Tibet attracts millions of travelers each year to admire its surreal natural beauty and old religious culture. Vardhman Vacations like to introduce some of the Best Places you should not miss when you traveling in Tibet.
Potala Palace: – The Potala Palace, an administrative, religious and political complex, is built on the Red Mountain in the centre of the Lhasa valley in seventh century and was the royal palace of King Songtsan Gampo. The general structure of the Potala Palace is in two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. The beautiful murals inside the palace are not only attractive, but also tell the story of Tibet. The golden roof group on the top of the Red Palace is worth seeing.
Jokhang Temple: – Jokhang Temple situated at the heart of the old town of Lhasa, Built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo. It is the destination for pilgrims from all over the country and from different sects of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top. It adopted the architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, as well as those of Tibet and Nepal.
Samye Monastery: – The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery in entire Tibet comprising with the three Buddhist idols, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It was built by the Trisong Detsen (reigned 742-798) of the Tubo Kingdom and was presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava.
It is located at the foot of Mount Haibu Rishen, north of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. It is famous for its sacred mandala shape and design. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it.
Tashilhunpo Monastery: – Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, it is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain), Shigatse.
It is a huge monastic compound of golden-roofed venerable buildings and cobbled lanes. Jambu Chyenmu or The Maitreya Temple lies on the on the western side and is the tallest building in the monastery.
Norbulingka Palace: – Norbulingka Palace, situated in the west side of Lhasa is just around a km southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka meaning ‘Treasure Park’ covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet.
You will be amazed to know that there are more than 370 rooms inside its premises. The area on which the palace stands today used to be a wasteland full of weeds and wild animals. Come and join the scores of people who come here days before and set up a camp to enjoy the peak of summers, which is an absolute pleasure.
Mount Kailash: – It is an important religious destination for many religions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism around 22,000 feet above sea level and is considered to be one of the toughest high rises to climb or even reach. For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the sacred abode of Lord Shiva. Hindus consider this mountain as eternal heaven and the center of soul and spirituality.
Buddhist calls it Mountain Kang Rimpoche, ‘The Precious One of Glacial Snow’. The locales of Tibet call it Tise. They consider this to be the resting place of Buddha Demchok and the place where the intimidating battle between Milarepa and Naro Bonchung took place.
Mount Kailash is also an important religious center for Jains. The Jains call the mountain Astapada and believe it to be the place where Rishaba,the founder of Jain religion, attained nirvana, here on the peak of Mt. Ashtapada.
Manasarovar Lake: – Lake Manasarovar situated about 2000 kms from Lhasa is world’s highest freshwater lake. It is named by the Tibetans as ‘The Unconquerable Lake’ and sits at a height of 15015 ft, with a circumference of 90km. This holy lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. It attracts thousands of tourists and religious people towards itself every year from various parts of the world, but mainly from India, Tibet and its neighboring countries.
The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories. Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Lake Manasarovar is also the subject of the meditative Tibetan tradition, “The Jewel of Tibet”. A modern narration and description of the meditation was made popular by Robert Thurman.
Shopping in Tibet:- Tibet is actually famous for its handicrafts and paintings, like the Thangka which is a kind of a Tibetan scroll painting that generally have their base in Buddhist religion where as Tibetan crafts are often made from different metals like gold, silver, copper and stones like turquoise.
These beautiful items with the most exceptional carvings on them have become the most shopped for item in Tibet. Apart from crafts, you should check out some of the most scintillating jewelry that you would have ever seen. There are numerous varieties of jewelry like pearls, agate, gold and silver ornaments.Book Now!
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