The Tibetan plateau in Asia has the Himalaya Range along much of its southern border, separating it from India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Originally much larger than the Tibet Autonomous Region that was created by the Chinese when they invaded in 1959, historic Tibet used to include large areas of land now subsumed into Sichuan and Quinghai provinces.
I have been to Central and Western Tibet twice, first in 1996, and then in 2004 with my daughter on our trip to Mt. Kailash.
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With daughter, Cary, circumambulating Lake Manasarovar
Sacred Mt. Kailash
Yaks dragging up Mt. Kailash
Drolma La (18,600 ft.) on Mt. Kailash
Mother and daughter at the Jokhang Temple, Llasa
The Jokhang Temple and courtyard, Llasa
Woman selling trinkets in Llasa
The Karo La (16,533ft. pass), one of many high passes in Tibet
Playful monks at the Tashilhunpo monastery, Shigatse
The Himalayas beyond the plain
Off the beaten track!
Market in a small town
Nomad selling cheese
Small enclave tucked into the hills
Carved Buddha in the rock on the way to Lhasa
Potala Palace, Llasa
Taking care of the Potola Palace
Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse
Monks debating at Sera Monastery
A quiet place outside the monastery
Yamdrok Tso, the turquoise lake
Monasteries rise above the plains
It seems so peaceful….