Kham: Dzogchen and Kandze (Garze)

In part 4 of a journey through the Kandze region of Kham, Carol Brighton, artist and longtime Tibet traveler, takes in the spectacular Dzogchen Monastery, and reaches Kandze/Gandze. In part 1 of the series, the journey begins following mountain rivers up into Dartsendo and Lithang. >> In part 2, Carol explores spiritual art on the […]

Top 10 Places to Visit in Tibet from a Base in Lhasa

From a Base in Lhasa, 10 Great Tibet Travel Destinations  Nowhere on earth can you find such an intoxicating blend of humming spirituality, art and raw natural beauty as in the high-altitude holy sites of Tibet. And, basically, every destination is a holy site, every path a pilgrimage, whether you are trekking to Mount Everest […]

Exploring Lhasa’s Sacred Jokhang Temple

YoWangdu’s Yolanda O’Bannon, shares with you her first impressions of Lhasa’s most sacred temple. The Tsuglakhang, also known as the Jokhang, because it houses the Jowo Rinpoche statue, is probably the wildest, most beautiful place in Lhasa, and that’s with some pretty fierce competition. At the entrance, my Tibetan friend and I pick up a […]

A Trip to Everest Base Camp, Part I

From a 2007 land cruiser trip from Lhasa to Everest by YoWangdu’s Yolanda O’Bannon, shared with two South Koreans, Hong and Choi, along with our Tibetan driver, Tenzin, and guide Tashi. At this point in the story, we had traveled from Lhasa to Gyantse via the Kamba la pass (4794 meters / 15,700 feet, and […]

Sera Monastery: A Quick Guide for your Visit

There are two primary Sera Monasteries, the original Sera very near Lhasa, in Tibet, and the Sera Monastery established in exile, in Bylakuppe, India. The Lhasa site once held a population of something like 5000 monks, and is now reduced to, probably, only a few hundred, while the site in Southern India currently houses 5000 […]

Walking on the Sky: A Young Tibetan Refugee’s Escape Story

When the food ran out, we were scared, but we had to go on whether we died or not.   Tenzin, Tibetan refugee This is the story of a 23-year-old Tibetan refugee named Tenzin who in 1994 survived a harrowing escape from Tibet. Like most of the over 100,000 Tibetans who have fled their country […]