(PRWEB) May 07, 2013
Tibet travel agency, Tibet Ctrip Travel Service -TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com), is preparing to take travelers on the Mt. Kailash tour during the 2013 Tibet travel season. Buddhists, Bon, Jain, and Hindus alike revere this mountain as sacred ground, with thousands of pilgrims flocking to it each year to make the ritualistic trek around its base. Mt. Kailash is to these people as Jerusalem and Mecca are to Christians and Muslims; pilgrims come to purify their souls, leaving behind prejudice and misperceptions of reality. This year, TCTS is helping travelers of all faiths embark on this sacred journey while showing them some of Tibet’s world-famous cultural and historical sites along the way.
TCTS employs native Tibetan guides who know Tibet well and are passionate about sharing where they come from. A guide will meet travel groups at the airport or train station in Lhasa at the beginning of their journey. Over the first few days, travelers will enjoy an introduction to Tibetan history and culture as they tour places like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Normally, three days of the Tibet tour will be spent in Lhasa to allow for acclimatization to the altitude; travelers are welcome to customize their sightseeing itinerary to accommodate their interests.
The drive to Darchen, launching point for the trek around Kailash, takes about three full days. This allows time for stops to appreciate the scenery at places like Lake Yamdrok, Karola Glacier, and Lake Manasarovar. Travelers will also have the opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhism when they stop at Pelkhor Monastery, Kumbum Pagoda, and Tashilhunpo Monastery. Once the trek begins, the travel group is in for three unforgettable days of spectacular mountain landscapes. Travelers will encounter pilgrims of a variety of cultural backgrounds as they make the journey around the base of Kailash. Tibetans who make the journey will leave behind a lock of hair, stone, or something similar to symbolize washing their souls of anger, fear, and prejudice; travelers may do the same but are encouraged not to leave behind items that may damage the fragile environment.
The Kailash Pilgrimage is a special journey; travelers will have the opportunity to widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them as they meet people of a variety of different beliefs. In addition TCTS’s native Tibetan guides will help travelers learn about Tibetan culture and history as they visit important sites throughout Tibet. Many travel groups end their journey at the border with Nepal (and continue on to Kathmandu) while others choose to return to Lhasa. TCTS is more than happy to assist travelers in making arrangements for exploring Nepal and China after completing their journey. Thousands of pilgrims come to Kailash each year so travelers are advised to plan and book their journey in advance.
Devin Moore provided this news release above on behalf of local Tibet tour agency TCTS (tibetctrip.com). Devin is a travel writer and independent economic analyst based in Springfield, Missouri USA. His economic research is currently focused on airfare pricing. Devin Moore works to spread awareness of Tibet and its people through publishing Tibet travel information.