Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and explore China’s oldest trade route and some of the country’s most dramatic sites and landscapes.
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The Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor, a 3107-mile stretch of this ancient series of trade routes, where silk, porcelain, spices, and other goods were exchanged and where civilizations converged, was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 2014. Far from the bustle of Beijing, this remote section of China delivers the kind of sites worth traveling across the world to see. Read More
Everyone knows Tibet—at least, they think they do. The word alone conjures images of monks, meditation, and mountaintops; of blue skies, white ice, and red robes; of a spiritually pure Shangri-La. Yet, in truth, few people know the reality of 21st-century Tibet, and that’s because it is one of the least trammelled areas in the world. Getting to Tibet is difficult—the borders spend more time closed than open—but it’s not impossible. Here are some lesser-known facts about Tibet to study up on before you journey there. Read More
The mere mention of Tibet evokes thoughts of the real “Shangri-La” shrouded in mystery and myth. ‘Explore Lhasa‘ brings you the best from the vicinity and offers you an exciting opportunity to explore the natural vivacity and cultural splendor that surrounds Tibet. From remote retreats to pilgrim paths, magnificent monasteries, raw high-altitude valleys, lake and mountains, Tibet is ready to receive you! Read More
Explore the heart of Nepal and Tibet; experience both Nepalese and Tibetan culture at once with our “Ultimate Adventure in Nepal and Tibet”. The trip not only encompasses sightseeing around Nepal and Tibet but also combines adventure and wildlife activities that are bound to keep your adrenaline pumping. Your adventure begins in Kathmandu as you go for sightseeing around the capital. Read More
Shangri-La conjures up the image of an earthly paradise; a utopia located high in the Himalayan Mountains; a mythical paradise of happiness and isolation. Tibetan scriptures describe Shangri-La as having been created as a refuge for Buddhists during times of turmoil. Tibet, the ‘forbidden’ land, protected by the great Himalayan chain in the south and west, and even more inhospitable mountains to the north and east, has haunted the ambition of travelers for centuries, and it is only in the last twenty years that more than a handful of travelers have managed to penetrate its remote secrets. Although there are now frequent visitors to Tibet the allure is still there: the very remoteness, inaccessibility and mystery are still enough to attract most people. Tibet is a land of great beauty, of vast landscapes and glittering peaks, high altitude desert, densely forested gorges, brilliant skies, clean rivers, and little modern development. Read More
Tibet is all you’ve heard and everything you’ve imagined: a land of intense sunshine and towering snowcapped peaks, where crystal clear rivers and sapphire lakes irrigate terraced fields of golden highland barley. The Tibetan people are extremely religious, viewing their daily toil and the harsh environment surrounding them as challenges along the path to life’s single goal, the attainment of spiritual enlightenment. The region’s richly decorated monasteries, temples, and palaces—including the Potala Palace—were not constructed by forced labor, but by laborers and artisans who donated their entire lives to the accumulation of good karma. Here are top 8 things to do in this magical land.
1. Mt. Kailash Kora
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly been braving their way to Mt. Kailash in order to attain spiritual enlightenment despite the harsh weather and often forbidding terrain. Hike the age-old pilgrims’ path around Mt. Kailash, Asia’s holiest mountain. The holy Kailash Circuit (parikrama or kora) is the three-day ritual circumbulation that takes you along a 52km kora. The circuit is considered to be the holiest of all Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimages and is believed that a single circuit erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime while 108 circumbulation will achieve salvation or nirvana. Read More
LHASA, Aug 28: The usually quiet city came to life with hundreds of people, if not thousands, thronging the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). They came as early as five in the morning for the Shoton festival that started this year, according to the Tibetan calendar, on August 25.
“This is a regional Tibetan festival and it´s celebrated in different parts of Tibet,” says Zou Yuheng, a staffer at the TAR Information Office, explaining that Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, which is the largest monastery in the world, is the main venue for the festival.
Built in 1416, Drepung Monastery is situated at the foot of Gambo Utse mountain. The monastery looks from afar like a heap of rice, and hence its name. Dre in Tibetan means rice and pung signifies collecting. To reach the monastery on the first day of the five-day festival, people have to walk for two to three hours as all motorable roads leading to it are closed off. What makes the journey even more strenous is the fact that almost half the going is up a steep hill. Some people opt to head for the monastery surroundings on the eve of the festival and pitch tents for the night. Read More
The land of the snows, the roof of the world – Tibet never fails to charm visitors from all over the world. Heavenly lakes, mysterious rivers and breathtaking landscape, Tibet is nature’s paradise and is sure to leave you amazed with an unforgettable experience of land, people and mysticism.
The cultural, political and economic hub of Tibet, Lhasa is the heart and soul of Tibet, and an object of devout pilgrimage. Visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple Sera and Drepung monasteries to explore the spiritual side in you. The Jokhang Temple and Barkhor circumbulation circuit is filled with pilgrims from all over and innumerable shops and wayside peddlers selling everything from prayer flags to yak skulls!