Transportation and Customs in Tibet

Transportation and Customs in Tibet

By Overland & Organized Tours:
An approach that has great appeal for hardy and adventurous travelers is to enter or leave Tibet by road (8 Days Tibet Overland), following the footsteps of explorers who for more than a century tried (and usually failed) to reach Lhasa overland. The distances are huge and recommend taking the Organized tours. In fact one is not allowed to travel. Nominally, organised tours must be arranged before you enter Tibet. Moreover to get into Tibet from outside Tibet from Chengdu or Kathmandu you have to book a so - called 'tour.' Travellers who want to undertake a tour organized by us please see the Cultural Tours, Trekking & Fixed Departures.

By air:
Air China weekly flight operate KATHMANDU and LHASA every Saturday Jan - March then every Saturday & Tuesday March - June. July - October every day flight. The 55 minute flight offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and the southern Tibetan plateau. At times on Thursdays, the airline operates additional flights during the months of July, August & September depending upon the load factor. There are two flights daily from Chengdu to Lhasa & vice versa.

Customs:
Art objects and antiques in Tibet fall under special restrictions forbidding their export. Anything made before 1959 is considered an antique. Rugs may be bought and exported, so may the small religious objects that are sold in open markets, providing only one or two are taken as souvenirs. Customs officials have been known to confiscate jewellery or other objects if they consider that a tourist has purchased 'too much'.

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