Out of This World: Across the Himalayas to Forbidden Tibet

Out of This World: Across the Himalayas to Forbidden Tibet

Out of This World: Across the Himalayas to Forbidden Tibet

Out of This World: Across the Himalayas to Forbidden Tibet

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"THE MIRACLE HAS HAPPENED. MEET ME IN CALCUTTA. WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO LHASA."

With this breath-taking wireless, my father greeted me in Teheran on July 14, 1949, upon my return from a week's expedition among the Bakhtiari tribesmen of Eastern Iran with United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

No one with a taste for adventure could fail to be pleased at receiving such news. As for me, I was so cheered with the prospect of leaving the hot barren plains of Iran that I literally turned cart wheels for joy. The film and study of Iran that I was in the process of completing could wait forever, for all I cared. Here was an opportunity that in all time has come to only a handful of Westerners -- an invitation to enter the most remote and secluded of countries and to visit its capital, Lhasa.

Forbidden Tibet! Westerners have called it that for centuries. The mysterious mountain kingdom beyond the towering Himalayas on the very roof of the world has long been the Number One Eldorado for explorers and travelers with . . .

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