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WINTER SURPRISES IN TIBET
Everyone imagines that because Tibet, Lhasa in
particular is located on the highest point on the earth, that their winters are
akin to a frozen wasteland, somewhere only the abombinal snowman can survive!
Surprisingly, Tibet has a fairly mild winter climate with daily average
temperatures around fifty degrees! It rarely gets below freezing in Lhasa which
is why the occasional snows doesn't stick very long. Lhasa's winters have more
sunny days that dark days, more comfortable days than chill-bending days. Of
course, you'll need a good down jacket after dark when the sun takes it's warmth
and goes to sleep. The warm sunshine brightens almost every day in Lhasa, the
city of dreams. The ancient Barkhor circuit is filled with Tibetans performing
their daily religious practices. If you're looking for artistic inspiration or
your muse, Lhasa has it all and winter is the best time to feel it's charm!
COBALT BLUE SKIES
Ever dreampt of a landscape so full of color and contrast
and design that made you feel as if you'd died and gone to
some Wizard-of-Oz heaven? Well, folks, without a doubt the
landscapes of Tibet will never cease to amaze you. With so
much diversity and beauty you'll be in a constant state of
awe. Bluer than blue, greener than green, and sunsets that
make the rest of the world seem drab. This dry air, lofty
peaks, majestic rivers, my oh my, this must not be Kansas
"There are no clouds in the world to compare with Tibetan
Roof of the World clouds. Tibetan clouds are so much closer
to the earth you can almost touch them with your fingertips.
Fluffy? You've never seen a fluffy cloud until you've seen a
vast sky of white wonderful Tibetan clouds. They will
delight even the novice photographer! No matter how hard you
try you just can't capture it, you can't bottle it up and
take it home. You just have to live it and let it knock your
Fewer tourists come in winter
for many reasons. The idea of the cold at the top of the
world keeps many away, but for whatever reason it's sure
nice not to be crushed between bodies at every tourist site.
The only hustle and bustle you'll witness in winter is the
pilgrims shoulder to shoulder humming around the Barkhor
circuit, spinning their prayer wheels and praying. If you're
looking for a spiritual experience, a time to ponder the
real meaning of life, a chance to meditate on godly things,
a little slice of time to understand yourself, come in
winter to this amazing place. Oct-Feb. March is a sensitive
month. April or fall is nice also.
Just walk right up and get
your ticket, no long lines or crowds to fight. Some sites
are limited, only so many tickets sold per day, only so many
tourist allowed, but that's during the peak seasons! Think
how many more places you can see just by eliminating the
crowds, the lines and the limit rules. For this reason
alone, a winter tour to Tibet is ideal. Not to mention how
much easier it is to get great photos without a bunch of
people mucking up your shot! October is great for changing
autumn colors! See Tibet and enjoy!
TIBETAN NEW YEAR
Off season prices can save
you a nice chunk of change. Winter in Tibet is actually
considered the LOW-SEASON because there are fewer tourists
than any other time of the year. To entice tourists, hotel
rates drop substantially during the Tibetan winters. Tour
companies, car hire, even private guides are willing to
negotiate prices for winter business. Always ask the hotel
for a lower rate than the rate you find on the wall, many
times HALF PRICE! Your private guide will make sure you get
the best rates on everything!
Truly a major celebration, beginning on New Year's Day on
the Tibetan Lunar calendar Tibetan homes will open their
doors with prayers, then fetch their first bucket of
drinking water of the year. From early morning people greet
each other with good wishes like "tashi delek" (long life).
Families get together for a celebratory dinner, prayers and
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Sutra streamers. Mounds of Mani stones carved or painted
with scriptures. Temples and religious activities. Pilgrims prostrating
themselves along the highway all the way to Lhasa on their annual pilgrimage to
Lhasa. Spinning prayer wheels. Burning Incense. Thousands of butter lamps.
Nomads and farmers in traditional dress. Potala Palace without tourists.
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