Drive to Tsetang and explore the Yarlung Valley, cradle of Tibetan civilization. This was the home of Tibet’s early kings, whose vast empire at its height spanned most of Central Asia. Visit their colossal tombs, located in Chongye, some of which measure more than 500 feet wide and up to 90 feet tall. The tombs at Chongye mark a turning point in Tibetan tradition, the end of the tradition of earth burial for the dead. Sky burial became the norm for ordinary people, while cremation or embalming was preferred for important lamas.
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2013