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Tibetan Festivals Tour

Why go

Most Tibetan festivals are deeply religious. In addition to annual large-scale worship rituals to Buddha and Buddhist masters, Tibetan people will also hold a series of festivities associated with religious life and agricultural production. Various festivals come one after another after Tibetan New Year. There are almost a hundred festivals in a year, some of which even last for ten days. During the festival, Tibetan people will hold a variety of folk and religious activities, where you can enjoy the carnival atmosphere. Therefore, it would be better off if travelers could visit Tibet during traditional festivals, and never miss those lively festivities and fascinating locals.

What to see

Tibetan festivals consist of religious festivals and folk ones. Religious festivals are usually held in the monasteries with large-scale chanting, dancing to God and Buddha exhibition activities. While folk festivals are for ordinary people, who will be dressed in their splendid attire. Fork festivals include dancing and singing in well-dressed costumes and traditional sports competition, horse racing, archery, lingka(picnic) and so on. Every Tibetan festival has its own characteristic and is celebrated in its unique way. The most attractive festivals are Tibetan New Year, Saga Dawa, Shoton festival, Nagqu horse racing festival, Gyantse Damar Festival and so on.

When to go

Most Tibetan festivals center around in spring and summer, including several grandest and most popular festivals, that is, Saga Dawa( lasts for a month, mainly to celebrate the birth of Buddha, enlightenment, and Nirvana); Shoton festival(lasts for a week, and with Tibetan opera performance and Buddha Thangka unfolding ceremony); Nagqu horse racing festival(horse racing, horsemanship and archery competitions on Northern Tibet grasslands). If you are planning to visit Tibet, you’d better refer to Tibetan festival calendar in advance. It will undoubtedly add a lot of wonderful unforgettable memories for your Tibet tour if you happen to come at the right time.

Most Popular Tibetan Festivals Tour Packages

5 Days Shoton Festival Experience Tour
5 Days Shoton Festival Experience Tour

Route: Lhasa

This Tibet festival tour will take you to experience the grandest festival for Tibetans - Shoton Festival. It starts on the last day of the sixth month in Tibetan Calendar and lasts for a few days.

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7 Days Lhasa to Namtso Tour in Shoton Festival
7 Days Lhasa to Namtso Tour in Shoton Festival

Route: Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Yampachen - Lhasa

After celebrating the Shoton Festival in Lhasa, you will head for Namtso Lake, one of the top three holiest lakes in Tibet, the “Heaven Lake” for Tibetans and the highest saltwater lake in the world. If you are interested in the scenic and mysterious lake in Tibet, this is the best tour for you.

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7 Days Lhasa to Shigatse Tour in Shoton Festival
7 Days Lhasa to Shigatse Tour in Shoton Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa

After celebrating the Shoton Festival opening ceremony at Drepung Monastery and enjoying performances of Tibetan opera at Norbulingka Palace, we will drive to Shigatse to visit the resplendent Tashi Lhunpo Monastery built in 1447 via the picturesque Yamdrok Lake. Besides the joyous festival, this tour leads you to feel the heavy religious atmosphere and enjoy the unbelievable high plateau scenery.

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8 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour in Shoton Festival
8 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour in Shoton Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu

This overland tour starts at Lhasa and ends at Kathmandu with a visit to the Everest Base Camp. It covers Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. After celebrating the joyous Shoton Festival and having a comprehensive understanding of Tibetan culture, tradition and religion, we will go on to visit the holy Yamdrok Lake, the Pelkor and the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, and the Mt. Everest before heading to Kathmandu.

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9 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour in Shoton Festival
9 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour in Shoton Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa

After celebrating Shoton Festival in Lhasa, we will continue to visit the prosperous Buddhism city Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, and then arrive at the Rongphuk Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp from where the view of the great north face of Mount Everest is the most spectacular of all.

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16 Days Lhasa to Kailash Tour in Shoton Festival
16 Days Lhasa to Kailash Tour in Shoton Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Lake Manasarover - Mt. Kailash - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa

This Tibet Shoton Festival and Kailash tour is designed to meet your needs for a tour filled with culture, tradition, religion and the spectacular natural beauty of the high plateau. The tour starts from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet

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15 Days Kailash Tour in Saga Dawa Festival
15 Days Kailash Tour in Saga Dawa Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Lake Manasarovar - Kailash Trek - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa

The festival of Saga Dawa marks the enlightenment of Sakyamuni, and occurs on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan month. Saga dawa is particularly popular time to visit mount Kailash as Tibetan from every parts of Tibet gather in Darchen.

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4-Day Lhasa City Tour in Saga Dawa Festival
4-Day Lhasa City Tour in Saga Dawa Festival

Route: Lhasa

Saga Dawa Festival honors Shakyamuni and is regarded as the holiest festival in Tibet. Celebrate the festival at Jokhang Temple and visit the essence of Lhasa City.

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6-Day Lhasa to Lake Namtso Tour in Saga Dawa Festival
6-Day Lhasa to Lake Namtso Tour in Saga Dawa Festival

Route: Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Yampachen - Lhasa

This 6-day Lhasa to Namtso tour is a perfect choice for you to celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival, to appreciate the essence of Lhasa, and to explore the picture-postcard Namtso Lake.

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6-Day Lhasa to Shigatse Tour in Saga Dawa Festival
6-Day Lhasa to Shigatse Tour in Saga Dawa Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa

Pilgrims from all directions gather in Lhasa to celebrate this festival and express their deepest gratitude to the Buddha by doing Kora around Jokhang Temple, offering donations to the poor, releasing captured animals, making Saga Dawa Festival the most merciful day in Tibet.

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8-Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour in Saga Dawa Festival
8-Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour in Saga Dawa Festival

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa

Pilgrims from all directions gather in Lhasa to celebrate this festival and express their deepest gratitude to the Buddha by doing Kora around Jokhang Temple, offering donations to the poor, releasing captured animals, making Saga Dawa Festival the most merciful day in Tibet.

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8 Days Tibet Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Budget Travel by Train
8 Days Tibet Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Budget Travel by Train

Route: Lhasa - Nagqu - Lhasa

Travel to Tibet during the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival held in August every year, is full of interesting activities. After two days of Lhasa sightseeing, take a train to Nagqu to have a good time with local people.

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8 Days Nagchu Horse Racing Festival Tour
8 Days Nagchu Horse Racing Festival Tour

Route: Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Yampanchen - Nagqu - Lhasa

You will head to Namtso Lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world, to enjoy the pure blue water and stunning scenery, and have a bath at Yampanchen Hot Spring that night. The last but not least, you will reach Nagchu to celebrate the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival with local Tibetans.

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7 Days Gyantse Damar Festival Tour
7 Days Gyantse Damar Festival Tour

Route: Lhasa - Lake Yamdrok - Gyantse - Lhasa

During Gyantse Damar festival tour, you will enjoy an exciting time of horse racing, archery competition, horsemanship display. Before arriving Gyantse, you will have a chance to visit the world famous Potala Palace and other famed tourist sites.

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8 Days Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour
8 Days Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour

Route: Xining - Tongren - Madoi - Yushu - Xining

Experience the most famous Tibetan Horse Racing Festival in Yushu of Qinghai. During this festival, interesting activities will be held, such as horse races, yak races, tugs of war, eating and drinking, dancing and singing performances.

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10 Days Litang Horse Racing Festival Tour
10 Days Litang Horse Racing Festival Tour

Route: Chengdu-Mt.Siguniang-Danba-Xinduqiao-Litang-Kangding-Chengdu

This tour is designed for you to experience the exciting Litang Horse Racing Festival held from Aug. 1 to 7 each year. The Tibetan horse races and athletic competitions attract thousands of tourists to the Litang grassland dotted with colorful Tibetan

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7 Days Tibet New Year Festival Tour
7 Days Tibet New Year Festival Tour

Route: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhasa

Travel to Tibet during Tibetan New Year, the most important festival for Tibetans, you will get a wonderful Tibetan culture experience and have a great time with local people. During the festival, people celebrate by some ancient ceremonies, dancing, and many local events.

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5 Days Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festival Tour
5 Days Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festival Tour

Route: Lhasa

During this Tibetan festival tour, you will have chance to see local Tibetan people celebrate the death anniversary of Tsongkapa. 25 October according to Tibetan lunar calendar is considered as the death anniversary of Tsongkapa.

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8 Days Tashilhunpo Festival Tour
8 Days Tashilhunpo Festival Tour

Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Tsedang

Tashilhunpo Festival, also known as Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery enjoys high popularity among local Tibetans and tourists. The festival erupt for three days in the middle of the fifth lunar Tibetan month.

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