Tibet is also referred to as the Roof of the World, with an average elevation of 4,000 metres containing some of the highest Himalayan peaks. Due to its elevation it is one of the most isolated regions on Earth.
Tibet is widely regarded as a spiritual focal point for Buddhism and regards itself a sovereign nation, despite being occupied by China since the 1950’s. It’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama fled the country to India in 1959.
The Tibetan nation dates back to 127 BC, though not becoming a unified kingdom until centuries later. The Tibetan empire peaked in the 7th and 8th centuries and occupied much of the greater region.
Though greatly changed since the 1950’s, Tibet still remains an awe inspiring travel destination atop the world.
|Visa requirements||Visa required prior + permits|
|Languages spoken||Tibetan, Mandarin Chinese|
|Currency used||Renminbi (CNY)|
|Population||3.18 Million (varies greatly depending on source of figures, 3.18 - 13.5Million)|
|Area||1.228 Million km²|