5 things off the beaten path in Tibet
Tibet had a unique culture, religion, and language for the past centuries before that China invaded it in the 50’s, in fact, this event changed Tibet completely during the last 50 years.
Since this time, Tibetans are fighting to preserve their culture and resist oppression.
Tibetan culture is indistinctly linked to Tibetan Buddhism.
Most of Tibetans are devoted to the Dalai Lama. His exile and treatment by the Chinese government are sources of grief and anger. Crossing the Tibetan plateau raising yaks have been a traditional life in Tibet since ever.
The best way to live an authentic Tibetan experience is by foot, for example you can choose to hike across the mountain trails to explore cliff-side Buddhist heritage, walk with Tibetan pilgrims to glorify sacred Buddhist mountains and lakes; meet welcoming locals walking through beautiful villages and vast yak pasture, or give your best to reach the world’s highest peak foot in snowy Himalayan regions, etc.
Those treks are testing for your physical body but also for your spirit, one guarantee you will love them !
Want to build your spiritual journey? This is the 5 things to not miss in Tibet in order to do it!
Sera Monastery – Tibet
At the bottom of Tatipu Hill in North Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery.
It has been built in 1419 and it is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect. Its area is 114,946 square meters (28 acres).
Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals will marvel your eyes.
Drigung Monastery – Tibet
Also called “Drigung til Monastery”, this monastery is located in Me-Zu-Gong-Kar country about 130km northeast of Lhasa.
It situated on the south raid of the mountain ridge with an altitude of 4465 meters what will offer you this amazing point of view with the opportunity to have a wide and wonderful look over the whole valley.
Three others monasteries from the same sect are located in the same region, which are named Yangrigar, Drigung Dzong, and Drigung Tse.
Drigung Monastery was founded in 1179, it’s the main one.
Woka Choelong Valley – Tibet
On all the famous roads across Tibet, you can meet travelers from all around the world.
From Lhasa to Woka Choelong Valley, you’ll meet mainly locals, and enjoy much more Nature with wild animals.
On your way, you’ll have the occasion to visit different points of interest:
- Rutok Hot Spring
- Siji Lhatso Lake
- Vast Grassland
- Wild animals when more merit
- Woka Choelong Monastery
- Woka Chosang Monastery
- Woka Hot Spring
- Horse with a horn on the forehead
Namtso Lake – Tibet
Namtso Lake is the largest lake in Tibet and the world’s highest lake, located between the Damxung County of Lhasa and the Bango County of Nagqu region.
In the Tibetan language, “Namtso Lake” means “Heavenly Lake”.
The lake in numbers :
- 4,740 meters above sea level
- about 70 kilometers long and 30 kilometers broad
- a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers
- 5 islands in the lake
- 5 peninsulas reaching into the lake (Zaxi Peninsula is the largest)
In late April, the lake has a miraculous shade of turquoise from the ice melting. You can enjoy those shades from all the nearby mountains.
Chim-Puk Hermitage – Tibet
Perfect for a day hike trip: around five hours up and three hours down.
After losing yourself through desert-like territory for a couple of hours, the trail will bring you into a wonderful lush area where a collection of caves were found: 108 meditation caves, 108 spring mouths, and 108 sky burial.
The Chim-puk Hermitage is renowned for being the most famous meditation place of Tibetan Buddhism but also for its unique climate and beautiful scenery presented at an altitude of 4,300m.
Handprints and footprints impressed on rocks can be found everywhere, and the enormous footprint on the Guruta Rock is said to have been left by Padmasambhava. Currently, the caves are inhabited by over 200 Buddhists, 70% of whom are nuns.
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