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.
Dear Lina and Bippin,
Hope you are well and your journey back has been pleasant.
I wanted to thank you for the best trip of my life! It is still hard to condense my feelings into words and unless one has been on a trip of this magnitude there is no way of expressing the feelings and impressions acquired. Thank you for all the care and support on this journey; nerve wrecking and exhausting for you proved to be a great service to us.
It has been great to be involved in your wedding and I wish you eons of happiness and every success. I also could not have asked for a better group to travel with; Patels now associate with fun and joy in my mind!
I have definitely caught a bug for hiking and have already started surfing the web for some mountainous terrains to explore. I keep dreaming about Kailash and Tibet; it is weird to find myself in the “real” world so abruptly.
Once again, a huge thank you from all of us for a great trip and an amazing parikrama never to be forgotten.
Olga Bhatia, UK
Vidya and the entire Himalayan Glacier team. Our sincere apologies for not writing sooner. As soon as we returned home we had to move to a new house and we had some other family issues to attend to.
Thank you thank you thank you. Kevin and I had a wonderful time. We saw so many things that we have talked with our friends about endlessly since returning. From the monasteries, to the caving, to of course Mt. Everest we were in awe in all of the itinerary items. Kathmandu was great, as well as Lhasa. So much culture, but you can defiantly see how they are adjusting to modernization like the rest of us.
Our favorites were of course, everest, the potola palace, canyoning, and the safari. Our guides were great. Our guide in Tibet was amazing! He knew so much, and for where he lacked in English made of for it in character.
Located 26km south of the city proper, the sacred Kumbum Monastery (Ta’er si), is the best of the sights in the Xining area. This attraction is generally acknowledged to be one of the six most important monasteries along with the Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries in the Lhasa area, the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe. The ancient monastery, built during the 39th year (1560 AD) of the reign of emperor Jiajing (Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 AD), boasts a Tibetan name, Kumbum, which means a grand place housing 100,000 Buddhas.
Authorities in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region are enacting a new legally-binding regulation to safeguard the heritage and development of the Tibetan language, local authorities said Monday.
The Tibetan Language Work Committee and other authorities in the plateau region have finished drawing up a draft regulation on the ethnic language, said Chodrak, the committee’s deputy director.
The regulation, which has gone through four amendments, is expected to come out in September.
Chodrak said that the regulation enshrines the study, usage and development of the Tibetan language in law and clearly shows the attention being paid to the issue by the central and local governments.
“Such a rumor as ‘the Tibetan language is dying’ is totally groundless,” Chodrak said.
According to the committee, the new regulation will provide a legal protection for the rights and freedom of the people of Tibetan ethnic group to study, use and develop their language.
It is also hoped that it will play a role in boosting the region’s overall development in the economy, politics and culture.
The Chinese government encourages bilingual education at schools in Tibet and other ethnic regions.
In Tibetan areas, most classes are taught in Tibetan, though Mandarin and English classes are also on the curriculum.
Teachers in Tibetan areas are given on-the-job training to help with their bilingual teaching, in Tibetan and Mandarin.
The region promulgated the Several Provisions of the Tibet Autonomous Region on the Learning, Use and Development of Tibetan Language in 1987.
To promote this work, in 1988, the Tibetan Language Work Steering Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region was set up, later renamed the Tibetan Language Work Committee.
In 2002, the region issued the Provisions of the Tibet Autonomous Region on the Learning, Use and Development of Tibetan Language after amending the 1987 version.
It is believed that the 2014 regulation will have a broader application than those existing provisions.
source: Tibettravel.Org, 09 April 2014
Tibet, the “forbidden land’ that was once shunned to the outer world, lies beyond the mighty Himalayas on the highest plateau in the world. Located 5,000 meters above sea level, Tibet is also known as the ‘Roof of the World’. This Buddhist Kingdom that remained long closed to foreigners and isolated to the world outside until recently, holds a strong fascination for many people, scholars, pilgrims, travelers and explorers alike who are all in pursuit of real “Shangri La”. The land of snows – 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. Apart from its geographical and natural wonders, Tibet’s long history, ancient culture, heritage and religion appeals people worldwide to visit this mysterious land.