Spanning the largest and highest plateau in the world, the ‘Roof Top of the World’ is the birthplace and former home of the Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who has been exiled since 1959 due to the Chinese government’s oppression of his religion.
Over recent years, the official stance on Buddhism and tourism has relaxed. Some people are cautious about travelling to a country with such controversial politics, but many are now visiting Tibet with full encouragement from the Dalai Lama. Buddhism is blossoming with these new, limited freedoms and visitors can loose themselves in the heady smell of incense, resonating sound of mantras and spiritual atmosphere of the country’s many monasteries.
A high altitude and close proximity to the Himalayas makes mountain visits an essential part of any trip to Tibet. A pilgrimage, trek or flight to sacred Mount Kailash doesn’t just offer amazing views, but also cultural and spiritual discovery.
Striking Potala Palace is one of Tibet’s most famous landmarks; another memorable aspect of any trip here is the warmth and friendliness of the people. The food they offer is comforting, earthy and includes momos (steamed dumplings with soup) and thukpa (noodle soup).