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The Best Tibet Tours to Enjoy in Tibet

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Tibet is a vast land, with a multitude of things to see and do, and more mountains and lakes than you could ever imagine. From the stunning vistas of the mighty Himalayas and the multitude of holy lakes, such as Yamdrok, Manasarovar, and Namtso, to the stunning temples and monasteries that cover the region and the unique Tibetan culture that is infused with Tibetan Buddhism in every part of the local people’s lives. However, while there are a vast number of attractions across the region, there are some Tibet tours that are extremely popular, and which can give you the best of the Tibetan plateau and its unique culture.

Travel from Lhasa to EBC—the Most Popular Tour in Tibet

One of the best and most popular tours in Tibet, the tour that runs from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is an adventure that many people only ever dream about. However, in Tibet those dreams can come true, and you can get close to the massive mountain, traveling to the northern base camp from which many mountaineering expeditions have set off to attempt to conquer the world’s highest mountain.

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet since the seventh century, is one of the world’s most amazing cities, as well as being the highest capital city in the world. Home to more than a dozen monasteries and temples, including the sacred Jokhang Temple in the Lhasa Old Quarter, which holds the sacred statue of Buddha that was brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng on the occasion of her marriage to the Tibetan King.

Outside Lhasa, the road to EBC follows the famous Friendship Highway, to the town of Gyantse, where you can view and explore the famous Kumbum Stupa, the only stupa of its kind in Tibet, which stands 32 meters tall and has 108 chapels within its nine levels. An auspicious construction, the stupa is the highlight of the Pelkor Chode Monastery, in which it resides, and is an amazing sight.

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Further afield lies the second city of Tibet, Shigatse, the gateway to the Qomolangma National Park and Mount Everest itself. A delightful city with a myriad of delicious restaurants, it is also the home of the Tashilhunpo monastery, the traditional seat of the region’s second-highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama, and constructed by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th century.

From Shigatse, it is a long drive out to the famous base camp of Mount Everest, passing along the Friendship Highway for a while, before turning off to head south to the mountain itself. At the foot of the great peak, lying in the shadow of the mountain, is the world’s highest monastery, Rongbuk Gompa, from where you can get one of the best views of Mount Everest in the world. The monastery is also famous for its former abbot, who gave the name Tenzing Norgay to a small boy who later became one of the first two people to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

The base camp itself is not the actual base camp of the mountaineers that make their attempts to scale the infamous and dangerous North Col, but lies a little way before the mountaineer’s base camp. Designated as the tourist base camp, it is the closest one can get to the face of the huge mountain without signing up for an expedition to the summit, and has one of the best views of the peak for photographers.

Travel to EBC can be done throughout most of the year, with the exception of late February and March, when Tibet is closed to tourists, although January may be a little cold and snowy. The best time is from April to June and Sept to Oct., and while it is possible to travel there in the summer monsoon months, there is no guarantee that you will be able to see the summit, due to the clouds that can often cover the peak.

Travel from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash via EBC— the Best Spiritual Tour in Tibet

If you are looking for a spiritual tour of Tibet, then look no further than the exciting tour from Lhasa to Mount Kailash, the most sacred mountain on the planet. Taking much the same route as the tour to EBC, this tour then continues on to the north, into Ngari Prefecture, to make a three-day trek around what is considered to be the mountain of the center of the universe, Mount Kailash.

Sacred in four religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon – Mount Kailash is one of the most protected sites in the world, and no human has ever set foot on its black slopes. Shaped like an eroded pyramid, this massive peak rises 6,638 meters above sea level, and while it is nowhere near one of the highest mountains in the world, it stands a head and shoulders above the other mountains in the Gangdise Range that surround it.

Around the bottom of this sacred mountain is a trail that circumnavigates the whole mountain, stretching for 52 kilometers around the foothills of the peak, starting and ending in the small village of Darchen, below the southern face of the mountain. A holy ritual kora route, the trek is regularly done by Tibetan and Indian pilgrims, who come to the mountain in search of enlightenment and absolution. The trek normally takes around three days, and stops at two of the five sacred monasteries around the mountain, which have guesthouses to cater to the thousands of pilgrims that circumambulate the sacred mountain every month.

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For non-pilgrims, this is the most arduous trek in Tibet, and one that takes you up to one of the highest passes you can trek over, Dolma La, which lies at 5,636 meters above sea level, and is strewn with prayer flags where pilgrims have stopped to pray and left blessings to be blown across the earth for the benefit of all living creatures.

An astounding tour, this is not one for the faint of heart, as it is a tough and rugged trek around the mountain. However, if you are determined to do it, it can be completed on a pony, which can be hired from the village of Darchen, and which can be ridden around the kora route. It is only the pilgrims that have to make the trek on foot.

Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC—the Epic Overland Tour across Mighty Himalayas

An amazing journey of discovery and adventure, the tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes in two of the three Himalayan capitals, traveling across almost the entire Tibetan plateau, before dropping down over the border to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, the world’s most exotic city.

The trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes around 7-8 days, and takes you to some of Tibet’s most popular and stunning attractions, as well as sending you down from the Himalayas to the delights of the Kathmandu Valley, the center of Nepali culture. Traveling by road across the region, you will pass by the stunning lake Yamdrok, with its fan-shaped branches stretching for miles in all directions, and then on to Gyantse, where you can see the Pelkor Chode Monastery and it famous 32-meter Kumbum Stupa. Then on to Shigatse, and finally EBC and Rongbuk Gompa, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the world’s highest mountain up close and personal.

Once you are done at Everest, you will travel to the newly opened border crossing into Nepal, at Gyirong Port. Opened for international travelers into and out of Tibet from Nepal in August of 2017, this crossing replaced the one between Zhangmu and Kodari after the earthquake that destroyed the crossing point in 2015. Now a world-famous crossing point, it is the last step of your journey through Tibet, as you pass through Chinese immigration to exit China, and walk across the Resuo Bridge, which spans the high Trishuli River Gorge between China and Nepal.

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Once across, you will pass through Nepali immigration, where you can get your visa on arrival if you have not obtained one already, and cross into the stunning country of Nepal, the paradise of Himalayan trekkers. Getting from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu can be done by local bus or by shared private van, which takes around six hours to get to the Nepali Capital.

The tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu is one of the most popular tours in the region, and can also be done in reverse, starting in Kathmandu and traveling overland across the border and then on to Lhasa, taking in the sights along the way. An amazing and epic adventure, this is one of the best ways to tour Tibet, and is best done with a group, as you will get to share that exciting experience of standing in the shadow of the world’s highest mountain together.

Conclusion

Tibet is one of the world’s most enthralling destinations for tourists, and if you have the chance, you should come and visit, we would be happy to see you. While these are the most popular tours to take, they are not the only tours that can be taken in Tibet, and there are dozens of different tours and routes that you can take to explore the many exciting sights and aspects of this land of snows, the roof of the world, and the Third Pole. Just come and talk to us, and we can point you in the right direction to make your dream tour of Tibet a reality.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Get Peace of Mind When You Pre-Book Transportation

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Traveling is extremely fun, right? It helps you go to different destinations and enables you to have exposure to new people, cultures, and ideas. Many people travel with others so they can genuinely get a taste of life and share their experiences in real time with other people.

Remember that life is all about the experiences that you have and the memories that you make as these provide you with a life that is well lived.

Indeed, remember that your travel experiences, and other memories that you make are essential aspects of life because it gives your life a bit more flavor. You can feel a certain thrill when you are transferring from one airport to the other. It can give you joy because you are moving and being more free instead of being confined to one location.

Now, when it comes to a life well-lived, it certainly takes some effort. Most individuals find that they must be intentional about what they are trying to do to have the most opportunities in life.

This is certainly true for the traveler. The best travelers know that traveling is far from easy if you do not have the right amount of preparation.

Remember that it takes quite a bit of work to have a wonderful trip. It can be fun to have surprises, but it is best to have pleasant surprises. Here is what you need to know to have a pleasant trip.

Pre-Book a Transfer From Any Spanish Airport

If you find yourself in Spain, then you would want to make sure that you utilize the right modes of transportation to make sure that you get to your destination with ease. Thankfully, the beautiful country has great service providers that will make your travel life easier in this regard.

Remember that effective service providers will provide a taxi or a minibus. These service options are useful because they can cater to your various needs. For instance, if you have a large party, a minibus would be wonderful. If you have a small group of people, then a simple taxi would suffice.

These different options enable you to meet your needs regardless of the size of your overall party.

More Benefits in Pre-Booking Your Transfers

There are other benefits to pre-booking your airport transfers. Whether you are going to Barcelona City or to Madrid City, it is important to note the various benefits of working with the right transportation firm.

Now that you are aware of the options that you can choose with preeminent services, other benefits include locking in a price, minimizing wait times at the airport, and having a pleasant experience with a wonderful driver.

Instead of having to worry about the price and about cancellation options, or if someone will show up on time, working with a wonderful firm like Solhop enables you to have total peace of mind when it comes to your transfers.

You can also ensure that you will drive in style with the options available to you from the different cars on offer.

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Have Fun On Your Trip

Now that you have your transportation squared away, remember that you are on a trip and remember to have fun. Whether you are traveling from the United States of America or from other places in Europe, you can be sure to have a bit of fun in Spain!

 

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Travel Tip: Train to Pisa from Florence

Whether you spend a half-day or full day in Pisa, we recommend that you Train to Pisa from Florence. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get there.

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Traveling by train is one of the best ways to see the beautiful countryside of Italy. The train from Florence to Pisa takes about an hour, and the journey is stunning. The route takes you past vineyards and medieval villages, through tunnels and over bridges, with breathtaking views of the Tuscan hillsides. You can even see the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the train approaches the station.

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Upon arrival in Pisa, you can explore the historic center and visit the famous cathedral, before enjoying a leisurely lunch overlooking the River Arno. With its stunning scenery and convenient location, a train trip from Florence to Pisa is a great way to spend a day in Italy.

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How to get to Pisa from Florence

You have a couple of different options for your own half-day trip to Pisa from Florence depending on how you like to travel. But if you are like us and enjoy travelling around Italy by public transport, then you will definitely want to train to Pisa from Florence.

Train to Pisa from Florence

Florence and Pisa are less than 100 km apart and the easiest way is to train to Pisa from Florence. The entire trip one-way takes approximately an hour depending on your route with no transfers.

Trains leave from Florence S.M.Novella for Pisa Centrale a few times every hour. The closest train station to the leaning tower of Pisa is Pisa San Rossore, but it’s not worth the extra time or transfer required. Pisa itself is small and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk to the leaning tower from Pisa Centrale.

Plus you get to explore more of the city such as the River Arno lined with beautiful stately homes.

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If you want to book online then a one-way ticket by train to Pisa from Florence will cost from €7.80 (US$10.40) in 2nd class. It is important to make sure that when you are searching online via the Italian train booking site, Trenitalia, you search for “Firenze” rather than Florence.

The train schedules are very easy to understand so we recommend booking your ticket from the self-service machines on the train platform. The return journey is just as easy in reverse. Just watch that you don’t miss the last train around 10pm most days and carry cash with you for the ticket.

Finally, validate your ticket before boarding the train. We forgot a couple of times but used the typical “I’m a stupid tourist” line to get out of any fines.

Bus to Pisa from Florence

Another option is to catch the bus to Pisa from Florence.

There are two main bus companies, Terravision and Autostradale, run regular buses to and from Pisa Airport and Florence Airport into the Florence city centre, they don’t actually go into Pisa itself. The train to Pisa from Florence is so reliable, fast, and cheap, that you may not want to consider this option.

However, there are some advantages to taking the bus. You will see a lot more scenery from the window of the bus, and it’s definitely cheaper; sometimes you can find fares as low as 4 Euros, especially on Fridays.

Travel Guide to visiting Pisa from Florence

Driving to Pisa from Florence

If you have hired a car or scooter in Tuscany then you might look at driving to Pisa from Florence. However, even though the distance is less than 100km, the trip will still take approximately 1 hour.

Aside from the fact that the train to Pisa from Florence typically takes less time than driving, you also have to avoid the crazy Italian drivers. Not to mention trying to find a carpark in two of the most popular cities in Italy. Impossible.

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Guided Tour to Pisa from Florence

If you have been enjoying the sunset in Florence and all the city has to offer then you might want to take in a guided tour to Pisa from Florence. Not only do you get a great guide to learn all about the history of the area, you also don’t have to worry about getting to Pisa from Florence.

You might want to check out this guided tour around Pisa or get a little bit more adventurous and try out a segway tour in Pisa. Perfect for the family and it will keep the kids entertained between stops.

If you have a whole day, and haven’t managed to fit in a hike around Cinque Terre, then we recommend looking into the Pisa and Cinque Terre day tour. Lasting roughly 12 hours, you will travel from Florence to Cinque Terre, with a 2 hour stop in Pisa to see all the main sights.

We also reckon guides help you get the best photos, as they have seen all the poses.

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Tell us below if you have taken any funny photos in Pisa!

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Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Yacht

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Spending time on a yacht is a great way to relax. You can cruise, do water sports, try your luck in fishing, or you can even entertain guests on your yacht. However, a yacht is still a significant investment, so you must learn as much as possible before buying one.

If you are pondering buying a yacht, there are several things that you need to know. You should ask yourself what type of yacht you want to buy and what type best suits your needs.

Aside from this, you also need to determine your budget for purchasing a yacht. Boating safety courses and trial runs are also essential to ensure your safety while on your chosen yacht.

What Do You Want In A Yacht?

 

When buying a yacht, you must ask yourself, “What do I want in a yacht?” Do you want the yacht to be big? Do you want to use the yacht for fishing?

Answering the questions about the yacht you want can help you determine your priorities in buying a yacht. Take, for example, if you want to utilize your yacht for watersports. Certain types of yachts cater to watersports, like wakeboarding and wake surfing.

Another popular way to spend time on your yacht is an overnight cruise. If you want to do this, you should consider the size of the yacht you want to buy. Can it accommodate passengers sleeping onboard?

Questions like these can help determine if you need different amenities in a yacht, like cabins, cooktops, and relaxation areas.

How Much is Your Budget?

Now that you have determined what you seek in a yacht, it is crucial to set a comfortable price for your pockets. When buying a yacht, you can get carried away by all the types and models available.

It might be tempting to go above your budget when buying a yacht, especially when so many options are available. However, it is vital to research yacht prices on manufacturer websites, as well as sites of brokers and dealers.

After all, it is necessary to keep the costs of maintaining a yacht in mind. Some costs of owning a yacht include insurance, repairs, fuel, and general upkeep.

Determining your budget for the yacht and sticking to it can make the most out of your yacht purchase.

Where Do You Buy A Yacht?

Since a yacht is a significant investment, going to a trusted and reliable dealer is your best bet. You can visit websites or written material to gather information about a prospective dealer.

Seasoned dealers need to know your lifestyle to determine what type of yacht suits you best. They can ask questions about your boating preferences, whom you boat with, and other similar queries. They use this information to match you to the yacht that best fulfills your needs at the right price.

Should You Try the Yacht Before You Buy It?

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Try and test the yacht that piques your interest as much as possible. If you know a yacht owner with a model you are interested in, you could ask to check the yacht out. Doing this helps you assess the amenities and features of the yacht before you make the big purchase.

Boat shows, if available, are also good ways to see and assess the yacht of your choice. Well-known brands do these shows, allowing you to see and experience the yacht.

What About Your Safety?

Some places require a recreational boat license for you to sail on your yacht. However, you can easily avail classes to sharpen your boating skills. These can help you learn how to sail on a boat and some basic safety measures while on your yacht.

You can look for information on the official website of your local or national maritime safety authority.

How Do You Buy A Yacht?

Buying a yacht might seem like a long, detailed process, but it is pretty straightforward. First, you need to find out what you want in a yacht. In other words, determine your purpose for buying a yacht.

The next step is to set a clear budget and the amenities and size of the yacht you want to buy.

Conclusion

Sailing on a yacht is not a simple task, so acquire all the necessary documents to operate a yacht. The necessary paperwork can include a boating license, boating safety courses, and other relevant documents.

Test the yacht before you commit to it, and make sure that you are comfortable with it before purchasing it. You can attend boat shows and dealer demos or ask someone with a similar yacht to let you assess their yacht.

Lastly, find a yacht dealer that wants the best for you. Finding the best dealer can make your yacht buying process much more manageable. Reliable dealers will keep your budget and goals in mind while matching you to the yacht of your dreams!

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