Tibet

Tibet, the 'Land of Snows', the 'Roof of the World' has one of the richest cultural and spiritual traditions in the world. Here men and gods inhabit the same landscape, both physical and mental.

Culturally Tibet comprises an enormous area stretching north into the provinces of Qinghai and Gansu and east into Sichuan and Yunnan as well as across the Himalaya into Ladakh, northern Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. Politically it has never been unified; its peoples often in conflict as power, politics and religion are inextricably intertwined.

Tibet's history has always been closely linked with the gods who live so close, and in Tibet's vast and hostile landscape it is easy to conceive the many demons from whom shaman's offered protection. Some of these demons were real, in the form of bandits and invading Mongol hordes, others reflect the deep spiritual focus of the Tibetan people. With the coming of Buddhism the demons were tamed, converted and turned into protectors – an integral part of the unique way in which Buddhism has developed in Tibet.

Virtually every aspect of Tibetan life celebrates the teachings of the Buddha, his disciples and followers. Pilgrimage is an integral part of life. Journeys are marked by offerings made atop mountain passes. Incredible, painstakingly created works of art depict deities in minute detail. Monasteries and temples are the focal point of towns and villages.

Capital city: Lhasa (population 403,700).
Area: 1,228,400 sq km.
Population: 2.62 million.
Language: Tibetan, Chinese.
Currency: Yuan Renminbi (CNY).
Time zone: GMT +8.
Dialing code: +86.

Getting there:

Air China operates between Lhasa and Kathmandu on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Thai flies daily between Kathmandu and Bangkok with connections throughout the world.
From Europe there are daily flights via the Middle East on Emirates, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways as well as connections via Delhi on Lufthansa and KLM.
There are daily flights from Delhi on Indian Airways and RNAC.
NAC has twice weekly flights to Osaka via Shanghai and to Hong Kong.
The land border at Kodari-ZhangMu is open.

Tibet visa

It is only possible to enter China from Nepal with a visa issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. In order to apply for your visa you must provide RMT with a photocopy of the details page of your passport 21 days prior to your trip. The visa will be issued once you arrive in Kathmandu – it takes one full day. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu issues visas on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only so you must plan your itinerary to allow for this.

Travel Permits are required for Tibet. RMT will apply for your permit on your behalf.

Money

In China the currency is the Chinese Yuan (CNY), often referred to as Renminbi (RMB) or kwai when spoken.
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.
Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended. If you intend to buy quality art works including hand-painted thangkas, carpets or traditional jewelry allow significantly more – you can easily spend USD200+ for top quality items.
Major currencies can be exchanged for Chinese Yuan (CNY) on arrival at Gongkar Airport and at Bank of China branches in Lhasa and Shigatse.
ATM withdrawals (CNY only) are usually possible in Lhasa, but should not be depended upon.
It is possible to exchange USD and excess CNY into NPR at the Zhangmu/Kodari border and at exchange counters on return to Kathmandu.

Climate

Tibet is a land of climactic extremes and whilst it is not generally as harsh as expected, it is a good idea to be prepared for cold at any time of the year – it is wind chill rather than air temperature that makes the difference here.
In central Tibet weather is usually mild from May through October. Evenings may be cool, particularly early or late in the season. Rain is frequent in July and August.In Western Tibet and at higher altitudes (Rhongphu, Namtso) it can be cold at any time of year if the wind is blowing off the mountains.

MOUNT KAILASH

From the beginning of human history billions believe, The Holy Himalaya, where the universe sprang from a place so divine that just a glimpse of it can devour all evil, a palace of the Gods who protect the universe from the clutches of evil, ignorance, arrogance, and delusion. This place, which has been revered as the epicenter of the universe is none other than Kailash Mansarovar.
To the Hindus, Kailash, which means crystal in Sanskrit, is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru and the abode of Lord Shiva who with his consort goddess Parvati lives atop the mountain in utmost harmony performing yoga austerities. The Buddhists consider, it as a heaven on earth where saint Padmasambhava gained enlightenment. It is also assumed to be the place where queen Maya was brought to before giving birth to Lord Buddha. To the Bonpos, it is the precious snow mountain or Gang Rinpoche a gigantic mandala that is the epicenter of all Tantric forces. To the Jains it is the mystical mountain of Astapada where the founder Rishabhadeva attained spiritual liberation. In Sikh scriptures, it is believed that the founder Guru Nanak Dev learnt meditation techniques atop the mountain and he is believed to be one of the few people to have ascended the mountain peak.

LAKE MANASAROVAR

The lake Manasarovar is the source of the four great rivers of Asia--the Indus, the Sutlej, the Brahmaputra and the Karnali(Ganga). It is believed that bathing in the lake and drinking its water cleanses all sins. The Hindu mythology states that the lake was first created in the mind of lord Brahma, hence its name Manasarovar, which is a combination of two Sanskrit words Manas which means mind and Sarovar which means lake.

However, the pilgrimage to this mystical region, holy Himalaya, which is believed to be the navel of the universe, is difficult and arduous. In fact, it is considered to be one of Asia's most religious and difficult trips and yet this holy region is one of the most visited places on earth. It is believed to have invisible magnetic powers, which lures people across the globe to it.


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