Tibet is one of the world’s remote regions, a place that looks untouched by time. We recently had the pleasure of exploring Tibet with the man behind The Land of Snows, so we’re here to impart some handy knowledge on how you can make the most of your trip to Tibet. Enjoy nature Aside from the […]
November 13, 2019
Tibet is one of the world’s remote regions, a place that looks untouched by time. We recently had the pleasure of exploring Tibet with the man behind The Land of Snows, so we’re here to impart some handy knowledge on how you can make the most of your trip to Tibet.
Aside from the epic views in the Mt. Everest Base Camp, Tibet also offers other beautiful landscapes for your eyes to feast on. There’s the Yamdrok Lake, one of the sacred lakes in Tibetan Buddhism, famous for its turquoise freshwater; the glacial peaks of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang; the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the country’s longest river. If you’re driving around, ask your tour guide to stop by the Pang La pass, where you can see 5 of the world’s highest mountains.
Explore the Old Tibetan Quarter
The Old Tibetan Quarter is home to the Barkhor, the main shopping market frequented by Tibetans. Engage with the locals, check out the local items and produce, spend some time people watching and taking photos.
Visit the Tibetan landmarks
First on the list is Jokhang, considered as the country’s holiest and most famous temple that’s almost 1400 years old. Thousands of Tibetan Buddhists visit this temple, to pay their respects and to pray. Another local attraction is the Tsamkhung Nunnery, the only nunnery in Lhasa. Also a must-visit is the Potala Palace, an iconic building that looks over Lhasa. Standing at 13 storeys and with more than a thousand rooms, it is also known as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
Marvel at the monasteries
Monasteries are a big part of the country’s identity, so it only makes sense to stop by a few of them while you’re in Tibet. Don’t miss out on Rongphu Monastery, considered as the highest monastery in the world; the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in the country; and the 600 year old Pelkor Chode Monastery.
Appreciate the locals
Tibet is teeming with traditions, so take advantage of this if you can. Visit small farming villages to see how the locals make a living out of farming or even try a homestay if you’re feeling adventurous. Meditate with the nuns or the monks to understand how they lead enriched lives through spirituality or ask them respectful questions about Buddhism if you’re inclined. Tibetans are a warm, hospitable people, and they also like learning about the world outside of Tibet.
Photos by Jamin York, who will be running a 23-day tour around Tibet this coming May. Need extra help in planning that trip? Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.