Himalaya – The great white mountain

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Every mountain has a special charm for the traveler. Contact with nature a little altered, the experience of loneliness and encounter with people who continue to live in intimate relationship with the environment around them tend to be some common characteristics that involve a trip to the high peaks.

For many, the Himalaya is a mythical destination where attractions are also powerful. On the one hand, it is the highest place on the planet, a powerful neck covered by perpetual snow stone that stretches from west to east along 2600 kilometers (just over a distance between Barcelona and Oslo), on the other hand, heart of these mountains is inhabited by people affected by the harsh climate and a high spiritual development, providing a powerful load these summits mysticism. As if all this were not enough, the Himalayas behind places barely trodden by the West as the legendary nation of Sikkim, where no one went abroad until 1991.

Himalayan travels much of Pakistan, India and China and between their home countries only mountain valleys, such as Bhutan, Nepal or Tibet, ancient states of existence and history convulsion that currently are the dream destination for mountaineers, hikers, lovers history and adventurers of all kind and condition.

Tibet is in between these destinations, one of the most cherished for its great spiritual and the simplicity and the cheerfulness of its people. The great flag of this country is the charismatic Dalai Lama, which is fighting for decades for independence for his country with the only weapons of nonviolence and patience.

The hub of the Tibetan nation is without a doubt, the Potala Palace, residence of the Dalai Lama and one of the most fascinating of Asia. Its origin dates back to the seventh century, although the structure that today we can admire the result of expansion undertaken by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century. This is an impressive town of thirteen thousand floors and a room that is the heart of Lhasa, capital of Tibet, whose name has the meaning of “City of the Gods”.

Lhasa is 3650 meters above sea level on the north shore of the river Kyichu. Access by road is usually performed from Gyantse, located 260 kilometers. The tour is an unforgettable experience in which they were crossing the steps and Karola Kambala, the first of which was flanked by the impressive peaks Nozing Khangsa (7223 meters) and Ralung (6236 meters). It is also possible to see the Yamdrok Tso, or Turquoise Lake, one of the many natural wonders of the country.

The capital of Tibet has, in addition to the palace of the Dalai, a lot of attractions for the restless traveler, as Norbulingkha or Jewel Park, a garden punctuated by beautiful mansions designed to create an atmosphere of harmonious sleep.

The colorful Barkhor market is at the heart of old Lhasa. There also stands the Jokhang temple, inside which you can admire the golden Shakyamuni Buddha, a gift brought by Princess Wen Cheng china when she married the Tibetan king Songsten Gompa.

Another essential visit to be made in Lhasa is aimed at the Drepung monastery, the building’s largest monastic world. The interior welcomes more than 10,000 monks and was founded in the fifteenth century by a disciple of Jetsonkhapa, founder of one of the sects of Tibetan Buddhism, with the yellow hat.

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