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Trip Facts
Country: Tibet
Duration: 20 days
Area: Kailash and Manasarover
Activities: Festival Tours
Max. Group Size: 24  Person
Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Strenuous
Max. Altitude: 5,670  M.
Seasons: May - June

Depature Dates
  • 05/09/2020 to 05/28/2020

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Saga Dawa Festival Tour

The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month and is one of the most important religious festivals celebrated in Tibet. This auspicious day coincides with three important events in Buddha's life namely his birth, nirvana and parinirvana (death). Since the Saga Dawa festival falls on the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar, it is believed that good deeds and prayers are multiplied thousand fold during this event. So we can see everyone immersed in prayers and trying to appease the gods.

During the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, many people refrain from killing animals and give out alms to everyone who comes asking for it. There may not be overt celebrations everywhere, but even then you can easily discern the festive spirit in the air during the Saga Dawa festival. If you are in Tibet around that time, don't forget to be a part of the huge crowd that visits the Dzongyab Lukhang Park at the foot of Potala for a late afternoon picnic. In fact, this has become some sort of a yearly ritual for the people in Tibet.

Saga Dawa festival is celebrated every year at Tarboche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet gather at this sacred place to ritually take down the flag pole to replace the old prayer flags with new ones. The flagpole is covered with prayer flags and stands some 80 feet high. Then they raise the Tarboche flag pole back up and circumambulate it in a clockwise direction while conches, horns, and other instruments are played to welcome the rising flagpole. The flagpole is also carefully scrutinized by the Tibetans to look for omens. If it is directly straight up, then the year will be prosperous with no diseases, healthy livestock, and good crop harvests. If the flagpole is leaning towards Kailash, it is an omen for suffering from famines, diseases, and untimely deaths. When the flagpole tilts away from Kailash, alarm is generated in the people as well.

Day by day Itinerary [Click here for detailed Itineray]
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude 1300 m.)
Day 02 - Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu city.
Day 03 - Flight Kathmandu to Lhasa (Altitude 3650m.)
Day 04/05 - Lhasa Sightseeing tour.
Day 06 - Lhasa to Gyantse, (Altitude 3900m.)
Day 07 - Gyantse to Shigatse (Altitude 3800m.)
Day 08 - Shigatse to Lhatse or Tingri, (Altitude 4350m/4000m.)
Day 09 - Lhatse to Saga (Altitude 4450m.)
Day 10 - Saga to Paryang(Altitude 4500m.)
Day 11 - Paryang to Manasarovar (Altitude 4550m.)
Day 12 - Manasarovar to Darchen (Altitude 4560m.)
Day 13 - 21 May 2016: Attend Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche (Altitude 4630m.) on full moon day.
Day 14 - Tarboche to Dirapuk(Altitude 4950m.)
Day 15 - Driaphuk to Zuthulpuk (Altitude 4750m.)
Day 16 - Zuthulpuk to Manasarovar
Day 17 - Manasarovar to Saga
Day 18 - Saga to Nylam
Day 19 - Nylam to Kathmandu
Day 20 - Final Departure

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