Tibet Tour in June 2018 and 2019 — The Month for Saga Dawa Festival
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The weather of Tibet is fine and warm in June without large amount of rainfall. The average temperature in June is about 10-25℃. But the temperature would be lower at higher altitude.
Making a Tibet tour in June can enjoy the picturesque natural scenery on Tibet Plateau as well as a big feast of Tibetan culture. Grasslands gradually turn green and herdsmen begin to move to the grasslands to start a new year’s work. If driving though the grasslands, you can see flocks of sheep or yaks dotting the green land. June is a wonderful time to visit the Heavenly Lake Namtso and the Nyainqentanglha Range north of Lhasa.
Tibetan people also will celebrate many grand festivals in June. The warm weather also offers a best chance to trek in Tibet. No wonder, the number of tourists to Tibet starts increasing rapidly.
Tibet Small Group Tours Departing in June to Join
Avg. Temparature of Tibet Hot Places in Summer
|Ngari (Mt. Kailash)||6℃~
- Ric...1 tourists from United States, booked 8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour starting on 2018-07-15
- Win...2 tourists from Singapore, booked 8 Days Classic Tibet Tour from Xining by Train starting on 2018-07-13
- Lee...1 tourists from Malaysia, booked 11 Days World-Class Overland Route: Chengdu to Lhasa via G318 National Highway starting on 2018-07-11
- Ath...4 tourists from Canada, booked 10 Days Xining and Tibet Natural Scenery Tour by Train starting on 2018-08-03
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Most Popular Private Tibet Tour Itineraries for Traveling in Jun.
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Lhasa - Lake Yamdrok - Gyantse - Lhasa
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - E.B.C - Lake Manasarova - Kailash Trek - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Namtso - Lhasa
Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash - Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Tibetan Festivals Celebrated in June
Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most solemn religious festivals, marking the date of Sakyamuni’s enlightenment and nirvana. It would be celebrated on April 15th according to Tibetan calendar.
Various religious ceremonies would be held to celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival in Jokhang Temple. In the morning, large number of devout followers of Tibetan Buddhism would make circumambulation around Barkhor Street while turning a Tibetan prayer wheel in their hand and murmuring the Buddhism scriptures repeatedly, or make devout kowtow in Jokhang temple to express their respect to the Buddhas. You could also join them if you make a tour to Tibet during the celebration of the Saga Dawa Festival.
In early morning, large number of devout followers of Tibetan Buddhism would make circumambulation with a Tibetan prayer wheel – one of the most symbolic local handicrafts in Lhasa, in their hand around Barkhor Street. During this festival, local Tibetans would stop hunting and abstain from meat and wine, and also free captive animals and do some kind works. Thus, tourists are highly advised to respect their traditions.
The cham dance, also spelled tscham or chaam, is a lively masked and costumed dance associated with some sects of Buddhism, and is part of Buddhist festivals. The dance is accompanied by music played by monks using traditional Tibetan instruments. The dances often offer moral instruction relating to compassion for sentient beings and are held to bring merit to all who perceive them. Cham dances are considered a form of meditation, and an offering to the gods. The leader of the cham is typically a musician, keeping time using some percussion instrument like cymbals, the one exception being Dramyin Cham - where time is kept using dramyin.
The Cham festival would be held for two or three days. Processions and the unfurling of a great thangkha are the highlights of this festival.
Horse race is quite popular in Tibet. This annual festival is usually held in June, with the grandest scene and largest scale in local. Gyantse Horse Racing Festival is a great chance for tourists to witness Tibetan people’s enthusiasm on Horse race. Contests in early times included horse race, archery, and shooting on gallop followed by a few days' entertainment or picnicking. Nowadays, the activities are enriched by ball games, track and field events, folk songs and dances, barter trade, etc.
During the festival, people carefully dress themselves and their best horse. Thousands of participants come together and show their excellence in horsemanship and archery. Besides, some people grasp this opportunity to exchange goods.
As the most interesting part in Drigung Dharma Assembly, Cham Dance Festival will last for three days. Cham dance is a religious ritual dance performed by Tibetan Buddhist monks. It can be a solo dance, or played by pair or groups. It's usually Tibetan Lamas who would put on cham masks, dance costumes and wear ribbons and knives. Accompanied with Tibetan Buddhist music, a senior lama leads the honour guard coming out and then the black hat cham dancers, dharma protectors, ghosts follow by.
After circling around the spot, Drigung festival begins. Various cham dances would be shown by sections. Between dance segments, vivid Jataka stories would be also presented. You will know more about Tibetan Buddhism via watching suiciding for a hungry tiger, exchanging flesh for the pigeon’s live, etc.
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