Mysterious Tibet, home of the Dalai Lama and a deep and vibrant spiritual tradition, has an allure that captivates and inspires visitors, conjuring images of a Shangri La or a center of wisdom hidden among the world’s most rugged terrain. Indeed, the isolation of the Tibetan plateau – the world’s largest and highest plateau at 4000 meters tucked among towering mountain ranges on all sides -contributes to its mystique.
Tibet’s history of struggle traced out by its evolution from an independent kingdom to an autonomous region under Chinese control has gained much international attention in recent decades. The relics of this history continue to draw the interests of travelers to places like Potala Palace in Lhasa, seat of the former Tibetan government and former home of the Dalai Lama. The spiritual significance and fascinating monastic culture of Tibet is enshrined in its natural monuments as well, in places like Mt. Kailash, considered by Hindus to be the abode of Lord Shiva, and thought by Buddhists to be the spiritual center of the world. The wide, arid valleys and rugged mountains in this fascinating country provide endless opportunities for exploration and intrigue, facets that are enhanced by a friendly local culture who is eager to share their ancient traditions and beliefs.