Occupying an area four times the size of France, Tibet is the land of mystical dreams lying in the shadow of The Himalayas. With its average altitude being more than 4,500 meters and large numbers of glaciers, it’s rightly referred to as the ‘Roof of the World’ and the ‘Third Pole’.
With its soaring peaks, high-altitude landscape and rough terrain, Tibet provides for an otherworldly experience and is a revered trekking destination in the Himalayas for seasoned trekkers all across the globe. If not for trekking, one could also opt to see lakes and monasteries in Tibet, among the other tourist places in Tibet, through widely available tour packages to Tibet.
That said, trekking through Tibet’s landscape is the best, and sometimes the only way to explore the beauty of this mystical, remote land and a trip to Tibet is never complete without trekking to Tibet Monasteries.
Let’s take a look some of the places to visit in Tibet which would provide you with a rich insight into Tibetan culture and let you dive into the subtle and harmonious relation of its people with Buddhism and nature:
1. Potala Palace – The Potala Palace, a majestic, white and red palatial complex, is an iconic image of Tibet towering over the Lhasa, Tibet’s capital city. Reflecting the rich Tibetan history, it’s a treasure house comprising of numerous artworks and articles including religious jewelries, murals, and Buddha statues.
2. Jokhang Temple – One of the most sacred temples in Tibet, Jokhang Temple is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism. Built in the 7th century by King Songtsan Gampo, the temple is a unique blend of Indian Vihara design, Nepalese architecture and China’s Tang Dynasty design.
3. Samye Monastery – The birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism, Samye Monastery was the first monastery built in Tibet and comprises of a number of frescos, prayer wheels, and Tibetan sculptures, which makes it one of the best tourist destinations in Tibet. If reasonably fit, you could choose to trek to this monastery through Ganden, which is also the longest trek in Tibet.
4. Yamdrok Lake – Yamdrok Lake, or what’s locally referred to as Yamdrok Yumtso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and lies about 70 kilometers from the capital city of Lhasa. The ‘Jade Lake’, when subjected to the bright sun, exhibits a shade of deep turquoise and is a refreshing sight to tourists.
5. Namtso – Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayan kingdom, Namtso is home the Namtso Lake, the second largest salt water lake in China. Set at an altitude of 4,718 meters, the heavenly lake is surrounded by four temples and lies 110 kilometers to the North-West of Lhasa.
Ever since Tibet opened its gates to international tourists in 1981, we, at Third Eye Travel, have been organizing tours and travels to Tibet, in partnership with our local tour partners in Lhasa. Covering all the major touring destinations including the sacred Mount Kailash, we offer amazing, customizable trips to Tibet, the details of which can be found on our website.