Surrounded by four of the world's ten highest mountains, the Tibet plateau deserves its title "the Roof of the world". It is a beautiful vast land which is home to less than 3 million people. The awesome mountain scenery, magnificent monasteries and ancient culture combine to make a spectacular and unique travel encounter. For many years Tibet with its own Buddhist culture and religion was isolated from the rest of the world but today we are lucky enough to be able to visit and sample just a little of this magical Himalayan Kingdom.
Chengdu the capital of Sichuan Province is one of the main gateways to the fascinating Tibetan capital of Lhasa. With a history of about 1400 years Lhasa is a city with bustling markets, sacred temples, and ornate palaces. Spend time visiting the Potala Palace, the magnificent residence of the Dalai Lama which is widely regarded to be one of the architectural wonders of the world; explore the sacred Jokhang Monastery, built in the 13th century it is considered the spiritual center of Tibet; and enjoy a walk through the surrounding lively Barkhor market, where traders and pilgrims meet each day to share their fascinating stories. As you leave Lhasa and travel through the dramatic Tibetan landscape you will discover sacred mountains and lakes which draw devoted pilgrims from all over the country. Travel to Shigatse, the capital of the Tsang province famed for the Tashilunpo Monastery with its Grand Hall and opulent Tomb of the Lama. When the time comes to bid farewell to this most mysterious and wonderful land you are certain to have been touched by its warm and spiritual people.