Tibet Travel Guide

Tibetan History can be trace back long time ago, How ever; the written history of Tibet only dates back to the 7th century when Shrongchong Gampo, the 33rd Tibetan king, had sent his minister Sambhota to India to study Sanskrit who on his return invented the present Tibetan script based on Sanskrit. Tibets history can be divided into four periods.

1. The Period Srongchong Gampos- This period of the Tibetan history starts from Nyatri Tsanpo, the first of the Tsanpos, in 127 B.C (Deferent historians has given different views in this date how ever this date is taken from the White Annales, a reliable book on Tibetan history) and ends in 842 A.D. During this period 42 Tsanpos had ruled over the Tibet. Among them Srongchong Gampos rule was considered as the zenith. Shrongchong Gampo was an outstanding ruler; he unified Tibet, changed his capital to Lhasa, sent Sambhota to India to study Sanskrit and promulgated a script in the Tibet. He was married with Princess Wencheng of the tang Court and Pricess Bhrikuti Debi of Nepal, built the Potala and the temple and the temple of Jokhang.

2. The period of Decentralization - This period of the Tibetan history starts in 842 A.D. the year of Lang Dharmas assassination, and ended in about 1260 A.D, when Pagpa, the Abbot of Sakya monastery, became a vassal of Kublai Khan, the first Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. During this period a little is known in history except that Tibet became decentralized into a number of petty principalities.

3. The period of Sakya, Pagdu, and Karmapa- This period of the Tibetan history starts in 1260 A. D. with Sakyas rule over the Tibet, followed first by Pagdus rule in Lhaoka and then by Karmaras rule in the Tsang region(Shigatse). The sakya period was the time when Tibet officially became an inseparable part of China. This period ended in 1642 A.D. During this period political powers centered in the three regions of Sakya, Pagdu, and tsang successively ruled over Tibet.

4. The period of the gandan Podrangs Administration- this period of the Tibetan History starts in 1642 A. D when the 5th Dalai Lama overtook the ruling power from the Tsang ruler. It basically ended in 1951 when Tibet was liberated and came to a complete end in 1959 when rebellion led by the Dalai Lama was pacified and the Peoples Government of the Tibet, Autonomous Region was set up.

  • Accommodation in Tibet

    You spend most nights of your Tibet holidays in atmospheric Tibet accommodation characteristic to the area youre travelling through and t he quality of hotels in Tibet has improved significantly in larger cities such as Lhasa and Shigatse. In these…

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  • Arts and Crafts of Tibet

    There are very few places on earth where its original art and craft can be traced to its very origin. Untouched and not influenced by the western styles and tradition the Tibetan art and craft are among the few that…

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  • Best Time to Travel Tibet

    Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine, for a place nicknamed the land of snows, theres a surprising lack of snow. The boom in domestic tourism means that Lhasa swells with Chinese…

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  • Festivals in Tibet

    Tibetan New Year (February or March):

    it is the greatest festival in Tibet. In ancient times when the peach tree was in blossom, it was considered as the starting of a new year. From the systematization of the Tibetan calendar…

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  • Food and Beverage

    Tibet is unlikely to become a hot destination for foods. Though you wont starve, Tibetan food will probably not be a highlight of your trip. In Lhasa there are a few restaurants that have elevated a subsistence diet into the…

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  • Geography of Tibet

    Tibet is a rich and beautiful land is terms of its nature and unspoiled culture. Tibet is located in south-West frontier of China. Tibet is bounded by Sichuan, Yuannan, Qinghai and Xinjiang on the north; India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and…

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  • Money and Banking in Tibet

    In Tibet the only place to change foreign currency and travelers cheques is the Bank of China. All the star ranking hotels in Lhasa have exchange services but they are only available for guests. The sensible thing to do is…

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  • People of Tibet

    The population of Tibet is 1,890,000. The majority of its population is Tibetans. Tibet is so thinly populated that it averages out 1.6 8 persons per square kilometers. About 90% population of Tibet live on farming and husbandry. Farmers live…

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  • 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…

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  • Tibet Visa information

    This visa information is subject to change and depends on whether you join the trip in Kathmandu or China. If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu you will need a multiple entry visa for Nepal which can be obtained…

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