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We take travelers not just to the Tibetan Plateau, but we also take to homes, to experience local livelihoods, cultures, and food. Local Tibetans in rural herding and farming communities organize homestays. Your visit and stay will directly contribute to the economic development and cultural survival of the communities. Traveling with local guides and staying at Tibetan homes is a way of traveling from inside Tibet to the Plateau, rather than from outside to inside Tibet.
Culture is diverse and dynamic across the Tibetan Plateau. Customs differ from one community to another. Major differences exist between farming and herding communities. Housing vary from tents and structures made of wood, adobe, and brick. Local foods include roasted barley flour, butter tea, deep-fried bread, and many others that are hardly nameable in English. Homestays also allow the visitor to witness the changes and living conditions of rural communities, values, beliefs, and practices of local Tibetans. You also might be attracted to local rituals and cultural events.
Farming is also a key economic activity in Tibet. Interaction between farmers rongpa and pastoralists has a long history for the Tibetan staple food tsampa, which is made from barley. Barley has a history of thousands of years growing in warmer areas of the Plateau. Famers grow barley, wheat, potatoes, rapeseed, fruits, and vegetables. Farmers have contributed much to Tibetan civilization, including barley wine. Handicrafts such as embroidery have been practiced in Tibet for hundreds of years and differ from handicrafts made in pastoral communities. Dresses, ornaments, customs, and practices between farming and pastoral communities vary greatly, but also influence one another. Most Tibetan farming populations are in lower valleys. Some keep a few livestock. Clusters of farming households are located next to fields. Farming communities have unique architecture, as farmers live in permanent dwellings near schools and temples. Farming communities are convenient to explore. A homestay in a farming area will enable you to explore distinct culture, food, and local life.