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Tibet

Tibet is one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations and there is adventure indeed hidden around almost each and every corner. Lhasa, the capital lies high in the arid wilderness of the Tibetan Mountains, its name “the Roof of the World” is no idle statement. The valley bottoms of Tibet are higher than the highest mountains elsewhere. It’s snow covered plateaus are the highest in the world and apart from Everest, which Tibetans see from ‘the other side’, many mountains are over 15000 feet. Lhasa, at (3,590 meters), is Tibet’s religious, cultural and economic center. The 1000 room Potala Palace physically dominates Lhasa City.

Places of interest in Tibet

Zhangmu (7,000 ft.) better know by its Tibetan name, Khasa is a small settlement clinging to a bill side 10km inland from the friendship Bridge across the Bhotekoshi river after the closure of the china/India border from Gangtok, Zhangmu has become the major treading post between Tibetan and Nepal. The climate is quite different from the hinterland. The bills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with innumerable waterfalls in summer and frozen icicles during winter. It has a bank, a post office a, government store, and is presently undergoing a construction boom to meet the demands of trade and tourism.

Festivals

There are many different festival mostly based on Buddhism. Tibetan New Year is the most important and popular festival in Tibet known as Lhosar, the festival starts from 1st to 3rd of the 1st Tibetan month of Tibetan Calendar (February). Specially made offerings are offered to family shrine deities. Doors are painted with religious symbols and other painstaking jobs are done to prepare for the event. After dressing up, people “open” their doors with prayers and go to monasteries. People visit their neighborhoods and exchange their blessings (Tashi Delek) in the first two days. Celebration is the theme during the session. On the third day, old prayer flags will be replaced with new ones. Other folk activities may be held in some areas to celebrate the events.