TIBET - ROOF OF THE WORLD
Tibet known as Roof of the World and The Forbidden Land is a popular travel destination for a unique sightseeing/excursions, adventure travel, expedition, trekking and pilgrimage. For centuries, she has fascinated mankind. This land beyond mighty Himalayas on the highest plateau of the world has always been a challenge to all human beings. In the past only those who had the strongest will and hard courage to defy the nature could visit Tibet as she was very remote & isolated destination. Even then it was closed for foreign travelers. But after the opening of Tibet in 1986 for foreign travelers it has become a prime destination for explorers, adventure travelers and scholars. Now thousands of travelers from different parts of the world visit Tibet every year for different purposes from sightseeing, trekking to expedition. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion, "Bon Po" which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashihunpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books that to visit in detail would take weeks. Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.