Travel Forums Asia Varanasi-Kathmandu-Lhasa

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1. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all!:))
I'm going from varanasi to KTM in feb/05 and some days later from KTM-Lhasa. I'm travelling with my girlfriend and we are in a really short budget - cause we are brazilians ;). I need some help on:
- What is better: go overland from KTM to Lhasa and return to KTM by plane or the opposite? Do you have any idea about the one-way ticket fare?
- Is it possible to get into Tibet without a travel agency?
- Have you experienced any trouble travelling this route overland?
- What about trains in India? Is it a good solution to travel between the cities (Kolkota-Varanasi-Kampur-Agra-Udaipur-Jailsemer)?

By now, that is all . Any experience is very welcome!
See you around!

2. Posted by stable_bj (Banned Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

There are plenty of train and bus service from the major cities of INDIA to the Nepal border. Regarding the Tibet tour, it's almost impossible to go without Travel Agency. If you have Tibet Visa already that going not to be work out as you have to apply for new one from Kathmandu base Chinese Embassy. The 15 days Visa fee cost US $ 25. The total cost for 8 days adventure overland tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa cost US $ 300, The cost covers, 15 days Chinese visa, Transportation by Land cruiser, Hotel & lodge accommodation en route to China (Tibet), A English Speaking Guide.
The cost doesn't covers are your personal nature expenses, Lunch & dinner en route to Tibet,
, The departure of the tour is every Saturday from our Organization at Kathmandu.
For the detail and trip booking please
Write to the address below.
Bijaya Raj Devkota (travel Consultant & Mountain Guide)

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3. Posted by clint (Inactive 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Yes, you need to use a travel agent to get into Tibet overland from Kathmandu - can only get the travel permit if your part of a tour group. I found the cheapest way was to skip the flight altogether... A 5 day bus from Kathmandu to Lhasa as part of a tour(the cheapest) was $110, and the bus back to Kodari(border) was $50US(2 days), and $10US from the border to Kathmandu... this worked out heaps cheaper than flying. I founnd it almost impossible to organise anything cheap untill i got to Kathmandu, just sort it all out from there.
I didn't experience any trouble, nor bump into anyone who had,
hope this helps