Saga Dawa Festival gives you a complete spiritual experience as the main point of the festival is to pray for the long life of all holy gurus, as believed by Buddhists. This entire experience leaves you with a distinct feeling of reverence and self-satisfaction.
Saga means “the fourth,” and Dawa refers to “month” in Tibetan. This festival is celebrated for the whole month and is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in Tibet and also in Nepal these days. This festival coincides with three significant events in his life: birth, nirvana, and death. It is believed that the Saga Dawa festival falls on the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar, the good deeds and prayers are multiplied thousand fold during this event.
It is, therefore, hundreds of Tibetan people circumambulate around the Barkhor, Tsekhor(Circuit around Potala), and Lingkhor, which is one form of good deeds. Tibetan people refrain from killing animals and giving out alms to needy people. During this festival, a large number of pilgrims come to Lhasa to visit the monasteries and take part in the ritual walk around the Lingkhor path. Being in the area during Saga Dawa is a rare opportunity, and not one that should be missed, therefore we have organized a Saga Dawa Festival Tour for you.
Saga Dawa Festival Tour offers you one of the ideal opportunities to see local people celebrating one of the most important festivals in the Tibetan lunar calendar, and a chance to experience this unique culture first hand. Visitors not only get to watch and experience the intense Buddhist activities, but they also get to join in with the prayers, kora, the offering of tips to the poor, and can spend time touring some of the monasteries of Tibet during this holy month-long festival.
Celebrations are held all over Tibet, but one of the greatest and most famous can be found at Tarboche at the foot of Mt. Kailash. However, you are required a special permit to visit. We “Above the Himalaya” are very experienced in this, and we can help you quickly get the permits without any trouble.
Tour Duration: 17 days
Joining in: Tibet
Trip Grade: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: (5,245m)
Best time: Autumn (August, Sept, Oct), spring (March April) summer (May, June July)
Guide: Government certified tour & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing guest house/hotel accommodation private room. During the trekking sleeping on the tent, a single supplement will be available by a separate supplement fee.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Tibetan cuisine )
Day 01: - Welcome at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at the airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. As you become comfortable and freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to pay your visit to our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 06: - Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4540m)
Today is the longest driving day (277km) begins with loaded with fervor, by the late evening you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar. Here, a little town close-by Lake Mansarovar
Day 07: - Manasarovar to Tarchen or Tarboche (4700 m)
From Manasarovar, we will head toward Tarchen or Tarboche following the path of Darchen. The drive from Darchen to Tarboche lasts for less than one hour.
Day 08: - Attend to the Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche
Today is the day of the full moon and the most important event of the festival. We will see many prayer flags and people chanting and praying around.
Day 09: - Tarchen to Dira Puk (5000m)
After breakfast, leave to Tarchen (beginning stage for Kailash Parikrama). It is one of the energizing days strolling along the beautiful rough bluffs; waterfalls with a few veils of mist liberated blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is all over the place with massive amounts of gift to you. Time to time, the substance of Mt. Kailash will be continued showing up.
Day 10: - Cross Dolmala pass and trek down to Zuthul Puk
Proceed Parikrama over Dolmala pass (5650m) this day is Hardest yet Holiest day of your journey Yatra: Once you achieve the top, make the holiest offering and take a seat for reflection to disregard yourself. When your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are en route. By the late evening, you will arrive at Zuthal Puk (the hole of Miracles. The incredible parsimonious Milerappa should have performed supernatural occurrences here).
Day 11: - Zuthal Puk - Tarchen - Mansarovar (4540m)
After having breakfast, trek further for 10 km. (4 – 5 hrs) to land at the outcome purpose of Parikrama, where jeeps should be holding up to drive the pioneers once more to Mansarovar.
Day 12: - Mansarovar to Paryang (4540m), about 8 hours drive. Overnight in Guest house of tented Camp.
Early in the morning today, we again join for an overland day journey, along the way you will have some of the best panoramic views again. Upon arrival at Paryang, transfer to the hotel.
Day 13: - Paryang to Saga (4640m), about 8 hours drive. Overnight at Guest house of tented Camp.
We will reach Saga in the afternoon after a drive of 6 hours.
Day 17: - Final Departure Airport
Today is free or the last minute. You have a few hours of unique shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your safe journey.
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