There are numerous things to do while you visit Tibet, but we had mention Top 20 places to visit.
Tibet is commonly known as Roof of the World & among the most popular exotic destination in the world and is famous for its spiritual magnetism and natural beauty. Tibetan 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. Tibet Trips offers you an altogether different experience.
Lhasa is a capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Lhasa lies at an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) so that’s why it also counts for the highest cities in the world. Lhasa is the second famous city in Tibet after Xining city. Lhasa is called as “Land of the Gods” and is over 1,300 years old and Holy land in the Tibetan language.
Drak Yerpa is the holiest place and caves in Lhasa, Tibet. It is located on a hillside Dagze, Lhasa, Tibet. It is found by Tibetan queen Monza Triucham. It is one of the popular places to visit in Tibet. It has also become one of the three most important centers of meditation & retreat in Central Tibet. It locates in the spectacular limestone crag of the Yerpa Valley, with an altitude of above 4000 meters.
Lhasa Carpet Factory
Tibetan carpets are among the best carpet in the world. With a long history, the making of Tibetan rugs are unique as that they are mostly handmade, the process of which including spinning, dyeing, weaving, trimming and so on.
Tibet Museum is the official museum of the Lhasa, Tibet. Inaugurated on october 5, 1999 it is the first large modern museum in Tibet Region. Located in the southeast corner of Norbu Lingka, Lhasa city.Tibet Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). Tibet museum stores abundant historical and cultural relics, Buddhism figures, ancient books and records of Tibetan, and folk handicrafts.
In addition to showing the civilization of Tibet, the museum is also an ideal location to hold cultural exchanges and seminars, to preserve cultural relics, and to encourage the archaeological study. The museum has become an education base of patriotism as well as a significant tourist sight in Tibet. Tibet Museum is not only a source of information and inspiration for the locals themselves, but also attracting an increasing number of people from overseas and educating them on the unique Tibetan culture. Let’s wish it a bright future in the new millennium!
Ganden Monastery is situated on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River in Tagtse County, 29 miles (47 kilometers) from Lhasa City.It stands at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level! It is one of the premature and enormous Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa – a branch of Tibetan Buddhism.
Its significance as an artistic, religious, political and cultural relic led to it being conserved by the National Key Cultural Relic Preservation scheme in 1961, and is now known as being one of the ‘3 Great Temples’, together with the Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery . The Ganden Kora (walking in the clockwise), is the great experience to meet stunning views of Kyi-chu Valley and encounter large numbers of pilgrims, rubbing holy rocks and prostrating themselves along the path.
Lake Manasarovar, it is situated about 2000 km from Lhasa. It is one of the world’s highest freshwater lake. The lake is huge with the mirror like an image of snow-capped mountains in its crystal clear waters is just fabulous. The lake is located at the southern the foot of Mount Kailash, stretching up to 88km (55miles) in perimeter it goes 330 feet deep and about 120 sq.meter of the total area.
Lake Manasarovar has an exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water nearby the shores and a deep emerald green color at the center. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake. The most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill.
Mount Kailash lies in Tibet Autonomous Region near Manasarovar Lake and Rakshastal Lake. Mount kailash is a devotional mountain in the far west of Tibet. It is 6,638 m (21,778 ft) highest form sea level. It is one of the holy Mount. In ancient text, it is referred to as the center of the world.
This Mountain is considered holy by different religious which are:
According to Hinduism, they believe that Lord Shiva home is in Mount Kailash. He uses to live there with his Wife Parvati and his two sons Ganesh and Kartikeya. Lord Shiva is known as the greatest God in Hinduism. Mount four faces are made of crystal,ruby,gold and lapis lazuli.
In Jainism, Kailash is also known as Meru Parvat or Sumeru. Ashtapada, the mountain next to Mt. Kailash,is the site where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva, attained Nirvana/moksa.
The Bön, a religion native to Tibet, maintain that the entire mystical region and the nine-story Swastika Mountain is the seat of all spiritual power.
Buddhism believes that Mount Kailash is the house of the Buddha Demchog, who represents supreme bliss. Apart from its religious importance, this Mt.Kailash tour follow the footstep of devoted pilgrims to the magical land of western Tibet and expereince wilderness adventure with abounding wild lives and lonely nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries.
Namsto Lake is known as “heavenly lake” & is the one of the highest and spectacularly beautiful lakes in Tibet. Namsto Lake is at an altitude of 4,719m, it is the highest saltwater lake in the world. The water is cold with a bluish green tint.The waters of sacred Namtso Lake is shimmer with an almost transcendent turquoise, framed by strings of prayer flags & snow-capped mountain peaks. Snow-capped mountains and open grassland, dotted with yak herds and local nomads, surround the crystal clear water of Lake Namtso, making it one of the most stupendous places in Tibet.
Namtso Lake extents 30km from south to north and 70km from east to west, covering an area of 1,920 sq km. and altitude of 4.748 m above sea level. It is one of the biggest lake in Tibet & the second biggest salt lake in China as well as the highest lake in the world. Namtso Lake is one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. Every sheep year in Tibetan calendar, the Namtso Lake Festival is held & countless pilgrims from far away visit the Lake to pay homage.
Rongbuk Monastery, It is one of the highest temples in the world. It has an altitude of about 5150m, situated on the north side of Mount Everest. The Rongbuk Monastery is lies at the northern foot of Mt. Everest at height of 5000 m (16, 404.2 ft.) from a sea level.
The monastery was built by a Nyingmapa Lama in 1902. The area of Rongbuk Monastery was used by monks and hermits for meditation for over 400 years. It is the highest monastery in the world because it is 5000 m above from sea level. It is a monastery of the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. Rongbuk Monastery now houses for about thirty monks and nuns, but in the ancient time it was house for 500 monks. Hermitage meditation caves dot the cliffs around the monastery & many stones carved with prayers and sacred symbols line the paths to them.
From Rongbuk Monastery we can get view of Mt.Everest it just look like lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. Endowing the ideal location, Rongbuk Monastery itself is also worth visit. Only several buildings remain, Rongbuk is simply and has a sense of untouched beauty not only for its peacefulness, but also the experienced history as a temple to witness the first person conquer the Mount Everest. Acted as a rest site for climbers once upon a time, now it also does a favor for tourists to visit around before get to Everest Base Camp.
Tibet Mt Everest Base Camp :
As we all know that,Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world which is 8848 meters above sea level. Standing at 8844.43 meters sea level feels like we in heaven.
The summit is situated on the border between Nepal and China, and so on its south side belongs to Nepal while north side belongs to Tiber Autonomous Region of China. Mountain shape is just like a huge pyramid. Well,it is a fascinating destination for tourist all over the world. Travelling at the foot of Mount Everest symbolizes the limit of self-challenge as Mount Everest enjoys the reputation of the roof of the world with more than 40 high peaks in 7000 meters above sea level nearby.
North of Mount Everest in Tibet, there is the Chinese Everest Base Camp (EBC). This camp was constructed to protect the environment around Mount Everest and to provide a campsite for climbers and travelers. You can camp there to see the peak of Mount Everest.
Samye Monastery is located in the peaceful area of the Shannan Region. The temple was built by the Trisong Detsen (regnant 742-798) of the Tubo Kingdom and was presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava. Well, Samye Monastery is the first temple which was built in Tibet with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this resplendent temple has become an attraction for visitors from many countries.
A unique monastery and village rolled into one, Samye is a highlight of a visit to Tibet. Situated amidst breathtaking scenery, the journey to Samye is splendid no matter how you arrive. The layout of the huge monastery complex forms a giant mandala, a representation of the Buddhist universe.
When the temple was constructed, Detsen took part in the foundation ceremony and then appoint seven scion of blue blood to cultivate in the temple. They were the 1st group of monks to live at the temple and later the so-called ‘Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye’. Since then Buddhism had become popular within Tibet and forms a branch of splendid culture. Now, the temple is listed as one of the cultural relics of national importance under the protection of the state.
Guge Kingdom is the kingdom which is founded and flourished in 10th century. Guge Kingdom was a small ancient kingdom of western himalayan Tibet. It capital are located into Tsaparang in the Sutlej Valley, but its original capital was Burang.
It was founded by a great grandson of Langdarma. Who was the last monarch of the Tibetan Empire. It have covered western Tibet and northern Ladakh parts. Now it is museum because of mural art studded in the walls of the King palace. The palace of the Kings is located upper parts of the hills. It has many maze of chambers, balcony and windows to look into the valley. Its wall is mainly surrounded by picture of mythical animals and floral designs. You can visit Guge for viewing its beauty and its ancient history.
Potala Palace is located on Marpo Ri Hill in Lhasa at an altitude of 3700 meters (12,100 feet). The name Potala had been inspired by Mount Potalaka, said to have been home to Bodhisattva Avanlokitesvara. The palace served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the 14th moved to India. The palace is now a museum, its doors open to the general public.
Potala Palace is the landmark also the symbol of Tibet. It is a great giant palace consisting of many towers, houses, chapels, etc. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Potala Palace is the highest place in the world. Because of its amazing architecture style, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. The Potala Palace has stood for centuries as a testament to the Tibetan people and their beliefs.
Hundread & Thousands of pilgrims from around the world come every year to pay homage to this grand estate and the symbol it stands for. It is considered to be one of the wonders of the world for its physical structure and its importance in Tibetan history, the Potala Palace is admired by all who visit. The building of the Palace is divided into two- the red palace and the white palace. You would presume, by the colors of the walls. All through the history of the Potala Palace Tibet, the red one has always been used for religious purposes, whereas the white one used for the residence of the Dalai Lamas, and where they control their political issues.
Jokhang Temple is located in Central Lhasa and considered to be one of the most holy and sacred places of worship by many Tibetians. The Jokhang temple had been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2000. It covers an area of almost 6 acres and is known for the famous statue of Buddha. It also marks the advent of Buddhism in to Tibet. It was only after the temple was built that Buddhism grown to its present position in Tibet.
Jokhang Temple is a significant pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. Traveller come from all corners of Tibet, usually on foot and often performing austerities for penance along the way. The most ardent pilgrims cover the last several miles prostrate on the ground.
Ramoche Temple or monastery is one of the most important and considered sister temple of the Jokhang. Ramoche Monastery is situated in northwest part of Lhasa covering a sum area of more than 4,000 square meters. This monastery is build around the same time of Jokhang temple history says that it was built to house the Jowo Sakyamuni image brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng during the Tang Dynasty. By the mid-15th century the temple had become Lhasa’s Upper Tantric College. Residing within the Ramoche Monastery is the life-sized statue of the 8-year-old Sakyamuni Carried into Tibet by the Nepalese Chizun Princess, the figure is regarded as the greatest saint in Ramoche Monastery.
Upon entering the main building, one can see find the ten pillars holding some of the remaining local relics such as the encased lotus flowers, coiling cloud, jewelry & particular Tibetan Characters. The golden peak of the temple with the Han-style upturned eave can be seen from any direction in Lhasa city. Needless to say, the temple is a wonderful example of the combination of Han and Tibetan architectural styles.
Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery in the early fifteenth century. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when it was built. Sera Monastery is located 2 km north of Lhasa and occupying an area of 114,946 square meters. Sera was established by Jamchen Choje Sakya Yeshe in 1419 on the request of his teacher Je Tsong Khapa.
The Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall & three colleges, was discovered in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa.
Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in Republican China. Qinghai Lake is literally blue lake located in ocated in Qinghaihu Basin, northeast of Qinghai Province. Qinghai Lake is really a good place for travelers. The lake offers year-round pleasure. Many prefer when it is a green & lively world. The mountains and grassland wear a green blanket with herds of cattle and sheep dispersed over the grassland. Being a miraculous tourist site, Qinghai Lake provide more as a enormous treasured lake drawing great attentions from scientists from around the world.
Apart from embracing the heavenly beauty here, you can either stroll on the grass or ride on a yak, climb the hill or visiting the historic remains left on the Tang-Tubo ancient road or the Silk Road. Qinghai Lake has a surface area of 4,317 square km; an average depth of 21m, and a maximum depth of 25.5m as measured in 2008.
Shigatse is the Tibet’s second city and important place in Tibetan history. Shigatse, also named Xigatse, means ‘the fertile land’. Shigatse covered an area of over 3875 square kilometers (about 1496 square miles) and has a population of nearly 100,000.
Located at an average elevation in range of 3840 meters to 4464 meters, Shigatse is one of the world’s highest cities & has the most comprehensive natural landscapes in Tibet, from vast plateau pasture and beautiful cultivated fields to subtropic forest & grand snow-covered mountains, most famed one of which is the world’s highest mount, Mt. Everest.Shigatse has a history back to more than 600 years and it is this ancient holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. So Shigatse is also rich in historical sites, such as the 600 year-old majestic Tashilhunpo Monastery.
The main centre of attraction in Shigatse is the massive Tashi Lhunpo Monastery།. The monastery was founded in 1447 and is the seat of the Panchen Rinpoche་, who throughout the history of the Gelukpa tradition, has been the second highest incarnation lineage after the Dalai Lama . At its peak, the monastery had several thousand monks with aroung of 600 monks. As one of the most famous and important monasteries in all of Tibet, it sees hundreds of religious pilgrims each day.
The Barkhor street is located in old area of Lhasa City, Tibet and is very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Barkhor Street was built along with the Jokhang Temple. After the Jokhang Temple was built, there were countless pilgrims gathering to view the magnificent building and pray. Gradually, there was a trodden path around the temple and called the origin of the Barkhor Street. The Barkor is a popular devotional circumabulation for pilgrims and locals. The Barkhor circuit consists of East Street, West Street, North Street, and South Street.
This street retains the ancient Lhasa look: Tibetan houses line the streets, and the ground is paved with flagstones. Barkhor is also a must see place for visitors. For visitors, Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner. Barkhor Street is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. If you have been attracted by it, you should go there. Believe your eyes, and you will get a lot of surprise there.
Gyantse Dzong/ Fortress is one of the best preserved Dzong in Tibet perched high above the town of Gyantse on a huge spur of grey brown rock. The Gyantse Fortress was constructed in 1390 and guarded the southern approaches to the Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa.
Gyantse is often referred to by the Chinese as the “Hero City” because of the determined resistance of the Tibetans against far superior forces during the British expedition to Tibet of 1903 and 1904. This Fortress is famous for patriotic story.
The best way to see everything here is to wind around the fortress clockwise toward the top, using the long concrete staircase to descend.