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There are very few lands on earth which have captured man’s imagination for its mystical aura then Tibet. This hidden kingdom, the "roof of the world", the vast expense of land is stunning and offers fantastic mountain vistas, plateaus, lakes, people, and culture belonging to a lost world, which stopped in bygone era. Nomads have not changed much for last one hundred years ago and still subsist from their yak herds. The Tibetan people and their religion are inseparable.

Tibet is a land of dramatic landscapes, scared relics, butter lamp, illuminated temples and monasteries, deeply religious peaceful and welcoming people. Tibet has something unique to offer to every traveler, from Lhasa Potala palace, to the Jokhang Temple the spiritual center of Tibet; from Drepung Monastery to Lhamo Latso Oracle lake, which waters revealed clues for the identification of the 14th Dalai Lama; from holy Mount Kailash to Lake Manasarovar.

A visit to Tibet is an astonishing experience despite or maybe because of traveling difficulties and unpredictability. The infrastructure is poor to non-existent making the adventure even more exciting. The Qinghai Tibet Plateau, in the southwest of China, is the highest plateau in the world. The majestic Tibetan highland stands on top of the world with its unique cultural tradition and the towering Mt. Qomolangma standing above all world's peaks.

Tibet possesses more than fifty peaks above 7,000m and it is the home to five Himalayan mountains over 8,000m. Internally Tibet borders with provinces of Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan while its external borders interface to India, Burma, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal. Ever since Tibet was opened for tourist in 1984, many Tibet operators in Nepal offer a wide range of package tours to suit every individual taste budget and schedule with guaranteed departure. The accessibility has also been improved, for better or for worse, with opening of the Tibet railway in 2006, the highest railway in the world and capable of carrying 4000 passengers per day.

Tibet – with a population of about 2.62 million (2009) and an area of 1,228,400 million square kilometers – is one of the most sparsely inhabited places anywhere in the world and the highest region on earth located mostly above 4500m (15,000ft), with an average elevation of 4,900m (16,000 ft). This poses potential health complications related to altitude sickness, when traveling to Lhasa located at elevation of 3,490m (11,450 ft).

Tibet is locater at GMT +8 zone (2hrs 15min ahead of Nepal Standard Time).

PEOPLE

The Tibetans are naturally warm and hospitable people with their love of life and fellowship. They revere nature and respect and cherish animals even when they have to kill them for food. The vast majority of people live in rural areas, and a large but diminishing part of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic. Their lifestyle aims at achieving a harmonious balance between their daily chores and the spiritual forces, which they believe to exist all around them. Tibetans are very religious, spiritually inclined and generally observe Tibetan Buddhism or a collection of native traditions known as Bön. There are also smaller populations of ethnic Lhoba, Moinba, Deng, Xiaerba, and Hui (Chinese Muslims). There is a large number of migrant Han Chinese who have come to Tibet in search of work from mainland China have not officially registered as residents.

The Tibetans eat yak meat, drink yak milk, make yak hair tents, use yak hair ropes and yak hide bags, and burn yak dungs as fuel. Yaks are so indispensable for them they call them Norbu meaning treasures. Yaks also find their way into artworks, such as monastery murals and rock carvings. According to classics of the Bon religion, yaks came from the Heaven to the top of Gangdese Mountain. Of the Buddhist warriors, one has a yak head.

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There are very few lands on earth which have captured man’s imagination for its mystical aura then Tibet. This hidden kingdom, the "roof of the world", the vast expense of land is stunning and offers fantastic mountain vistas, plateaus, lakes, people, and culture belonging to a lost world, which stopped in bygone era. Nomads have not changed much for last one hundred years ago and still subsist from their yak herds. The Tibetan people and their religion are inseparable.

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