The XIX century was a time of great expeditions, but Central Asia and its heart, Tibet - mysterious and hidden in the mountains - was still a blank on the world map. This particular territory became a battlefield for political influence in the region. The Great Game, the strategic rivalry between the great Empires for supremacy in Central Asia required an in-depth study of this land as an important strategic priority. Russian explorer Nikolay Przhevalsky was the first to venture into a land where there were neither maps nor roads. Who was he really? A great scientist or a Russian spy? Why did the locals in Asia call him a Saint? Why was he so dead set on Lhasa?
In the words of Przhevalsky himself, “An enviable fate and an arduous duty fell upon me - to explore the lands where no educated European has ever set foot”.