Sajha set to resume KTM-Lhasa bus service

Kathmandu, August 15:

After three months of suspension, Sajha Yatayat is set to resume Kathmandu-Lhasa direct passenger bus service from August 23. Though the direct bus service started from May 1

this year, the service has been halted (since May 23), following problems regarding visa issues for Nepali travellers visiting the Tibet Autonomous Region of China (TARC). Now, Sunshine Lhasa-Kathmandu Travels has been appointed as visa processing agency on behalf of Sajha Yatayat. The Lhasa-based agency will also manage travel permits for passengers travelling to Tibet from Nepal, informed Shambhu KC, traffic chief at Sajha Yatayat. Besides one-way bus fare of $70 per passenger, an additional $10 will be levied as service charge for visa processing and permit issuance. The foreigner travellers now have to pay additional $50, which will bear lodging cost for three nights, KC informed. Nepal and China signed an agreement on October 29 last year to operate the direct passenger bus service between Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and Lhasa.