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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from Lake Namtso


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Ganden Monastery founded in 1409
by Tsongkhapa ('the Man from Onion Valley')
Tibetan Nun Tibetan chorten


Drigung Monastery White yak on Lake Namtso Tibetan girl

Yak hair nomad tent Tibetan nomad  Lake Namtso

Tildrum Valley Monastic guest house kitchen Tibetan monk


Lake Namtso Caravaneers at rest Tibetan chortens at Lake Namtso

Mani stone Part of the pilgrim route at Lake Namtso Yak horns atop manis stones

Nomad encampment near Lake Namtso Veteran caravaneer Sandy Stream en route to Namtso

Turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake
(aka Scorpion Lake)
Detail from the 'Wheel of Life' Buddhist swastika from turquoise

Mountain pass in Central Tibet Tibetan nun Gentian flowers

Red door opens onto an abyss Tildrum hot springs Natural car wash near Dram
on the Nepal-Tibet border

Prayer flags obscured by TOC logo Choedak, TOC's longstanding
Head Caravaneer in Tibet
Caravaneers on the Roof of the World


With best wishes for 2012,
the Year of the Dragon!

 from Phil and all aboard
The Oriental Caravan




TRIPS for 2012…

JAPAN - Honshu:  an exciting new off-the-beaten-track trip loosely themed on the story of Saigo Takamori, the real life ‘Last Samurai‘.
In Search of the Last Samurai - dates to be confirmed. If you are interested in this tour please let us know!.


TAIWAN - Swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy all the friendliness and culture that this fascinating, unspoilt island has to offer!
A Caravan to the Beautiful Isle - starts February 19th, March 4th, October 21st, November 11th 2012.
JAPAN - Kyushu:  Our classic tour of the best that Japan has to offer sets off again next Spring just in time to catch the glories of the cherry blossom.
The Land of the Rising Sun - starts March 23rd, April 8th, October 21st 2012.
JAPAN - Shikoku: For those looking for something different this unusual and singularly relaxing journey through Shikoku is scheduled for May.
In the Footsteps of Pilgrims - starts May 12th 2012.
*JAPAN - Tohoku: no other trip around Japan offers such variety of interest or the chance to hear Matsuo Basho’s poetry recited on location!*

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - starts October 5th 2012


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