Namtso – the heavenly lake in Tibet

August 5, 2013

Explore Tibet, the spellbinding destination, where centuries-old monasteries still ring with the early morning chants of monks and prayer flags flap in the wind against a background of majestic blue skies. Tibet has become an epitome for spirituality, with Buddhism reflected in nearly every aspect of its art and culture.

In your Lhasa Explore Tour, you can traverse into Tibet’s cultural heart including Potala Palace, the traditional home of the Dalai Lama. Beyond Lhasa’s deeply spiritual and ancient culture, you can discover Tibet’s natural attraction like Namtso Lake. Redirect your Tibet Tour into the nature’s pristine refuge where travelers can have live experience of heavenly treasures.

 

Namtso Lake- Tibet

Namtso Lake- Tibet

 

Namtso Lake, endowed with pure water and stunning landscapes, is one of the most beautiful lakes in world. The heavenly lake attracts thousands of visitors each year. Suited at an elevation of 4,718 meters, the beautiful lake is like a bright pearl on Tibetan Plateau. Covering an area of 1,940 square kilometers, Namtso Lake ranks the second largest saltwater lake of its kind in China after Qinghai Lake. It is also one of the three most famous holy lakes in Tibet.

Namtso Lake’s crystal-clear blue water creates difficulty to distinguish the boundary between the lake and the sky. The scenic vistas of the lake touch soul of every visitor who travels there. The magnificent scenery reaches apex during the summer where wild yaks, blue sheep, Mongolian wild asses, foxes, black bears, water deer, marmot, hares and other wild animals leisurely look for food along the heavenly lake shores. Likewise, countless migratory birds fly above and around the lake; sometimes lovely fishes in the lake jump out of water to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine; sheep and cows herds are found in its vicinity grazing.

In addition to nature’s trove, the sunrise and sunset, and the night sky at the Namtso Lake are extremely amazing. The wide open spaces around the lake, dotted with the tents of local nomads are interesting to see.

Namtso, the extremely beautiful lake with turquoise blue water not only offers stunning views of nature, it is life in itself.

Barkhor Bazaar Showcases Tibetan Culture

July 24, 2013

Travellers who are making their excursion around Lhasa’s cultural centre definitively pass through Barkhor Bazzar.

 

LHASA

LHASA

 

Barkhor Bazaar showcases cultural highlights of Tibetan people. It comprises a series of circular streets that encompass the Jokhang temple along with numerous merchants and vendors offering a wide variety of local Tibetan arts, crafts, and cuisines. The Barkhor bazaar if seen from the perspectives of vast combination of Tibetan culture represents window of Tibet. In addition, the market is constantly thriving with the countless activities from the vendors and shops.

Barkhor Bazaar, a market full of traditional Tibetan style building and narrow streets, is always packed with shops catering to locals and tourists alike providing a great opportunity to see every day Tibetan life. The sights, sounds, and smell of incense wafting from giant chimneys enthrall visitors catering the ultimate Tibetan cultural experience.

At Barkhor’s heart resides Jokhang Temple, home to the only known image of the Shakyamuni Buddha, to remain in existence today. The cultural relics of Jokhang Temple are a draw for thousands of pilgrims. Pilgrims can be seen walking clockwise around the temple as they spin prayer wheels and chant mantras while others prostrate in respect.

Exploring Barkhor Bazaar while on a Tibet tour can be a fantastic cultural experience that can help travelers gain insight into every day Tibetan life. Barkhor Street is also a great place to pick up authentic Tibetan arts and crafts.

Another undenying attraction of this age old street is it showcases Tibetan cuisines. Visitors are encouraged to try out some of the local food. The busiest stalls and restaurants are typically the best to taste the food culture.

Those looking to submerge into Tibetan culture need look no further than Barkhor Bazaar. Barkhor Bazaar after all is always pulsating with Tibetan tradition and culture.

Top 5 intriguing things to do in Tibet

July 15, 2013

Tibet, the Roof of the World, nestled high in the mountains, with deep vast lakes and rivers and wide rolling plains is famous for its mysticism and beauty. The Roof of the World, undisputed, a land of serene, mysterious and exotic traveling destination appeals human sense of beauty by its exquisitely architected monasteries, refined paintings, cultural intactness, religious belief and innocent people. Tibet is stunningly intriguing Himalayan state that makes a traveler restless to explore.

Tibet Monastery

Tibet Monastery

 

Here are 5 intriguing things to do for a traveler who is making a tour in Tibet.

1. Pay your visit to Tibetan Monasteries

For a perfect knowledge of Buddhist world view and for an understanding of how the ancient religion is kept alive today, you must visit Tibetan monasteries. Visiting the sites like Tibetan monasteries means you have to travel through inner core of Tibetan civilization which is still far away from the reach of modernity. While journeying through different monasteries in Tibet, travelers also get live glimpses of Tibetan countryside. These kinds of excursion around Tibet also provide a chance to experience the way of life in a monastery practiced by Tibetan monks and their way of getting enlightenment. Beyond these experiences, a traveler can also have a chance to study wonderful sample of Tibetan architecture at such sites. Each monastery offers distinct and enchanting examples of Tibetan artistic craftsmanship.

2. Outdoor in great wilderness

Tibet is really a land of incredible outdoor, so traverse through its wilderness. Tibet has mountain trails and trekking trails and pathways to explore. It has deep valleys and lakes to explore or the base of various peaks to trek. Therefore, embark on an exploration or hiking tour, if you wish to enjoy a Tibetan outdoors experience in its wilderness.

3. Explore Tibetan culture

No trip to Tibet is complete without exploring the unique culture and lifestyle of the Tibetan people. The best way to immerse into Tibetan culture is to indulge in the local cuisine. Actually, taste of Tibetan foods in the traditional way help you perceive the long lived cultural. To really get the taste and feel the local touch, visit a small tea-house or restaurant around Tibetan villages. Similarly, to get real picture of Tibetan culture visit Barkhor street in Lhasa. Barkhor street surrounds the Jokhang Temple, where spirituality and modern life revolve around the temple. For the traveler, there are souvenirs, keepsakes and Tibetan artifacts to buy.

4. Visit at local architectural attractions

Apart from monasteries, Tibet does have other architectural attractions, in the form of palaces, ruins, museums, gardens and temples. The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, is the heart of Tibetan Buddhism and is visited by millions of pilgrims, being the holiest of all Buddhist sites in Tibet. Furthermore, Potala Palace in Lhasa is one of Tibet’s most captivating constructions. It is a treasure house for Tibetan relics and artifacts. Also make excursion into Yongbulakang Castle, The Norbulingka Palace, Guge Kingdom, The Ramoche Temple, and Tengye Ling. Visiting these sites create wonder and awe in with the travelers because of seeing craftsmanship portrayed in those sites.

5. Walk around the countryside

Take a tour of the natural countryside of Tibet, by visiting one of its many lakes and rivers. The deep blue waters, enclosed by miles of green pastures, valleys and mountain range give you thrilling experience. Lake Namtso, the largest lake in Tibet, is one such spot. A more sacred and holy spot which is the highest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Manasarovar. Close to Lake Manasarovar is Mt. Kailash. Mt. Kailash is a very famous distinct peak with a great religious significance for Buddhism and Hinduism. Another intriguing thing to do in Tibet is you can visit the base of Mount Everest.

Tibet is a land yet untouched by the ruthlessness of concrete and modernity offers a distinctive experience for a traveler. While arranging your to do list in Tibet, you just cover the top 5 intriguing things to do in Tibet which allow you to view the lush and rich scenery of mountainside, plains and cultural attractions of Tibet.

Tour into the Heart of Tibetan Civilization

May 15, 2013

Tibet holds more than higher peaks and valleys. It has rich history and traditions. Cultural travel to the Yarlung Valley in Tibet means traveling to the cradle of Tibetan Civilization. The Yarlung Valley is only 45 miles long, but it is rich with stupas, monasteries, temples and meditation caves.

Take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa which passes over the high Himalayan peaks and then roam around central Tibet. While visiting central Tibet, you will come across Tibet’s first monastery which named ‘Samye’, Tibet first king’s palace, Yambulagang, as well as the Yarlong valley and the tombs of the Tibetan kings, the beautiful Yamdoktso Lake, the high passes of Mount Nyicheng Gangsang, Gyantse  (Kubum stupa), and Shigatse (Tashilunbu Monastery), home of the Panchen Lama.

Furthermore, our cultural tour encompasses Tsedang and Samye, the ancient capital of Tibetan Kings, from where the Tibetan civilization evolved and flourished. In covering Tibetan Civilization, we will visit the first building and palace of the first Tibetan King of Tibet; Yumbulakhang and the ancient Tombs of former Tibetan Kings.

We also pay our visit to Mindroling and Samye monastery, the first monastery of Tibet from where Buddhism took its root in Tibet. After visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and other major sites in Lhasa, we explore Ganden Monastery east of Lhasa, one of the most spectacular sites of Tibet built in 1490 which once housed over 4000 monks.

Browse Himalayan Glacier’s Tibet tour packages that involve observation of ancient Tibetan culture and religion. The exploration tour makes passage to deeper insights into the fabrics of the Tibetan Buddhist way of life in the past and in the present.

Tibet, a Shangri-La for adventure enthusiasts

February 24, 2013

Tibet has been considered as a place of perfection, a Shangri-La if you may by the westerners. And why wouldn’t it? It takes pride in being one of the holiest places for Buddhists all over the world and is blessed with the ever soaring Himalayas.

view of Potala Palace

Magnificient view of the Potala Palace

Tibet has now emerged from its obscure identity to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In fact, Lhasa was selected as the No.9 holiday resort on the list of “The 45 Places to Go in 2012″ by New York Times.

And since Nepal is neighbors with the Tibet Autonomous region, China we can help you be a part of it all. Himalayan Glacier provides you with all kinds of Tibet tour. If exploration and relaxation is in your agenda then Explore Tibet-18 days and Hot springs and monasteries around Lhasa & Cradle of Tibetan civilization-10 days will be ideal for you. But, if you live for adventure sports why not try our Ultimate Adventure in Nepal and Tibet: Overland tour, Canyoning, Rafting and Jungle safari-14 days. This trip is bound to give you adrenaline rush you have never experienced before. However, if you are into trekking and/or mountaineering there are numerous choices you can pick from. Just visit http://travel.himalayanglacier.com/tibet/ and secure yourself a trip of a lifetime.

 

Overland Tour in Tibet via Everest Base Camp

February 18, 2010

We, that is myself, the author of this piece, Dr Frank from Belgium, and my gotson from Venezuela, Wilmer, went on the Himalaya glacier trip in October 2009 (October 16 till October 30).
Seen the fact that I live and work in Malaysia, the trip was booked from Kuala Lumpur via a local agent. Bookings as such went fine, but it was a bit unfortunate that we were not aware of a certain flexibility in the accomodation provided to us during the trip. Agent in Kuala Lumpur had only sent us a standard type of tour. The standard type is more apt for young or-for that matter- budget trekkers, but appeals less to the more sophisticated travellers as were are.

Nepal, Bhaktapur, Durbarplein algemeen zicht, links koninklijk paleis, achtergrond koning Bhupatindra zuil en Vatsala Durga tempel, oktober 2009

Nepal, Bhaktapur, Durbarplein algemeen zicht, links koninklijk paleis, achtergrond koning Bhupatindra zuil en Vatsala Durga tempel, oktober 2009

Nepal, Patan, Durbar plein, l naar r, krishna tempel, koning yoganarend

Nepal, Patan, Durbar plein, l naar r, krishna tempel, koning yoganarend

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we encountered some difficulties as to the choice of accomodation, we equally did so along the way in Tibet. Mister Naba, during our first meeting just a few hours into our journey, made us aware of the possibility to upgrade our accomodation, for which we were grateful. We did so in Kathmandu and on a few occasions also in Tibet by paying an extra, though reasonable. Only the more luxury type of accomodation in Kathmandu was a bit pricy, compared to Malaysia in the first place and compared to the standard of living in Nepal in the second place.
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Langtang, Manaslu, Everest Trek & Tibet Overland tour

August 25, 2008

conny and patrickMs Conny and Mr Patrick arrived in Nepal on 9th February 2007 and did several treks and tours in Nepal and Tibet. First two days they spent in Kathmandu for preparation and adjustment and they flew to Lukla from where Everest Base Camp trek start. After 17 days great Everest Trek they returned Kathmandu. After 3 days rest in Kathmandu they started Langtang Circuit Trek. They did exciting two weeks trek is known as the “Trekkers Paradise of Nepal” because it offers some of the most captivating cultural encounters and exceptional diversity of scenery available in Nepal After unbelievable Langtang Circuit trek they started AROUND MANASLU. This trek around Manaslu is a true classic traveling into one of the most remote regions of Nepal. Many consider it to be the best trekking route in all the Himalayas. This Challenging trek is spectacular, both geographically and culturally. Everest Base Camp and Langtang Circuit Trek they did lode to lodge trek but this trek they did full bard tent to tent camping trek.
conny and patrick conny and patrick

Before they went to Lhasa overland tour they went 3 days Chitwan National park for jungle safari and they did fantastic Elephant safari. Royal Chitwan National Park, the oldest National Park in Nepal, is situated in the sub-tropical inner Terai lowlands of South-Central Nepal. The Park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.

Himalayan Glacier Trekking organized their 5th trip Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour. The drive from Katmandu to Lhasa over spectacular Passes and revealing views of the majestic Himalayas, takes seven days over the “Friendship Highway”. The drive is well worth it as you encounter some enchanting Buddhist monasteries, highest mountain of the world (Mt. Everest) and remote villages untouched by modern civilization. While approaching the city you will be able to notice the Potala Palace, a vast white and ochre fortress that dominates the Lhasa skyline, en route we will stop for one night in Everest Base Camp (Ronbuk). Beside the Everest Base Camp, the will by pass through the major highlighted places of Tibet, Nyalam, Shigatse & Gyantse the historical seat of Tibetan power and the location of the tombs of previous Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace has been reduced to serve as a symbolic feature for Tibetan aspirations.