Tibet

Bespoke and Tailor Made Holidays & Honeymoons to Tibet

Located in Western China, Tibet is the highest region on earth having an average altitude of 4,900m (16,000ft!).  It’s a vast plateau in Asia sitting north east of the Himalayan mountains.  The ethnic groups here are mainly Tibetan but with some others such as Monpas, Lhobas and Han and Hui. This is a fabulous holiday destination for the adventurer and is easily combined with tours of China and other Himalayan regions. Mount Everest is on the border with Nepal and several major rivers begin their courses in the Tibetan Plateau.  Some of the most well known include the Yellow River, Mekong, Ganges and Yangtze.  The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon along the river of the same name is one of the longest canyons in the world.

Most of Tibet survives on subsistence agriculture but tourism is a fast growing industry. In 1959 the Tibetan government was abolished when the region was incorporated into the People’s Republic of China. Tibetan Buddhism is the main religion here and this has a huge influence on the culture of the land, reflected in art, music and festivals. Architecture also portrays the influences from China and India as is the cuisine, although local staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat and butter tea.

Mount Kailash is a holy pilgrimage site for Tibetans and Hindus, the later believing the mountain to be the home of Lord Shiva. There are also many high altitude lakes in Tibet, the Qinghai Lake being the largest in China. The traditional capital of Tibet is Lhasa and has two world heritage sites, the Potala Palace and Norbulingka both previous residences of the Dalai Lama. There are over 800 settlements in Tibet and there are many monasteries and temples in Lhasa.

Many adventure and trekking holidays can include Tibet and if you would like to visit in a little more comfort, try an escorted tour, perhaps including other highlights of China on the way.  Ask me about a tailor made holiday to Tibet and other parts of Asia.

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