- Series: Travel Guide
- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741792185
- ISBN-13: 978-1741792188
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lonely Planet Tibet (Travel Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Ever drawn to Himalayan peaks and Tibetan Buddhist communities, Bradley has been travelling to Tibetan areas from Ladakh to eastern Tibet for over a decade now. He coordinated the last two editions of Lonely Planet's Nepal and the last three editions of Tibet, and has written the Tibetan areas of LP's China and South-west China guides. British-born and nomadic at heart, Bradley currently lives under the big skies of Montana. Bradley is also the co-author of Lonely Planet guides to Central Asia, Jordan, Shanghai and Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and has worked on Lonely Planet guides from Morocco to Mongolia. He is also the co-author and photographer of the Odyssey guide to Uzbekistan and has lectured on Central Asia at the Royal Geographic Society.
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Before getting this guide, you need to consider if it will meet your needs. Although the title is "Tibet," this book covers only part of Tibet, the TAR (Tibetan Autonomous Region). Missing are the eastern and northeastern regions that are now in Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, and Qinghai provinces. These regions have a large Tibetan population, an enormous area of splendid mountain and grassland scenery, major Tibetan monasteries, and freedom of travel (open to foreigners with expensive permits/tours). All you get in this book about the eastern region (eastern Kham) is a paltry chapter of 14 pages, "Overland Routes from Sichuan." Northeastern Tibet (Amdo) is missing entirely. If you will be visiting the TAR, then this book is a good choice. If your trip will include eastern Kham or Amdo, then you will need to supplement this guide with an all-China guidebook or a different guidebook. I've deducted one star for the wayward index and another for not covering all of Tibet.
The authors are to be commended for writing a new edition under difficult conditions during a time of highly restricted travel in the TAR. The book is very attractive and uses the color blue to highlight features in text and maps. This will be a very valuable reference if you're headed for the TAR region of Tibet.
That said, there are very nice entries for many of the monasteries I plan on visiting.