A short "Fly In, Fly Out" Lhasa tours are getting increasingly popular and are indeed an ideal introduction to Tibet. "Fly In, Fly Out" Lhasa tours are the ideal combination of cultural exploration and viewing panoramic Himalayan giants. This tour gives real insight into the long-forbidden land of Tibet, its history, art, architecture, artifacts, and culture as you do Lasha City Sightseeing.
Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is a historically worthy city dating back more than 1300 years. Lhasa is located at an altitude of 3650 meters. It is the hub of politics, economy, culture, and religion in Tibet. The age-old monasteries and temples in the city have preserved many historical relics, Buddhist scriptures, and arts and crafts. Over two million people inhabit this land of rich natural resources and ancient culture. A land of spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow-clad peaks are just a few of the wonders to be experienced by the adventurous traveler. Monks, mystery, and adventure will leave lasting memories.
Lhasa has only one international air connection with Nepal (Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu). Air China is the only airline that provides services between the two capital cities. There are three flights a week, usually from May to September. This 4-Night, 5-Day Fly-In/FFly-Out Lhasa Tour starts with an amazing flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which is more reminiscent of a mountain flight. The flight provides the most breathtaking mountain views of the magnificent Himalayan Mountain Ranges. In Lhasa, our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
You will require a Tibet visa and travel permit to visit Tibet. The travel permit for Tibet is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, and the application has to be submitted by a registered travel agency only.
Please note: A Chinese visa is not sufficient to visit Tibet; you will also need a Tibetan permit, which is on paper and not in your passport.
Documents required for the Tibet visa or permit
Note: that it will take a week or two for visa approval, so make sure you apply for a permit 15 days before your tour.
For journalists, professionals, media photographers, diplomats, and government officials, the arrangement of your Tibet travel permit is done by Foreign Affairs.
Tibet Permit and Visa Fees:
Morning you leave Kathmandu for the for the one hour flight over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. “Lhasa”. Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 Mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means “Place of the Gods”, the residence of the Dalai Lama., on arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60 km/1hr).The afternoon is free to acclimatize and rest up. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
After breakfast we proceed for full day sightseeing taking in Potala Palace, and & Norbulinka. Potala Palace is a legendary palace built atop a single hill, it is synonymous with Tibet and built by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Norbulingka meaning ‘Treasure Park’ covers an area of around 360.000 square meters and is to be the largest man made garden in Tibet.Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.
Another full day sightseeing we visit Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery situated 5 Kms north of Lhasa. Seras is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided there before it was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, Houses Tibet’s most precious religious relics, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. We move on to Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
After breakfast, we visit Tibetan Medical Institute.The afternoon is free for shopping or other activities. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Transfer to airport to connect for the return flight to Kathmandu.
In order to protect the centuries-old cultural relics, Tibetan fragile environment and respect the tradition of Tibetan people and considering the limited reception capacity in Tibet, the China National Tourism Administration stipulate that all foreign tourists, Taiwaneses and non-Chinese passport holders are not allowed to travel to Tibet by themselves. They are only permitted to travel to Tibet with arranged travel service, including travel guide, driver and vehicle from a travel agency. Hong Kong and Macao residents just need a Home Return Certificate instead. Thus, independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. Foreign tourist should take part in an organized tour or group tour to have the local travel operator to arrange details for you.
Scenery in Tibet is varied in different seasons and different regions. Generally, it is suitable to travel to Tibet from April to October to visit different destinations in Tibet, such as watch exuberant Nyingchi Peach Blossom in spring, enjoy the spectacular Mount Everest in early summer, experience popular Lhasa attractions in golden autumn and have a warm Tibet sunbathing in winter.
Specifically, August and September is the best time to Tibet where weather is rather good for most sightseeing in Tibet. Meanwhile, attraction tickets and hotels are in high demand during high season when crowds are everywhere. If you only have enough time for a winter tour and can bear the cold weather, you can take a dollar-saving winter Tibet tour to avoid the crowds.
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Tibet travel is dissimilar to inland tour. For the clothing, we suggest you dress casual style and layered clothes because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly within a day. Down jacket and warm coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. EBC or further to Mt.Kailash. A pair of comfortable and wearable shoes is needed. For sunprotection on plateau, sunhat, sunglasses, sun screen, etc. are must have items. And there is more equipment you are recommended to take.
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Since you visit Tibet where is located at high elevation, your health and following travel is very important. It is not a good idea to bathe immediately when you arrive in Tibet in case you catch cold or loss of energy, maybe severe. We strongly suggest you not to take bath in the first two days after your arrival in Tibet. You can bathe one or two days later when your body has acclimatized to the conditions. In fact, it is very dry and cold at night, so travelers usually choose not to bathe very often in Tibet.
Sky Burial (also called Celestial Burial) is a Tibetan traditional funeral ritual and is under protection of the laws. Any organization or individual are forbidden to watch, take photos and record video of the Celestial Burial. No Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Broadcast, Films, Television, Internet and Media are allowed to publish, play and any reports about Sky Burial. And no tourist’s exhibition of Sky Burial is allowed either.
To respect local customs, all visitors CANNOT view sky burials or take photos of the practice without permission, or do anything that is blasphemous around.
Credit cards are not recommended as a way of payment in Tibet because they are only accepted by the Bank of China, up-market hotels and large shopping departments in Lhasa and Shigatse. During your travel in Tibet, you’d better prepare enough cash – RMB for all tourists’ purchasing and shopping.
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First, you need to have a valid passport, and then apply for a valid Chinese visa for your travel to China. A Tibet Travel Permit (sometimes people call it Entry permit or TTB, or Tibet visa) is needed for your Tibet tour. More visas or Permits, Like Aliens’ Travel Permit, Military Permit and Border Pass, Group Visa are also required if you want to visit more further regions outside Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse.
Tibet Visa & Permits
No, because Tibet is a part of China, if you enter Tibet from other cities in China mainland and after your trip in Tibet, get back to mainland China again, only a single entry visa is required.
If you want to enter Tibet via Kathmandu, Nepal, you’d better get Chinese visa from Kathmandu as no matter you’ve already got the visa in your country or not, you must get a ROUP VISAG in Kathmandu, which is an official agreement between China and Nepal.
Tibet is in southwestern China and adjacent to India, Nepal and some South Asia countries. Tibet Travel Permit or (TTB) only endorses you to enter Tibet, to stay in Lhasa area and two another major towns of Tibet like Gyantse and Shigatse in central Tibet areas. If you are planning to travel beyond and farther, even to border areas like Mount Everest, you are required to prepare more permits the PSB Permit for Tibet access Tibet DIscovery could help you to apply.
All Tibet Travel Permits will be issued by the Tourist Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region. In order to make sure you will book train / flight ticket successfully, you can contact us to prepare Tibet Travel Permit application in advance.
You need to apply for the travel permit at least 15~20 days prior to your entry date, which means you should prepare all the information and documents in hand before this period of time.
Tourism in Tibet developed a lot in recent years and hotel facilities and service are also greatly improved. Due to special location and geography, living standard in remote cities may not be as you expect from a hotel in other parts of the world. Some hotel workers can speak English, but some staff will probably not. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base Camp are very basic and simple. Usually you only have a public bathroom with squat toilet to use.
Tibet large and deluxe hotels usually provide wireless access to internet for guest rooms. Tourists have the most and the best hotels in Lhasa to choose compared to other destinations in Tibet. But there are still some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa and rest Tibetan cities don’t have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. Or you can use public internet service in business center or hotel lobby.
Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse. 24 – Hour hot water supply depends on different hotels and hostels where you can check first, do some preparation or choose an available one in major cities like Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. But it’s hard to find perfect one in remote and harsh places.
Tibet owns its distinctive Tibetan food, like Tsampa, Yak Meat, Tibetan Noodle, Momo, Milk Curd, Yogurt and local dishes. With the development of tourism, there are more cuisines brought into Tibet, e.g. Sichuan Cuisine, western food, Nepali food, Indian food and many other Chinese cuisines. In Lhasa, tourists have a wide range of choice in Lhasa, while limited options in remote towns and areas.
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