Tibet, a mystic land, was always at the top of wishlists of all travel enthusiasts and adventurers. However, getting there can be a bit tricky. Today we are explaining to you how to get there.
In case you are travelling to Tibet from China, you will, naturally, first of all, need a Chinese visa. But that wouldn’t be all. Every tourist needs something called a Tibet permit. Without this, you cannot cross over to Tibet. The full name of this permit was changed this year in April and now it is officially known as the “Letter of Confirmation for Entry into the Tibet Autonomous Region of the P.R. China“.
To apply for this permit, you will need to do a couple of things:
- email the scanned copy of your Chinese visa
- and email your passport
to a licensed Tibet travel agency. You are required to book a tour with a Tibet travel agency to get the permit, a vehicle and a tour guide. You cannot enter many places like temples and similar buildings, without a tour guide. However, the tour guide will not be constantly with you, you are allowed to wander through streets on your own. The thing you can’t do is to use the public transportation alone.
Pay attention that your passport needs to be valid for at least the next six months for a single or a double entry visa, and for at least nine months for a multiple entry visa. You also need to keep in mind that this permit is only valid for Lhasa, Tibet’s capital. In case you wish to travel outside of Lhasa, you will need additional permits. Therefore, you are obliged to book tours with your tour company.
Always keep a couple of copies of the permit with you. Officials at train stations will ask for them. Your original permit will be checked at airports. During your stay in Tibet, your permit will be probably checked at the hotel you are staying in.
What to Visit
Potala Palace also called the heart of the Tibetan Buddism is a must-see
Also called the heart of the Tibetan Buddism is a must-see. This symbol of Tibet is a sort of a museum since it’s keeping artefacts from Tibetan history inside its walls. Many Buddha statues, murals, antiques, gold and silver object, porcelain and sculptures have found their home here. This building is a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1994. From the 7th century, this building serves as Dalai Lama’s winter palace. This is a place of administration of Tibet, place where the signing of political agreements happens.
You shouldn’t miss Jokhang Temple. This Buddhist temple is one of the most sacred temples in Tibet. Location of this palace is in the old area of Lhasa, on the Barkhor Street. The purpose of building this temple was to promote the Buddist religion. Therefore, there is a large number of murals, mainly portraying scenes of Tibetan history. Also, you can find many shops with traditional souvenirs nearby as well.
Norbulingka palace construction took place at the end of the Eighteen century. Four palaces, monastery and a large garden make this historical monument which location is near Potala Palace. Norbulingka is now an open park where numerous festivals happen. Also. this is a place where various excursion takes place.
Namtso translated into English means Heavenly lake. Standing at 4718 metres, this is the highest saltwater lake in the world. During the year of a Sheep, this lake is a place of pilgrimage for many Tibetans. Locals here express their worship to Guardian Angels, praying for a good harvest. With its breathtaking scenery and incredible colours of nature, Namco lake attracts a large number of tourists every year.
Locals always recommend that it is better to visit this place in summer due to heavy snow in the winter and autumn. At altitude like this recommendation is to always dress in many different layers, due to constant weather changes and strong windy weather.
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