TIBET

Tibet - An Introduction ( Book Your Tibet Packages with Getaway ! & Get Early Discounts )

TIBET – a land so rich in culture and steeped in religion along the far-flung unique landscape, aptly called the Roof of the World. The age old Tibetan myths & mysteries cast an enchanted spell that holds a visitor in thrill and excitement. Tibet is a beautiful land with an average altitude over 4,000m above sea level, possessing more than fifty peaks above 7000 m and is also home to eleven Himalayan mountains over 8,000m bordering with China, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma and Kashmir. Tibet habitats over two million + people.

Spiritual aspects, traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the intoxicating wonders to be experienced by adventurous travelers who visit this land. Buddhism, with a history of some 1,300 years, is shaped into a unique form of "Lamaism”. History, culture and religion are mixed together and infiltrate every aspect of social life of this region. Tibetan religious arts have a distinctive style with adoption of Indian and Chinese Buddhist, thus, forming a pearl of Oriental Buddhist art. The ethnic people who live on the Tibetan plateau, whether they are Tibetans, Monpas, Lhopas and Moslems, each have their own distinct traditions of marriage, burial, birth, and other ceremonies. Festivals in Tibet are numerous providing ample of opportunities for large and exciting celebrations. So come and visit the land rich in mountains, monks, monastries and adventure.

Tibet make so adventurous journey to the world of Shangri-La and even incubates holy Mt. KAILASH & MANSAROVAR LAKE which can be easily afforded. The tour offers fascinating views of the incredible formation of the highest plateau of the world with awesomely beautiful rocks, cascades and canyons slightly hidden in the thin flying mists, amidst the mighty Mt. Sishapangma (8212 m) making you feel as being part of a rich unique tapestry woven with legends, myths, rituals and festivals. The another part takes you over the majestic Himalayas offering you the long cherished breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges including MT EVEREST (8,848m) by an hour long Trans-Himalayan flight on your way from LHASA to KATHMANDU. Most interesting of journey is a lifetime opportunity to admire and compare the magnificence of lofty Himalayas from three dimensions: south, north & sky. Your memories of holiday in TIBET is enriched by the lingering impression of the most lavishly decorated huge monasteries & temples, saffron colored monks, ever smiling people & their typical lifestyles.

Highway

Though, Tibet has not only exerted magnetic impression upon travelers for centuries but also for spies, missioners, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks, yet few intrepid, serious and determined have been able to make it. Therefore a trip to Tibet may be hard and often unpredictable. Travelers with a history of heart or lungs problem should consult a doctor before considering a visit. Visitors should also understand before taking this trip that Tibet was only opened to tourism in recent years.

Potala Palace

Lasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, has a long history of more than 1.300 years and is reputed to be the “City of Sunlight” due the long sunshine time. Situated at the downtown of the city is the magnificent Potala palace which construction was started by King Songtsan Gambo of Tubo Dynasty in the 640. The palace covers an area of 41 hectares, and its 13-story main building is 115.703 meters high with a total area of 120,000 square meters, which consists of 1,000 rooms of living quarters of the Dalai Lamas, ceremonial halls, funerary pagoda halls and the servants’ bedrooms. Potala Palace covers around 2,500 square meters in total.

The complex is divided into two sections, the Red Palace and the white Palace. The Red place, which houses eight funerary pagodas of Dalai Lamas, is covered in sheets of gold. The later one served as the living quarters for them to handle political affairs.  The palace roofs are gilded bronze tiles, so the palace has a glittering and magnificent look and is considered the “holy palace on highland”. The palace was designed and built to take best advantage of the sunlight on the plateau and in its wide and solid foundations there are tunnels and vents. Each hall and bedroom has a skylight to allow daylight and fresh air in. The columns and beams of the palace are carved and are painted with colorful murals. Since ancient times, Tibetans have painted their timber, pottery articles and the murals..

Thanka or Buddhist scroll paintings are usually done on cotton, sometimes with patchwork or embroideries. As with paintings, Thanka are based on different themes such as Buddha and historical figures, as well as history, medicine architecture and arts. The paintings are usually in vivid colors.

Potala Palace houses many iron, bronze gold and sliver articles such as weapons, from the Tubo Kingdom. There are also sacrificial articles from the same period of leather, textile, paper, porcelain and carved stone goods as well as gems seals and the golden documents issued by emperors to the Dalai Lamas.

In 1961 Potala Palace was listed as a national historical and cultural site under state protection. The place was repaired in 1989 with funds provided by the central government.  In 1994, it was included in UNESCO cultural Heritage by the World Heritage Committee.

Climate and clothing 

Because of the slight difference in annual temperature, the climate of the most area in Lhasa is pleasant all the year round. Although the temperature here varies greatly during a day you can wear the same clothing as you do in the north of China if you do not plan to climb mountains in winter. Though highest temperature in summer will not exceed 27c, sweaters are only needed in the morning and evening. Tibet is the right place enjoying the most sunshine all over the world with the total radiant quantity in Lhasa is 195 kilocalorie/ cm per year. The duration of sunshine in Tibet is also longer than other places at the same latitude, e.g. the whole year’s sunshine in Lhasa totals 3,021 hours, chengdu 1,186 hours and Shanghai 1,932 hours. When you visit Tibet pair of sunglass and suntan protection cream is needed.

Hotels in Tibet

 

Name

Star-rate

Address

Tels

Fax

Lhasa Hotel

3

1 Minzu Road, Lhasa

(0891) 6832221

6835796

Tibet Hotel

3

221 West Beijing Road, Lhasa

(0891) 6834966

6836787

Zedang Hotel

3

21 Naidong Road, Zedang Town, Shannan, Tibet

(0891) 7821796

7821688

Xigaze Hotel

3

13 Middle Jiefang Road Xigaze

(0891) 8822551

8821900

Gyangze Hotel

2

Jiangzi Town, Jiangzi County xigaze

(0891) 8172222

8172366

Sunshine Hotel

2

27 Linju Road Lhasa

(0891) 6322853

6335675

Nyingchi Hotel

2

Chuanzang Road Bayi Town Nyingchi

(0891) 5821300

5821655

Tibet Gold Grain Hotel

2

14 Yutuo RoaD Lhasa

(0891) 6336939

6330367

Climate of Lhasa

The Annual Average Temperature in Lhasa

 

Month

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May.

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Maximum

6.8

9.2

12.0

15.7

19.7

22.5

21.7

20.7

19.6

16.4

11.6

7.7

Minimum

-10.2

-6.9

-3.2

0.9

5.1

9.2

9.9

9.4

7.6

1.4

-5.0

-9.1

Timetable of Flight in Lhasa

Dep.

Arr.

Days

Lhasa

Chengdu

1234567

Lhasa

Beijing

347

Lhasa

Guangzhou

267

Lhasa

Chongquing

257

Lhasa

Xi’an

357

Lhasa

Xining

347

Lhasa

Qumado

7

Lhasa

Kathmandu

2467

BOOKINGS & VISA:

Minimum of 1month in advance, booking form along with a photocopy of passport by fax should reach us so we can arrange Tibet/ China Visa.  However, 5 full working days is required with a condition that client should be available in Katmandu; otherwise an urgent charge for visa will have to be borne by the client.

CANCELLATION

50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation fee if you cancel the tour with in 7 days prior to the start of the tour.  No refund, thereafter, also for no shows, delay arrivals or whatsoever reason.

ALTITUDE & HEALTH TIPS

Traveling in Tibet is an adventure involving high altitude so it could be strenuous.  While most visitors have only minor effect from the altitude, we advise specially the guest with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling.  Mild headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder can take place in a process of acclimatization.  Our advises for better acclimatization drink 4 lt. of water minimum a day, do not exhaust yourself so much, breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

BEST SEASON/:          May to August             -                                   Light Clothing 

CLOTHING                   November to May       -                                   Warm Clothing

However, a warm jacket or sweater with sunglasses, chaps ticks, sunscreen lotion, Swiss knife, water bottle, sleeping bags and a small medical kit are always advised to carry with you.

RIST & LIABILITY

Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking always put all its effort in making your journey smooth and pleasant.  However as all Tibet tours  run strictly under Tibet Tourism Authority, Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking or its agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation off programs due to unavoidable circumstances such as road blockade, flood, snow, unrest, cancellation of flight, delayed arrival of clients, sickness or accidents, breakdown of vehicles.  Any extra cost incurring thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot.  So, it is most advisable that clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accident risk.  Cancellation insurance is also most recommended.

Further Travel Information on Your Tour To Tibet

Most importantly, all travelers traveling to Tibet are kindly requested to bear in mind that Tibet, being extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayas ranges, remains still one of the most captivating but least developed parts in the world. With its very short history of tourism (just about 15 + years), the facilities for the tourist although being upgraded are still at basic and limited scale. So, the visitors are requested not to have high expectation in terms of facilities in Tibet. You can take this tour as an adventure from every point of view. However, we will always put all our hard work in making your journey as enjoyable as possible.

Landslides

As Tibet tours get operated mainly during monsoon time, there are high chances of landslides mostly in the Nepalese part (also in the early part in Tibet). In case of landslides, to over cross them and the gap in between, extra vehicle with porters may have to be arranged. In that case, you are kindly requested to contribute nominal charges for porters and vehicle, ranging from 250- 300 per person. We wish there will be no hassles as such.

Money

Banks in Tibet / China are closed on Saturday and Sunday. So, you are kindly requested to carry about USD 150 per person to cover you extra expenses for main meals and others en route expenses until Lhasa. Even if cash is in dollars, local people help you to get them exchanged in Chinese yuan. Traveler’s cheque and credit cards are very difficult to be cased outside the banks especially outside Lhasa.

Next, if any of the clients pay for the Tibet tour in TC, you are kindly requested to accompany the guide to the bank Lhasa for about 15 minutes and please make an extra counter signature on the TCs you have paid. Your direct presence and counter signature ensures immediate encashment of the TCs to your agent in Lhasa which otherwise may take months. Your kind co-operation in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Guide

We always try to provide a good English speaking Tibetan guide. However, as Tibetan guides do not get enough exposure to English language in Tibet, please do not expect fluent and spontaneous explanation. Your frequent questioning will encourage him/her to explain well, question by question.

Monastery Fee

It is included throughout for the monuments and monasteries as mentioned in the itinerary.

Visa Splitting

As Tibet tour requires visa in-group, some time people staying longer will have to get the group visa split. It costs generally Chinese Yuan 200-400 depending upon different nationalities. Applicable only if any one /some of the members from the group visa document have different program. If all members are following the same program, there is no need of splitting.

Hotels en route

As the facilities in Tibet are very basic, hotels although they look gorgeous, do not have proper facilities even in Lhasa. So in the remote areas it is obvious that hotels may not have enough double rooms and clients sometimes may have to have triple, four or five bedded rooms in some places. However, we always try to provide twin bedded rooms. Especially for first two nights, you may have to be spent in such hotels that may not have bathrooms attached and could require you to use common toilets. So, you are kindly requested not to have a high expectation from the tour in terms of the facilities in the hotels.

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