Isolated from the outside world for centuries, the Himalayan Kingdoms were virtually cut off from travelers until the late 1960s. This program offers an exclusive insider's trip to the majestic Himalaya and the Buddhist villages of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Join your fellow Princetonians on this Journey, June 8-24, 2012, which offers a rare view into the beauty and cultural diversity of the Himalayas and their people.
After entering the People's Republic of China in Beijing, continue to Tibet's colorful capital of Lhasa. Observe merchants selling spices and pilgrims praying at numerous monasteries with the dramatic mountains as their backdrop. While flying from Tibet to Nepal, witness over a hundred of the highest peaks of the Himalayas—including Everest at over 29,000 feet! After exploring Kathmandu valley, continue the adventure with eight days in Bhutan, a country that strictly limits the number of visitors allowed each year. You will travel by horseback to the sacred Taktsang Monastery, watch classic Bhutanese folk dances, and explore the National Museum in Paro.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from the Alumnae Association of Smith College.
About the Study Leader
Lincoln Hollister, Professor of Geosciences and Princeton faculty member since 1968 has spent most of his career studying the origins of mountains. He is particularly interested in the geology of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia and Alaska, and on the Himalayas of Bhutan. After a visit to Bhutan in 1987, Professor Hollister achieved unprecedented access to the Kingdom and led multinational geological expeditions there in 1993, 1996, and 1998. Professor Hollister has previously led Princeton Journeys programs in both Alaska and Bhutan. On this journey, he will help to interpret the earth’s formations evident around you and will also tell stories taken from his years of experiences in the Bhutan, including interactions with several ministers and with the rural Bhutanese people. Professor Hollister will be joined by Professor Jay Garfield, an authority on Buddhist philosophy from Smith College.