Explore some of the 1,000 rooms at the Potala Palace
Meet nomadic Tibetans as they move camp
Wonder at the majesty of Mount Everest
Travel on the sky train from mainland China to Lhasa
Our Tibet specialist Paul has explored the more remote Tibetan regions of China. One of his favourite memories of the country was visiting the fabulous Tibetan monasteries and following in the path of the pilgrims along their religious routes.
Tibet is a country within a country and a culture within a culture. Although hardened travellers will say it is just not the same, Tibet still exudes a magic that is hard to emulate. The weather beaten faces of pilgrims prostrating themselves on their arduous quest for enlightenment, isolated whitewashed villages, the smell of yak butter, stark landscape, prayer wheels and monasteries all combine to create an atmosphere of mystery and remoteness.
Travel to Tibet is neither comfortable nor easy; the roads are rough, distances are great and generally hotels leave much to be desired, although there are a select few deluxe properties. That said, it is an immensely rewarding and spiritually uplifting country that should appear on everyone’s list of places to visit. The infrastructure of Tibet is on the whole poor but a drive between Lhasa and the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu is a spectacular journey through beautiful landscapes and small Tibetan towns which provide an insight into rural Tibetan life.
In Gyantse the view from the dzong down onto the extraordinary Pelkhor Chode monastery, whose walls ride the crest of ridges between the hills, is a magnificent sight. At Shigatse, the Tashilimpo monastery is the resting place of several Dalai Lamas, while the Rombok monastery is the access point for Everest base camp on the Tibetan side, the best time to visit and see this great mountain is in the autumn when the summer monsoon rains have cleared away the dust.
If you would prefer to travel as part of a small group tour, we offer a few fascinating group holidays to Tibet and China which are led by the charismatic Gina Corrigan.
Journey Ideas For Tibet
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- Tibet with Classic China
Visit the historical wonders of China and the mystical kingdom of Tibet.