JOURNEY TO TIBET

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Overview

 

TIBET-“Roof of the World”

 

A sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people, has not only exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks, etc. Yet, only a few intrepid, serious and determined have been able to make it.

 

Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and this country developed its unique culture and religion independently. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion,” Bon Po” which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashilhunpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books that to visit in detail would take weeks. The Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

 

TIBET-extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges is a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers to the Roof of the World.


 

Full name: Tibet Autonomous Region of China
Area:   1.2 m. sq. km
Population:    3 million

 

 

In Exile:                      300,000
Capital city:             Lhasa (Population 200,000)
People:                      Tibetan & Chinese

Language:               Tibeto Burmese, Tibetan and Chinese

Religion:                    90% Buddhist, 1% Muslim, 3% bon, 6% others

Government:           Occupied by China in 1949/1950

Currency:                  Yuan (Y 8.15 = US$ 1.00)

Geography:               Tibet has border with India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma

Climate:                     Spring (May to June) – Best weather condition, May to Mid September Winter – (October to April)

What to wear:          Light weight clothing is recommended for May to June, Warm garments are required from September to April. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the summer season.

Voltage:                   Standard voltage only 220 volts. 

 

Itinerary

 

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

 

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check-in at hotel.

Eve:A brief introduction of the trip and introduction of the participants of the ride followedby a welcome dinner at Kathmandu Handle bar. After the dinner, transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel

 

 

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu (Visa Processing)

Full-day free on own to self explore this historic valley of Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel

 

 

Day 03:       Ride Kathmandu to The Last Resort (Kodari) – Approx. 100 Km

Negotiate traffic out of the Kathmandu city to the Ringroad cross section - Koteshwor. From here, follow the newly constructed highway to Bhaktapur (Approx. 12 Km from Kathmandu).  The ancient Bhaktapur City or the “City of Devotees” situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weavings are its traditional industries. Continue cruising past Bhaktapur to Dhulikhel (Approx. 18 Km from Bhaktapur) via Jagati, Sanga & Banepa passing road side settlements and terraced farmlands.  

 

 

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