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Potala Palace, TibetTibet the ‘Roof of the World” is perhaps synonymous as the land of mysticism. The turbulent history has brought with it the complex and pacifying religion which is very much the part of life for Tibetans. Despite all its outward Chinese trapping, Tibetan lifestyle still survives. Prior to the 1950s, Tibet was a realm apart. The only foreigners who had visited were a tiny number of missionaries, explorers and British military force making a brief incursion to wave the flag. Although these visitors gained admittance with varying degrees of success, they were all in awe of the rigours of travel in Tibet.

Tourism in Tibet only kicked off in the early 1980s with a trickle of tour groups competing for the coveted cachet of being the first into Tibet. At the same time, a few independent backpackers wriggled past the red tape and outrageous prices. The roof of the world was officially opened in late 1984.

Within central Tibet there are reconstructed medieval monasteries and temples with small communities of monks which have survived the cultural revolution. In Lhasa there is the astounding sight of the 1000 room Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, monasteries of Sera and Drepung, one of the largest monastic complexes in the world. Further away is the eerie beauty of the devastated heights of Ganden monastery, the massive Tashilumpo monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama.

The natural beauty of Tibet includes the world’s highest Himalayan peak raised against deep blue skies, large clear lakes in startling colors, grasslands dotted with hundreds of yak and the vast windswept plateaus crossed by nomads on horseback.

 


 


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Tibet is a rugged, vast windswept land that is perhaps synonymous as the legendary land that reflects a rich and at times turbulent cultural history. Within central Tibet there are reconstructed medieval monasteries and temples with small communities of monks which have survived the Cultural Revolution.

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Tibet Kailash Pilgrimage

Tibet Kailash Pilgrimage

Mt. kailash is the most sacred mountain In the Himalaya. It is also known to be the mythical Mt. Mera, the centre of the universe. Revered both by the Hindus and Buddhist alike, this place is a Mecca for pilgrims to visit once in their lifetime. From Kathmandu we fly to Simikot in west Nepal and commence trekking through remote Humla region before reaching the Tibetan plateau.

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