Tibet is a land which filled with natural beauty, snow-capped mountains, famous monasteries, as well as mysterious Buddhist culture. It’s really a unique travel experience that you will not find anywhere else on the planet. If you want to decide where to go in Tibet, you can read the article about top areas to visit in Tibet.
As the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world with over a millennium, Lhasa has been appointed as one of twenty-four historical and cultural cities in China. When you travel to Tibet, the first station is to explore the holy city of Lhasa by visiting famous monasteries, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. You will first view the red and white Potala Palace, towering on the holy city; the splendor of the Potala Palace is still a famous symbol of mysterious political and religious forces in the world. In the Jokhang Temple, an other-worldly mix of flickering butter lamps, rising incense, prostrating pilgrims, and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit, that makes most tourists first fall in love with Tibet. The charming old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life. The vibrant boulevard of modern Chinese cities may threaten to ancient of street and temple, so you’d better concentrate some famous attractions. If possible, budget week to adapt, see the stunning attractions, roam the charming back street, and then go to a grand land adventure.
Ngari is well-known as” the roof of the world” as well as the most Tibetan part of Tibet. It’s a place where the Himalayas, the Gangdise, the Kunlun Mountains and Karakoram Mountains meet. Ngari cover over beautiful lakes, vast grasslands, and spectacular snow-capped mountains. Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, located in southern Ngari, symbolize as the spiritual center of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Bon. According to the pilgrims, Mount Kailash is the place where the Buddhist patriarch Sakyamuni conducted the rites. It’s the Sumeri Mountain in the Buddhism and also the temple of God Siva in Hinduism. Making the pilgrimage around the Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake has become one of the most mystical journeys in the world. In Ngari, you can enjoy visiting sacred Lake Manasarovar, a body of turquoise water bordered by snowy peaks; tunneling through the mountain ruins of the ancient Guge Kindom at Tsaparang; spotting the outlines of prehistoric engravings in the cliffs near Rutok, these can be your memorable experiences.
Nyingchi Region, located in the southeast of Tibet, look like the paradise on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It’s the place where the Himalayas and the Nyainqentanglha Mountains like two huge dragons extend from west to east and join the Hengduan Mountains in the east. Nyingchi is also one of the important cradles of ancient Tibetan civilization. As early as four or five thousand years ago, ancestors of Tibetan began to live and work on this vast land. Located at an average elevation of 3,100 meters, Nyingtri enjoys a fascinating natural scenery such as green mountain slopes, snow-covered peaks, beautiful village, crystal-clear rivers as well as the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. The spring of Tibet comes first in Nyingchi. You can enjoy the full-bloomed peach trees and lofty snow-capped mountains in the distance. It’s hard to use a few words to describe its unique beauty. The best way is for you to come and see it up close.
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and the traditional capital of Tsang province. It located in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo and Nyangchu Rivers, where the most fertile land in Tibet found here. It has a long history which gives this city a strong cultural heritage, especially in respect of Buddhism. In Shigatse, there are dozens of monasteries such as Tashilhunpo Monastery, Palkor Chode Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Yungdrungling Monastery and much more, belonging to different sects enhance the atmosphere of Buddhism. Every year, various grand festivals like Buddha Unveiling Festival in the monasteries offer tourists a wonderful Buddhism cultural experience. The 600-year-old Tashilhunpo monastery, one of the most famous monasteries in Shigatse, has glorious architectural style, golden roofs, and splendid architecture. Besides, Mount Everest base camp in Tibet located in Tingri County, Shigatse Prefecture at an altitude of 5200 meters. As a result, you will enjoy the stunning sunrise of Mount Everest in Shigatse.
When you go to Lhasa from Shigatse, Gyantse is a must be passed place. It was established about 600 years ago by the father of Songtsen Gampo, the first emperor of the Tubo Empire. Lying on a historic trade route between India and Tibet, Gyantse has long been a crucial link for traders and pilgrims traveling across the Himalayan plateau. It is known as the third city in Tibet, behind Lhasa and Shigatse. In Gyantse, it’s famous for the beautiful natural sceneries including snow mountains, glaciers, and enchanting village. You can visit the Kumbum Stupa, which is 35m high with a crown-like golden dome and containing awe-inspiring Buddha statues. You can visit the Kumbum Stupa, which is 35m high with a crown-like golden dome and containing awe-inspiring Buddha statues. Besides, Gyantse Dzong, where you can overlook the entire re Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley is a great place to visit in Gyantse.
Nagqu is the transport hub for northern Tibetan connects with another region of Tibet and other parts of China. It neighbors Chamdo in the east, Ngari in the west, Lhasa in the south, and Qinghai Province in the north. The snow-capped Dargo Mountain in the west and the Burgyi Mountain in the east like two ferocious lions are guarding this treasure land. In Nagqu, the great power of nature shapes the gorgeous landscapes and rivers in this area. There are over one thousand beautiful lakes such as Namtso Lake, Tangra Yumco Lake is like jadeite scattered on the grassland or Gobi desert. What’s more, in Nagqu, it has a wealth of wildlife and alpine vegetation resources. Wild yak, Tibetan antelope, Tibetan wild donkey and other rare animals in the area are well protected. Every year, Nagqu Horse Racing Festival in Tibet held in every August with duration of 5 to 15 days. During the Festival, various sports activities yak race, long jumping, stone raising, Tibetan opera performance, are all boiling this temporary city and making her energetic and attractive.