Tour Tibet: An empire of calm
A jewel in the Himalayas, Tibet is as big on natural beauty as it is on spirituality. Source of no lesser rivers than the Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, Indus, and the Ganges – to name but a few – and surrounded by the jagged peaks of the highest mountains in the world, Tibet's landscape makes you weak in the knees. In the shadow of Everest, the Tibetan people have developed a gentle, mysterious culture, and visitors will discover a place lined with stupas and adorned with fluttering prayer flags. The influence of Tibetan Buddhism can be seen everywhere, from old citizens spinning prayer wheels to 1,300-year-old Lhasa and its otherworldly Potala Palace, home to Dalai Lamas past. The capital's name means, literally, "Holy Land," and it certainly is.