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Title: The Tibet guide : Central and Western Tibet
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Stephen Batchelor
One Sentence Summary: Travel guide providing detailed descriptions of interesting and important religious and political sites in Central and Western Tibet.

Description: While squarely in the same class of travel guidebooks as Lonely Planet Tibet and Footprint Tibet , The Tibet Guide is not simply another iteration of same topics that have been covered elsewhere in depth. Unlike Lonely Planet (and Footprint to some extent), The Tibet Guide is less interested in the logistics of travel (i.e. hotel names, restaurants, taxi fares—although some of that information is provided) than in the history and cultural significance of places. In a sense, The Tibet Guide gives you an account of the same details a monk or local expert might give you about a place, answering questions any might have like “what is this (building, statue, etc)?”, “what is it called?”, “why is it important?”. As the author says (p4), the main intent of the book is to comprehensively describe and explain “what [travelers] will see when they are there.” In this regard, this book would appeal to anyone keen on understanding a place in its cultural, religious, and political context, especially if he/she lacks a tour guide of his or her own.

The book is separated into five sections: Parts 1-4 provide histories, travel details, and descriptions of sites in Central and Western Tibet; Part 5 provides general advice and details about traveling to Tibet and some of the logistics involved. The beginning of the book provides a short history of Tibet and explanation of Tibetan Buddhism.(Zach Rowinski 2008-2-1)

Contributor: Brian Beresford
Sean Jones
Publisher Place: Boston
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Normalized publisher place: Boston
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.wisdompubs.org/
Published Date: 1998
Edition: rev.
Extent: 364 p.
Subject: Cultural tourism
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Tourism and Travel -- Travel Guides and Tourbooks
Cultural Coverage: Euro-American
Tibet
Temporal coverage: 20th century
Language: English

Table of Contents: Forward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1 -- Preface 2 -- How to use this book 4 -- Index of maps and diagrams 5 -- The land and its people 8 -- The history of Tibet 12 -- Tibetan Buddhism 29 -- Pt.1 Lhasa: 1. The city of Lhasa 48 -- 2. The Jokhang 54 -- 3. Ramoche temple: Gyutö & Gyume 65 -- 4. Ani Sangkhung nunnery, the four Ling monasteries, & other sites in Lhasa 68 -- 5. The Tibetan medical center (Mentsi Khang) 77 -- 6. The Potala 80 -- 7. Palhalupuk temple 92 -- 8. The Norbulingka 94 -- 9. Drepung monastery 103 -- 10. Sera monastery 114 -- 11. Pabongka palace & Chub Sang nunnery 124 -- pt. 2 U-Central Tibet: 12. Ganden monastery 129 -- 13. Drak Yerpa 138 -- 14. Talung & Reting monasteries 142 -- 15. Drigung Til 147 -- 16. Tsurpu 152 -- 17. NetangL Tashigang, Drölma Lhakhang, & Ratö 157 -- 18. Gangkar: Sakya monasteries on the Tsangpo 161 -- 19. Mindroling: Nyingma monasteries on the Tsangpo 165 -- 20 Samye monastery 169 -- 21. Tsetang 178 -- 22. The Yarlung & Chonggye valleys 182 -- 23. Lhamo'i Latso: the oracle lake 190 -- pt 3. Tsang: 24. Samding, Talung, & Ralung monasteries 198 -- 25. Gyantse: Pelkor Chöde & the Kumbum 205 -- 26. Zhalu & Drongtse monasteries 223 -- 27. Yungdrung Ling & Menri monasteries: Bön monasteries on the Tsangpo 230 -- 28. Shigatse & Tashilhunpo 233 -- 29. Nartang & Ngor monasteries 246 -- 30. Sakya 250 -- 31. Puntsokling monastery & the Jonang Kumbum -- 32. Lhatse, Shekar, Tingri, & Nyelam Pelgye Ling 262 -- pt. 4 Ngari-Western Tibet: 33. Mount Kailash 269 -- 34. Lake Manasarorvar & Tirthapuri 277 -- 35. Guge: Toling & Tsaparang 282 -- pt. 5 Travel in Central & Western Tibet: Basic information for the visitor 288 -- Package and individually organized tours 288 -- Individual travel 289 -- Visa and permits 290 -- Customs 291 -- Currency 291 -- Postal and telegraphic services 292 -- Weather 292 -- Health 293 -- Altitude sickness 294 -- What to bring 295 -- Accommodation 296 -- Food 297 -- Photography 298 -- Dogs 299 -- Getting to Central & Western Tibet 300 -- Getting to Lhasa 300 -- Getting to Western Tibet 306 -- Leaving Tibet 307 -- Iconographical guide by Robert Beer 309 -- The Tibetan language 325 -- Useful words and phrases 327 -- Glossary 334 -- Suggested reading 347 -- Index 351 -- Photographic acknowledgments 368 -- About the authors 369

ISBN/ISSN: 0861711343 (pbk)
Project: Geotourism
Format: Print media (print or manuscript)
Resource Type: Book (single author)

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