Tibet is the remote area of mainly Buddhist kingdom territory and often referred as the real Shangri-La where the forbidden land and the holy land of innermost desire of the Himalaya. With the land of snows and the mysterious feeling you get, it is exciting to explore. It has the snow mountains and grasslands, scattered herds of yak and nomads on the plateau, spectacular monasteries and unsophisticated smiles, tranquil lake and transparent blue sky, all can be seen on this magic land. Tibet is a province of natural wonder, a treasury of cultural relics and a destination of attractive adventure. As Tibet location being surrounded by imposing mountain ranges that harbor the world's two highest summits, Mount Everest and K2 makes Tibetan Plateau is being called as "the Roof of the World". Although China claims this place but the allegiances of many Tibetans lie with the exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, seen by his followers as leading spiritual figure, a living god, the Panchen Lama is the second most important figure. Both are believed as the reincarnations of their predecessors but by China as a separatist threat. Tibet's population is about 2,300,000 people in ethnic group of China is famed for diligence, bravery and long history. They have their own language and written script. Most of them are Buddhist. The 90% of the people living by farming. That is why Tibet’s economy depend of its agriculture. Forests and grasslands occupy large parts of the country. The territory is rich in minerals, but poor transport links have limited their exploitation. Tourism also an important revenue earner.
1. Considered as most Secluded Region on EarthGeographically, Tibet feature is surrounding by mountains as well as its landscape of highland make it as the most secluded area on earth due to its difficulties to reach with lack of transport and long car journeys with still developing roads. Another reason make this region is secluded is also in the past foreign travel used to be restricted, and just open up in 1980s. Until now, foreign visitors need so many permit to access some place in Tibet as well as some ruled that must to be followed. For examples many temples prohibit visitors from taking photographs of the Buddha statues located at important sites, specific dress codes in order to respect the holy nature of the sites shorts and open shoulder tops are discouraged. Last but not least things like smoking, eating, or distracting behavior are prohibited. However, it is all worthy and not really hard to follow when the time you are in Tibet, you will see a breathtakingly beautiful region and many hours can be whiled away staring out at the vast expanses of mountains, lakes, and farmlands the yak are the best of all.
2. Buddhism is Tibet's Everyday LifeBuddhism is Tibet way of living, it is not just a religion for them but also culture and a foundation of life. If you have a chance to visit this Sangri-La, you will be able to gain a deeper appreciation for Tibetan Buddhism, witnessing ancient rituals and exploring sacred spaces. Many place that will guide to them, such as an old Tibetan pharmacy (where you will learn philosophy through medicine) to the grand Potala Palace. Due to its basic, many festival that are unique that only happen in Tibet, not even being celebrated in the rest of China. For examples, there is Tibetan New Year that usually happen in January-February, The Shoton Festival, when a giant Buddha painting is unfurled, are the most well-known and highly anticipated festivals in Lhasa.
3. Flow Of Fresh Water From TibetIt is can be said that 47% of the world’s population depends on the fresh water flow from Tibet. Although all we know that water mostly flow from the both pole North and South pole, however it is also happen to be from Tibet and the number also not a joke. Nicknamed the ‘third pole’, Tibet holds the third largest store of water and ice in the world after the Arctic and Antarctic. With a lake, river, or glacier at every turn, the immensity of this region’s water resources soon dawns on travelers as well as the immensity of the region full stop. It does not come as a great shock that six of Asia’s biggest rivers originate in Tibet, including the Mekong, the Yangtze, and the Indus to many of them.
Tibet Tourist Spots
1. The Potala PalaceThe Potala Palace was actually a royal palace of King Sontsan Gampo that built in 637, and it reconstructed in1,645 by the great fifth Dalai Lama at that time. The location of this palace is on the side of Marpo Ri or literally means Red Mountain. Uniquely it has built on the mountain and a large impressive building complex. Since the reconstruction, the palace become the residence of Dalai Lama and the theocratic center of Tibet. This big palace is become the tallest palace in the world and ni doubt crown as the palace of art due to its innumerable treasures and art works as well as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site that Tibet most proud of.
2. Mt KailashMount Kailash is located in a remote part of western Tibet, and also the most sacred mountain in Tibet. Most Tibetan people and many South Asian people who religious of Buddhist, Hindus, Jains, and Bons believed this mount is the center of the world. The mountain, especially the summit is always snow capped all around the year and makes the Kailash stand out beautifully in its Himalayan Valley. Although this mountain is so beautiful and breathtaking, but no one allow to climb it due to its sacredness. Instead of climbing it, it has been visited by many people for countless pilgrims from India, Nepal, Bhutan, and all over Tibet, to pray and show their devotion.
3. NamtsoNamtso means Heaven Lake in Tibetan, it is the second largest salt water lake in China and as one of the most beautiful places in Tibet. It has an altitude about 4,718 meters, it high positioned make it like a lake in the sky. With its quietness, blue sky color, high location like touch the white could and sky, and surrounding by big snow mountain will surely clean your heart and your soul whether you are a Buddhist or not. This beautiful lake also regarded as a holy lake by Tibetan Buddhists and usually visited by Tibetan for a pilgrimage during the Year of the Sheep. As it is a holy lake, near by the lake, there are four temples surrounding it.