Paul has been visiting Tibet since 1991. He has watched it evolve and change, he has seen hotels come and go and as more areas have opened up to foreigners he has been able to explore further afield. For anyone searching for a true Tibetan adventure there would be few people with as much knowledge and expertise as Paul.
Why we like Tibet
The simplicity of everyday life is, to the western eye, unimaginable and yet the spirituality and unfaltering faith which prevails somehow seems to diminish the hardship, as they follow a path on their great wheel of life. The landscapes are stark and yet dramatically beautiful, the yak butter tea truly an acquired taste but for most visitors, Tibet remains one of the great highlights of their travelling life.
What to expect on your Tibet holiday
Tibet is a country within a country and a culture within a culture. Although experienced travellers will inevitably say it has changed out of all proportion, 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 landscapes, prayer wheels and monasteries all combine to create an atmosphere of mystery and remoteness. Once the very definition of remote, arduous and forbidden travel, Tibet is now surprisingly well connected by road, plane and even rail links although the standard of road is not that sophisticated. Generally hotels leave much to be desired, although there are a select few deluxe properties in the main centres, but if standards of accommodation are a high priority then Tibet is probably not the place for you.
Some ideas for a Tibet holiday
- The Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama, towers above Lhasa and houses some of Tibet’s greatest treasures.
- Rombok monastery is the access point for Everest base camp on the Tibetan side and autumn is the best time to visit.
- The Tashilhunpo Monastery at Shigatse forms the resting place for several Dalai Lamas while golden stupas dominate the town.
- The iconic Mt Kailash is revered by over one billion people and draws pilgrims from across the world.
Beyond the ordinary
It has to be the Tsangpo Gorges, the deepest canyon in the world. Speak to Justin to find out more.