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The Mystic Delights of Tibetan Tsampa

The Mystic Delights of Tibetan Tsampa

Many travelers to the Tibet Autonomous Region have some trepidation about trying out the local cuisine. Websites tell you it is mostly mutton and yak meat or there is a lack of ingredients for many dishes so you may not like it. In truth, Tibetan cuisine is one of the tastiest of the cuisines in...
Drepung Monastery in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery in Lhasa

Known in Chinese as Zhébàng Sì, Drepung Monastery has long been one of the major monasteries of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. An amazing place to visit, this massive university monastery is renowned as being the largest monastery in Tibet, has the largest kitchen of any monastery, and catered to more than ten thousand...
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...
Meditating in Tibet – Top Tibetan Sites for Meditation

Meditating in Tibet – Top Tibetan Sites for Meditation

Meditation is a unique practice where individuals use certain techniques to train themselves to be more attentive and increase awareness to gain a mentally clear and emotionally calm state of mind. Meditating in Tibet has been used for thousands of years, and there are as many variations of meditation as there are religions in the...
Top Five Festivals in Tibet in Summer

Top Five Festivals in Tibet in Summer

Tibet is a land where Buddhist and cultural festivals happen all year round, from the first festival of Losar, or Tibetan New Year, to the Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival that celebrates the founder of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. The festivals in Tibet are very unique and especially in the summer. Summer is actually...
The Mysterious Disappearance of the Guge Kingdom

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Guge Kingdom

One of the ancient kingdoms of Tibet, the Guge Kingdom was founded in western Tibet, in the area now known as Ngari Prefecture, in around the tenth century. Following the collapse of the great Tubo Empire in central Tibet, the descendants of the last Tubo King moved west to escape the insecure conditions of U-Tsang...
Top Five Free Things To Do In Lhasa

Top Five Free Things To Do In Lhasa

Tibet is notorious for being an expensive place to visit – current requirements are a pre-arranged tour including a Tibetan tour guide, Tibet travel permits, and sometimes a car and driver depending on your itinerary. Choosing the right Tibet tour package for your visit Tibet is very important. However, it shouldn’t be cut off your...
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...
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...
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...
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