Great Tibet Tour is a local tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet. It founded in 1999 and recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local Tibet travel agencies. We specialize in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal.
Posted May 5,2019 in Travel and Events.
Tibet is truly the roof of the world. it is a sacred place, where there are magnificent monasteries sitting on halfway down the snow-capped mountains, under the blue sky, or close to the pure lakes.
Do you plan a dream journey in Tibet? How do you prepare for this dream? when you make a tour plan, there are always have various great Attractions and routes. but in traveling, there are always some attractions that you don’t like, and some schedule you cannot accept. So，learn about the attractions in advance，Make better preparation for your Tibet Travel.
Now，let us know about Top 5 of Tibet tourist attractions together.
Top 5 -- Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake, one of the holy lake in Tibet is an ideal place to take a spiritual journey.
General Info of Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake located in the northwest of Lhasa, which is the highest saltwater lake in the world with an altitude of 4,718 meters above sea level. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and thousands of acres of open grasslands, Namtso Lake is a favored pasture for local nomads with their yak herds.
Take a Spiritual Trip to Namtso Lake
Namtso means "heavenly lake" in Tibet language which is the closest lake in the world to the heaven. Among the three holy lakes, Namtso is a popular place for pilgrims. Surrounded by many sacred mountains, Namtso Lake is sure to be sacred as well by Tibetans. Namtso was considered as the home of protective god who is invested with special, spiritual power. There are five uninhabited islands in the lake, as well as a few rocky outcrops which have long been used as spiritual retreats for pilgrims. Every year, many devout Buddhists travel to these sacrosanct lakes to walk around the lake’s perimeter that known as a holy "kora". Pilgrims will spend the summer on the island with enough food they carrying and walk across the lake’s surface in winter when it is frozen.
Look for the Ruddy Shelduck in Namtso
The largest island, sitting in the northwest corner of the lake is a home to many kinds of migrating birds that travel there twice a year, such as the Ruddy Shelduck and several species of cormorants. The island is over two kilometers long, only three kilometers from the shore.
Top4 -- Jokhang Temple
The temple, considered the "spiritual heart of the city" and the most sacred in Tibet, is at the center of an ancient network of Buddhist temples in Lhasa. It is the focal point of commercial activity in the city, with a maze of streets radiating from it. The Jokhang is 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) east of the Potala Palace. Barkhor, the market square in central Lhasa, has a walkway for pilgrims to walk around the temple (which takes about 20 minutes). Barkhor Square is marked by four stone sankang (incense burners), two of which are in front of the temple and two in the rear.
Rasa Thrulnag Tsuklakang ("House of Mysteries" or "House of Religious Science") was the Jokhang's ancient name. When King Songtsen built the temple, his capital city was known as Rasa ("Goats"), since goats were used to move earth during its construction. After the king's death, Rasa became known as Lhasa (Place of the Gods); the temple was called Jokhang—"Temple of the Lord"—derived from Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha, its primary image. The Jokhnag's Chinese name is Dazhao; it is also known as Zuglagkang, Qoikang Monastery, and Tsuglhakhange.
Top3 -- Mt. Kailash
Mt Kailash（冈仁波齐峰）is a peak in the Kailash Range (Gangdisê Mountains), which forms part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32 mi) long.
Top2 -- Everest Base Camp
As the highest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest with altitude of 8844m has become a final objective for tourists dreaming to get closer contact with the sky. And Everest Base Camp, shortened as EBC, literally means the base camp set on the flat area near Mt. Everest, where shops, hotels, and even post offices exist, supporting tourists to scale the mountain and ensuring their life safety.
Actually, all travelers can get to Everest Base Camp. The trekking to EBC usually takes one or two hours, the most popular route is from Rongbuk Monastery to EBC, and of course, you can take the vehicle to get to EBC directly. Trekking on the roof of the world with an altitude of 5200m is not easy, even if you don't take anything, it equals that you take 30kg baggage at low altitude area.
On the way to Everest Base Camp, tourists can have views of spectacular landscapes such as Himalayan ranges, glaciers and so on. Therefore, traveling to Everest Base Camp is an must-see attraction for your Tibet travel.
Top1 -- Potala Palace
In possession of rich cultural heritage, Potala Palace is a must-see place of your Tibet trip.
Potala Palace, the highest ancient palace in the world, was situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. As 5A tourism spot on the national level, the Potala Palace is a must-see travel spot for tourists who wanna explore Tibet. With profound Buddhist culture, Potala Palace attracts a large number of pilgrims to pray in this holy place.
Potala was named after a holy hill in South India which means "Abode of the Avalokitesvara (Buddha of Mercy) in Sanskrit word." The Legend of Potala is dating back to the 7th century, the Tang Dynasty (618B.C. - 907B.C.) of China that the then Tibet King Songtsen Gampo built a 9-story palace with a thousand rooms up on the Red Hill for his bride, Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty and named it Potala Palace. The Potala Palace we see today was built in Qing Dynasty. Because the original one is destroyed in the war when the Songtsen Gampo Dynasty declined.