Tibetan Buddhism

tibetIn both the great and the not so great monasteries of Tibet, you’ll often find a lot of devotees prostrating themselves on the ground. The Tibetans call this chaktsal, and it is one of the most important ways in Tibetan Buddhism for people to display their devotion and dedication to the powerful gods and goddesses of the Buddhist pantheon. Continue reading

Trekking in Tibet—the Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek


Mount Everest Base Camp, Tibet. Image: Göran Höglund

If you are planning to go on a Tibet Everest Base Camp trek when traveling to Tibet, there are a couple of formalities you have to go through, such as getting a PSB travel permit and a park-entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve that costs around Y400 per vehicle and Y180 per passenger. Continue reading

The Best of Tibet, Top 10 Must-Visit Places in Tibet

Potala PalacePlanning to travel to Tibet? You might like to know when the best time to visit Tibet is. Well, April to October is the period when Tibet tourism is on a roll, with August and September being the two months when a lot of Tibet tours are planned. Continue reading

Tibetan Culture: More Tibetan Festivals

Butter Lamp Festival

Monks light the butter-lamps in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa during the annual Butter Lamp Festival. Image: Xinhua/Tao Xiyi

So you want to travel to Tibet? Of course you do. After all, Tibet travel is a much sought after desire of many travelers around the world today. There’s not much mystery left in the world, Continue reading

The Great Cycling Trail, Lhasa to Kathmandu

Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycle Trip

Lhasa to Kathmandu cycling trail. Image: flickr/Jody McIntyre

It’s not only hiking that’s so much fun and adventure, cycling too can be as challenging, as spirited, and actually more of an adventure than even trekking. Besides, cycling long distance over high altitude terrain will surely require a fair bit determination and perseverance. Continue reading

The Fascinating Treasures of Tibet

Potala Palace, Tibet

Potala Palace. Image: flickr/Richard IJzermans

The great Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan wished to honor one his most respected teachers of the past, Chos-rje pa Sakya. So, he ordered his current spiritual teacher, Lama Phags-pa, to build a golden stupa in Lhasa in his honor. Phags-pa was in somewhat of a conundrum. Looking around, he didn’t see any architect good enough to build a stupa that would impress the great emperor. Continue reading