Explore the cultural heart of Tibet; its’ great monasteries, temples and palaces; remote religious centres as well as the incredible beauty of the landscape.
The lure of Lhasa, capital on the roof of the world, cannot be under-estimated and it is truly a fascinating city, fully justifying its reputation. Dominated by the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Potala Palace and bustling with pilgrims circling the sacred Jokhang Temple it is a feast for the senses.
Beautiful Namtso Lake is an important pilgrimage site; and the great historic centres of Gyantse and Shigatse are not to be missed. Historic and cultural highlights and an absolutely stunning landscape!
In the Yarlung Valley, east of Lhasa, stands Yumbulakhang fortified palace of the first Tibetan kings. Samye, on the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), is Tibet’s oldest monastery and one of its most beautiful.
But it is not all monasteries. Consider also the spectacular scenery – lakes, rivers, mountains, valleys, passes, glaciers, hotsprings… Cross the spectacular Khamba-La (pass) with the turquoise waters of the sacred lake, Yamdrok-tso, spread below. Prayer flags, glaciers, snow covered mountain ranges – the scenery is incredible!
Gyantse stands at the junction of trade routes from India and retains the feel of a Tibetan town. The forts and well-protected monasteries of Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya reveal a not always peaceful history – the riches within, testament to past glory.