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Luxury Tibet Holidays
Tibet is one of the world’s most remote, and least-travelled destinations and has traditionally been the go-to of choice for spiritual seekers, adventurers and wanderers. Today, luxury holidays to Tibet are opening up the region to visitors in a whole new way and Lightfoot Travel has travelled there to make sure we tailor the best holiday for you.
Monasteries still hum with the morning chanting of monks and prayer flags ripple in the wind against the backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges, including the world’s highest peak (Everest), one of the highest lakes (the Lhagba Pool), and the highest railway in the world.
Lhasa is the cultural heart of Tibet, and many of the most spectacular sites are found here, including the immense 1000-roomed Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the traditional winter home of the Dalai Lama. Here, you can take a shopping trip with a difference in Barkhor street, which winds around Jokhang Temple. This busy marketplace is a pilgrim circuit – according to local tradition you should walk clockwise as you bargain for souvenirs.
Shigatse is Tibet’s second largest city and once the capital of the Tsang kingdom. One of the highlights is the majestic, golden-roofed Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama, who is buried there. Explore the maze of paved alleyways and discover more about monastery life.
Tibet hasn’t always been easily accessible to travellers, but a new crop of airports, infrastructure and stylish boutique hotels are paving the way for tourism in the region – all the more reason to experience this incredible land while it’s still untouched.