Tibet Cultural Tour
Great Tibet Tour offers you cultural, historical and archaeological tours in central Tibet covering Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tsetang. Gyantse, located in the Nyang-chu Valley, is framed for Gyantse Kumbum at Pelkor Chöde Monastery, the largest Chorten in Tibet. About 90km northwest of Gyantse, lies Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest town and the traditional capital of Tsetang province. Tsetang is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shanna(Lhoka) prefecture. For travelers, Tsetang is of interest mainly as a jumping board for an exploration of the Yarlung Valley, which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization.
During your exploration of the Tibet tourist destinations, Tibetan Buddhism Monasteries are the highlights of your cultural tour, as Tibetan culture is actually the Tibetan Buddhism culture. You will see a great influence on all aspects of Tibetan people's life. Apart from touring in the monasteries, we will also arrange a local Tibetan family visit. You can walk into the house, observe the furnishings, have a cup of buttered tea, try home-made snacks, and chat with the friendly people with the help of the tour guide.
Below are our hand-picked packages about the cultural tours. You will go to the most important monasteries, feel the local life in your way, get close contact to the highest mountain in the world, and meet pilgrims en-route to the holy places.
Frequently Asked Questions
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There's a unique food culture in Tibet, which is light and fewer seasonings, except salt. Traditional Tibetan food and drinks include yak beef/mutton jerky, yogurt, Tsampa, butter tea, sweet tea, roast beef, roasted mushrooms, etc. If you're not interested in Tibetan food, you can also enjoy western, Chinese, American, Nepalese or Indian food flavors.
The sky burial in Tibet is mysterious for most travelers but all travelers are not allowed to watch a sky burial. If you happen to witness a sky burial, please also respect the custom of the locals. Do not get closer to the sky burial site, keep silence, no talking or photographing. Remember, you are attending a funeral.
The yellow landmark of Lhasa is Makye Ame Restaurant, which mainly focuses on Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan flavors. It's located in the southeast corner of Barkhor Street. Yellow is a holy color in Tibet as it's only for Monks. Makye Ame is where Cangyangjiacuo, the sixth Dalai Lama once met his lover. Cangyangjiacuo is not only a religious leader, but also a romantic Poet. He missed the lady daily and nightly, so he wrote a poem called Makye Ame. Someone said it's the name of the charming lady. Another saying is that Makye Ame means all good things. The platform on the top is superb to overlook Barkhor Street.