Tibet General Information
Tibet has been known as a mysterious place in the world because of its special location and unique culture. It has been a fascinated in the western country for centuries. Tibet is land of legend magic. Tibet is unique. Most of the country lies above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) and is surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides. It is the ideal destination both for the indomitable adventurer and the spiritual wanderer. Sometimes called the last Shangri La or the Roof of the World. Tibet is certainly one of the places you just have to visit once in a lifetime. After centuries of virtual isolation Tibet is cautiously opening up to the western world. Tibet is an awesome experience, but it is not for the faint-hearted. Travel is often difficult and can be unpredictable. The infrastructure ranges from poor to non-existent.
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The tour, however, unveils the mystery and gets your own hands to touch the world roof. On the way to Tibet, a big city called Chengdu which is well known for its hot and spicy Sichuan food, and Ba-Shu Culture. Leshan is the home of the largest stone Buddha in the world, while the oldest irrigation system is located at Dujiangyan. Panda, always been seen in zoos, has its hometown in Sichuan, so we can see the panda in nature, and know how pandas are well protected in China. This is a hard tour because of Tibet's high latitude. The country is recently opened for foreigners to visit as exploration, adventures tours, pilgrimage tour and Sight-Seeing Tour.
Language: - The Tibetan language is generally classified as a Tibeto-Burman language of the Sino-Tibetan language family although the boundaries between 'Tibetan' and certain other Himalayan languages can be unclear.
History:- The general history of Tibet begins with the rule of Songtsän Gampo (604–50 CE) who united parts of the Yarlung River Valley and founded the Tibetan Empire. He also brought in many reforms and Tibetan power spread rapidly creating a large and powerful empire.
Geography: - Most modern geographical sources consider Tibet to be located in East Asia while some (mostly European and American sources) have regarded Tibet as part of Central Asia. Today's maps of the West show a trend toward considering all of modern China, including Tibet, to be part of East Asia. Some academic institutions also include Tibet in their South Asia studies programs. Tibet is west of China proper, and within China, Tibet is regarded as part of Xibu a term usually translated by Chinese media as "the Western section", meaning "Western China".
Economy: - The Tibetan economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture. Due to limited arable land, the primary occupation of the Tibetan Plateau is raising livestock, such as sheep, cattle, goats, camels, yaks, dzo, and horses. The main crops grown are barley, wheat, buckwheat, rye, potatoes, and assorted fruits and vegetables. As a result of being subsistence agricultural society Tibet is ranked the lowest among China’s 31 provinces, on the Human Development Index according to UN Development Programme data.
Culture & Religion: - Religion and spirituality is extremely important to the Tibetans and has a binfluence over all aspects of lives; ingrained deeply into their cultural heritage. Bön is the ancient traditional religion of Tibet, but following the introduction of Tantric Buddhism into Tibet by Padmasambhava this became eclipsed by Tibetan Buddhism, a distinctive form of Vajrayana. Tibetan Buddhism is practiced not only in Tibet but also in Mongolia, parts of northern India, the Buryat Republic, the Tuva Republic, and in the Republic of Kalmykia and some other areas in China besides the Tibet region.
Tibet Tourist Visa
Chinese Visas obtained overseas are not good to visit Tibet for travellers entering Tibet from Nepal. Therefore visa to Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Chinese embassy issues Tibet visas only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (except Chinese holidays).
So you need to stay in Kathmandu for at least two nights before entering Tibet.
Visitors cannot apply for the Tibet Visa themselves (one must go through reputed Travel Agency). In order to apply / obtain the Tibet Visa, the Tibet Travel Permit and Visa Approval documents (issued by Tibet Travel Bureau) are compulsory to submit to the Chinese Embassy.
When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize Tibet Travel Permit, Visa Approval Documents, apply to the Chinese embassy, and obtain your visa. You do not need to go to the Chinese Embassy, we'll do on your behalf.
To make sure we obtain your visa in time, we need your passport details at least two weeks earlier of your arrival at Kathmandu.