Plan an amazing trip to Tibet
Even today, Tibet seems to be a country shrouded in mystery, a land of impenetrable legends, lost in the far east, with only the rhythm of the tantric chants of its monks. The autonomous region of Tibet has long been inaccessible to Europeans who have developed a considerable fascination for the country, perpetuating some of the myths that surround it.
Its terrain, composed of an immense high plateau surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world, has contributed to its isolation, although it has had relations with China through the centuries.
Known as ‘the roof of the world’ Tibet is now accessible to travellers in search of authenticity and wide open spaces. From the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas to Mount Kailash, the sacred mountain and source of the largest rivers in Asia, via high altitude lakes, the country’s landscape is a joy for trekkers.
The capital, Lhasa, ancient residence of the Dalaï Lamas, perched above 3,650 metres has preserved its temples and monasteries, which are among the most sacred in Tibet. Potala Palace, the symbol of Tibet and a UNESCO world heritage site, clings to the hillside and dominates the city. It is lavishly decorated and houses artefacts, sculptures and murals as well as the gold, jewel and pearl encrusted tombs of Dalai Lamas. In the Barkhor district, lively heart of the city frequented by pilgrims, is the splendid Jokhang temple.
The Tibetan hinterland is full of temples and lavish monasteries such as Samye, as well as numerous unspoiled and authentic villages (Tsedang and Gyantsé with its impressive fortress) set in an exceptional landscape.
The land of spirituality, Tibet will enamour you with its beauty and the warm welcome of its population.
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