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Jokhang TempleTibet, a verboten land not only by man but also by nature, attracted many explorers, scholars, and pilgrims and adventure lovers, all in quest of "Real Shangrila". It is not only its location and natural enthralls but also a prolonged religion and culture that attracts the visitors from all over the world to visit this tiny region at least once in a lifetime.

Lhasa is the spiritual and political capital of Tibet and is the best starting point for visiting Tibet. The word Lhasa means in their native language--" The land of gods".

Tibet is situated on the Border between China and India. In 1951, Tibet, which was previously an independent country, was instituted into the Peoples Republic of China. Tibet is often referred to as the Shangri- La of the tourists.

A 5-hour ride from Lhasa takes you to Shigaste. The main attraction of the region is the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Moving 180 km south of Lhasa, you will arrive at Chonggye that is crowned by the elegant Tibetan royal tombs. From Lhasa you can also take a day trip to Lake Yamdrok Yamsto.

Permit Required
One has to obtain a special permit for the visit and stay, due to the adverse political situations prevailing in Tibet. Some areas are absolutely a restricted zones where tourist are not allowed, one has to be aware about these area to avoid any trouble later on.

Best Time to Visit
Tibet experiences hot and cold climate. In winters, the region faces extremely cold climate, whereas in summers it is cool and pleasant, altogether receiving only 18 inch of rain or snowfall. Sunlight is extremely intense.
To enjoy Tibet’s rich cultural heritage, incredibly dramatic landscapes and fascinating political history, the most pleasant months to visit are from April to October.
Potala Palace
Tibet Temptations

The Jokhang Temple
It is the most important among the Tibetan monasteries, as all the religious ceremonies and customs are performed in the temple.

Jokhang Temple is spread on an area of 25,000sq.m and was constructed in the 10th century. The main attraction of the lies in its 4-story hall crowned with a golden cupola.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace is listed as a world Heritage sight by UNESCO, located in Lhasa City of the Tibet Independent Region. The Potala Palace is the most extensive art treasure house of cultural residue in Tibetan region of China. Perched on the Moburi Mountain in the Lhasa valley, the Palace is world acclaimed for its majesty and beauty.

Rival Kailas
The river is more renowned for its mystique, solitude, pulchritude and repute. It is considered to be the 'Center of the Universe' by Buddhists and Hindus and its lateral edges gave birth to some of the most divine rivers -- the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges and Sutlej. The devotees from all over Asia thronged this hallowed path due to its mythological reputation.

Namtso Lake
Nestling at an altitude of 4718 m, above the sea level, Namtso Lake is extended over and area of 70 km in length and 30 km in width. It is located 60-km northwest of Dangxiong County. It is both the highest and biggest salts water lake in the world. The lake is full of islands and islets in varied forms with birds sporting over the water surface.

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Norbu Lingka Park
Norbu Lingka Park, or "Treasured Garden", is located in the west of Lhasa and was also the summer resort for Dalai Lamas. The exotic range of colorful flowers, the rows of elevated rare trees and golden structures along the side of the lake add charisma to the garden. Other tourist attractions in Lhasa include Gandan Monastery, Zhebung Monastery, and Tibet’s largest temple covering an area of 250,000 sq.m.

Sagya Monastery
It is located in the Sagya County, 149 km from Xigaze. The Sagya Monastry is acknowledged as the Second Dun-Huang, and houses numerous classical books, relics, and precious paintings. The monastery stores more than 40,000 volumes of books on Buddhism in the wood book cabinet, which is 57.2 m long, 11 m high, 1.3 m wide and has about 464 book shelves. The most precious is Buddhist scripture Burde Gyaimalung, which is 1.8 m long, 1.03 m wide and 0.67 m thick.

Tibet Wildlife Attraction
Qangtang Grasslands in North Tibet and Ngari Plateau in West Tibet are the two main wildlife regions. At this height of 3,000 m above the sea level, one is likely to find the great wild creatures --- one can encounter thousands of wild asses or gazelles and monkeys. The most impressive of all is the wild yak. Due to its stalwart structure, a wild yak may weigh more than 1,000 kg with its whole body covered by long dark brown hair. Going for a yak safari is another attraction of the region.

Mountaineering Tour in Tibet
Besides its Buddhist temples and monasteries, the mountains of Tibet are also popular for adventure sports like mountaineering and climbing. The region has sponsored programs such as multi-national joint climbing, straight line approach, climbing without oxygen supplies, speed climb and solitary climb to promote mountaineering adventure among its climber enthusiast. Mountaineering, highland exploration and trekking in the Tibetan Plateau has become increasingly popular, therefore in order to serve the needs of mountaineers from around the world, a total of 44 mountain peaks have been open to international climbers since 1980.

Buddhist Festival Mode of Transport
The main highways to Tibet are the Chengdu-Lhasa, 2,330 km long; the Xining-Golmud-Lhasa, 1,907 km long. Daily two buses shuttle between Germu and Lhasa. They start from Germu at 8 in the morning and arrive in Lhasa the next afternoon.

Lhasa Gonga Airport is 100km from the Lhasa City, located in Gonga County in South East of Lhasa. There are no air routes within Tibet.

Tibetan Festivals
Tibet is also known for its diverse and colorful festivals. There are many traditional and exotic festivals in the region that spread throughout the year with one or two coming in each month. The Festival of Banishing Evils comes in December, on the Tibetan New Year's Day, The Butter Lamp Festival falls on January 15 of the Tibetan calendar, Saga Dawa Festival falls on April 15 marks the transcendence and death of Sakyamuni, Tsong Khapa's Festival..... The list is endless. All festivals are celebrated with same devotion and enthusiasm.

Eating Joints
The taste of Tibetan food is light and mild. Most of dishes season only by salt, shallot and garlic and do not put into any other spicy flavoring. Ghee, Zanba, Beef and Mutton are known as four treasures in Tibetan food, besides Barley wine and varied of milk products. There are many restaurants in Lhasa, Shigatse, and Tsetang normally bedecked and tailored in the traditional Tibetan style.

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