Popular as the 'Roof of the world', Tibet is China's small autonomous region situated on the northern side of the Himalayan range. According to the Tibetan government, in 2019, more than 40 million people visited Tibet when the total population of Tibet is only 2.096 million.
Let’s find out why such a massive number of visitors to Tibet.
Potala Palace is a 12,000 feet tall architectural treasure built on Red Hill, central Lhasa. As per UNESCO, the palace is also a World Heritage Site as it represents historical and cultural values. Additionally, the palace holds religious values as its name is from ‘Mt. Potalaka is a mythical residence of the Buddhist god ‘Avalokitesvara’.
Did you know? Tibet offers fresh water to 47% of the world’s population. The Tibetan Plateau is home to over 1000 lakes, one of them being Nam Co lake, the highest salt lake in the world. Besides, there are several sacred lakes in Tebet, such as Yamdrok Tso Lake, Namtso Lake, Manasarovar, Basum, and others.
Mount Kailash is considered the stairway to heaven, and especially in Hinduism, the mountain is said to be the residence of Lord Shiva. The mountain is 6638 meters tall and comes under Tibet. However, mountaineering in this region is strictly prohibited due to the religious significance it carries for Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains around the world.
While in Tibet, one of the exciting activities to look at is the Monks of Sera Monastery debating during their lunch hour. The debate is different from other formal debates as it consists of many dramatic gestures. Each gesture during the debate has a meaning. These gestures help monks give the debate a powerful sensation.
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Although there were travel restrictions in Tibet during the pandemic, right now, it is safe. Besides, using safety measures while travelling is always recommended.
It would help if you planned to spend around USD 63 per day on your vacation in Tibet.
Yes, Tibet is safe for tourists; however, they should take health precautions due to the high altitude.
The best time to visit Tibet is from May to October when the weather is clear and the temperature is not too cold or very hot.