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Tibet Culture Tours

For cultural explorers, Tibet offers you a great opportunity to trace the development of Tibetan Buddhism and its powerful influence in all facets of Tibetans’ life.

Apart from touring the prestigious Tibetan monasteries and temples in Lhasa, and Shannan and Shigatse etc., our Tibet travel gurus will also take you to visit the family of local Tibetans. You can closely enjoy the decoration in their house, and chat with local Tibetans with the help of our guide. Of course, for foodies, you can taste home-made snacks and drink the Tibetan sweet tea with locals. Every so often, you will even join the farm work with local farmers on the farm and watch the Tsampa-making mills in Shigatse.

Through the detailed introduction of our humorous and knowledgeable Tibetan guide, you will learn more of the Tibetan culture and Buddhist history. As a leading Tibet tour operator with over 10 years’ experience, we will take you to see the true Tibet with your own eyes and ensure you an authentic Tibet culture tour for you.

Tibet Culture Small Group and Private Tours

The following Tibet tours focus on the culturally and historically important destinations in Tibet, such as Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet, Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan Civilization and Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. During our Tibet cultural adventure, you will fully explore the rich and vibrant Buddhist culture in Tibet. Just join our budget small group tour or customize your private Tibet culture tour to dive into the essence of Tibetan culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tibet Culture Tour

What kind of permits are required to enjoy a Tibet culture tour?

The travel documents required for a Tibet culture tour can equate those of a normal trip to Tibet. In the first place, you need a Tibet Travel Permit and a Chinese Visa. The Tibet Travel Permit can be conveniently obtained with the help of us, before you enter Tibet. You can even get it for free as long as you book your Tibet tour with us.

In addition, after you are qualified to enter Tibet, you will also need to obtain some other documents, like Aliens’ Travel Permit (for a visit to Mount Everest region) and Military Permit (for visiting Mount Kailash region). Don’t worry, our Tibet tour guide will secure all the permits when you require them in different situations of your trip.

When is the best time to visit Tibet for a culture experience?

In fact, whenever you go to visit Tibet, you can always experience the unique culture and religion of Tibet, which has been well preserved and inherited by generations of Tibetans. If you take the classic trip to major cultural cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, you can go there at any time of the year. Even in winter season, you can find Lhasa welcoming and friendly as it always has warm sunshine throughout the daytime, and the temperature is not that cold.

If you intend to join in some typical Tibetan festivals for deeper understanding and culture influence, you are recommended to go in spring and summer time. Since most important Tibetan festivals occur in the time, and you will have opportunities to attend Saga Dawa Festival, Shoton Festival, or Nagqu Festival etc. The best way is to consult our professional advisers, who can help you find a proper time for your preferred Tibet culture experience.

Which religion had a strong influence on the culture of Tibet?

As many knows, Tibetan culture is inseparably linked to its religion, namely Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism is unique compared with other Buddhism because it absorbed the elements of Bon. As a foreign culture rooted and blossomed in the snowy plateau, Tibetan Buddhism has a long history of at least 1300 years. It has been deeply rooted in all aspects of Tibetans’ daily life. Whether it is the first time for you to visit Tibet, you can always witness the customs like kora around holy mountain or lake, prostration before the Jokhang Temple, hanging prayer flags etc., practiced by Tibetans.

What are the top religious sites to experience Tibet culture?

Tibet abounds religious and spiritual sites, from magnificent monastery architecture to holy mountains and lakes with nature beauty. Here we list some of the top sites that you should not miss to learn best of Tibetan culture.

Jokhang Temple: it is the most important Buddhist temple in Tibet. It was built in 647 and completed in 651. It was built by the famous Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo. The Jokhang Temple is not large, but the entire old Lhasa city can be said to have developed around it.

Tashilhunpo Monastery: it is one of the top six monasteries of the Gelugpa Sect, and is the largest one in Shigatse. The Tashilhunpo Monastery is comparable to the Potala Palace in Dalai in terms of its scale and architecture art. In the temple, the Tsochin hall can accommodate 2,000 people at a time, and there is a statue of Sakyamuni in the temple.

Sakya Monastery: it is one of the major monasteries of Sakyapa Sect. The temple possesses many Buddhist arts, statues, scriptures, thangkas, paintings, books etc. Tourists can find this temple quite peaceful and tranquil, and meditation inside is also allowable.

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar: Mount Kailash is the most scared mountain located in Tibet, and is also reputed as the center of the world by Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Doing the kora around the holy mountain is a lifetime glorious achievement for all believers, as well as many trekking lovers. Lake Manasarovar is the holiest lake in Tibet, and is not far away from the holy Mount Kailash. There are 5 Buddhist monasteries siting along the shores of Manasarovar.

What are the most popular Tibetan festivals to experience Tibetan culture?

Shoton Festival: it is one of the largest and important festivals in Tibet. In 2020, it falls on 19, August. The festival usually begins with a dramatic unveiling of Thangkha. Tourists can join in our Lhasa Shoton Festival tour in summer season to experience the great celebration.

Saga Dawa Festival: during this great event, many Tibetans will kora around Barkhor, visit various monasteries and donate for the monks. It also occurs at the region of Mount Kailash, with a grant flagpole erecting ritual held. The festival will be celebrated on 5 June, 2020 in solar calendar.

Tibetan New Year: it is the most important traditional festival celebrated by Tibetan people. It shares some similarities and difference compared to the Chinese New Year. The celebration of Tibetan New Year normally lasts 15 days, and the main festivity focuses in the first 3 days. People in Tibet will clean their houses, cook tasty Tibetan food, visit the nearby temples and monasteries, and gather with families and friends, etc.

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