History of Tibet

Tibet, the land of the lamas, is the highest region on the globe. Since ancient times Tibetan people are the majority group here. The region is home to several other ethnic groups like Qiang, Monpas, Lhobas, Hui and Han people.

Tibet came into prominence in the 7th century which witnessed its unification under the leadership of Songtsan Gampo. However, many parts of Tibet remained under Chinese and Mongol control. Later on, a lot of principalities came under Chinese rule. As the 18th century commenced Tibet was completely assimilated in China and became part of the Sichuan and Qinghai provinces.

The Qing dynasty disintegrated by 1912 and Tibet declared independence by the next year. However, contradictions remained with the Chinese Republican government as they didn't recognize the independence.

The year 1951 witnessed Tibet's invasion by the Chinese army and its re-integration with mainland China. Though there have been protests against Chinese rule, Tibet is now peaceful and has developed as a tourist hotspot.

Lhasa is the capital of Tibetan Autonomous Region and the religion followed by the majority is Tibetan Buddhism.

List of Tibet Journeys