Frequently Asked Questions about Tibet Bhutan Tour
How to travel between Tibet and Bhutan?
There is no direct airline, railway or driving road connecting Tibet and Bhutan, so the most common way is heading to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal first. You can take an overland trip from Tibet to Kathmandu via Gyirong. It takes about 3 days. The landscapes along the way are spectacular. And you can also fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The whole duration is about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Then, fly from Kathmandu to Paro of Bhutan. The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu has regular flights to Bhutan. There are flights to and from between Kathmandu and Paro every day. The flying journey takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
When is the best season to tour Tibet and Bhutan?
Generally, April to early June and Sept to Oct is the best season to tour Tibet. During this time, you will be rewarded with mild weather and superb visibility. It is the prime time for outdoor activities in Tibet.
For cultural explorers, you may consider visiting Tibet from June to August. Some grand festivals will be held, such as Saga Dawa festival (May or June), Gyantse Horse Racing festival (June or July), and Shoton Festival (August).
If you have limited budget, Nov to mid-Feb is a good option for you. This period is the off-season of Tibet travel, and you can save loads of money.
For Bhutan, the prime time to visit is March to May and Sept. to Nov, when the temperature on day time would be moderate. Furthermore, many festivals would be held during these periods, including Thimphu Tsechu (Sept/Oct), Paro Tsechu (Feb/Mar), Punakha Drubchen (Feb/Mar) and Jampey Lhakhang Drup (Oct/Nov.).
How much does it cost to visit Bhutan and Tibet?
How much does it cost to visit Tibet depends on where you want to go and what you want to see whilst traveling. Besides, season, accommodation, the way you travel, etc. also will affect your spending.
While, taking a Bhutan tour may seem to be expensive, since you have to pay 250USD (low season US$200 from Dec. to Feb.) per day. It includes all of your accommodation, transport, and guide, and food, etc. The main reason is the Bhutan government praise highly sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.
How to get the visa and documents required for a Tibet Bhutan tour
Overall, for both Tibet and Bhutan, the independent travel is not allowed, you have to book your Tibet and Bhutan trip and apply for Visa and documents through travel agency.
Before going to Tibet, you need to obtain Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. The Chinese Visa can be obtained from Any authorized Chinese Embassy in your home country or the third country. You can apply for it by yourself or via the travel agency. Tibet Travel Permit has to be applied through an authorized local Tibet travel agency like us. The only things you need to do is email the photo of your passport page and Chinese Visa page to our travel consultant.
Similarly, just provide the scanned copy of your passport page and pay the 50 USD visa fee, you can get your Bhutan Visa.
As a better option, you can turn to us for professional help. We will offer one-stop service for applying for travel documents, as long as you book Tibet Bhutan tour packages through us.
What are the top sights to visit in Tibet and Bhutan
Usually, Lhasa is the first stop of the Tibet tour, and where a good place to experience the culture and history of Tibet. Visit world-famous Potala Palace, trek around Ganden Monastery to enjoy the stunning view of Lhasa valley, see monk debating at Sera Monastery, bargain with vendors in Barkhor Street, etc.
Besides, if you want to explore the natural beauty of Tibet, never miss the chance to tour Namtso Lake, the world’s highest saltwater Lake. And for those who desire to have a great view of Mount Everest, EBC is a perfect place to go. Taking an overland adventure trip from Lhasa to EBC, you will look at turquoise Yamdrok Lake, massive Karola Glacier, and legendary Tashilhunpo Monastery along the way. In addition, Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake are the holy land to the pilgrims. You can take part in exciting Kora there.
For Bhutan, the top sights center around western regions of Bhutan. In Bhutan, you can’t miss fortress-like buildings. It is dzong, which is the site of government and monastic body. The famous dzong have Paro Dzongs, Punakha Dzongs, Trongsa Dzongs, etc.
And Bhutan is a Buddhism country, so some monasteries are also worth to visit, such as Taktsang Monastery, Kyichu Lhakhang, Jampery Lhakhang and so on. Among them, Taktsang Monastery, also called Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is the site of the beginnings of Buddhism. It lies on halfway up the cliff, and you can enjoy Paro Valley here.