Discovering Tibet


Written by Valentina Romano

Today is the 3rd of July, a date that to most of you might sound irrelevant, but that actually, back in 1914, marked the beginning of a new era for the Tibetan people.

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The Golden Scope decided to dedicate an article to the beautiful and wonderful country of Tibet, to commemorate the Simla Accord (also known as the Simla Conference), which was signed on the 3rd of July, 1914, by Great Britain, India and China with the purpose of defining the borders of Tibet and establishing its independence from the PRC.

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Anyway we chose to talk about Tibet not only for the Simla Accord, but also because it is an outstandingly beautiful country, where – almost – everyone dreams of going to. Or am I wrong?

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Try picturing yourself while sipping a warm tea in a remote mountain village surrounded by nature and breath-taking landscapes. No loud people, no cars or pollution, literally just you and the locals.

After having introduced the Simla Accord and explained why today is such an important date for Tibet; I can finally move forward and tell you about the most beautiful places to go visit when there.

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The capital city is Lhasa, so when you fly to Tibet you would land there. However, the only international flight that enters the borders of Tibet is from Katmandu, so you must to transit to Nepal, or you won’t able to reach Lhasa.

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You should spend one night in the capital to have a look around and get to know the Tibetan culture; and then you should take a train and begin to travel around. The cities that The Golden Scope thinks you should go visit are:

Gyantse – to view the yellow monastery (Pelkor Choede); and the Gyantse Dzong, which is an old fort that has been turned into a museum.

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Qamdo – to view the Neydo Tashi Choeling, a Buddhist monastery surrounded by an incredible panorama.

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In addition to this, when you are in Tibet you should also go visit the former residence of Dalai Lama (Potala Palace), Namtso lake, Tashihunpo Monastery, Mount Kailash, and the summer residence for the previous Dalai Lamas the Norbulingka Palace.

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(All photos are from Google, and they all belong to their original owners)

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