Tibet lies in the northern Himalayas, positioned on a plateau region in Asia. Tibetan people along with some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas are the dweller of Tibet, accompanied by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4900 meters (16000 ft) and this is why it is often referred as the roof of the world.
In the mid-7th century, Songtsan Gampo established the unified Tibetan Empire, and married two princesses, one from China and one from Nepal. Tibet remained mysterious and hidden for centuries in the Himalayas. For many, Tibet remained a mysterious land of snows. For many explorers, imperialists and traders, Tibet was a forbidden land of treasures and riches. Many outsiders on spiritual quest admired Tibet as an ideal place hidden with magic and mystery.
Tibet is one of the most remarkable places in Asia to visit. Tibet has many monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude trek routes, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and very friendly Tibetan people. A trip to Tibet will take you past snowy mountains and turquoise lakes. You will go over many high passes, with prayer flags draping from the hilltops. One may take a limitless adventure on the world’s wildest roads.
A new train line now operates from China mainland to the heart of Tibet. Your visit to Tibet will be memorable and fascinating. It will be a unique experience that will remain with you for years to come.
Tibet journeys can be of a spiritual nature because of its magnificent monasteries, remote retreats and pilgrim paths. For others trekking in Tibet and taking a Tibet train can be inspiring with high altitude valleys, lakes and mountains like Mt. Kailash of this unique plateau.
Though Tibet region is changing fast with new investment and tourism, tourism in Tibet is strictly controlled and monitored by the Chinese government, and restrictions were further ratcheted up after the riots and before the 2008 Olympics. As of 2009, the previous "backpacker" tours, which included the permit and a couple of nights stay in Lhasa is no longer an option and all travelers must stay with an organized trip the entire time they are in Tibet. That means you will not be allowed to travel on an independent basis and you will be presented Tibet from an official Han Chinese government sponsored perspective.