Day 68: Lhasa
A series of perilous staircases, as thin as firemen's ladders, lead remorselessly up from level to level, through dim and dusty apartments, until we're on the roof of the White Palace next to a room with deep red walls labelled 'Eastern Sunshine Apartment'. This was the Dalai Lama's bedroom and a more magnificent position could hardly be imagined. If you want to feel the monarch of all you survey, then this is the place to be, and I can imagine the young Tenzin Gyatso, the present Dalai Lama, making his early prayers as the first rays of the sun reached these gold-tipped rooftops, well before they reached anywhere else in Lhasa.
It must be 45 years since he last looked out from here over his capital and his country.
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- Series: Himalaya
- Chapter: Day 68: Lhasa
- Country/sea: Tibet
- Place: Lhasa
- Book page no: 164
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