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Tibet Nepal Bhutan Travel FAQs and Tips

14 March 2019 Last updated at 12:24

1. Is independent tour allowed in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan?

It is available to have an independent tour in Nepal. However, all non-native passport holders are not allowed to travel in Tibet and Bhutan independently in order to protect the local fragile environment, precious cultural relics and time-honored traditions – that’s also why the two kingdoms keep being so attractive. For foreigner travelers, you have to use the service of an authorized travel agency, like Tibet Discovery, which offers car, driver and tour guide.

2. Are there any documents needed apart from passport and visas?

Passport and visas are necessary, but there are still some other permits you need to get. Visiting Tibet, Tibet Travel Permit is the most important document to enter Tibet. If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, you need Nepal Group Visa instead of Chinese Visa. Tibet Border Pass is also necessary if you want to visit Mount Everest or have an overland tour from Nepal. Visiting some other areas in Tibet, you may also need Military Permit. Traveling to Nepal and Tibet, you just need to prepare visas. Please note that Bhutan Visa and all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency on behalf of travelers. Traveling with Tibet Discovery, we will deal with these permits for you well. Read more>>

3. When is the best Time for a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Travel?

Taking the different climates of three kingdoms into consideration, the best seasons to have a Nepal Tibet Bhutan tours are spring (April ~ June) and autumn (September ~ October) when the weather is quite comfortable (neither cold nor hot). It rains a lot in the summer of Nepal and Bhutan, and the winter is rather cold in Tibet. If you are just interested in the cultural sites in Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Thimphu and Paro, you can travel to these three kingdoms all the year around. Of course, different natural beauty and featured activities can be experienced in different seasons. Read more>>

4. What are the must-visit destinations in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan?

There are many beautiful attractions and interesting activities to visit in different destinations of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan of course. The must-visit cities include Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Pokhara in Nepal, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in Tibet as well as Paro, Thimphu and Punakha in Bhutan. In these cities, you can fully admire the landmarks of these three mysterious Himalayan kingdoms, like Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Tiger Nest Monastery etc. Read more>>

5. How to Plan a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour?

In general, you can spend 2~3 weeks traveling in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. The most classic and economical way is starting your tour from Lhasa, then taking an overland tour to Kathmandu via Gyantse, Shigatse and Mount Everest. After exploring Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara in Nepal, take a flight to Bhutan and visit Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. The whole trip takes about 15 days. Some tourists like to start a tour from Nepal as well, because it is convenient to be reached by international flights. Starting a Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour from Bhutan is also available for those who have already in Singapore, Thailand, India and Bangladesh, because Bhutan is only connected with these countries and Nepal directly by flights. Read more>>

6. Are there any traditional festivals to join?

There are many traditional festivals in Nepal Tibet and Bhutan. Visiting Tibet during the festivals, you can take part in many interesting activities, like watching Tibetan Opera in Tibetan New Year Festival, eating yoghurt and admiring Buddha exhibiting in Shoton Festival, and enjoying the wonderful horse racing and horsemanship in Nagchu Horse Racing Festival. Maha Shivaratri is Nepal’s most important festival to celebrate Shiva’s birthday. On that day, the crowds bathing in the Bagmati’s holy waters are a colorful and amazing sight. Visiting Bhutan, you can’t miss terrific Tsechus, which will be celebrated in different time in different city. The dances are performed by monks and the laypeople dressed in colored costumes.

7. What about the accommodation in Nepal Tibet and Bhutan?

As we know, none of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan is developed kingdoms full of luxuries hotels, but you still have many choices in some areas. The capital cities always provide good hotels with well-equipped facilities and great service, but some other places may not have real hotel, but guest houses or tents. In some remote areas, like Everest, Ngari or several places in Bhutan, the accommodation is really basic. There might be no steady supply of hot water and electricity. Read more>>

8. What should I pack for a Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour?

It is advisable to take two bags – one large backpack for daily activities and one small handbag for important permits and valuables. Warm clothes and strong shoes are essential. Dressing in layers will be helpful because you can add or remove the clothes as the temperatures changes. Waterproof clothing and raincoat are highly recommended if you have a Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour in summer. It is also important to bring hat, sunglasses and sunscreen cream to protect your skin from the strong sunlight even in winter.

9. How to avoid to high altitude sickness?

Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan all enjoy a high altitude, so it is important to take some measures to avoid high altitude sickness. Taking a full physical examination and asking your doctor to make sure your body is able to have a Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour are important If it is your first time to high plateau, you are suggested to start your tour from lower area to high altitude area so that you are able to acclimate with the altitude gradually. When travel to the high altitude area, avoid strenuous activities, eat more food with carbohydrate, and drink more water. Read more>>

10. Is the road condition good in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan?

In Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, the road is relatively good, but road to Pokhara and Chitwan is not well-paved which the driving journey takes longer driving hours. In Tibet, the road from Lhasa to Gyantse, Shigatse and Everest is asphalted. But some sections, especially the road to Yamdrok Lake and Mount Everest, are rather winding and you need to hold the hand rail to keep balance. The road connects Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is rather narrow and bumpy, you are not advised to have an overland driving tour in summer when the heavy rain will make the driving hard. Thimphu and Paro is perfectly fine in road condition, but some stretch of Punakha is a bit bad. There is no need to worry about the bad road condition, because it always bring you splendid great sightseeing.

11. Are there any special etiquettes and Taboos in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan?

Traveling in the Buddhist kingdoms, you have to pay attention to respect their traditions and not offend the taboo. When you visit the Buddhist halls or make a kora, remember to walk in clockwise direction. Before visiting a monastery, take off your sunglasses and hats, and you also need to remove your shoes before visiting the monasteries in Nepal and Bhutan. It is forbidden to take photos in most monasteries, and you’d better not take photos of the local people without permission.

Recommended Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour Packages

Following are some of our most recommended Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our tour packages are classic itineraries, and can be tailor-made to meet your personal requirements. You can get more Bhutan Nepal Tours, or contact us to customize a trip if you want.

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