Alexandra David-Neel

Alexandra David-Neel was a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist and writer. She is most known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet, when it was forbidden to foreigners. David-Neel was an influential figure in studies of Tibetan Buddhism and wrote over 30 books on Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels, including the best-selling 'My Journey to Lhasa'.


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  1. 1. My Journey to Lhasa

    This book is a fascinating travel memoir documenting the author's daring and perilous journey to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, in 1923. Disguised as a beggar and accompanied by a young Tibetan monk, she traversed harsh terrains, braved extreme weather conditions, and evaded authorities who forbade foreigners from entering the city. Throughout her journey, she encountered various aspects of Tibetan culture, religion, and way of life, offering an insightful and vivid portrayal of a land and people largely unknown to the outside world at that time.

    The 4070th Greatest Book of All Time