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Tibet Sightseeing

Lhasa:

Lhasa, is capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. It has a history of more than 1,300 years a political, economic, cultural and transport center of the region. Lhasa has an area of 30,000 square km with a population of 400,000. Lhasa is home to the Tibetan, Han as well as other ethnic groups, but the Tibetan ethnic group makes up about 80 percent of the total population.

Nakchu Region:

Located in the northern part of Tibet, Nakchu Region leaves a strong impression to visitors by its vast Qiangtang Grassland and no man's land. Though being a wild place with small population and the weather condition is not so satisfactory, its unique charm and magnificent view are also the reason why people come here. What's more, in this mysterious land, much wildlife under first national protection inhabit, adding some vitality to the land.

Potala Palace:

Located on the Red Hill of Lhasa, it is the symbol of the city, known to the world for its grand constructions, elegant buildings, exquisite artworks and pious religious atmosphere.
The Potala Palace is 117 meters high atop the Red Hill in Lhasa. It was built over 1,300 years ago in the 7th century. The 13-story palace, the world's highest, is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and is a rare showcase of traditional Tibetan architecture.     Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple:

At the center of the old Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet.Jokhang Temple     The Jokhang Temple is one of Lhasa's holiest shrines, first built in 647 A.D. in celebration of the marriage of the Tang Princess Wencheng and the Tubo King Songtsen Gampo. Located in the center of old Lhasa, the temple was set up by craftsmen from Tibet, China, and Nepal and hence the different architectural styles.

Bakhor Street:

Bakhor, also named as Baghor, is the oldest street in Lhasa,encircling the circular street of the Jokhang Temple, a distance of 500 m. In the past, it was only a circumambulation circuit, ¡°a holy road¡± in the eyes of Tibetan. Now it¡¯s also a shopping center with nation characteristics. It¡¯s an old district with colorful Tibetan features.     Bakhor Street

Drepung Monastery:

Drepung Monastery     The Drepung Monastery is situated in the hillside of Gambo Utse Mountain 5 kilometers northwest to Lhasa City. The monastery was first built in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa under the patronage of a noble family and later widened by the Fifth Dalai Lama. The second, third and forth Dalai Lama once lived here.

Sera Monastery:

It was built in 1419 by a pupil of Tsongkhapa. It is located on the southern slope of the Serawoze Mountain in the northern suburbs of Lhasa. It is one of the three big monasteries in Lhasa. Each year it will hold the grand Sera Bungchen, which attracts Buddhists from all over the world.     Sera Monastery

Norbulingka Monastery:

Norbulingka Monastery     It is a park first used as a bathing place by the 7th Dalai Lama in mid-18th century. It later turned into to be the summer palace for the Dalai Lama in the beginning and mid-20th century. The summer palace of the 14th Dalai Lama attracts most visitors by its well-designed structure and surroundings.

Ganden Monastery:

Ganden Monastery was founded near Lhasa in Tibet by Tsongkhapa in 1409 as the first and main Gelug monastery. Ganden Monastery is about 45 kilometers from Lhasa. This monastery mainly has the Coqen Hall, Tri Thok Khang, Serdhung, Zhacangs, Khangtsens and Myicuns.
   
Tibet Museum:

Tibet Museum     Tibet Museum is located at the southeast corner of the Norbulingka Road in Lhasa. It is the first large-sized comprehensive modern museum in the Tibet Autonomous Region; it is a brilliant literary and arts palace of the Tibetan people, a gem of Tibetan civilization and a treasure house of Tibetan cultural relics.

Yambajan:

Yambajan is the most hot springs of China , world-famous for its spectacular phenomenon of hot springs boiling on the cold plateau, features all kinds of hot springs including highest-temperature hot springs, boiling springs and geysers as well as common hot springs, the area of which totals more than 7,000 square meters.
   
Lake Namtso:

Lake Namtso     Namtso lake, the second largest salt lake in Tibet, is held as "the heavenly lake" in northern Tibet. Namtso is respected as one of the four holiest lakes and the seat of Paramasukha Chakrasamvara by Buddhist pilgrims. Buddhists believe Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Vajras will assemble to hold religious meeting at Namtso in the year of sheep on Tibetan calendar.

Shigatse:

Situated in the alluvial plain at the confluence of Brahmaputra and Nianchuhe rivers, Shigatse is about 270 kilometers west to Lhasa. It is on an elevation of 3,800 meters with the area of 3,875 square kilometers. it has the population of 820,000,the second biggest city in Tibet.

Tashilunpo Monastery:

Tashilunpo Monastery     To the west city of Shigatse, you can find the gold roof of Tashilunpo Monastery glittering under the sunshine. It still remain its original vigor through past 5 hundred years. Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in China and the biggest Tibetan Gelugpa Buddhism monastery in back Tibet area.

Sakya Monastery:

Sakya Monastery is well known as the "Second Dunhuang", also the first Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism created by its initiator Khon Konchog Gyalpo in 1073. Sakyapa grew and once ruled Tibet and lived there. The monastery located in Sakya Country, 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Shigatse.     Sakya Monastery

Tsetang:

Tsetang is about 189 km south-east of Lhasa, the third largest in Tibet. It is the capital of Shannan Prefecture and an important administrative center. It is located on the south bank in the middle section of the Yarlung Tsangbo River. The nearby Yarlung River scenic area is a national scenic park with Samye Monastery, Yumbu Lhakang Palace, burial site for Tsampos and Traduk Monastery highlighting the region.

Samye Monastery:

Samye Monastery     It is the first monastery ever set up in Tibet. It was first founded by the Tibetan King Trisiong Desen. It belongs to the Nyingmapa and Skayapa sects. The construction has the three styles, namely the Chinese Han, the Tibetan and the Indian.

Yumbulagang Palace:

Yumbulagang, also called¡°palace of mother and son¡±in Tibetan dialect, is the first palace ever built in Tibet. It has a history of over 2,000 years. Acording to the history it was first built for Nyatri Tsanpo, the first Tibetan King. Later it became the summer palace of Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng.     Yumbulagang Palace

Trandruk Monastery:

Trandruk Monastery     About 7km south of the Tsetang Hotel, Trandruk is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, which dates back to the same time as the Jokhang and Ramoche in Lhasa., the 7th century reign of Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the Demoness Subduing temples of Tibet.

Gyangtse:

Gyantse is located in the Nyang Chu valley 254km south-west of Lhasa and 90 km west of Yamdrok Yumtse Lake. It is the 4th largest town in Tibet. Gyantse is famous for its woolen carpets. It is considered among the finest in all of Tibet.

Dzong Fort:

Dzong Fort is the former location of Gyantse local government in old Tibet. Four steles set up by the high-rank commissioners dispatched by the emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty are still kept in good order for extremely precious value as the historical cultural relics. Dzong Fort is also the old battle field between British army and local army men and civilians in 1904.     Dzong Fort

Kumbum Stupa:

Kumbum Stupa     The Kumbum, the only Nepalese-style stupa in Tibet, is located in the Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyangtse. The stupa has numerous chapels dedicated to various Buddhist deities.

The Pelkor Chode Monastery:

First built in 1418, Pelkor Chode was once a multidenominational complex of monasteries. The best way to get the feeling of the original extent of Pelkor Chode is to see it from the Gyantse Dzong. Pelkor Chode Monastery is a dark, gloomy place and if you want to have a good look at the various murals and Thangkas, it is a good idea to take a torch.     The Pelkor Chode Monastery

Mt.Kailash:

To west of Tibet stands Mt Kailash which is the most holy mountain in Asia. It is prayed by Buddhists, Hindus. Mt Kailash is an important place for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims who make a trip of a 53km circuit around the mountain. Buddhists and Hindus circumambulate clockwise. To circumambulate once is said to wipe off the life-time crimes. The mountain itself is 6714m high above sea-level.

Mt.Everest:

Lies at the border between China and Nepal, Mt. Everest, also known as Mt. Qomolangma, meaning Mother Goddess of the Universe in Tibetan, is the highest peak in the world. High as 8848.13 meters in the middle place of the Himalaya in Tingri County, Shigatse, Quomolangma is covered with snow and glaciers. Everest area has four peaks above 8000 meters and over 30 peaks above 7000 meter, hence the Third Pole on the Earth.

Chamdo Region:

Chamdo Region is located in the upper reaches of Lancang River and in the eastern part of Tibet. In Tibetan, "Chamdo" means water confluence as this place is the confluence of four rivers (Sequ River, Zhaqu River, Angqu River and Lancang River). Due to its old civilization, pious religion beliefs, long history, and unsophisticated folkways, Chamdo Region has attracted an increasing number of scientists, visitors and Mountaineers every year.

kakangchu Region:

Located in the northern part of Tibet, Nakchu Region leaves a strong impression to visitors by its vast Qiangtang Grassland and no man's land. Though being a wild place with small population and the weather condition is not so satisfactory, its unique charm and magnificent view are also the reason why people come here. What's more, in this mysterious land, much wildlife under first national protection inhabit, adding some vitality to the land.

Heavenly Lake Namtso:

Located near Damxung, it is the highest saltwater lake in the world and the second largest saltwater lake in China.

Ngari Region:

Located in the extreme western Tibet, Nagri Region stands at the highest part of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Because of the high altitude, the land is severe cold dotted by continuous stretch of snow mountains. Though the color of it remains unchanged white, the celestial and extraordinary snow-capped landscape irresistibly attract the braves to conquer and to seek the beauty of wildness.

Yarlong Tsangpo River:

Located in the eastern part of Tibet, Nyingchi has long been known as "theSouth of Yangtze River in Tibet" due to its beautiful scenery. Unlike other landscapein Tibet, Nyingchi Region is rich in forest scenes and natural resources.  Variousplants growing in different climatic zones can be found here, such as bananatrees, palm trees and snow lotus. Its thick forest is densely wooded by Tibetancypress, tree fern and Himalayan Fir, which makes the land worthy of the title "Natural Green Gene Pool" and "Natural Nature Museum".

Yarlong Tsangpo River:

Originating from a glacier on the northern Himalayas, it is the highest river in the world.

Shannan Region:

Located in the western part of Tibet, Shannan Region is believed to be the richest region only because of its culture. It is the cradle of Tibetan people and the birthplace of their culture. It has countless historical and cultural relics, and has born many celebrities in history that made great contribution to Tibet. Moreover, the natural scenery here is equally wonderful.

Samye Monastery:

Situated in Dranang, Samye Monastery was completed in 779 under the patron of Trisong Detsen.

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake:

Yamdrok Yumtso (or Yamdrok-tso) is, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, lies at Nhagartse, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the southwest of Lhasa.

Shigatse Region:

Located in southern Tibet, Shigatse is one of the most attractive tourist resorts in Tibet.It start at the foot of the northern slope of the Himalayas,and it ends with fertile farmland, vast grassy meadow, wooded forest and snow mountains. Moreover, the old civilization and magnificent temple architectures are the other reason for visitors to come here.

Tashilhunpo Monastery:

Lies 2 kilometer west of Shigatse city, the monastery is a very influential monastery in Tibet.


Zhangmu (7000 ft.):

For Nepali, this place is called Khasa. For Tibetan. better known by the name of Dram. Zhangmu is a small settlement clinging to a hillside 10 Kms. from the Friendship Bridge that crosses the Bhotekoshi river. Zhangmu has become the major trading point between Tibet and Nepal. The climate is quite different from the hinterland. The hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with many waterfalls in summer and impressive ice formations in winter. It has a bank, a post office, a government store, and is presently undergoing a construction boom to meet the demands of trade and tourism.

Nyalamu (12200 ft.);

Known as 'Kuti' to Nepalese traders, Nyalamu used to be an important trade centre. Now-a-days, barrack style Chinese communes surround the typical old flat roofed, mud-brick houses. Although vegetation is sparse, one can see an abundance of alpine fauna on the hillside during the summer months.

Tingri (old) (14100 ft.):

Tingri is an old Tibetan settlement with typical clustered Tibetan styled housing at the foot of small hillock. A short exploration in the settlement can expose you to a typical remote Tibetan lifestyle. Right from the roadside of Tingri, you can see the MT EVEREST towards the southern direction.

Xegar (New Tingri) (13800 ft.):

A new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, 7 kms. from the main road. With a population of 3000, it is the centre of this large and remote area and a base from which expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched.

Lhatse (13100 ft.):

Lhaze is situated where a main Tibetan road turns westwards towards Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. During the short summer season, the whole valley is covered with green barely fields and bright yellow mustard meadows. It is a welcome change after the barren lands of the Tibetan plateau. There is also a small, hot spring located a few kilometers away.

Xigatse - The Estate that Fulfils One's Wishes (12600 ft.):

It is situated between 29o 02'N and 88o 08'E in the southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region where Nyangchu River joins the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Shigatse is the second biggest town in Tibet and it is the center of transportation and distribution of agriculture and husbandry products from the southeastern part of Tibet. "Shigatse" in Tibetan means the "Estate that fulfills one's Wishes."

Tashilhunpo Monastery:

Tashilhunpo Monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet. It is located in the town of Sigatse and was founded by Gedun Drup, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelungpa Sect. Gedun Drup is recognized as the first Dalai Lama. It was first built in 1447 and continuously expanded by the successive Panchen Lamas. The Ngagpa College (Tantric College), one of its four monastic colleges, is the residence of the Panchen lamas. The most amazing image in this monastery is the statue of the giant Maitreya (Future Buddha) erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914. It took four years to build this monumental statue which stands twenty six meters high and is composed of 275 Kg. of solid gold, and a great quantity of precious things such as pearls, turquoise, coral and amber. The 4th Panchen Lama's funeral stupa was built in 1662 and it stands eleven meters high and is covered in solid gold and silver.

Gyantse (13050 ft.):

A small agricultural town famous for its wool carpets and the Phalkor Choide Chorten, Gyantse lies between a monastery and fort. This unique structure, built in 1414, consists of five stories representing the five steps to enlightenment, and is topped by thirteen rings which symbolize the stages of advancement towards Buddhahood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddha Shrines.

Phalkor monastery:

Located in Gyantse and founded jointly by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa Sect and Rabten Kunsang of the Sakyapa Sect in 1418, the Phalkor Monastery has a special influence over Tibet's Buddhism owing to its unification of three different sects, the Gelugpa, the Sakyapa and Bhuton Sects, in a single monastery. The famous Kumbum pagoda, built in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal & Tibetan artists, also stands in the same courtyard with nine story's, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, this is the reason for its name "100,000 Image Pagoda".

Yamadroke Lake - The Sacred Lake (14300 ft.):

Yamadroke Lake is one of the biggest and beautiful lakes in Tibet. We pass by this lake with about 2 hours drive along its bank. Yamadroke means torquise in Tibetan language. In fact, the lake looks exactly as beautiful as torquise blue during the good weather days. This freshwater lake, unlike other Tibetan lakes, is sweet and non-saline, extending for 624 sq. km., in the shape of two pincers of a large scorpion. You can have a short stop on its bank and enjoy photography here.

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