Tibet is a country within a country and a culture within a culture. Although experienced travellers will inevitably say that it has changed dramatically over the years, Tibet still exudes a magic that is hard to emulate.
Why we like Tibet
The simplicity of Tibetan everyday life is, to the western eye, unimaginable and yet the spirituality and unfaltering faith which prevails somehow seems to diminish the hardship. The landscapes are stark and yet dramatically beautiful, the yak butter tea truly an acquired taste. For most visitors Tibet is one of the great highlights of their travelling life.
What to expect on your Tibet holiday
The weather-beaten faces of pilgrims prostrating themselves on their arduous quest for enlightenment, isolated whitewashed villages, the smell of yak butter, stunning landscapes, prayer wheels and monasteries all combine to create an atmosphere of mystery and remoteness in Tibet. 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 the roads is not great. 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 Mount 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.
OUR TIBET EXPERTISE
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. If you are searching for a true Tibetan adventure there are few people with as much knowledge and expertise as Paul to help you.