We, a group of 11 friends, from Sri Lanka bordered to the train to a soft sleeper birth that was arranged by our travel agent, Tibettravel.org, on 17th Sep 2013 around 19.00 hrs. We are due in the train two nights and reached to Lhasa on 19th around 16.00 hrs. The experience was unforgettable, though there were some weaknesses. The birth was compact to share by four. We have walk to the other compartment for hot water. The menu in the cafeteria was limited. But the experience gathered by viewing the area we passed was awesome. The snow capped mountains, huge plains with beards of yaks and sheep, and isolated small villages with box shaped houses show a magnificent view. The train passed the altitude more than 5000 meters, but the automated oxygen pumping system was helped to be acclaimed with the situation. When we got down from Lhasa, nobody of our team affected with altitude sickness. Thanks for the train that passed about 3,750 kms from Beijing within about 44 hours. We felt well on the land, too. This train is more suits the healthy people as you have to passed various altitudes within the train runs about 120 km per hour. It is advisable to buy the train ticket in advance, don't pay any more than the invoice you get. The agent from the agency is trying to charge more by saying this and that, which we experienced. But We paid only the invoiced amount.
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