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Potala Palace, Tibet

Tibet holidays

It’s hard to resist the mystique and charm of Tibet. The Potala Palace and Rombok monastery are revered by travellers far and wide – and we can take you right to them on your unique itinerary.

Tibet is a country within a country and a culture within a culture. Although experienced travellers will inevitably say that it has changed dramatically over the years, Tibet still exudes a magic that is hard to emulate.

Mount Saipal with prayer flags Nepal Tibet
Tibet
Himalayan Mountains, Tibet
Tibet

Why we like Tibet

The simplicity of Tibetan everyday life is, to the western eye, unimaginable and yet the spirituality and unfaltering faith which prevails somehow seems to diminish the hardship. The landscapes are stark and yet dramatically beautiful, the yak butter tea truly an acquired taste. For most visitors, Tibet is one of the great highlights of their travelling life.

Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet
Shigatse, Tibet

What to expect on your Tibet holiday

The weather-beaten faces of pilgrims prostrating themselves on their arduous quest for enlightenment, isolated whitewashed villages, the smell of yak butter, stunning landscapes, prayer wheels and monasteries all combine to create an atmosphere of mystery and remoteness in Tibet.

Once the very definition of remote, arduous and forbidden travel, Tibet is now surprisingly well connected by road, plane and even rail links although the standard of the roads is not great. Generally, hotels leave much to be desired, although there are a select few deluxe properties in the main centres, if standards of accommodation are a high priority then Tibet is probably not the place for you.

Experiences

Rongbuk Monastery

The Tibetan side access point for Everest base camp and claimed to be the highest monastery in the world.

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Visit the resting place for several Dalai Lamas.

The Potala Palace

Visit the former home of the Dalai Lama, as it towers above Lhasa and houses some of Tibet’s greatest treasures.

Mount Kailash

Discover the iconic Mount Kailash, visited by over one billion people and draws pilgrims from across the world.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Frequently asked questions about Tibet

Can I use my mobile phone in Tibet?

Considering the region’s sparsely populated nature and altitudinous terrain, Tibet has excellent mobile phone coverage. Many tourists are surprised at how comprehensive the coverage is. However, it is important to remember that mobile internet is heavily censored. Pages like Facebook and Twitter are blocked permanently, whilst many others are sporadically unavailable. As always be aware that roaming rates will apply when using your phone in Tibet; these can be very expensive.

What is the international dialling code for Tibet?

#ERROR!

What is the time zone in Tibet?

Tibet uses Beijing Time, which is eight hours ahead of GMT. It does not observe daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Tibet from the UK?

Flights via Chengdu take 14 hours from the UK.

Should I be worried about police harassment in Tibet?

Whilst the police may show more interest in you in Tibet than in other parts of China, they rarely harass foreigners. However, it is wise to avoid political protests, to steer clear of discussions regarding independence and to not speak Tibetan to Chinese-speaking officials. Furthermore, any material relating to the Dalai Lama or the Tibetan government in exile should not be brought into Tibet.

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