Getting to Tibet for an Indian tourist is probably the easiest of all the nations that travel regularly to the region. As India is one of China’s main neighbors, getting to Tibet requires very little actual effort, and for tourists there are several ways to travel to Tibet, the most popular being through Kathmandu, both by flight from Tribhuvan International Airport and overland via Gyirong Port. Flights to Nepal, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, etc., run frequently, and are inexpensive, making Tibet an easy place to get to.
Tibet Travel Permit Application for Indian Tourists
For Indian tourists to Tibet, the Tibet Travel Permit is a must, and can only be obtained through a registered local Tibet travel agency. It is advisable to apply for the permit as early as possible, as it can take around 15-20 days to process with the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Applications require your passport photocopy, and for those traveling through China, a photocopy of the visa page as well. For our clients, we offer Tibet Permit service for free. Once approved, the permit will be delivered to your hotel in China, ready for you to travel to Tibet.
For those wishing to visit holy Mount Kailash, it must be done through the Pilgrim Center, as regular Tibetan tour operators cannot organize pilgrimage tours. But, we can help you contact the relevant department for application.
Most Popular Tibet Tour from India
For Indian tourists, starting with a tour in China, then heading to Tibet and into Nepal is the adventure of a lifetime, and is a great way to visit India’s closest neighbor. Crossing the vast expanse of the Chinese mainland, giving the options of visiting some of China’s most famous and most ancient cities and sites is a wonderful opportunity, before heading to the high plateau and the sacred land of Tibet. Then it is across the plateau to another Himalayan Kingdom Nepal.
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How to Get to Tibet from India? Multiple ways to travel from Delhi to Tibet.
Flights leave daily from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for Beijing, Shanghai,Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, while there are indirect flights to over 100 different airports across the country. However, there is no direct flight to Tibet from India.
By Flight to China
Flights to China from India are frequent, and can be found for a relatively good price using the many comparison websites available to get the best deal. The average flight times are:
a. Delhi to Beijing: non-stop - 6 hours 5 minutes, one-stop – up to 21 hours 15 minutes (SIN, CAN, HKG)
b. Delhi to Shanghai: non-stop - 6 hours 10 minutes, one-stop – up to 24 hours 55 minutes (SIN, CAN, HKG)
c. Delhi to Guangzhou: non-stop - 5 hours 5 minutes, one-stop – up to 27 hours 30 minutes (CMB, SIN, MCT)
d. Delhi to Chengdu: non-stop - 10 hours 50 minutes, one-stop – up to 34 hours 20 minutes (CAN, HKG, SIN)
e. Delhi to Hong Kong: non-stop - 5 hours 10 minutes, one-stop – up to 20 hours 35 minutes (SIN, CMB, KUL)
After Your Arrival in China
After you arrive in China, you will receive your Tibet Travel Permit expressed to your hotel, ready for your tour of the Tibetan plateau. The permit is needed to book and board the flights or trains to Tibet, and is also required when checking into hotels and at the various checkpoints across the region.
From Beijing to Lhasa
There is currently only one direct flight per day to Lhasa from Beijing, although there are a larger number of indirect flights that stopover in Chengdu en route to Lhasa. The direct flight takes around 5 hours to get to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport, and costs from around US$ 500 for an economy ticket.
The train from Beijing to Lhasa is the Z21, which leaves daily at around 8:00pm. The journey covers 3,757 kilometers across eight provinces in mainland China as well as Tibet, arriving in Lhasa around 40 hours later at 12:10pm on the third day. However, in the summer season, from May to September, it can be hard to get a ticket for the train from Beijing to Lhasa, due to the huge demand. One option to counter this would be to take a flight to Xining, in Qinghai Province, and then get the train from there, as there are more carriages on the Xining train and a better chance of being able to procure a ticket.
From Shanghai to Lhasa
Flights from Shanghai leave several times a day, although there is currently no direct flight to Lhasa. The flights stop at Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, or Kunming, and take from around 8 hours to as much as 26 hours for the multiple-stop flights. The cheaper flights start from around US$ 455.
The Z164 leaves Shanghai daily at 8:10pm, and takes around 47 hours to reach Lhasa, as distance of around 4,373 kilometers. The train arrives in Lhasa at around 7:15 in the evening of the third day, and the journey is the second longest of all the routes to Lhasa.
From Guangzhou to Lhasa
Similar to Shanghai, there are no direct flights to Lhasa from Guangzhou, although there are a number of indirect flights, with stopovers in Chongqing and Chengdu. The average flight takes from 5 hours 55 minutes to 10 hours 30 minutes, and costs from around US$ 455.
Departing at 11:45am daily, the train from Guangzhou takes over 53 hours to get to Tibet, making it the longest of all the train journeys to Lhasa. Covering almost 5,000 kilometers, the train arrives in the Tibetan capital at around 5:05pm on the third day.
From Chengdu to Lhasa
From Chengdu, there are numerous direct flights to Lhasa, which take around 2 hours 15 minutes on average. With more than 15 flights a day from Chengdu, it is one of the best airports from which to fly to Tibet, and with the short travel time, it is one of the best options for those with time constraints. It is also relatively inexpensive, costing from around US$ 233 for an economy flight.
The trains from Chengdu depart every other day at around 9:37pm, and arrive in Lhasa on the third day at around 9:55am. Covering a distance of 3,070 kilometers across mainland China and Tibet, the journey takes a little over 36 hours, and is one of the more popular gateway cities to travel to Tibet from. Scheduled departures from Chengdu are on odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc) in January, April, May, August, November, and December, and even days of the month for the rest of the year.
From Hong Kong to Lhasa
Without a direct flight to Lhasa, there are several options for connecting you to the Tibetan capital. Flights to Chengdu from Hong Kong and then on to Lhasa are very popular, as is the flight to Xining via Chengdu, and then taking the train to Lhasa. You can also take the train direct from Chengdu, or for the very adventurous, you can get a train direct to Guangzhou from Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, and then get the train from there to Lhasa, a total journey time of around almost 60 hours, that covers nearly 5,000 kilometers.
Travel Tips: The actual ticket price varies based on different airlines, flight time and particular service. The exact amount of flight or train prices are best confirmed by the airline or Tibet train you book.)
By Flight to Kathmandu
Delhi to Kathmandu is a flight of only 1 hour 45 minutes, and costs from around US$ 67, or around 4,300 INR. Flight costs are cheaper from India due to the closeness of the two countries, and the short flight times. Nepal is also a preferred gateway to Tibet for Indian passport holders, as there is free travel between India and Nepal and they do not need a passport or visa to enter Nepal, merely their government-issued ID cards.
Kathmandu to Tibet
By Kathmandu to Lhasa flight
There are several daily flights from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, provided by Air China, Tibet Airlines, and Sichuan Airlines. The flight normally takes just 90 minutes, and has the added advantage of allowing you a bird’s-eye view of the summit of Mount Everest as the plane flies over the Himalayas. An average economy ticket costs from around US$ 400.
By the Epic Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Traveling overland from Nepal to Tibet is an incredible journey that takes one from the lowland valley of Kathmandu to the heights of the mighty Himalayas, passing near Everest and the most sacred of mountains for Indian Hindus, Mount Kailash. Then it is on across the plains and prairies, crossing high mountain passes and passing by shimmering lakes, to the holy city of Lhasa, the center of Tibetan religion and culture. Driven across the plateau by the required driver in a comfortable four-wheel drive vehicle, you will get time to see some of the most amazing sights of the plateau and enjoy the views of the stunning landscape and spectacular scenery.
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