Place to See in Tibet

Tibet is the Remote and isolated part of the world by the most formidable mountain ranges in the World, the ultimate travel destination in the world - is now within your search and the main tourist attraction in Tibet are as below:

Potala Palace: The dominant landmark of Lhasa 117 meters above the city below. Construction started on the red hill in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama. An immense building, 13 storey high with walls 3 meters thick Containing over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues it was both the residence of the current Dalai Lama and tomb of the former ;Heads of state. The entire building is made of stone wood and covers an area of 130,000 square meters. The Potala is full of elaborate art work and frescos that will tell you many stories.

Norbu lingka (Summer palace)- on the banks of the Kyichi River, there is a tree and flower filled pad known as the Norbulingka or the Jewel Park covering a total area of 360,000 square meters, the park was originally laid out in the 1750s. There are fountains, pavilions, terraces and stone tablets where visitors may rest amidst the numerous kinds of flowers and various colors.

The whole park consists of two main parts Norbulingka at the Eastern area and Jianselingka at the Western area.
Norbulingka is also the site of the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas (8th to 14th). The small palace of the 13th Dalai Lama is an odd mix of traditional Tibetan architecture and modern paraphernalia, such as a Philips radiogram and Victorian bathroom fittings! At Norbulingka you will also find the one and only zoo in Tibet.

Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar - The foremost monastery in Tibet which is built in the 7th century AD and now housing the most prized Buddhist relic which a 1300 year old Sakyamuni Buddha statue. The main section of the temple is topped with golden roofs found nowhere else in the world except in Tibet. Watch the many worshippers pay their respects and prostrating themselves at the main gate. The monastery is encircled with the Barkhor Bazaar a sacred pilgrim path, but also a lively colorful market where you can bargain over such treasures ornate long-bladed knives, prayer wheels and exquisite jewelry.

Sera Monastery- Sera are more like a small town on the outskirts of Lhasa at the base of Tatipu hill. It is the main teaching monastery and one of the three great Gelukpa Universities- once housing more than 5500 monks.

Here one can see the young novices learning scriptures in the Debating Garden and being rewarded for a correct answer with a resounding hand-clap from their Master, Sera is also the birthplace of Tibetan medicine.

Drepung Monastery - Drepung monastery is situated in the west suburbs of Lhasa city. It is the largest and richest monastery in the world with 10,000 monks. It is the size of a small town and lies sprawled over the side of a mountain 8 km from Lhasa. From the roof of the monastery one can enjoy the natural beauty of the Lhasa valley to ones heart content.

Tsurpu - Tsurpu monastery is built on the north side of the river in the Dowo Lung Valley. This is the home of Karmapa, Karmapa is the true living little Buddha the new reincarnated leader of the black hat sect. He is the only spiritual leader actually living in Tibet. The recent recognized 17th Karmapa can be visited by all visitors. Tsurpu monastery was built in 12th century.

Gyantse- It is the Tibets third most important city which lies in the Nyangchu valley along the main routes from India and Nepal to Lhasa. In former times it was a fort, the centre of Tibets wool trade and a gateway to the outside world. Other spots of interest there are Palcho monastery and the Kumbum Pagoda.

Shigatse- Shigaste is Tibets second largest city. It is the administrative centre for 18 countries in southern and western Tibet. Besides its fiche cultural heritage, Shigatse has abundance of native fruits and products. At the bazaar, there are more than 300 stalls selling local products as well as colorful and elaborate handicraft, accessories, antiques and porcelains.
In Shigatse, one can also find Tashilumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. The Monastery, built in 1447 by a nephew of Tsong Khapa once housed over 4000 Monks, but now there are only 600 monks.

Sakya Monastery- In 1073 Gongjue Jiebu of the Kun family built a monastery on the north bank of Zongqu River to teach his new esoteric theory of Buddhism. He was convinced that the monastery built on such a site would light the mundane world. Because the monastery was built by a chalky hill, it was named Sakya, meaning chalky earth in Tibetan. The Sakya Monastery built by (popular known as the North Temple) became inadequate for rising and evermore powerful Sakya establishment. A larger monastery, which is still standing today, was built on the south bank of Zongqu River by the Kun house and Pagpa, a well-known Tibetan in the Mongolian imperial court of the 13th century. This monastery, now popularly known as the South Sakya, sits against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains 165 kilometers west of Shigatse. In 1260 Pagpa was appointed the imperial tutor and later placed in charge of Buddhist affairs. Kublai Khan then appointed him ruler of Tibet.

When the visitor approaches this massive structure, he will see a great monastery in an imposing square citadel. The outer wall is painted red, white and black, each representing the different manifestations of Buddha, a unique feature of Sakya. The Lakang Qinmu Hall, the main structure in the complex, occupies an area of 5,500 square meters with a height of over 10 meters.
According to monastery records, the hall had 108 giant columns. Now there are only 40 left, with many anecdotes about them. The entire complex gives a feeling of solemnity laden with the weight of history.

Samye: Built in the mid-8th century, Samye is the first formal Buddhist Monastery with the Buddha Dharma and Sangha in Tibet. The whole construction of the monastery, for the stupas forest-like, the building high and expansive, the scale grand and broad, is designed in accordance with the shape of mandala layout, and furthermore, the monastery is well-known to the whole world for the highlighted and mixed perfection of Han, Tibetan and Indian architecture style in the main hall and the numerous relics such as wood and stone carvings, frescos and statues kept in the monastery. As described in a historical book, this monastery is considered an unimaginable construction and incomparable monastery. Over the centuries it has come under the influence of the Nyingma, Sakya and Geluk schools and is thus considered a symbol of Tibets national identity.

Tsetang (Zetang)- Tsetang (Zetang), the birthplace of earliest Tibetans, sits on the south bank in the middle section of the Yarlung Tsangbo River Traduk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibetan history. Built in 641 A.D., it is said that King Songtsan Gampo established the temple to suppress the ogress in order to prosper his kingdom. And later it became the winter palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng in Shannan. Of all the treasures and relics kept in this monastery, the pearled Tangka -- Avalokitesvara at his rest is the most remarkable.

Mt. Everest Base camp- Whatever you call it - Mount Everest in English, Qomolangma in Tibetan, Sagarmatha in Nepalese, or Zhumulangma in Chinese, it is still the highest mountain in the world proudly standing at a height of 8,848 meters or 29,029 ft.
The mountain straddles the border between Tibet and its southern neighbor, Nepal and has been for many years a symbol of human Endeavour. So, the Everest Base camp is the mailn attraction for the travelers since it is easy tours form Tibet side as one has to trek many days to reach Everest Base camp from Nepal side- travelers can visit it from Tibet side on easy way.

Mansarobar Lake- Mansarovar Lake is very beautiful and it is the holiest lake in the Tibet. The Hindus believethat to plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Lake Manasarovar and walk around its perimeter is to erase whole sins of lifetime. Tibetans believe that they can negate their wrongdoings purely through walking. The people have some mysterious believe (theory) of the Mansarovar Lake. Tibetans people, to the Mansarovar lake they call Victorious is the holiest in the land, believed to be where the gods washed Buddha! It is also assumed to be the place where queen Maya was brought to before giving birth to Lord Buddha. According to the Hindus religion, Brahma created the lake for his sons to bathe in while they medicated on Mt. Kailash. Whether Indian pilgrims, Tibetan pilgrim or western tourist, one can see Lake Mansarovar, holy beginning manifested in its incredible beauty. It circled by mountain peaks and filled with clear, bright-blue waters that look just a breath away from the sky. The Mansarovar Lake was once surrounded by eight monasteries, which indicated the eight points of the wheel of Dharma, but red guards destroyed most of them during the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. Restoration is in the works. the mysterious saying could be very strange for someone who dont believe those statements but the religious people they believe thats why so many people want to be there once their life.

Mt kailash- Mt. Kailash, 6,740 masl is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave. For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic world pillar 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top live their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati. For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions. Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks. Although main focus of this trek is Mount Kailash in Tibet, the journey through Nepals border with Tibet at Zhangmu, Saga and Paryang to Darchen is culturally and scenically rewarding.
 

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