Like other international tourists, for Indian citizens or Indian passport holders, the first priority is to get Tibet Visa (also known as Tibet Travel Permit, Tibet Permit).
And believe me, the whole process is not as difficult as you think.
The Indian travelers with an Indian passport are generally categorized into 3 types when traveling to Tibet:
The first type: the ordinary Indian citizens who travel to Tibet for visiting the places other than Ali prefecture (Mt. Kailash) get the Tibet Visa and proceed their tours like the usual foreign travelers from all over the world.
The other is the great number of Indian pilgrims who come to Tibet mainly for pilgrimage around Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. In reality, however, as long as Indian travelers who want to travel to Mt. Kailash for pilgrimage or go via Ali prefecture, even if not for religious purposes, they will be treated as pilgrims.
The third type is the American Indian with a U.S. passport; you won’t be regarded as a pilgrim, even if you go to Mt. Kailash for pilgrimage.
Let’s find out in detail below for how to get the Tibet permit respectively.
If you are an ordinary Indian tourists and planning to visit Tibet without heading to Ali or Ngari prefecture, just email us the photo copy of your passport and Chinese Visa (how to get a Chinese Visa), and your photo image at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts.
Normally, your Tibet Visa takes 8-9 days to be processed, then we will deliver it to your hotel by express before you take the Tibet train or flight to Lhasa. How much is the cost for Tibet Visa? For our clients, we guarantee Tibet Permit Application for free.
Brief Summary about How to Get the Visa:
* Step 1: email us the photo image of your passport information, Chinese Visa page and your photo image, at least 20 days in advance
* Step 2: get your Tibet Visa at your hotel and board either Tibet train or flight to Lhasa
A highly recommended travel route for many Indian tourists is by flying directly from Delhi to Kathmandu and later either enjoy the 8-day Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour or keep flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa and experience the 7-day Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour back to Nepal, before taking onward flight to India.
To some, you can also fly from Delhi to mainland Chinese cities like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xining, etc and later take the world’s highest Tibet train or fly to Lhasa. Check details about how to get to Tibet.
And Tibet Visa (or Tibet Permit) only allows you to enter Tibet and visit Lhasa. If you want to travel beyond Lhasa, such as to EBC or Samye Monastery, our Tibetan guide will help you get Alien’s Travel Permit and Military Permit, when there is a need. So, all you need to do is focus on soaking up the authentic Tibetan atmosphere and keeping a light heart.
As long as Indian travelers who want to travel to Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar for pilgrimage or go via Ali prefecture, even if not for religious purposes, they will be treated as pilgrims. And Tibet Visa for pilgrims needs to be verified and issued jointly by the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR, Tibet Military Region, Armed Police Tibet Frontier Corps and the Department of Public Security of TAR.
Only two organizations can authorize Indian pilgrimage tour in Tibet. One is Foreign Affairs Office of TAR (governmental); the other is Pilgrim Center (non-governmental), short for Tibet-India pilgrim Reception Center, located in Tuanjie New Village of Lhasa. Other organizations and travel agencies in Tibetare not allowed to receive pilgrims.
However, you can book your Mt.Kailash tour via Nepal or Indian Travel Agencies which are the authorized partners with Pilgrim Center and Foreign Affairs Office of TAR.
As the official agent of Pilgrim Center, we, Tibet Vista team, are authorized to provide free Tibet tour consultancy service for Pilgrims and can help you contact the relevant departments to help you organize Mt.Kailash tour. You are welcomed to reach us for help. Nevertheless, only the Pilgrim Center and Foreign Affairs Office of TAR can arrange practical Indian pilgrimage tour service (accommodation, transportation, itinerary, guide, yaks, etc.) for Indians travelling to Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar in Tibet.
Owing to the monopoly situation of Pilgrim Center, the cost of a pilgrimage tour is much higher than that of other ordinary Tibet tour. However, Indian tourists do not need to pay such high cost, because they have a wide range of choices of travel agencies. Please contact us for free consultancy and our professional Tibet travel consultants will work with you to customize your Tibet tour.
Currently, for Indian citizens visiting Mt.Kailash and Manasarovar, the shortest way is to fly from Delhi or other parts of India to Kathmandu, and then cross Gyirong Port, the Sino-Nepal border, and travel northwest all the way to Gyirong town for acclimatization and then keep moving to Saga,Zhongba, Paryang and Manasrovar and Darchen and finally reach Mt.Kailash.
However, the Most Popular Way for Pilgrimage to many Indian pilgrims is flying from Delhi to Lhasa with a connecting flight from Kathmandu. The ultimate journey consists of 8-day Lhasa to EBC tour and further extension from EBC to Mt.Kailash via sacred Manasarovar.
The last option is taking Helicopter from Kathmandu to Mt.Kailash. You can also enter Tibet by flying from Nepalgunj to Simkot and keep flying to Hilsa and later cross from Purang, a border nearer to Mt. Kailash
Luckily, if you are an American Indian with a U.S. passport or other passports, you won’t be regarded as a pilgrim, even if you go to Mt. Kailash for pilgrimage. So, you can easily book Mt.Kailash tour and other Tibet tours with us. The Tibet Visa application procedure will be the same mentioned above.
* To sum up,for Indian Passport Holders Visiting Tibet, Except for Ngari Prefecture, you get the Tibet Visa and proceed their tours like the usual international travelers from all over the world; email us the photo image of your passport, Chinese Visa for Tibet Visa Application (at least 20 days in advance). As a well-established Tibet travel agency, we guarantee to get your Tibet Permit and this service is total for free for our clients.
* For Indian Passport Holders Visiting Mt.Kailash and Manasarovar,you are deemed as Indian pilgrim. Find the Nepal and Indian travel agencies who are the partners of Foreign Affairs Office of TAR and Pilgrim Center to get Tibet Visa and run your Tibet tour.
* To Indian Citizens Holding US or Other Passports to Visit Tibet, we can help you customize your Tibet journey from a wide spectrum of Tibet tour.
* Do spend 3 days in Kathmandu and give us your original passport to get China Group Visa, if you plan to enter Tibet from Nepal
* For planning a Mount Kailash trip, the shortest way to reach is by crossing Gyirong border from Kathmandu, while the most popular way to visit Tibet for Indian citizens is traveling from Lhasa to EBC, and later heading west to Manasarovar Lake and Mt.Kailash.
If you have more questions concerning Tibet Visa for Indians Passport holders, please free feel to leave your comment below or send your inquiry to us for free consultancy.
For the majority of Indian pilgrims, doing Mt.Kailash kora and circling around Lake Manasarovar would be the ultimate experience in Tibet. To that end, the following 3 Indian Pilgrimage Tours are especially recommended to Indian pilgrims and ordinary Indian citizens.