For centuries this Buddhist kingdom was hidden away from the rest of the world, nestled in the vast snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. A land of mysterious treasures, rich history, sublime beauty and welcoming people, Tibet has long enthralled intrepid travellers. With breathtaking mountain peaks, glistening lakes and a wealth of trekking trails, the adventurous can easily find respite in this Land of Snows. As the home of the Dalai Lama, and brimming with sacred temples and ancient monasteries draped in prayer flags, Tibet also offers unrivalled insight into the Buddhist religion for the more spiritual traveller.
In Lhasa explore the iconic Potala Palace, an immense building towering over one hundred metres over the city below. Brimming with elaborate artwork and intricate frescoes, the palace interiors tell the story of Tibet’s fascinating and complex past. Other highlights of Tibet’s capital city include the Norbulingka monastery – the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and Sera Monastery – one of the great ‘universities’ of learning for the Buddhist religion.
Outside of Lhasa explore the charming town of Gyantse, marvel at the spectacular scenery of Yamdrok Lake – one of Tibet’s three sacred lakes, visit a myriad of ancient monasteries and sacred temples in Shigatse – Tibet’s second most important city, and discover Yumbulakhang Palace – the oldest palace in Tibet.