For many centuries Tibet, the forbidden kingdom, has attracted many western
travelers and adventurers by its charm and mysticism.
Tibet's grandeur, majesty, magic & mystery still remain
alive. One can still see nomads herding their yaks, pilgrims
worshipping at sacred shrines & the expansive, striking
& enduring Himalayan topography. Tibet is truly an
'adventurers' paradise' where people eat, sleep and breathe
religion, follow centuries-old tradition and lead a nomadic
Tibet At a Glance
million sq. km approximately (size of Western Europe)
Population: 2.62 million
Currency: Chinese Yuan
Language: Tibetan, Chinese
Religion: Tibetan Buddhism
Seasons: Winter ( December-
( March- May)
Religion in Tibet:
Buddhism is a dominant religion in Tibet dating back over 1300 years Lhasa remains the major focus of Buddhist worship anywhere in the world. Culture and religion are mixed together and infiltrated into every aspect of social life. Buddhism in Tibet came into prominence after Songtsen Gompo, the 33rd Tibetan King married Bhrikuti, a Nepali Princess. After marriage, Buddhism slowly started to replace the Bon religion and started gaining momentum after the king's minister translated the first Buddhist scripture. Buddhist scripture is believed to have descended from heaven around 5th century A.D. and was written in Sanskrit. Now Buddhism is the soul of Tibet and Tibetans. Tibetan religious arts have a distinctive style which has adopted both Nepalese and Chinese influence, it is regarded as the pearl of oriental Buddhist art in Chinese Buddhism. Tibetan architecture is rich in design, sumptuous and full of noble aspiration. The Potala Palace, built on the top of a hill is a classic example of the wealth of Tibetan architectural structures. These buildings include wonderful sculptures, carvings, murals, "thangkas" and skilled butter sculptures alongside a vast array of historical monuments.
Tibetan civilization has developed mainly along two lines: one religious and one secular. For a long time Tibet remained a mainly homogeneous and isolated society little affected by any alien culture. Its traditional culture of religious vis-a-vis secular culture and aristocratic vis-a-vis folk culture consequently remained intact. Since Tibetan Buddhism dominated society and human mentality, and religious "elite culture" was the mainstream, secular culture played only a supplementary role in traditional Tibetan society. It nonetheless had great vitality and influence among the common people.
Traditional secular culture in Tibet has its aristocratic and folk aspects. The Tibetan nobility reflects a combination of Tibetan, Indian and Western cultural facets, but because it makes up only a small percentage of the Tibetan population, its cultural influence is very limited. Folk culture covers an elite group of practitioners of Tibetan medicine, astronomical calculation, and arts, as well as a mass culture. This includes ballads and epics such as King Gesar , folk songs and dances such as the xuanzi and guozhuang and folk traditions of festivals, weddings, funerals, and various Tibetan social taboos and conventions. These secular aspects of Tibetan culture have interwoven with mythological elements to give rise to the myth of Tibet.
Tibet's isolation ended with the 20th century British colonialist invasion, bringing with it a modern cultural intrusion. The indigenous religion suffered a severe blow; consequently the secular culture developed further. Tibet's peaceful liberation and democratic reforms resulted in the dissolution of the former ruling theocracy, and secular culture became the mainstream. Contemporary festivals, like Xigaze's Mt. Qomolangma, Qamdo's Khamspa, and Shannan's Yarlung cultural festivals, now complement the more traditional ones.
Fixed Departure Tibet Tours
This is an adventure trip for travelers on a limited time & budget. The breathtaking trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa & the overland route from Lhasa to Nepal border offer truly spectacular views of the Himalayas, high mountains passes, ancient monasteries, fortresses & a people & culture of a bygone era. The trip is scheduled to fly in /drive out or drive in / fly out depending on interest and budget of the travelers. All the tours are based in 3 star hotel categories (Deluxe, Standard, Budget). Our group generally tends to be smaller & we make every effort to provide quality services at very reasonable prices. All the given itineraries are prepared on the basis of our knowledge and experience that we have gained in Tibet. We also specialize in tailor-made itinerary for a private trip as per the requirement of the clients.