Tibet is a culturally rich destination that is perfect for anyone looking for more than the usual. To learn a little bit more about Tibet, Destination Specialist Justin Huff answered five common questions travelers have when considering Tibet as a travel destination.
1) What are some exciting places to visit in Tibet?
Most of the exciting places in Tibet are very hard to reach. For instance, Mount Kailash is spectacular for those who choose to journey off the beaten path. Another great place to visit in Tibet is Lhasa, which is the capital. Here you can see the beautiful monasteries and palaces. I highly recommend visiting Potala Palace. For those that do plan a journey to Tibet, it is essential to allow yourself ample time to see everything it has to offer.
2) When is the best time of year to visit?
Visiting Tibet in the winter months is not ideal. Travelers will enjoy more accommodating weather during May and June. July can become very busy with tourists, but if you don’t mind crowds it is also a good month to visit. I recommend avoiding visiting Tibet in March as there are a lot of demonstrations stemming from when the Dalai Lama was expelled from Tibet.
3) What is Tibet best known for?
Tibet is known as the epitome of adventure travel. Some consider it to be the farthest reaches of the Earth. This destination is perfect for the adventurous travel who wants to feel like they are the farthest away from home that they have ever been.
4) What is the cuisine of Tibet like?
The cuisine in Tibet is very hearty. The most common thing you will find on the menu is yak. Yak burgers, steaks, sandwiches and more are readily available. One very good Tibetan dish is momo. These thick dumplings filled with yak meat are a Tibetan delicacy. If you are not into yak, there are also delicious and spicy soups available.
5) Is there any special wildlife in the area?
Tibet is not widely known for its wildlife. If you travel off of the beaten path a bit, it is possible to catch a glimpse of snow leopards. Overall, people usually come to Tibet for culture and scenery rather than wildlife.