Located on the roof of the world, and crowned as the largest and highest plateau, Tibet is enormous and full of wonders. We has sufficient reasons to call it the “Roof of the World”: With an average elevation exceeding 4,500 meters, and with an area of 2,500,000 square kilometers.
Magnificent snow-covered mountains loom over boundless plains, highways weave their way with colorful prayer flags, and glittering lakes lay in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to a number of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet has the power to satisfy even the most veteran traveler.
This mysterious area spreads for almost 1600 miles, but only 6 out of 7 regions are open to foreign travelers. Each region possesses its unique culture and scenic features and deserves your visit unconditionally. For most visitors, Lhasa and Shigatse are central region of Tibet which you must visit. The capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa, is located at an altitude of 3658 meters and surrounded by mountains and rivers. It is filled with attractive landscapes to visit and it normally takes at least a week to visit all these scenic spots. Shigatse acts as the Central Tibet’s second-largest city, some trekking routes can be found there, including the route to Mt. Everest Base Camp. The Friendship Highway which joints Lhasa and Kathmandu runs through Shigatse, and bridges Tibet’s most important monasteries and tourist attractions. Furthermore, Tibet’s extraordinary beauty also exists in many other regions. Nyingchi is a charming region in western Tibet which has lowest altitude and pleasant weather all year round. It’s also known as “the Switzerland of Tibet” because of its attractive natural landscape with snow-capped mountains. Ngari is situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters in northwestern Tibet. It locates at the place where the Himalayas, the Gangdise and the Kunlun Mountains meet. What’s more, it’s the home of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
There are many must-see attractions which visitors will never miss. Tibet has a level of devotion and faith, for many travelers, the highlights of Tibet will be of a spiritual nature. In the Potala Palace, the highest ancient palace in the world, you can experience sacred devotion. Its splendid structure and importance in Tibetan history make it one of the wonders in the world. The religious center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple, is the destination for devout Buddhist pilgrims. You can see many pilgrims kowtowing in front of Jokhang Temple. Drepung Monastery is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. At the Shoton Festival, many people swarm to here to see the Thangka Unveiling. It’s common to see pilgrims prostrating in sacred spots around the country. Every region is dotted with holy monasteries filled with the aroma of butter tea, prayer halls of chanting monks, and streets lined with prayer wheels.
Beside Religious Culture, Tibet also has breathtaking natural scenery. At Lake Yamdrok, the jewel-like water will give you an impulse to meditate. And when you step to Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, with the highest peak looming in front of you, it seems that you can reach the sky and have conversation with gods.
Travel to Tibet, you’ll find breathtaking lakes, incredible monasteries, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and one of the most devout and hospitable peoples.