(PRWEB) July 25, 2012
Shangri-la, in China’s Yunnan Province, is known for its stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity. Explore Tibet, a Tibet travel agency based in Lhasa now offers tours of the mountains and villages of this unique place.
“Visitors can explore the jagged mountains, valleys filled with lush tropical foliage, and waterfalls cascading hundreds of feet off steep, rocky gorges,” Explore Tibet said. “Shangri-la lies at the cultural intersection of China, Tibet and Southeast Asia, and the winding roads are dotted with authentic villages where travelers can experience the art and culture of the Tibetan, Yi, and Naxi people.”
The journey begins with a tour of the Ganden Songtsan Ling Monastery, which is one of the 13 large Gelugpa monasteries in the eastern Tibetan area known as Kham. It was built by the fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century, and the monastery currently houses about 500 monks. Visitors to the monastery will see the Grand Assembly Hall and one of the colleges, where they can speak with the monks and learn about Tibetan Buddhism.
Travelers will spend a day trekking through the valleys around Shangri-la and the nearby villages of Gyalthang and Tsalang, exploring the local culture and taking in the views of the beautiful Gangdreng Mountains. After a day’s trek travelers can relax at a nearby hot springs.
Travelers will also tour Pudacuo National Park, which was China’s first national park, and features many beautiful lakes and wetlands. The park contains more than 20 percent of the country's plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species, and almost 100 endangered species.
Other highlights of the Tibet tour include the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, a cultural tour of the town of Lijiang, and a Naxi musical performance. Visitors will also travel to the Naxi pottery village, where the pottery is made in a traditional style that has not changed since ancient times.
Explore Tibet is a Tibetan-run travel agency focused on responsible tourism, Tibet travel permit and sustainable practice.