Reasons to Visit
Scattered across the country the Tibetan monasteries which survived the Chinese invasion are colourful and often breathtaking, in remote locations and dating back many hundreds of years.
On top of a mountain, thousands of metres above sea level, one can look out over arching peaks and open plains and not see another being for miles, save for the occasional yak herder.
One of the world's truly great rail journeys, this tremendous feat of engineering enables the visitor to travel from Beijing to Lhasa on a stunning two night journey across the Tibetan Plateau.
Fluttering prayer flags atop mountains, smoky incense and the rich clang of prayer bowls are synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism. The religion has a rich yet troubled history with the current Dalai Lama living in exile.
Breathtaking scenery awaits those who venture beyond the capital, including the Himalayan mountain range and base camp at Everest. Add to this ice blue lakes, yak-herding nomads and glaciers for a truly spectacular scenic journey.
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Take in the scenery enroute to Tsetang.
Dominating the skyline with immense walls of white and ochre, the famous Potala Palace greets you as you reach Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. In its maze of corridors, chapels and galleries, you will discover the former living quarters of the Dalai Lama and many sacred tombs.
A half-day drive from Lhasa along the Brahmaputra River valley brings you to the fabled birthplace of the Tibetan people. The modern town of Tsetang has a fascinating old Tibetan quarter and is a good base for exploring the area.
Mount Everest Base Camp allows you unobstructed views of the world’s highest mountain, Everest, as it rises majestically into the cold blue sky.
Founded in 1419 by one of Tsongkhapa's eight disciples, Sera became famous for its Tantric teachings. The warrior monks of Sera, the ‘Dob-Dobs’, were admired as athletes but also feared.
Walking the Kora - one of the circuits round a monastery - is a traditional way for Tibetan Buddhists to worship, and you will see pilgrims making circuit after circuit of major monastery buildings wherever you are in Tibet.
Countless temples and monasteries dot this mystical land high up on the roof of the world. From the sheer walls of the Potala Palace in Lhasa to the towering bulk of Mount Everest, the people here cling to their ancient identities and offer an exceptional welcome to all.
13 Days from £4,370pp
This 13 day trip takes in the Lhasa and the key towns of Tibet, where you'll visit the most important monasteries and sights.
15 Days from £4,570pp
Make a rewarding overland journey from Lhasa to Nepal, experiencing ancient culture and awesome mountain scenery.
17 1/2 hours (Lhasa via Beijing)
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