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Is Tibet Worth Visiting?

Is Tibet Worth Visiting?

Tibet has scenery worthy of any National Geographic Front Page. It is the land of high-altitude Snow Mountains, stunning crystal-clear turquoise lakes, ancient monasteries, and lush valleys. Vast plains stretch out for hundreds of kilometers in all directions. The homes of the world’s rarest wildlife like wild asses, rare Tibetan antelopes, and the wild yaks...
The Most Prominent Women in Tibetan History

The Most Prominent Women in Tibetan History

In the ancient Tibetan culture, while it is the men that rule the roost, it is actually the women who do most of the hard work. However, while Tibetan women have long been given equal rights by Tibetan tradition, historical documents have often described the Tibetan women as being gentle and hardworking. Something that has...
What Is Tibet Known For?

What Is Tibet Known For?

Tibet is known as the “Roof of the World”, the “Third Pole”, or the “Land of Snows”. It is one of the most renowned places in the world. Few people have not heard of this land in Asia, the home of Buddhist Monasteries, the vast Himalayan Mountains, hairy yaks, and the beautiful landscape. Believed to...
Is Tibet a safe place to Travel?

Is Tibet a safe place to Travel?

“The journey to Tibet is a long one, often fraught with danger and disaster, from which many men will never return.” While this may have been true for the famous botanist and National Geographic writer, Joseph Rock. When he made his eventful expeditions to Southwest China and Tibet in the early 1920s, these days, there...
Losar - The Tibetan New Year

Losar – The Tibetan New Year

Losar, the Tibetan New Year, is the most important celebration and festival in the Tibetan lunisolar calendar. It has been in place for more than 1,000 years. Ancient Tibetans were traditionally nomads, who lived on the harsh Tibetan plateau, herding yaks and sheep and farming the land for grain and other crops. When the crops...
Buddha and the Beginnings of Buddhism

Buddha and the Beginnings of Buddhism

The world’s fourth largest religion, Buddhism is one of the most widely revered religions, with more than 520 million followers around the globe. From its humble beginnings in India, thanks to the teachings of one mortal man, Buddhism spread across the globe. Starting in around the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, Buddhism expanded from its...
Tibetan Bon – an Ancient Religion or another version of Buddhism?

Tibetan Bon – an Ancient Religion or another version of Buddhism?

Once believed to be the indigenous religion of Tibet, Bon is believed to have been around as a religious teaching and way of life for more than 18,000 years. Similar in form to Buddhism, in the 7th century, when the Buddhist teachings first came to Tibet and were recognized as the national religion, many of...
Pilgrimage - The Tibetan Holy Quest

Pilgrimage – The Tibetan Holy Quest

One of the most amazing sights on the Tibetan plateau is not the stunning palaces, ancient temples, and high mountains, but is something more base and simple, and down to earth. All across the region, throughout the year, Tibetan pilgrims can be seen walking, riding, or even prostrating along the side of the road towards...
Top Tibetan Festivals for 2019

Top Tibetan Festivals for 2019

Festivals in Tibet are an important part of the Tibetan calendar, as well as being a major part of the local people’s lives. Tibetans love festivals and celebrations, and in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, there are more than twenty major festivals throughout the year, as well as several small local festivals. The Tibetan calendar lags...
Trek around the Ganden Monastery Kora

Trek around the Ganden Monastery Kora

Tibet is a great place to do trekking and adventure tours. The primary monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ganden Monastery is also the first of the Gelug monasteries in Tibet, and is one of the Great Three Holy Monasteries of Tibet, along with Sera and Drepung. The monastery sits on the slopes just...
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