen many sacred pilgrimage sites for both Buddhist and Hindu.

Central Tibet Trips

Central Tibet is also part of the Autonomous region of Tibet (TAR), China. It occupies 1/4 of Tibetan land. It is the most popular and center of all cultural and religious activities. All major cities and towns are located in central Tibet Major highlights: Ancient cities of Tibet: Lhasa , Shigatse ( 2nd biggest city), Tsedang ( 3rd biggest city), Samye, Gyatnse, Sakya, Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Tso ( Lake)

Natural Beauties of Tibet: Mount Everest Base Camp ( Forth Face ) and many other highest mountain, Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Tso ( Lake), Pigu Tso ( Lake), Phum Yuk Tso ( Lake), Rongbuk Monastery ( highest monastery in the world).

Eastern Tibet Trips

Eastern Tibet is mainly comprised of the three provinces of Amdo , Kham , And U-Tsang. Its climate, geography, flora, fauna and isolation all lend it a unique, almost magical atmosphere. Traditional life seems less distorted here than in central Tibet. Geographically the region offers great variety from subtropical low lying jungle to the glaciated peaks of Namche Barwa and the high grasslands of north eastern Tibet. At its eastern end the headwaters of some of Asia's greatest rivers-the Mekong, Salween and Yangzi-tumble off the Tibetan plateau, carving a dramatic concertina landscape of deep gorges, microclimates and remote valleys.

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Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour to Lhasa visiting major Palaces and monasteries such as Potala Palace or Red Palace also known as winter palace, Norbulinka, summer Palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama, Drepung Monastery, biggest monastery of Tibet, Sera monastery where debating takes place, you can also visit Tridum Nunnery, Zhoto Tidro Hermitage, Drigun til, Katsel, Reting Monastery.  The Samye monastery is the first belong to Nginma order built by Guru Rimpoche also called Padmasambhawa located by the Holy lake Yarlung Tsangpo River known as Brahmaputra River. Monastery belong to King Trisong Detsen, the monastery has a collection of pagodas and temples. Excursions to the Tandruk Monastery (which holds wonderful specimen of Tibetan art) and the Yambulakhang castle (the home of the Yarlung Kings) are also included in your itinerary.

Tibet Trips to central part of Tibet covers some famous Lake such as Yamdrok Tso Lake also called Turquoise Lake between Lhasa and Gyantse in Khambala pass, Pigu Tso Lake located nearby Saga, Namtso Lake north of Lhasa and bottom of Nychenthangla Mountain, highest and largest salt fresh water lake in Tibet, there are many passes in central Tibet in friendship highway after driving off from Lhasa, Khambala pass,4070m, Karola pass, 5045m, Thongla Pass 5150m, Lalungla pass, 5050m, Dolmala, 5670m, you will also visit ancient town and cities en-route from driving from Lhasa, Gyantse, visit Khumbum Temple, Pelkhor Chode Monastery, Gyantse fort where British army and Tibetan warlords fought the fears battle and Tibetan were surrounded by British soldiers, there is a memory inside the fort.

GYANTSE: Pelkor Chöde: Work started on the monastery by Rabten Kunzang in 1418 under spiritual guidance of Tsongkhapa’s disciple Khedrup Je, and was completed seven years later in 1425. Remarkably preserved, many statues and paintings inside date back to the time of its founding. Although the shrines are predominantly Shakya, it was traditionally unaffiliated and used as common assembly place. Today it is looked after by the Gelukpas. Kumbum: Rabten Kunzang in July 1427 embarked on his most ambitious project – the construction of the Kumbum (or Tashi Gomang Chöten), which was probably completed in 1439. The gilded copper roofing and the final consecration ceremonies, however not completed until 1474. The term Kumbum means having 100,000 images and refers to a particular style of stupa construction in which chapels are housed in ascending symmetrical stories.

Tibet Trips & Trip to Tibet

Gyantse is also famous for its year festival of hours ride. 90km from Gyantse, there is a second biggest city of Tibet and seat of Panchen Lama, one of the most powerful ancient kings of Tibet and second to Dalai Lama. . Tashilhunpo Monastery: Located in on the western edge of modern Shigatse was founded in 1447 by, Gendun Drup, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, who was subsequently recognized as the Dalai Lama. Gendun Drup was entombed in Tashilhunpo, one of two Dalai Lamas (the other was the sixth) whose remains are not enshrined in Lhasa. It was here that the Fifth Dalai Lama declared his teacher, Losang Chökyi Gyeltsen, and then abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery, to be a manifestation of Buddha Amitabha the fourth in a line of incarnate lamas starting from Khedrup Je, one of Tsongkhapa’s two chief disciples. Since the abbot of Tashilhunpo was already referred to by the title Panchen (great scholar), these incarnate lamas were called the Panchen Lamas. Losang Chökyi Gyeltsen thus became the fourth Panchen Lama. It is one of the main Geluk Monasteries.

The side trip to Shalu is on the Gyantse – Shigatse road, just before Shigatse. The monastery is 5 km south of the main road, its distinctive green tiled roof just visible from the turnoff. It was founded in the eleventh century by a Sakya/Kagyu Lama named Chetsun Sherab Jungne, who had promised to build a temple at the place where an arrow fired by his Teacher Lotön Dorje would land. The first building was modeled on the plan on the plan of an Indian Buddhist Vihara. In the fourteenth century under the  Mongol – sponsored rule of Tibet under Sakya Lamas, Shalu was remodeled. It was supported by Drakpa Gyeltsen, the leading lay figure of the family that supported the monastery, in the Newari style. The murals of the Segoma (Kangyur) and Gosum chapels are the most striking examples of this style to have survived. It is believed that great master Atisha spent some months here in Shalu in 1045.

Tibet Trips is not complete without the visit of Sakya Monastery located approx. 60km just before Lhatse; this monastery is a “must” for visitors to Tibet. Sakya, meaning “Grey Soil” in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray; its walls were painted in red, white and grey strips, which represent Manjushree, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani respectively. Sakya Monastery, reputed as the “Second Dunhuang”, is the first Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism created by its initiator Khon Konchog Gyalpo in 1073 from which Sakya rose and once ruled Tibet, occupied 14,700 square km. It was shaped in square, and the trove including “Beiye Sutra”, “Shouxing Picture” etc. Sakya Monastery not only records the history of the combination of religion and politics in Tibet, but also deemed as the sign that Tibet was brought into Chinese domain officially. Sakya Monastery has 900 years history and the Sakya Sect ruled Tibet for more than 70 years. So the monastery has a colossal collection of highly valuable art pieces, including abundance handwriting sutra that is said that copied by all the Tibetan calligraphists organized by Basiba. Sakya’s collection of treasures also contains 3,000 pieces of sutras that have thousands of year’s history. The mural in Sakya Monastery is quite different from Dunhuang that has already become relic. Here the mural is still passed on from generation to generation

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