Me and my fiancée are researching travelling to Tibet next summer, however we have a limited amount of time (17 days to be exact), limited budget and we aren't really interested in hiking, we are more interested in getting to know the Tibetan culture.
With this background in mind and by the information we have found online, mainly posted in Wikitravel, Quora and TibetTravel.org we are wondering if this is really a good idea to pursue since we have found that:
- We would travel from North America to Nepal/China (2 days lost to get there/come back + advance $$$ for visas)
- Wait there for special permits to Tibet ($$$ + n days lost)
- Obtain some sort of tour guide ($$$ + limited options on what to do?)
- Travel to Tibet (another 2 days lost - 4 days if we move by train from Shangai, to choose whether to spend lots of cash on airplane or lots of time on train)
- Have some sort of quick tour of Lhasa only - since apparently it's not easy to move around to other parts of the Tibet?.
So we are talking roughly about no more than 10 days to be just in Lhasa and a whole lot of paperwork hassle and lots of time and money spent trying to actually get to Tibet, so for seasoned travellers of the area - does this sound like an effort worth doing to actually get there for a small amount of time and is the information we have collected accurate?