For people who only have a few days for Tibet tour, Lhasa will be their first option. As the holy city of Tibet, Lhasa have the must-see attractions like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Moreover, there are two famous Gelugpa Monasteries, Drepung and Sera Monasteries near Lhasa. So it is possible to have a wonderful 2 days Lhasa Tour. To prepare Lhasa tour, you need to consider the way to come and choose a reliable travel agency. And it is not that hard as you imagine. Moreover, the travel cost can be cheap in Lhasa.
Transportation- How to Prepare Lhasa Tour
If you are already in Chengdu, you can consider come to Lhasa by air or by train. And there are many daily flights between Chengdu and Lhasa, so you can find the suitable flight easily. For people who want to have a train travel experience, you can choose train to Lhasa, which takes around two days. However, you need the original Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB Permit) to board a flight. But you just need the photocopy of TTB Permit to get the train ticket. So you can choose the transportation based on your time arrangement. Normally it will take at least one working day to mail the permit. And if encountering weekends, the time will be a bit longer. See more on Train and Air Ticketing FAQs.
Permit Issue- How to Prepare Lhasa Tour
Any local travel agency can apply the permit two weeks before your arrival date. So please confirm your trip schedule at least 10 working days before your arrival. And when we get the permit, we will send it to you in your hotel or other address in China. If you transfer the flight in Chengdu airport, we can also send it to you in the airport. But please make the arrangement early to leave us enough time for the operation. See more on Tibet Visa and Permit FAQs.
Cost of Lhasa Tour
Since the major cost for Tibet tour is the ground transportation, especially for parts outside Lhasa. Thus, you can save money if you only travel in Lhasa. The travel cost is relatively cheap. Moreover, you can spend some free time in Lhasa after Lhasa tours arranged by the tour operators.
Choose Right Travel Agency
In terms of which travel agency to choose, you can review some agencies in the Internet. But review them carefully and ask some questions if needed. You can judge which to trust based on your intuition and interaction with the trip advisors.