Changing Tibet - Change Comes to an Ancient Land
Lhasa and Tibet
For close to twenty years, I have jorneyed across the Himalayas to lands that were once part of the greater Kingdom of Tibet ruled by the all powerful Dalai Lamas, both as political and temporal heads. Lamaist Buddhist traditions infulenced society across several thousand kilometres of Himalayan landscape from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east, fully 3000 kms distant.
While assimiliation within larger Chinese society is inevitable, I have seen Lhasa change as a city over the last twenty years. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find places where ghosts of medieval Lhasa can wander in peace and a glimpses of a bygone era can be had.
I have travelled to McLeodganj in northern India, home of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, and seen how the Tibetan community, has tried, amidst all their hardships, to recreate a replica of their homeland.
In a separate hub, I have taken you on a brief journey to the monasteries of Ladakh in the high Himalayas which is perhaps more Tibetan now than the real Tibet is.
Go to Lhasa, travel through the desolate high Himalayan plateau and immerse yourself in ancient traditions that are rapidly being lost to modernity.
- Himalayas - a set on Flickr
The Greater Himalaya - from Kashmir to Bhutan