Often revered as the ‘roof the world’, Tibet is one of the most captivating places in the world. The autonomous region of China is famous for its astounding monasteries, desolate and barren terrain, and gorgeous passes combined with stunning views of the faraway Himalayas make Tibet a paradise for people that want to explore something new.
Tibet is considered to be the part of Eastern Asia and some parts of it lie in Central Asia as well. It is west of the central China plain and within mainland China. Tibet has numerous high mountains too and many rivers originate from the Tibetan plateau. These include the Yangtze River and Yellow river along with the Yarlung Tsangpo River which forms the deepest and longest canyons in the world. Tibet covers an area of 2.5 million square kilometers and the atmosphere here is very arid for about 9 months. As Tibet lies in the rain shadow area, it hardly receives any rainfall. The temperatures are pretty low and the only vegetation found here are scrubs and bushes.
The people here normally speak the Tibetan language and follow the Tibetan-influenced Buddhism. The locals inhabiting this region are mostly the Monpa, Qiang, and the Sherpa. The capital of Tibet, Lhasa boasts numerous cultural and historical landmarks. It is also the financial hub of this region. The population of Tibet crosses 4 million and it might have been the factor in its immense GDP.
Tibet is famous for the trademark Potala Palace, which has housed numerous previous Dalai Lamas. If you wish to involve in some culture then the Jhokang temple and Samdong monastery will definitely fulfill your craving. The Tashilunpo monastery, which is called the largest monastery in Tibet will show you the secrets of Buddhism. The region also boasts numerous natural enigmas like Mount Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, Yamdrok Lake, and the Lulang forests. Venture into these parts and find yourself in a state of bliss and awakening.
If you are planning to visit Tibet from Nepal, then you need to fill the Tibet Permit Application and you have to get the Group Tourist Visa to enter Tibet. To apply for the Tibet permit, you will need a Chinese Visa first. After obtaining the Chinese Visa and Tibet permit, you can legally board either Tibet train or flight to reach Lhasa. Normally it takes around 8 to 9 days to process the Tibet permit. The Tibet Permit will not be delivered to your country. You’ll need to fill a form, passport, and confirm your tour itinerary. The price of the travel permit will vary. There aren’t any long flights that lead directly to Tibet, and you have to stop in Beijing or other cities. You have the option of going by road from the passes in Nepal.