Tibet Travel Info
Holding world's highest plateau (4500m) in it, Tibet is a hidden land with architectural monasteries, snow-capped mountains and amazing cultural lifestyles of the people of remote areas. Since this has been a land of tons of Buddhist, the monasteries located here are made on Buddhist architecture and style. With its capital Lhasa, the places such as Shigatse, Pangong Tso, Yamdrok Lake, Lake Manasarovar, Namtso and so on.
Yak roaming around the place, Tibet owns two heritage sites that are Potala Palace and Norbulingka palace. This place is mainly inhabited by the people of ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, sherpa, and Lhoba. It holds mysterious history in it regarding the European exploration in Tibet, foreign relations of Tibet and many more.
As for its culture: People here speak Tibetan and Tibeto-Burman language. The festivals such as Lhosar, Monlam prayer festival are celebrated for the well being of the family and worship their God Buddha. Since yak is an integral part of Tibet and Tibetan people, the milk products such as Yoghurt, cheese, butter are the usual food item for them. In addition, butter tea is the specialty of the place. However, dumplings, known as momo is famous among the place due to the high significance of production of barely.
This page of travel guide contains the information one needs to know before visiting Tibet so that you can make sure that any complications during the visit won't occur.
Passport and Visa information
A Tibet travel permit and China Travel visa need to be obtained in Kathmandu before traveling Tibet and the validity of Tibet travel permit is different from the visa to travel to China. Also, the permission of Chinese authorities is the must. For trips inside Lhasa traveling to Tibet from midland of China needs to have China Travel visa and Tibet travel permit whereas for trips outside Lhasa needs to have China Travel visa and Tibet travel permit with other additional permits where the arrangements are made by the company one is traveling with. Moreover, for your pre-arrangements of private transport outside the land of Lhasa, a guide is needed to be booked.
Best time to visit Tibet
Though the weather is cold and not much favorable the months around April or November and October are the best months to travel for budget travelers where 20% of their money can be saved due to least number of tourists traveling. However, the 5 months during May-September is the perfect season for you to travel Tibet. Since the weather is best and the sky seems clear in this season, there won't be any obstacles to enjoy the sceneries of mountain peaks and other natural beauties as well. Regarding other seasons that is time between Decembers to February, it’s the lowest tourist gaining seasons in Tibet since it is winter season.
Safety and Security
Any traveler who travels in or outside the country must keep their eyes open for their own safety. You should be careful of every safety regarding the visa, passport, personal property or any other crimes. While traveling Tibet firstly make sure that you've got right visa. If your visa or any other documents regarding the travel are found wrong you may be ostracized or blacklisted. Traveling alone could be dangerous. It would be best if you travel from any travel agency. You can avoid any complications in it. But make sure that the company you're traveling with has been registered as an organization legally so that you can be safe. Moreover, as for your personal property, you must be much more careful in airport areas so that your stuff can be safe.
Since yak is an integral part of Tibet and Tibetan people, the milk products such as Yoghurt, cheese, butter are the usual food item for them. In addition, butter tea is the specialty of the place. However, dumplings, known as momo is famous among the place due to the high significance of production of barely. As for non-veg items eaten here are yak, goat, or mutton, often dried, or cooked into a spicy stew with potatoes.
The festivals such as Lhosar, Monlam prayer festival are celebrated for the well being of the family and worship their God Buddha. Also, Lhosar is New Year festival of Tibetans where a food named as Guthuk is eaten on the Eve of this festival. Having great dishes, dancing, singing, participating in sports events flavors their festivals. And, the Monlam prayer festival they celebrate is in the first month of their calendar. Their every festival is related to Lord Buddha.
Mainly the language spoken here are Tibetan and Tibeto-Burman language. However, the classical Tibetan is widely spoken in northern Pakistan to Yunnan and Sichuan. And, their languages vary according to region people live. Furthermore, the deaf sign language and Tibetan sign Language is being advanced day by day.