FAQs for Tibet
Where is Tibet?
Tibet is an autonomous region located in the south west of China. The region borders with countries like Nepal. India, Bhutan, and Burma. It is a beautiful land just behind the world’s highest mountain – Mt. Everest. The term “Tibet” comes after a Sanskrit word – “Trivistapa” which means heaven. Tibet is further divided into three provinces – U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo. The locals residing in Tibet are called Tibetans.
Why do people visit Tibet?
People mostly visit Tibet to explore the cultural and natural richness of Tibet. The views of Tibetan plateaus and mountains are magnificent. So, is the art and architecture embedded in the palaces, temple, and monasteries of Tibet! Visit Tibet is an opportunity to explore the rich and untouched form of Buddhism religion. You can relish the glory of Buddhism religion, culture, custom, traditional costumes, dances, festivals and many more.
How to obtain a visa to enter into Tibet?
Before 2014, obtaining a visa to Tibet was quite troublesome and rare. However, in 2014, Tibet removed the restriction on nationality and group size making it easier for travelers to enter into Tibet. For obtaining a Chinese visa, you can file an application to the Chinese Embassy from your home country itself. You will require scanned copies of valid passport and passport sized photographs to apply for a visa. The traveler must have a passport that is valid for at least six months. If you are traveling through any travel agency then the agent will perform all the actions required for obtaining a visa. You will only need to provide a copy of your passport and photographs.
How to enter into Tibet?
- There are three alternative ways to enter into Tibet. You can enter into the region via road, air or by train.
- By road – there are five main highways in Tibet. Sichuan-Tibet Highway runs between Chengdu and Lhasa. Qinghai-Tibet Highway runs between Xining and Lhasa. Yunnan-Tibet Highway joins Yunnan to Tibet while Xinjiang-Tibet Highway joins deserts and steep peaks. The China-Nepal Highway – it is the only international highway in Tibet
- By air – you can fly to Lhasa either from Nepalese International airport or any flight that connects to Lhasa from any other Chinese airport.
- By train – a railway track from Gormo connects Tibet with the mainland of China.
What is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is any time between May to October. At this point in time, the weather is not so cold and averages above 10°C. This season is mostly preferred by the visitors because at this time, the weather is quite warmer and the atmosphere has high oxygen content as compared to other seasons. If you are amongst the one who is visiting Tibet for Everest Base Camp Trek, any time in between April to mid-June and September to October would be the best time to visit Tibet.
What is the equipment that I should carry while traveling to Tibet?
The equipments to carry while travelling to Tibet are waterproof boots to walk in the rocky terrain, day pack, medicines, inner clothing, warm clothes (windproof jackets/ woolen wears), socks, gloves, skin care products, sunglasses, portable oxygen gas, head torch light, slippers , toiletries and other day to day things of necessity, etc.
- Is it better to join a group or travel solo while traveling to Tibet? The strict travel policy of Tibet restricts you from traveling alone. Also, it is not recommended to travel alone for your security purpose. Join a group or travel with a tour operator while traveling to Tibet for any trek or tours.
Do we use public vehicles or private vehicles during Tibet tours and treks?
It is impossible for a foreigner to use public transport in Tibet. The people do not sell the tickets for local transport to foreigners. Hence, every people traveling to Tibet should opt for a private vehicle while traveling across the Tibet.
What kind of lodging and food facility is available in Tibet?
The hotels and lodges in Tibet may not be like other hotels and lodges in China of similar rating. Therefore, if you are assuming the hotels and lodges to be like others in China, you might get a bit disappointed. The reason for this is that Tibet had a strict travel policy before 2014 and is improving a lot. In the major cities like Lhasa, Shigatse, the hotels range from simple to five-star qualities. However, in the remote areas, the accommodation will be very simple.
Which currency is used for transacting in Tibet?
The currency used in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan. If you want to exchange any foreign currency with local currency in China, you can exchange it through the Bank of China.
Are ATM counters available in Tibet?
The ATM counters are available in the city areas of Tibet like Lhasa and Shigatse. However, you will not find ATMs in the other remote areas. Also, the ATMs remain closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Are electricity supply and internet access easily available?
Generally, the electricity supply in Tibet is 220V, 50HZ. If you have a plan in the future to travel in Tibet and wish to bring some electrical devices with you for basic use then keep in mind that the transformer is very essential. Tibet hotels bathrooms have access to 220V and 110V electrical devices power. But, in the guest room normally only 220V electrical sockets are available. Definitely, there is internet access for the foreign traveler in Tibet but only on limited areas like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, and Tsedang where some café provides internet facilities. In addition, hotels in some city like Lhasa and Shigatse also provide internet facility to their customers.
Do people in Tibet speak English?
There may be only countable people in Tibet who may speak in English. Do not expect the locals to understand the English language. Therefore, be prepared with few commonly used Chinese terms so that you may be able to communicate with people in case of an emergency.
Do the guides speak English?
Yes, the guides in Tibet speak in English.
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