Tibet

Tibet known as land of snows, the roof of the world, the mysterious Buddhist kingdom and with more other features has been one of the favorite destinations for hundreds of travelers wishing to explore the mountains, antiques of Buddhism and once forbidden land. Therefore in reaching you will have entered one of the most isolated parts of the world. The massive Tibetan plateau, at an average height of 4500 m above the sea level, is amazingly guarded by the towering mountains.
It was open to the foreigners only in 1980s. Ever since, Tibet has been one of the ultimate destinations for the travelers from all around the world, because, the travelers experience wilderness at every corner and every step they take and feel the thrill in every day. Tibet is home to more than 50 peaks above 7,000 m and at least 11 Himalayan mountains over 8,000 m. Besides these there are over 1500 lakes, great river valleys and some of world’s most inspiring mountains. The Buddhism said to have introduced for the first time here in Tibet about 1300 years ago by Guru Rinpoche. It has been popular for trekking, tour, climbing and having adventure. Every corner you take you will enchant you with snow, mysterious monasteries, aerial mountains, equally for exploring the exotic customs, rituals and more. The China took under control over this land in 1949, and hundreds of Tibetans including the spiritual leader, Dalai Lama were exiled to India.
Bordered with India, Nepal Bhutan, Burma, and Kashmir, Tibet is amazingly rich in terms of Buddhist art and architecture, culture and the traditions which are preserved from 14th century. Lasha, the capital city of Tibet is located at the high land amid snow-capped mountains, and you will undoubtedly wonder with the Buddhist monasteries, carved with beautiful arts, the historical monuments, treeless barren, high hills, mountain and many more. You will explore the picturesque monasteries beautifully carved and built homes, museum which are beautifully decorated, the hills are like a terraced beautifully, the valley filled with Buddhists monasteries, Chorten, all these wonder you and tend you come here again and again.

Brief information about Tibet
Geography: 1.2 million sq km (471,700 sq miles)
Territory: Tibet
Population: 6 million (some 2.09 live in Tibet Autonomous region and rest live outside of Tibet)
Capital: Lhasa
Major languages: Tibetan, Chinese
Major religion: Buddhism, Animism
Major rivers: Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra in India), Machu (Yellow River in China) Drichu (Hangtse in China), Senge Khabab (Indus in India), Phungchu (Arun in India), Gyalmo Ngulchu (Salween In Burma) and Zachu (Mekong in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos).
Native Wildlife: Tibet antelope, wild yak, wild ass and Tibetan Argali, blue sheep, black necked crane, Tibetan gazelle, giant panda, red panda, golden monkey.  
Average Altitude: 4000 m or 13,000 ft above sea level
Administration: under Chinese rule. Tibet is divided into five-provinces: 1) Tibet Autonomous Region 2) Qinghai Province 3) Tianzu Tibetan Autonomous country and Gannan Tibetan Autonomous prefecture in Gansu province 4) Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous prefecture, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture and Mili Tibetan autonomous country in Sichuan province 5) Dechen Tiben autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province.
Festivals: Tibetan New Year, Shoton festival, bathing festival.
Ethnic groups: primarily ethnic Tibetans, Menba, Lhoba, Mongols, Hui and Han Chinese.

Travel information in Tibet
Every traveler needs to obtain the special permission prior to visit any part of China including Tibet. The permit is not granted every time to everyone. During the certain period of time, the foreigners are not allowed to enter in, deeming as restricted, while, the Tibet has always remained a sensitive area for traveling. In Tibet, usually, the Lasha and part of Shan and Nan are open to foreigners and sometimes and there are some parts, where you can make an excursion around, if you do enter a restricted area without the requisite permission, you would be fined, taken into custody, and deported for illegal entry. Therefore, you have to be well-aware of every customs and rules and regulation. In order to enter China, you need a visa as well as at least six-month validity remaining on your passport. If you do not have a valid passport and the appropriate Chinese visa, you will not be allowed to enter China and will be fined and subject to immediate deportation.
Tibet Travel Permits
There are two kinds of permits issued for traveling in Tibet—the entry permit also called TTB permit and the Alien travel permit known as PSB permit.
TTB permit: Tibet Entry Permit
Tibet Tour Permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), therefore, this sort of permission is also called TTB permit. You need to show this sort of permit when checking in at the airport or prior to buy a flight to Lhasa. This permit is required for group traveling by vehicles.
PSB permit—Alien Travel Permit
The alien travel permit is also called PSB permit. This sort of permission is issued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) of Tibet. This permit is required in order to travel in the restricted areas in Tibet.
How to get the travel permits?
We do have local agents in Tibet. Therefore, we request to provide us the information given in the following prior to your visit:

  1.  Your full name;
  2.  Your gender;
  3.  Your date of birth;
  4.  Your passport number;
  5.  Your nationality

All information must be exactly the same as in your passport. Keep in your mind that you need to apply for the travel permit at least 10 days prior to your entry date in Tibet. The PSB permit is not issued to individual. Therefore, you need to go through the travel agency.
Important notes on obtaining visa
Chinese government does not issue the visa for individual traveler, if you wish to visit in Tibet. In order to obtain the groups visa, you mainly need two different documents if you wish to travel in to Tibet, one the Chinese visa, which you can apply in Chinese embassy in Kathmandu or your respective country and another is the alien’s travel permit that is issued by Tibet tourism bureau. Non-Chinese passport holders, including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau among others must obtain an alien’s travel permit with valid passport.
 

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