Tibet Roof of the word
The Tibetan plateau, covering 2.5 million sq km is linked to the south by the 2500km long Himalayas and to the west by the Karakoram. With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet encompasses some of the world's highest mountains. Mt. Everest (8848m), the world’s highest peak rises abruptly on the Tibet – Nepal border. Four mountains exceed altitudes of 8,000 meters and thirty eight mountains exceed altitudes of 7,000 meters.
Tibet has remained a hidden sanctuary to the western world for many years. Soon after Tibet opened up its doors for tourism in the mid 1980s, Travel in Tibet became one of the prime tourism interests across the world for its mysticism and landscapes. With this, Tibet tours gained more popularity amongst avid travelers. Despite modernization over the past few years, Tibet has retained the mystic beauty of its past, such as the fascinating Gompas, ancient markets, ever-smiling and fun-loving Tibetans, amazing turquoise lakes etc which reward every tourist with an indelible life long memory.
Tibet is an exotic land with various diversities in terms of topography culture and life style of people. Tibet is home to some of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest which lies in the border with Nepal. Besides that it has highest lakes, Volcanoes hot water springs, cold deserts, lush green forests and many things that make it a unique destination.
|SIZE||2.5 million sq. km.|
|POPULATION||6 million Tibetans and an estimated 7.5 million Chinese,|
|LANGUAGE||Tibetan, the official language is Chinese.|
|STAPLE FOOD||Tsampa (roasted barley flour)|
|NATIONAL DRINK||Salted butter tea|
|TYPICAL ANIMALS||Wild yak, Bharal (blue) sheep, Musk deer, Tibetan antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Kyang|
|TYPICAL BIRDS||Black necked crane, Lammergeier, Great crested grebe, Bar-headed goose,|
|Rampant deforestation in Eastern Tibet, poaching of large mammals|
|AVERAGE ALTITUDE||14,000 ft.|
|HIGHEST MOUNTAIN||Chomo Langma (Mt. Everest) 29, 028 ft.|
|AVERAGE RAINFALL||Varies widely. In the west it is 1 mm in Jan. to 25 mm in July. In the east, it is 25-50 in Jan. and 800 in July|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE||July 58 f; Jan. 24 f.|
|MINERAL DEPOSITS||Borax, uranium, iron, chromite, gold|
|MAJOR RIVERS||Mekong, Yangtse, Salween, Tsangpo, Yellow|
|ECONOMY||predominantly in agriculture and animal husbandry.|
|PROVINCES||U-Tsang (Central Tibet), Amdo (N.E. Tibet), Kham (S.E. Tibet)|
|BORDERING COUNTRIES||India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China|
|NATIONAL FLAG||Snow lions with red and blue rays. Outlawed in Tibet.|