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Best moments of our Lhasa experience

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VLuckily for me a friend of a friend (you know how it goes) told me about ‘Tibet Experience’ (www.tibetexperience.com). And this is how I came into contact with Lobsang Wangdan. These are my five reasons why you should consider this agency to be your guide in one of the highest cities in the world (Lhasa):

1. Help during the preparation phase. I contacted the agency via WhatsApp and asked them what they needed. I got a fast reply with a list of the needed documents (these are also mentioned on the website, but I wanted to be sure that there was someone listening). During this stage I got all the help I needed and was able to arrange all the necessary documents. I also received a 5-day itinerary in a Word file. They send the Travel Permit to my hotel in China and all we had to do was pick it up.

2. An adequate reception. When we got in Lhasa, our tour guide was waving sign with our names on it. She hung a white silvery shawl around our neck and welcomed us to Tibet. We really liked this. We stepped inside a little bus and they drove us to the hotel. On our way to the hotel we got the necessary information about the location and she confirmed what was already stated in the itinerary.

3. Local experience. Because the tour guides of this agency are Tibetan locals, you get local stories (for example: when visiting the monasteries), local perspectives and local experiences. One of the days we went to a local Tibetan restaurant where I ate a healthy noodle soup and drank milk tea, a specialty in Tibet.

4. Personal experience. Our guide, my brother and I where THE group. So it was just the three of us. The good thing about this, is that the tour had a really personal feel, like being guided by a close friend in a strange place.

5. Extra’s. The last day was a day in which we were free to just walk around and do what we wanted (meaning: we were done with our tour in and around Lhasa). Lobsang asked us if we wanted to cycle towards a park, hidden in de mountains. We said ‘sure!’. This was one of the because we had very nice vantage point from which we could see the whole of the city, sprawling in the mountain basin. If this wasn’t enough he took us to a Tibetan restaurant where we had fresh veggies, fried noodles and little Tibetan style bites.

On the last day we were returned to the airport and flew back to Chengdu.

All in all we had a great experience in Lhasa, had a thorough taste of the Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cuisine and enjoyed the feel of the old monasteries. We only stayed for 5 days but in those 5 days our lives were enriched in ways we will only realise, years from now.

Gerold Kort

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