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The myth of Shangri-la originates in Tibetan Buddhist beliefs in beyul, or hidden lands, sacred sanctuaries that reveal themselves to devout pilgrims and in times of crisis. Ancient Tibetan prophecies have declared that the greatest of all hidden lands lies at the heart of the forbidding Tsangpo Gorge, deep in the Himalayas and veiled by a colossal waterfall. Several failed and fatal attempts over the last 100+ years to find this waterfall left explorers to believe this mysterious sanctuary was nothing but a fantasy. Ian Baker was determined to defy the odds and discover the Tsangpo Gorge despite doubt.
After several years of encountering dangerous terrains, sheer cliffs, impassable white water, and dense jungles, on the last of a series of extraordinary expeditions, Ian Baker and his team of explorers reached the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge. They made news worldwide by finding the 108-foot-high waterfall, the legendary grail of Western explorers and Tibetan seekers alike. In this series, Ian Baker travels again to be the first to uncover two more hidden access points, as told by the Shangri-la ancient myths. Along his journey, Baker explores the semi-immortal powers of Burmese Alchemy, Greek Galenic Medicine dating back to the Roman Empire, the mysticism of earthly paradise, and the sacred, spiritual powers of the Mandala.
The Heart of the World is one of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery —an extraordinary journey to some of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.