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Tibetan Festival Tour

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.

Joining local Tibetans for joyous cultural festivities is your best way to experience authentic Tibetan culture and history. Our expertly-crafted Tibetan festival tours cover all the most celebrated Tibetan festivals and bring you to the heart of thrilling festivities.

From the wild celebration of Saga Dawa festival at Mt.Kailash to the grand display of Thangka at Shoton festival and rarely-seen Tibetan drama performance during Tibetan New Year, etc. you will follow our local experts to dine on local delicacies, watch the time-honored horse-racing and simply immerse yourself in the fascinating festive mood Tibet has to offer.

Saga Dawa Festival Tour

Widely celebrated as one of the top 3 festivals in Tibet, Saga Dawa Festival marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Sakyamuni. Our expertly-designed Saga Dawa festival tours take you to the center of cultural festivities in Lhasa, Mt.Kailash, etc. You will join the fervent kora around Tibetan monasteries and sacred mountains and lakes and witness the various intriguing celebrations you’ve never seen before.

Festival Date: Jun. 5, 2020; May 26, 2021

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Shoton Festival Tour

The annual celebration of the Shoton Festival, mostly known for its gigantic Thangka display and yogurt feast, is the biggest public event in mid-summer in Tibet. Our Shoton Festival tours combine the major festivities held in Lhasa with multiple travel routes to Lake Namtso, EBC, and Mt.Kailash, etc. Led by our expert local leaders, you will enjoy the best highlights, such as watching traditional Thangka unfolding ceremony, Tibetan opera, and tasting local delicacies, etc.

Festival Date: Aug. 19, 2020; Aug. 8, 2021

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Tibetan Horse Racing Festival Tour

Verdant grassland, welcoming Tibetan nomads, and incredible horsemanship competition, mouth-watering local delicacies, etc. The Tibetan horse racing festivals offer you the best opportunity to delve into the lives of innocent and versatile Tibetan nomads. We offer you the best horse racing tours covering some of the best horse racing places like Gyantse, Nagqu, Yushu, and Litang. You will be warmly received by local Tibetan nomads and enjoy their hand-made food and join the cheers for the most gallant and skillful nomads.

Festival Date: July to Aug. Each Year

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Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival Tour

Equally known for Buddha Thangka display, Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival put up a stunning “Thangka show” for 3 days each year in Shigatse. Our 8-day Thangka festival tour brings you to witness this great tradition after visiting the best-known Tibetan landmarks in Lhasa. You will closely observe Thangka unfolding ceremony in Tashilunpo and later travel back Tsedang to visit some of the earliest Tibetan monasteries and royal palaces.

Festival Date: July 4-6, 2020; June 23-25, 2021

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Tsongkapa Butter Lamp Festival Tour

Join the devoted massive Tibetan pilgrims for the kora around Jokhang Temple and light the butter lamps to commemorate the death of Tsongkapa, the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tsongkapa butter lamp festival is such an impressive festivity, both spiritually and visually. Our tour takes you to visit three of the most Gelugpa Monasteries founded by Tsongkapa and join the pilgrimage and the candle-lighting ceremony in the sleepless night of Lhasa.

Festival Date: Dec. 10, 2020; Dec. 29, 2021

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Tibetan New Year (Losar) Tour

To explore the folk traditions of Tibet, no festival is better than Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar. Our Tibetan New Year tour takes you to visit Lhasa and Shigatse, two of the biggest cities of Tibet, and discover some of the long-standing traditions followed by generations of local Tibetans. With the help of our hotel booking, easy transfer, and expert local leaders, etc. you will see how locals spend the eve of the New Year, and taste New Year delicacies, and enjoy various festivities that can only be seen during Tibetan New Year.

Festival Date: Feb. 24, 2020; Feb. 12, 2021

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Tibet Festival Tour Vedio

Get more close to the real festivals events in Tibet by our Tibet festival tour vedios. You can also see more live photos from our customer.

FAQs about Tibet Festival Tour

What are the most popular Tibetan festivals in Tibet?

Saga Dawa Festival, Shoton Festival, and Tibetan New Year are the most popular festivals in Tibet. Saga Dawa Festival (June) celebrates the birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha. The best place to enjoy the Saga Dawa Festival is to enjoy the holy kora around Mt. Kailash.
The next is the Shoton Festival (Augst), observed to mark the end of Buddhist seclusion. The monks will be greeted with the yogurt feast. You can enjoy impressive Thangka unfolding at many Tibetan monasteries, esp. at Drepung Monastery and watch Tibetan drama in Norbulingka.
Another big celebration is Tibet New Year (Feb.) also known as Losar. You can explore many old Tibetan traditions, for example, eat New Year Food - “Guthuk” a special dough soup; burn torches to make evil spirits leave; erect Tibetan prayer flags; eat New Year local delicacies, etc.

What are the best time to experience Tibetan festivals?

Since most Tibetan festivals center around in spring and summer, June to Augst and Dec to Feb are the most ideal time to experience Tibetan festivals. From June to August, you will enjoy popular festivals like Saga Dawa Festival, Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival, horse racing festival in Gyantse or Nagqu, Ongkor festival and Shoton Festival, etc. While in winter, the most famous ones are Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival and Tibetan New Year.
Besides, as the exact date of each Tibetan festival varies greatly, it’s highly advisable to consult our travel consultants before booking your tour.

What expect to see for a typical Tibetan festival?

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 competitions, horse racing, archery, lingka(picnic) and so on. Every Tibetan festival has its own characteristics and is celebrated in its unique way. So, it’s better for you to blend in the celebration and find out the distinctive charm yourself.

Is there an admission fee to attend a festival?

So long as the celebration of the festival is held on the street or outdoors, no ticket or admission is needed. However, some festivities are performed inside a Tibetan monastery. So, you do need to buy an entrance ticket for tourists.

What do you need to do to book a Tibetan festival tour?

Firstly, you may discuss with our travel consultants about which festival you find it interesting. Then, check the festival date calendar and book the Tibetan festival tour with us. Then, you need to apply for the Chinese visa yourself. And later email the photos of your passport and Chinese visa to us. We will help you apply for Tibet Travel Permit for Tibet entry. All the hotel booking and detailed itineraries will be properly handled by us.

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