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Tibet - Land of the Gods

Tibet is a rich and beautiful land, located in the main part of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau in the south west of China. The average altitude is 4,000m above sea level and there are over 50 peaks above 7,000m, of which 7 are over 8,000m. Tibet is bordered on the south by India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma and on the west by Kashmir.


The Tibet Autonomous Region has a population of 5.4 million, mainly of Tibetans. Covering 1.2million sq km, it is rich in natural resources and owns a vast expanse of landforms. The people have been generating an interesting culture since ancient times. Monks clad in robes and yellow hats are seen everywhere.

Across the Roof of the World to Tibet

Our journey to this culturally rich area started by train from Shanghai to Beijing, then on the new Beijing to Tibet railway, the highest railway in the world at 16,640 feet above sea level, before taking a tour of south Tibet via the base of Mount Everest to Kathmandu in Nepal. Our trip culminated in a wildlife safari on elephant back in Chitwan National Park.


Shanghai – Business meetings left us only time to visit the Pudong area and Aquarium before travelling by overnight train to Beijing


Beijing – This visit to Beijing, enabled us to see more interesting places such as the Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Centre and the 798 Art District.


Tibet - Our travel on the highest railway in the World to Lhasa, the ‘Land of the Gods’, and then our journey via the base of Mount Everest to Kathmandu, Nepal.


Nepal - From busy Kathmandu to the quiet, tranquillity of Chitwan National Park in search of tigers on an elephant safari.


The exciting trip was not without a few scary incidents – driving along the cliffhangar, nearly impassable mud mountain pass high up above the deep Bhote Koshi ravine, and the daring escape from Chitwan in extremely bad weather and strong water currents to get back to Kathmandu for our flight home. Not forgetting the appallingly bad, inexperienced tour guide who took us through Tibet.


The joys and memories of travel!

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