This includes three of the biggest ancient cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. By visiting these pl...
Explore all of Tibet’s natural wonders. With soaring snow-capped mountains, scenic lakes, lush forests, deep canyons and views of Mount Everest, it is like a postcard at every turn. Discover the wild prairies, deep valleys, verdant forests, grand ice glaciers and rare animals. Situated on the world's highest plateau region, Tibet boasts some of the freshest air in the world.
Tibetan Buddhism plays a major role in the lives of Tibetans. The main objectives of Buddhism are self-improvement, compassion and reaching enlightenment. Every day, there are numerous pilgrims coming to Tibet, to visit the monasteries, sacred mountains and holy lakes and you have opportunity to witness this ancient practice and perhaps come away with a different perspective.
Tibetan cuisine is largely influenced by neighboring countries such as China, Nepal and India. Tsampa, usually made of barley flour, is the food on which generations of Tibetans have grown up with and the locals eat this traditional dish with cheese. Yak meat is an essential ingredient of various Tibetan dishes. Momos (dumplings) and Tibetan pizzas are some popular dishes containing yak meat, while dried yak meat is another local specialty. Thenthuk, a soup comprising noodles, yak meat, and vegetables, is great to get you warm on cold days. The locals also love their Tibetan Sweet tea which is made with fresh or powdered milk, sugar and black tea. Be adventurous and try some of these new and exciting dishes while you are there!
Many rare and endangered animals live in Tibet. You will see animals such as antelopes, snow leopards, bears, foxes, vultures and rare birds such as black-necked cranes. These high-altitude creatures thrive in the snowy and beautiful terrain of Tibet. The Tibetan Yak is essential to Tibetans as the means of transport, a food source (cheese and meat) and farming.
Tibet is also known for its intricate and tumultuous history. Stretching back to the mid-7th century, with the Tibetan Empire, its history outlines Chinese and Mongol control, as well as a British invasion. Much of Tibet’s rich cultural heritage was laid in ruins due to the Communist government-inspired Cultural Revolution movement between 1966 and 1976. However, since then Tibet’s traditional culture has returned to what it is today.
The best time to travel to Tibet is April to October, when the weather is warmer and the ice has melted, unblocking roads out of the cities.