If you want to travel to Tibet, you need to plan the trip as early as possible because of the unique background. You need to book the hotel, train tickets or airplane tickets, apply for the required documents and so on in advance. There are some pieces of travel advice for Tibet tour which mean a lot to most travelers.
According to the law, travelers are not allowed to travel to Tibet by themselves. They must join a group tour operated by a local travel agency. They can help you arrange everything well for you, such as the tour itinerary, tour date, documents, accommodation, vehicles, tour guide, and so on.
There are several required permits and visas in Tibet. The primary permit is the Tibet Travel Permit which is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. It always takes twelve working days for the agency to apply for this permit. Tibet Travel Permit is very useful because it is needed when you check in a local hotel, board on the train or airplane, visit Tibetan attractions, and so on. Besides this permit, there are several other permits which are required when traveling to some remote areas in Tibet, such as Alien’s Travel Permit and Military Permit.
Generally speaking, the peak tourism season for Tibet tour is from May to October. During this time, lots of international travelers will flock to Tibet. The weather in Tibet this period is fine and comfortable, so you will see the most beautiful scenery in Tibet when traveling to Tibet from May to October. If you want to have a budget Tibet tour, you’d better travel to Tibet in winter. But lots of remote Tibetan attractions are closed because of the heavy snows, except Lhasa city. The temperature in Lhasa city is is higher than other places in Tibet. The maximum temperature in the daytime is about ten degrees, and the lowest temperature at night is about zero degrees. You should wear sunglasses, suncream, lipstick, and sunhat in the daytime because of the strong sunlight. At night, you should bring some warm clothes in case of catching a fever. But Tibet is closed to foreigners during the Tibetan New Year.
How to Get to Tibet from China
At present, there are two main ways for travelers to get to Tibet from China. Firstly, travelers can take a direct train from some major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xi’an, Xining, and Chongqing. After the construction of Qinghai Tibet Railway, more and more tourists get to Tibet by train. The scenery along the railway is attractive and stunning. Secondly, tourists can take direct flights from Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xi’an, Xining, Chongqing, and Hong Kong to Lhasa. Taking a flight to Tibet is the most convenient way. If you have a tight schedule, you’d better take a flight. Compared with taking a flight, taking a train to Tibet is the best way to adapt to the high altitude sickness.