Welcome to Tibet
Presenting for you an unequivocally high class topography and a really pleasant weather, Tibet experiences a ‘never fading beauty’. Commencing right from its eternal sunshine to its hazy isolated surroundings, this region is an overall spiritual hub with an esteem sense of culture.
Country Quick Facts
Tibet- situated in the Central Asia is a blend of mountains, plateaus, rivers and lakes which are clipped among the East, South and the Central Asia. The topography of the Tibet Autonomous Region is considered to be quite complex witnessing an upliftment of approximately 4000 meters. More than two-thirds of this region’s area is taken over by the North-Tibetan Plateau. The south Tibet Valley, Henduan Ranges to the eastern side and the North-Tibet Plateau to the western past together make up the lovely regions of Tibet.
Area: 1,200,000 km2
Population: 31.8 lakhs (2014)
The official language of Tibet is none other than the ‘Standard Tibetan’ and it is widely spoken by majority of the region’s population. It is nicknamed as the ‘’Lhasa Tibetan’’. More than 6 million communicate with each other in the Tibetic languages, however, considered to be an International language- ‘English’ is spoken way too rarely here. Residents of Tibet are officially recognised as the ‘Tibetans’ and they might also be found in a good number in India, Bhutan and Nepal.
The legal currency in Tibet is the ‘Renminbi’ that is symbolised as ‘¥’. Anyone seeking for some of the foreign exchange services can contact only the Bank of China and some of the market hotels for the same. The currency is available in the form of paper money and the coins. Denominations of the notes are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Yuan and 1 and 5 Jiao whereas the coins are available in, 1 Jiao and 5 Jiao. Yuan stands out to be the largest denomination of the RNB. Tourists who are having the Chinese Debit Cards with them will have the facility of the easy withdrawal of cash through Tibet’s ATMs. Credit cards are only accepted by the Bank of China and other varied malls and hotels in Lhasa.
Tibet’s weather consists of four seasons- Spring (April–May), summer (June–August), fall (September–October) and winter (November–March). A frosty weather is experienced in Tibet for a minimum amount of 6 months in a year, whereas ice shall be witnessed in some of the lakes during the months from October to March. The weather conditions here differ from one region to another. The difference between night’s temperature and the day’s temperature is really vast and thus, one might experience extreme weather conditions sometimes too. The winters here are cold and dry but the amount of sunshine falling on each region is a satisfactory and a strong one.
Time: The China Standard Time is followed in Tibet and is 15 hours ahead of the Pacific Standard Time.
Electricity: The Standard Voltage in Tibet is notified to be 220V and the frequency is estimated to be 50 Hz. One might find a great variety of power plugs here. If you are staying in India, but are present in Tibet for travelling or any other purpose, then you can easily use your gadgets here without any issues
Weight & Measurement: The Metric System is adopted by Tibet for the purpose of Weight and Measurement.
Telecommunications: Telecommunication in Tibet has seen some improvement from the past many years. There were many regions which had no communication facilities but presently the people there are indulged in the usage of mobile phones. People can make use of the pre- paid phones and also the local Sims.
Top Cities of Tibet
Tibet comprises of beautiful cities. Some of them are presented below :
Food & Drink
Majorly influenced by some of its neighbours, the Tibetan food will surely make your trip go ‘super-amazing’. While experiencing the varied cuisines here, you might also conclude that a part of its taste is not an unfamiliar one. The natural resources presently available in Tibet are constituted in the diet charts for many of the Tibetans present here. Never miss even a bite of the mouth-watering taste of the Tibetan delicacies with a perfect view of the scenic landscapes provided by the mountains.
It is the Tibet’s staple food carrying a great relevance. The dish is consumed along with salty Tibetan butter tea.
It has its origin from the Indian subcontinent. In this dish, the main ingredients are none other than the butter, chicken, spices, ginger and garlic.
Tibetan Noodle Soup
Locally known as the Thukpa, this soup is served typically with a cup of Tibetan sweet tea.
It is considered to be a pastime snack. The yoghurt is creamy and white with raisins acting as its toppings.
Dre-si is a Tibetan dessert widely consumed during the Tibetan New Year. It is made up of butter broth, sugar and Droma.
Tibetan Sweet Tea
This is just like a coffee for the people in Tibet. It suits the best with the Tibetan Noodles and is a favourite beverage of many
It is a beer prepared from a perfect blend of yeast, Himalayan spring water, highland barley and the saaz hops.
It is a wine made up of barley and is considered to be a traditional beverage in Tibet. Chang is consumed mostly during functions and events.
Tibetan Yak Meat
It is considered as the ‘trademark of the Tibetan dishes’, comprises of a delicate flavour and the nutritious food.
Culture of Tibet
Despite being a part of China, the regions of Tibet have managed to preserve their unique culture, language and also the traditions. However, it has been notified that Tibet’s culture is under real danger due to the large Chinese immigration and thus, varied measures are being taken to secure the same. This place has been considered as one of the greatly improving regions in the whole world from the past 65 years.
The culture of Tibet is unbelievably connected with the Tibetan Buddhism and the varied Buddhist’s rituals and prayers are ardently followed by the Tibetans that too in a large scale. With an intention of providing education and guidance to Tibet’s population, the monks and nuns here do carry major relevance.
The Tibetans are extensively devoted to Dalai Lama and his relevant stories and also, it has been concluded that most of the people in Tibet are nomads whose lifestyle has changed much in the past several years. Comprising of a lot of busy people and their schedule, the place is a home to several urban Tibetans too.
Tibetans seek to accomplish the importance of communication in their daily lives and thus, they have simultaneously started the usage of mobile phones and the Internet for the purpose of the communication facilitation. But, China looks upon Tibet and ensures that Tibet is not accessing any kind of foreign channels and shows. However, Tibet on the other hand is putting efforts to have some communication with the people living even across the borders.