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Tibet

Surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountain ranges, including the Himalayas to the south, Tibet has retained a sense of mystery over the centuries due to its relative isolation and inaccessibility. The “roof of the world,” it is the highest region on Earth, situated at an average altitude of 13,000 feet, with seemingly endless, dramatic vistas of mountains and valleys.  

The indigenous Tibetans, more than a quarter of whom are still nomads, are predominantly Buddhist, guided for the past 500 years by the lineage of the Dalai Lamas, the spiritual and political leaders of the people. Tibet’s autonomy is of course disputed, with China claiming a sovereignty that was solidified with its invasion and defeat of Tibet’s army in 1950-51. Eight years later, in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama fled with a group of top leaders, setting up their government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, where it remains to this day. Tibet’s central, ancient city of Lhasa has been its capital since the 7th century, and is home to the majestic Potala Palace, longtime residence of the Dalai Lamas, as well as such fantastic monasteries as Jokhang and Drepung.

Surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountain ranges, including the Himalayas to the south, Tibet has retained a sense of mystery over the centuries due to its relative isolation and inaccessibility. The “roof of the world,” it is the highest region on Earth, situated at an average altitude of 13,000 feet, with seemingly endless, dramatic vistas of mountains and valleys.  

The indigenous Tibetans, more than a quarter of whom are still nomads, are predominantly Buddhist, guided for the past 500 years by the lineage of the Dalai Lamas, the spiritual and political leaders of the people. Tibet’s autonomy is of course disputed, with China claiming a sovereignty that was solidified with its invasion and defeat of Tibet’s army in 1950-51. Eight years later, in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama fled with a group of top leaders, setting up their government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, where it remains to this day. Tibet’s central, ancient city of Lhasa has been its capital since the 7th century, and is home to the majestic Potala Palace, longtime residence of the Dalai Lamas, as well as such fantastic monasteries as Jokhang and Drepung.

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Kailash: Over the Hills Where the Spirits Fly

Kailash: Over the Hills Where the Spirits Fly

Author : Joe Cummings
On a pilgrimage in western Tibet, Joe Cummings visits Everest's North Face Base Camp, along with Mount Kailash, Asia’s most sacred peak.
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Hotels in Lhasa for the Luxury Traveler

Hotels in Lhasa for the Luxury Traveler

Author : Travelogues
Golden pools and Himalayan views – Tibet's capital has luxury options that the discerning traveler won't want to miss.
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Golden Eagle’s New Tibet and China Rail Discovery Route Set to Take Off

Golden Eagle’s New Tibet and China Rail Discovery Route Set to Take Off

Author : Travelogues
A new journey from the luxury train brand Golden Eagle takes riders on a journey from Lhasa to Urumqi aboard the Shangri-la Express.
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Tibet’s Second City: Highlights of Shigatse

Tibet’s Second City: Highlights of Shigatse

Author : Jay Tindall
Located at the confluence of the Brahmaputra and Nyang rivers, Shigatse is the ideal spot to overnight on the way to Mt. Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu...
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From Monks to Michael Jackson:  6 Things to Do in Lhasa

From Monks to Michael Jackson: 6 Things to Do in Lhasa

Author : Jay Tindall
Lhasa makes an ideal springboard to Tibet’s hidden, remote corners. Here are my suggestions for things to do in Lhasa, based on my recent experiences there...
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Dance of the Dunes:  A Journey to Tsetang

Dance of the Dunes: A Journey to Tsetang

Author : Jay Tindall
Tsetang is one of Tibet’s largest cities, and as the seat of Tibet’s ancient emperors, contains significant historical importance. Flanked by Mt Gongbori, in the Yarlung Valley, with colorful prayer flags strewn about, the area is beautiful...
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