Tibet Tour, certainly, finds its place on the bucket list of many. History, religious significance, as well as mysticism surrounding Tibet, do attract the attention of many from far and wide. The Tibetan plateau, famously known as the Roof of the World, after all, has a lot on offer.
Many cities in Tibet are famous for their historic and religious importance. Situated at 3,600 meters above the sea level, Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, tops this list. The iconic Potala Palace, atop the Red Hill, in Lhasa, is, certainly, an attraction and so are the Gelugpa Monasteries, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Other cities many visitors look forward to on their Tibet Tour are Shigatse and Gyantse.
Besides these human settlements, the Himalayas and the lakes in the region as well sufficiently capture the attention. A trip by road to Everest Base Camp (Tibetan side) at an altitude of 5,200 meters above the sea level is a trip many do not choose to miss out on. A kora around Mount Kailash is also on the cards of not only the faithful Buddhists and Hindus but also those belonging to different beliefs. In addition, memorable to many is their trips to the high altitude lakes: Yamdrok, Namtso, and Mansarovar.
Entering Tibet from Nepal, generally, comes with two options: by air and by land. By air, an hour’s flight from Kathmandu leaves everyone aboard in Lhasa airport. By road, the viable route crosses the border of Nepal from Rasuwagadi into Kerung, a town on the Tibetan side. This hilly highway of 122 kilometers from Kathmandu takes around 7 hours.
The application process for obtaining a visa to Tibet from Kathmandu mandates an original passport and takes 3 to 4 days. For this reason, a trip to Nepal of at least 5 days is a worthwhile consideration when planning a Tibet Tour from Nepal.
It is important to note that a foreigner visiting Tibet is not allowed to travel on their own outside of Lhasa. Anyone wishing to visit other parts of the land must be a part of an organized tripled by a Tibetan Official Tour Guide.