(PRWEB) December 21, 2012
Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based Tibet tour company, has announced a five-day Tibet highlight tour.
Beginning in Lhasa, the tour visits prominent historical and religious sites before finishing at Lake Namtso, over 100km from Lhasa, and largest lake in the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Lhasa, capital of Tibet, with an elevation of 3,490 m, is one of the highest cities in the world. Enjoying almost 3,000 hours of sunlight every year, and thus sometimes called “the sunlit city” by Tibetans, the city contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites, including Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Explore Tibet have said, “Both Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple have been the main focal points of Tibetan pilgrims for centuries. The bustling street around Jokhang Temple, known as Barkhor, is the location of one of Tibet’s most important devotional circumambulations.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to “walk shoulder to shoulder with devoted pilgrims who come from all over Tibet.”
The Barkhor is an area of narrow streets and an old square in the old part of Lhasa located around Jokhang Temple. For many Tibetans, Jokhang is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet, and has remained a key centre of Buddhist pilgrimages for centuries.
“It is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings,” Explore Tibet have said.
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.