Archive for : September, 2018

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Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa Tibet

There are main gateways for international travelers to travel to Tibet. The one gateway is China, and the other gateway is Nepal. In order to avoid the complex process of Chinese Visa application and the long duration time of the transportation, a lot of foreigners get to Tibet from Nepal. Entering Tibet from Nepal should apply for the Group Tourist Visa which can be applied by your travel agency. Compared with entering Tibet from China, traveling to Tibet from Nepal can save a lot of money and time. Flying to Tibet Tibet from Nepal is the fastest way. Travelers always take the direct flight from Kathmandu –  the capital city of Nepal to Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet, and Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal and Lhasa Gonggar International Airport in Tibet are available for you.

Flying to Lhasa from Kathmandu is a fantastic way because you will have a chance to see the summit of Mt Everest if the weather permits. You must be stunned by the astonishing sightseeing of the Himalaya Ranges.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight Schedule

At present, there are two direct flights flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The first non-stop flight 3U8720 operated by Sichuan Airlines takes off at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 11:30, and arrives at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport at the local time about 15:10. The duration time of this flight is only about 1h 25m. It only flies on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The air ticket price of the economic class is about 5,230 RMB. The second flight non-stop flight CA408 operated by Air China takes off at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 12:10, and arrives at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport at the local time about 16:00. The duration time of this flight is only about 1h 35m. It only flies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The air ticket price of the economic class is about 4,410 RMB.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Flight Schedule

The first non-stop flight 3U8719 operated by Sichuan Airlines takes off at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport at 11:10, and arrives at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at the local time about 10:30. The duration time of this flight is only about 1h 35m. It only flies on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The second non-stop flight CA407 operated by Air China takes off at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport at 11:50, and arrives at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at the local time about 11:10. The duration time of this flight is only about 1h 35m. It only flies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Permits Needed When Taking Flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu

You are required to apply for the Group Tourist Visa when traveling to Tibet from Nepal. It is issued by Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Kathmandu. Tibet Travel Permit is also needed when you enter the border of Tibet. Both of the two permits can only be applied by the local Tibetan travel agency. Without Tibet Travel Permit, you cannot board the flight.

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Tibetan Landmark – Potala Palace

Located in the west of China, Tibet is a unique region with the broad area, majestic geography, and rich natural resources. All the time, Tibet attracts thousands of travelers around the world for its charming natural scenery and bright cultural relics. Have you ever traveled to Tibet? When mentioned Tibet, where do you want to go? For me, the first place I will visit is the Tibetan landmark – Potala Palace, which is located in the high Red Mountain.

As the landmark of Tibet, Potala Palace is a traditional Tibetan style palace built on the high mountain. This splendid palace plays an important role in Tibet and it is regarded as the representative of Tibetan ancient building. Because of its unique style, the image of the Potala Palace was used as the background of RMB. As the highest construction in Lhasa city, the Potala Palace is so attractive with white and red walls, and golden roof shining in the sunshine. If you are a fresh traveler in Tibet, you must be stunned by the splendid palace. However, some questions about Potala Palace are asked by numerous travelers – Why was the Potala Palace built on the high Red Mountain? Is it more convenient for travelers if it was built on the plain area? Is it more difficult for architects to build? Today, I will take you to find the answers.

In fact, there are numerous Tibetan palaces built on the high mountains. With the verity of the landscape, the buildings present different shapes. In most areas, people always build the houses by leveling the mountains down. While in Tibet, the theory of building a house should abide by Nature and Man in One. Just building the architectures based on the fixed mountains, harmony and unity. There are many famous attractions built on the high mountains, such as Yungbulakang Palace, Guge Kingdom Ruins, Zizhu Temple, and so on.

Formerly, the reason why Tibetan holy buildings were built on the high mountains is that Tibetans are deeply influenced by the powerful religion. At present, Tibetan Buddhism plays an important role in Tibet, and it has a great influence in Tibet, even in the world. A lot of pilgrims from different countries head to Tibet because they regard Tibet as the holiest place in the world. Most of them get to some sacred places to do pray, such as Mt Kailash, Potala Palace, Lake Manasarovar, Jokhang Temple, etc. You may know much about the modern Tibetan religion, but how about the source of Tibetan religion? Actually, Zhangzhung Culture is the origin of the Tibetan religion, and it shapes the current Tibet. From produce to life, and traditional custom to belief, Zhangzhung Culture is reflected here and there. Some holy religious activities such as kora, sacrifice, etc all relate to the ancient Zhangzhung Culture. And Bon religion is the core of this culture.

According to the Bon religion, the world was divided into three parts, heaven, earth, and hell. They regarded that Gods and Goats are the dominators of the world. This theory lasted a long period in Tibet and was convinced by lots of Tibetans. It was said that the high mountain was the pass to the heaven. Therefore, they would build the holy architectures on high mountains.