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Travel on the world’s highest railway on this 12 day journey to Tibet! Begin your journey in the off-the-beaten-track city of Xining before boarding your 2 night train to Lhasa, Tibet.
For those who have traveled China and wish to veer off the beaten path, begin your tour in Xining, the capital of China’s Qinghai Province. Begin your time in Xining with a visit Qinghai Lake, the largest salt water lake in China and a holy site for Tibetan Buddhists. Then, travel to Kumbum Monastery, the birthplace of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Of course, the highlight of this tour is your train trip from Xining to Lhasa. Completed in 2005, the railway is 1215 miles long and includes the world’s highest railway station. Spend your time on the train enjoying the scenery before pulling into Lhasa.
Highlights in Lhasa include the famed Potala Palace. Once home to the Dalai Lama, the palace now houses many Tibetan artifacts and Buddhist statues. Then, visit the bustling Barkhor District before seeing Norbu Lingka, once the summer home of the Dalai Lamas.
Travel to the city of Tsetang. Along the way, stop by Lake Yamdrok, one of the four holy lakes in Tibet and Yumbu Lukhang, an ancient palace that is considered the first building in Tibet. Ride a ferry on the Brahmaputra River to Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
Image courtesy of Jan Reurink