(PRWEB) December 13, 2012
Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based Tibet tour company, is currently offering spiritually-oriented trips to the most prominent monasteries in and around Lhasa. They offer trips from 8 to 10 days.
“Tibet is known as the land of mystery,” Explore Tibet has said. “It has a rich and breathing culture, mystical monasteries and spiritual environment inherited from centuries and centuries.”
The spiritual odyssey starts in Lhasa, where visitors explore historical and religious sites, including Potala Palace and Jokahng Temple, as well as the Sera and Drepung monasteries. From there, the tour goes off the beaten path, through alpine valleys and isolated villages, to the remote Tirdrum nunnery and Reting monastery.
Reting Monastery, founded in 1056, is an historically-important Buddhist monastery located beside the picturesque Lhasa River. Shaded by trees, the monastery consists of sutra halls, Buddha halls and dormitories for the monks. On the fifteenth day of the seventh month every twelve years, the monastery stages the Pobentanggor festival, during which ten thousand believers walk around the monastery’s soul rock in procession, worshipping the Buddha statues.
“This spiritual journey focuses on peaceful hermitage cliffs and natural hot springs in remote areas,” Explore Tibet said. “The tour avoids the tourist crowds and follows in the footprints of devoted Tibetan pilgrims.”
There are still several restrictions for Tibet travel. Citizens of the UK, Norway, Korea, Austria, the Phillipines and Vietnam cannot get permits at this time. And currently no foreign groups are permitted to visit the Mt. Everest base camp. Groups are allowed to drive to the border town of Zhangmu and view Everest and the Himalayan range from the village of Old Tingri.
Explore Tibet is a locally-owned travel agency committed to responsible tourism, Tibetan travel permit and sustainable practice.