Mysticism and spiritualism merge in the intensely Buddhist cultures nestled in the remote corners of the Himalaya. Travel from historical capital city of Beijing, China’s political, economic, cultural and educational center to legendary Lhasa on a breathtaking train journey across the vast Tibetan plateau. Tour the awesome 1000 room Potala Palace as well as some of the smaller monasteries and temples. Explore lively bazaars with shopping stalls, prostrating pilgrims and ever-present yak-butter lamps. Venture out into the isolated and stunning Tibetan Plateau, ‘Rooftop of the World,’ past massive sky-blue salt lakes to unique monasteries and nunneries.
Follow the turquoise blue Yamdrok Lake to the hauntingly beautiful town of Gyantse. This town has survived the ravages of time and man, and it still retains its Tibetan character. It has a feeling of “stepping back in time”, a glimpse of an irretrievably lost era. Fly to Kathmandu with its narrow alleys, filled with delightful people and colorful shop houses. Visit a Nepali home for a home-cooked meal and meet teachers and students to learn about their culture and history. Revel in the timelessness of this medieval capital with its exquisite woodcarvings, well-preserved old cities, colorful festivals, varied ethnic groups, delicious cuisine and unmatched mountain views.
Festivals: Experience these powerful festivals that have been held for a thousand years. Join devotees who come from all over Tibet to tie prayer flags to the pole and erect it perfectly so no ill comes to Tibet. Or view lively dance dramas performed by folk entertainers. See Buddha paining exhibitions amidst yak racing and horsemanship display where almost all of Lhasa comes to honor Buddha.
Beijing * Lhasa * Shigatse * Gyantse * Zedong * Kathmandu
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Moderate / strenuous. For the adventurous! Elevation over 10,500 ft. Special local festival
Bottom: Susan Evoy & Jefferson DeLisio
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