Tibet Quick Facts
- Visa: China Visa required & Tibet Entry Permit
- Population: 3 million
- Capital city: Lhasa (population 500,000)
- Religion: Tibetan Buddhism, Bon.
- Currency: Renminbi (RMB) - Chinese Yuan
- Typical dishes: Yak & potato curry, Momos (fried or steamed dumplings filled with vegetables or meat), Thugpa (noodle soup), Fried Cheese, Yak Steak & Burgers.
- Cost of the local tipple: Lhasa Beer £1-£2
Holidays to Tibet
The Tibetan plateau, or ‘Roof of the World', is one of the most inaccessible and beautiful places on the planet. Packed with many of the world's tallest mountains, including Everest, Tibet offers some spectacular and unspoilt scenery. Add to that a host of wind and sun kissed faces, a few yaks and the yellow hats of the Gelupa Buddhist monks and you have a heady mix indeed. The Chinese invasion of 1951 decimated much of the cultural heritage within Tibet and caused a large part of the population, including the Dalai Lama, to seek sanctuary in India. Since then Tibet has become an autonomous region within China and many of the monasteries that were destroyed have been lovingly restored. The Tibetans themselves have maintained their traditions and kept alive their unique, eccentric and spiritual culture and this mix of people and scenery makes Tibet a wonderfully rewarding place to visit.