The most important festival for Tibetan Buddhism is the Saga Dawa Festival which is held on the 15th day of the 4th lunar month (13th June 2014 this year). It commemorates Sakyamuni’s life: his birth, his enlightenment, and his leaving the mortal body. Charitable deeds are the order of the day, and pretty substantial amounts are donated to religious orders and monasteries, as also to beggars. It is believed that whatever you give on this day will be returned 300 fold later. Animals are also liberated from captivity during this festival. All told, a most lovely festival. As it is, the Saga Dawa festival is the major annual festival in Tibetan Buddhism, but this year, it holds even greater significance. This is because 2014 is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, which comes, like all the 12 zodiac signs (each related to an animal sign) once every 12 years, and in the Year of the Horse, it is even more auspicious to visit Mount Kailash to celebrate Saga Dawa. So, this year, expect to find quite a crowd at Mount Kailash to celebrate this most important of Tibetan festivals.
Lhasa –the Roof of the World, at an altitude of 3,650m
Special ceremonies and dances during the festival
Several monasteries, Tibetan Buddhism, religion of Tibet
Potala Palace, once the palace of Dalai Lama
Scenic drive to Kathmandu
Fixed Departure Date : 23rd May 2015
Trek Grade: Challenging
Trek Code: SAD-FST-16
Duration: 16 days
Trek Style: Camping / Tea House Trek
Festival Date: 01st June 2015
Price: Request for Price
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa by flight CA 4401 from Chengdu OR flight CA 408 from Kathmandu/ transfer to Hotel Yak Deluxe x 04 nights Day 02: Acclimatization day in Lhasa – Breakfast Included Day 03: Visit Drepung and Sera including transport and guide – Breakfast Included Day 04: Visit Potala and Jokhang – Barkhor including guide only – Breakfast Included Day 05: Via Yamdrok Tso & Karo La, drive to Gyantse/ Overnight in Hotel Yeti – Breakfast Included Day 06: Visit Pelkhor Chode and then drive to Shigatse/ Overnight in Hotel Tashi Choetar – Breakfast Included Day 07: Visit Tashi Lumpo and then drive to Sakya, visit Gompa/ Overnight in Sakya Hotel – Breakfast Included Day 08: Drive to Dzongba/ Overnight in Yajiang Yuan Hotel – Breakfast Included Day 09: Drive to Darchen/ Overnight in tented camps x 02 nights – Breakfast & Dinner included Day 10: Enjoy the SAGA DAWA festival at Tarbochen – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included Day 11: Kora/ Overnight in tented camps – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included Day 12: Kora/ Overnight in tented camps – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included Day 13: Kora – Chiu Gompa/ Overnight in tented camps – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included Day 14: Drive to Dzongba/ Overnight in Yajiang Yuan Hotel – Breakfast included Day 15: Zhangmu/ Overnight in New Zhangmu Hotel – Breakfast included Day 16: Cross border at Kodari and drive to Kathmandu ………………… end of services – Breakfast included
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