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Pictures of Tibet takes you on a journey through this enchanted land through a series of images taken on a recent trip to the “Roof of the World”.

Bright blue skies and thin air, towering mountain peaks, turquoise lakes, yaks, monasteries and monks. These are some of the things you will experience in enchanting Tibet. Take a journey with us across this ancient and mystical land.

Pictures of Tibet – Qinghai Express

The best way to start any journey in Tibet is to take the legendary Qinghai Express from Xining to Lhasa. Not only is it one of the most beautiful train rides on earth, it is also the highest! The train ascends to a staggering 5,100 metres as it crosses the windswept and snowy Tibetan plateau. Mountains rise from every side as yaks graze and eagles soar overhead.

Himalaya Mountains, Tibet
Himalaya Mountains, Tibet
View from the Qinghai Express
View from the Qinghai Express
Himalaya Mountains, Tibet
Himalaya Mountains, Tibet

Another reason for taking the train to Tibet is that it helps with acclimatization. It’s much better to gradually ascend than to fly direct to Lhasa and be suddenly hit with the high altitude.

Pictures of Tibet – Lhasa

Lhasa

At 3,650m, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. It is an ancient seat of Buddhism and is famous for its many monasteries and temples. Lhasa is a small city by world standards and has a population of only 450,000.

Lhasa
View of Lhasa from Potala Palace.
Prayer wheels in Tibet
Prayer wheels in Tibet
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Inside a Tibetan Monastery

Pictures of Tibet – Jokhang Temple

Located in the centre of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is considered the most sacred of all the temples in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century using a mixture of styles including traditional Tibetan, Tang Dynasty Chinese, Nepalese and Indian.

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Barkhor Street

The best place to find traditional Tibetan souvenirs, prayer flags and clothing, Barkhor Street is one of the most pleasant areas in central Lhasa.

Lhasa, Tibet
Busy streets of Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa
Downtown Lhasa
Shops in Lhasa
Traditional Tibetan clothes for sale in Lhasa.

Sera Monastery

Considered one of the “great three” monasteries along with Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery is where you can witness novice monks debating each other in an open courtyard as they hone their understanding of Buddhist scripture. These lively debates are a tradition dating back centuries.

Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Monks at Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Monks at Sera Monastery
Monks at Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery

Another of the “great three”, Drepung Monastery is an impressive site clinging to the side of a mountain overlooking Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery, Lhasa
Drepung Monastery, Lhasa
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monasteryv

Pictures of Tibet – The Potala Palace

No other place is more synonymous with Lhasa and Tibet than the imposing Potala Palace. This brilliant white, red and yellow edifice is the highest point in Lhasa and commands attention from wherever you are in the city.

The Potala Palace, Lhasa
The Potala Palace, Lhasa
Potala Palace, Lhasa
Potala Palace, Lhasa
Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Potala was built in the 7th century and the original building was later added to in the 17th century. The central area with it’s sash windows and yellow façade represent the original palace with the red and white brickwork added much later.

Pictures of Tibet – On the Road

Tibetan Lakes

We leave Lhasa now and it’s not long before the country opens up into high mountain plains surrounded by brown and red peaks. We are still beneath the snowline here but in the distance brilliant white peaks rear their heads to the blue nirvana above. Rivers wind their way down from the high Himalayas and are a haven for all manner of birdlife from Mandarin ducks to eagles.

Tibetan Lake
A lake outside of Lhasa.
Tibetan Lake
A Tibetan lake in the early morning
Tibetan Lake
Clear blue skies above Tibetan lake.

Yamdrok Lake

After the 4,900 metre Gampala Pass Yamdrok lake comes into view. This beautiful turquoise waterway stretches from horizon to horizon and as you come closer you will see yaks grazing on the shoreline. In the distance Mount Nojin Kangstang rises majestically to 7,191 metres and this is where the Lhasa mountain school practice ascents before moving on to Everest.

Yamdrok Lake
The turquize waters of Yamdrok Lake with Mount Nojin Kangstang in the distance.
Yamdrok Lake, Tibet
A cairn above holy Yamdrok Lake.
Yak at Yamdrok Lake
A yak stands on the shores of Yamdrok Lake in southern Tibet.

Yamdrok is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet and also one of the largest at 72km long. The lake sits at an altitude of 4,441 metres (14,570 feet)

Karola Glacier

After leaving the beautiful shores of Yamdrok, the next impressive site is the Karo-La Glacier. At 4,960 metres, this monument of nature will take your breath away in more ways than one.

Karola Glacier, Tibet
Karola Glacier, Tibet
Karola Glacier, Tibet
Karola Glacier, Tibet
Karola Glacier, Tibet
Karola Glacier, Tibet

Tibetan Villages

As you cross the great Tibetan Plateau, small villages sit beneath the imposing cliffs and mountains above. Traditional houses in white with black borders look almost like old English cottages. Yaks, horses and donkeys roam the small roads beneath the thin blue air.

Tibet Village
Tibet Village
Tibetan Village
Mountains rise above a small village next to the Yarlung River.
Tibetan Home
A traditional Tibetan home.
Tibetan Shop
A shop selling prayer flags and incense in a small Tibetan village.

Gyantse

The small town of Gyantse is only 250km from India and the British marched into Tibet from there and set up a fort overlooking the town. Pelkor Monastery also calls Gyantse its home. The monastery has a unique stupa with magnificent paintings of the Buddha inside tiny shadowed rooms. Climbing the stupa affords views across the town and up to the fortress.

Gyantse Fort, Tibet
Gyantse Fort, Tibet
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse
Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse

Pictures of Tibet – Mount Everest

First views of Everest

The road continues higher and higher crossing mountain passes above 5,100 metres. We now enter Qomologma National Park, the home of Mount Everest, or Qomolongma, mother goddess of the earth! After ascending a dizzying series of hairpin turns Everest rears her majestic head high above everything in her path. Prayer flags flutter in the wind and the horizon opens up to some of the other highest peaks in the world such as Lhotse, Cho Oyo and Makalu, all over 8,000 metres.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest
Himalayas
Prayer flags flutter in front of the highest Himalayan peaks.
Mount Everest
Mount Everest

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbnuk has the unique distinction of being the highest monastery in the world at 5,200 metres. This small whitewashed building and stupa sit just above Everest Base Camp. The monastery is looked after by one monk.

Rongbuk Monastery & Everest
Rongbuk Monastery & Everest
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk
Rongbuk

Mount Everest

The mother of all mountains. Holiest of holy. Mount Everest, or Qomolongma to give it it’s correct name cannot fail but to awe anyone lucky enough to stand in its presence. From a distance Everest looks white with snow, but as you draw nearer the mountain is a deep blue and grey colour.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest
Mount Everest, Tibet
Mount Everest, Tibet
Mount Everest, Tibet
Mount Everest, Tibet

Yarlung Tsangpo River

The Yarlung Tsangpo starts its life in the high Himalaya to later feed the Lhasa river among others. It cuts a gorge through the mountainous interior of Tibet and rushes past tiny hamlets on its way to Bangladesh and India where it is known as the Brahmaputra River.

Yarlung Tsangpo River
The Yarlung Tsangpo River flows through Tibet to Bangladesh and India.
Yarlung Tsangpo River
The Yarlung Tsangpo River glistens under a winter sun.

Traditional Tibetan Home

Finally, a rare treat that few get to witness; the inside of a Tibetan home.

Tibetan Home
Decorative utensils inside a Tibetan home.
Prayer Room
Inside the prayer room of a Tibetan home.
Potala Palace Hanging
A tapestry of the Potala Palace hangs on the wall of a Tibetan home.

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