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Overland Routes to Tibet

March 14th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Field Notes, Tibet Travel Tips

Overland Routes to Tibet

Journey to Tibet has long been dream for many travelers. Even though there are many ways to reach Tibet. But these incredible 6 overland routes to Tibet are the only options by car at this moment. These challenging routes attract many travelers to follow these ancients trade routes.  There are different rules and restrictions to […]

Monlam Prayer Festival

November 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Field Notes

Monlam Prayer Festival

The Monlam Chenmo, also known as The Great Prayer Festival, is the most important Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the year. It falls on the 4th – 11th day of the 1st Tibetan Lunar month. Monlam means “wish-path” – the Buddhist path of helping others through the prayers. The Monlam Chenmo commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment or […]

Shaman Festival

June 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Field Notes

Shaman Festival

Every summer, the Shaman Festival is held in Rebkong, Amdo. This important ceremony honors the local mountain god and requests that he bestows good health on the villagers and a successful harvest on the community. All of the local villagers participate in the ceremony: women dance, men beat drums, boys perform dramas, and girls show […]

Saga Dawa Festival

June 26th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Field Notes

Saga Dawa Festival

Every summer in June Saga Dawa Festival is held in Tibet. Saga Dawa is a holy month in Buddhism. During this month people do special efforts to bring happiness to others. Animal release safes thousands of lives, develops one’s compassion, loving kindness, equanimity and wisdom as well as environmental awareness. Thousands of fish which were […]

Tibetan New Year

April 22nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Field Notes

Tibetan New Year

Losar, or the Tibetan New Year, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar. In Tibetan, lo means “year” and sar means “new.” Losar is determined according to the lunar calendar, and often falls sometime in February or March. It is traditionally celebrated for weeks, but nowadays it is celebrated for three days.

Tibetan Food

April 22nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Field Notes

Tibetan Food

An introduction to Tibetan food. Traditional dishes include noodle soup, yak jerky, yogurt, and a variety of breads. While Tibetan cuisine is not renowned for its spices and variety, it is hearty and healthy and sustains those living on the high plateau.

Holy Mountain Hikes

March 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Destinations, Field Notes

Holy Mountain Hikes

For centuries, Tibetans have been traveling to holy mountains as an act of pilgrimage. In Buddhism, pilgrimage refers to the journey from ignorance to enlightenment, from preoccupation with material concerns to a deeper awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. In Tibetan, the word for pilgrimage, nekhor, means to circle around a sacred place. Through […]

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