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Tibet

Tibet

Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas, in the People's Republic of China. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft).

Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet (Ü-Tsang) was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century. Following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet Area (Ü-Tsang). The region subsequently declared its independence in 1913, without recognition by the following Chinese Republican government. Later Lhasa took control of the western part of Xikang Province, China. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following the Invasion of Tibet, Tibet became unified into the People's Republic of China, and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising. Today, the P.R. China governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region; while eastern areas are mostly within Sichuan, Qinghai and other neighbouring provinces, as ethnic autonomous prefectures. There aretensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups which are active in exile. It is also said that Tibetan activists in Tibet have been arrested or tortured.The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture, though tourism has become a growing industry in Tibet in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism, in addition there is Bön which was the indigenous religion of Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism in the 7th century CE (Bön is now similar to Tibetan Buddhism) though there are also Muslim and Christian minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Tibetan architecture reflects Chinese andIndian influences. Staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat, and butter tea.

(ref: wikipedia)

Available Itineraries for Tibet

Tibet Cultural Journey

Tibet Cultural Journey

 Tibet has long been considered the ‘Roof of the World’ and offers unparalleled beauty and mystery in its own right. This is a land of the largest and highest plateau on earth with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters. Its unique Buddhist culture, rare wildlife, snow-capped mountains, deep tropical rainforests and open pastureland are the hidden treasures to be explored. In addition, the Yarlung Tsangbo River, ancient ruins, palaces, monasteries and religious cultural heritage are other facinating features of the land.

 
Tibet also offers an overload to your senses, with smells, tastes and colors you have never experienced previously. For good or for bad, you'll discover the fetid odor of yak butter and incense that smacks of hashish. You'll taste rich, savory stews of spicy yak, crisp Asian pears, and sweet local melons. You will enjoy one of the most adventurous, scenically stunning and physically demanding overland trips in the world as we travel from Kathmandu through vast landscapes, glittering peaks, high mountain passes, remote high altitude deserts, and densely forested precipitous gorges; all virtually unpopulated at high altitudes. It is a journey of scenic and religious discovery of the land and self.
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