23rd October 2018 – Himalayan Motorcycle Adventures Tour – Tibet
The roof of the world . Easy riding.
Tibet – The Roof of the World – Easy riding
Date: 23rd October 2018
DURATION – 15 Nights / 16 Days
Tibet was only opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West. As a result, the country developed its own unique culture and religious traditions. Tibet was only opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West. As a result, the country developed its own unique culture and religious traditions. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions they were the backbone of power. Importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture its buildings.
Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion,” Bon Po” which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits which they immortalized in their art. Older monasteries such as Tashilhunpo which we visit, contain thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books. So many in fact, it would take several weeks to see them all.The Monasteries full of pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes. Their devotion and dedication are outward indicators that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.
Once out of Nepal, don’t expect green pastures and forests. Tibet is a high-altitude desert plateau with BIG landscapes and crystal clear, but rather thin air.
Full name: Tibet Autonomous Region of China Area: 1.2 m. sq. km Population: 3 millionIn Exile: 300,000 Capital city: Lhasa (Population 200,000) People: Tibetan & ChineseLanguage: Tibeto Burmese, Tibetan and Chinese Religion: 90% Buddhist, 1% Muslim, 3% Bon Po, 6% others Government: Occupied by China in 1949/1950 Currency: Yuan (Y 8.15 = US$ 1.00) Geography: Tibet borders India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma 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.
Words frequently used in this itinerary: La (mountain pass), Tso (lake), Cho or Po (river), Gompa (monastery), Chorten or Stupa (a Buddhist shrine/structure usually containing religious relics)