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 celebrating for the whole month and is one of the most significant festivals. It celebrates in Tibet and also in Nepal these days. This festival coincides with three significant events in his life. birth, nirvana, and death. It says 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. 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 is miss too, therefore we have this Saga Dawa Festival Tour for you.
Saga Dawa Festival Tour offers you one of the ideal opportunities. you can 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 intense Buddhist activities. They also get to join in with the prayers, kora, the offering of tips to the poor. One can spend time touring some of the monasteries of Tibet during this holy month-long festival.
Celebrations are going all over Tibet. Saga Dawa festival is one of the greatest and most famous. We can find it at Tarboche at the foot of Mt. Kailash. However, you will need 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: 15 days
Joining in: Tibet
Trip Grade: Difficult
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 a 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 02 - A full days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley:
After breakfast our guide will accompany you on tour of sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. You will also visit Swyambhunath, a 2000-year-old temple which is popularly known as monkey temple. Moreover, you will enjoy Patan City which is famous for its fine arts and historical architecture. Back to hotel.
Day 03 - Kathmandu Fly to Lhasa
On your arrival in Lhasa, a cultural city of Tibet we will meet out Tibetan guide at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Taking it show the rest of today , you can adjust to the altitude easier and quicker. We are recommended to drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep for making an adjustment to the long journey ahead.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: - In Lhasa Sightseeing
Today you will visit Lhasa including Potala Palace, which is the oldest palace of Dalai Lama, the first Buddhist temple of Tibet, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market which is the traditional Tibetan market of Tibet. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 - Lhasa Via Gyantse(3,950m) to Shigatse(3,900m) 360km
After breakfast drive to Gyantse visiting Yamdruk Tso Lake. Enjoy Gyantse visit covering major highlights and continue your drive to Shigatse . Today you will explore Khumbum chorten, Pelkhor monastery and Tashilumpu monastery. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06 - Shigatse Via Lhatse to Saga (4,450m) 495km
After breakfast drive is mostly by passing typical Tibetan settlement along the road. This area is also known as nomad land with Himalayan background along the road. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06 - Shigatse Via Lhatse to Saga (4,450m) 495km
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 07 - Saga to Mansoravar( 4,590m)277km
After breakfast you will long drive as we pass Paryang – small Tibetan town and continue drive to Mansoravar Lake. Enjoy exploration of the Holy Lake in Tibet on the full moon day. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08 - Mansoravar to Darchen (4,575m) 44km
Mansoravar is the lake of compassion, tranquility, and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and worship. We will be heading towards Darchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikarma. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 09 - Darchen to Dirapuk 13km.
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs,waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will keep on appearing. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 10: - Dirapuk to Zuthulphuk by crossing Dolma La Pass(5,613m)
Today is the highlight day for our Kailash Tours. We will cross Dolma-La pass between two valleys. Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva -that while your steps go closer to the pass. From the top of the pass, you will reward with the best view of the Kailash. Trek down by passing Parvati Kunda. By the late afternoon, we will reach to Zuthulphuk. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here. The incredible parsimonious Milerappa should have performed supernatural occurrences here).Overnight at Guest House.
Day 11: - Kailash Parikrama and drive back to Saga 450km
After walking 3 hours all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. Today you will leave the holy palace. By the late afternoon you will reach in Saga.
Day 12: - Saga to Kerung(2,800m)375km
After breakfast drive to Kerung. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: - Kernug to Kathmandu (1,310m) 165km
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu all process necessary formalities in Nepal and Tibet border. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 14 - Kathmandu free day.
Today is a free day in Kathmandu, you can do shopping, look around Thamel Can visit Dreams of Gardens, In the evening we will have farewell dinner.
Day 15: - 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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