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6 Days Lhasa Shoton Festival

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Kelsang Norbu

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6 Days Lhasa Shoton Festival

This mind-blowing summer tour provides you an opportunity to celebrate the Shoton Festival with the local Tibetans. It could give you a special experience of mysterious Tibetan customs and a glimpse of Tibet’s traditions and colorful festival lifestyle. Shoton, in Tibetan means yoghurt banquet, it is also called Buddha Exhibition Festival or Tibetan Opera Festival. Since during the festival, giant Thangkas of the Buddha are unveiled in Drepung Monastery while Tibetan opera troupes perform at Norbulingka.

DAY 1

6Days Lhasa Shoton Festiva

Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibetan daily life Welcome to the roof of the world. Your Tibet journey starts with a warm Tibetan style greeting from your local tour guide who will present you with Hada (traditional Tibetan scarves). Then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. For most of the way, you follow the Kyichu River, you could see Tibetan homes with their trapezoid shaped windows and fluttering prayer flags, and Tibetans walking beside the roads wearing their distinctive national costumes. Do have a comfort stop near Nietang Buddha where a giant statue of Buddha has been carved out of a stone cliff-face centuries ago. One of the first buildings you could see as you enter the city is the Potala Palace, sitting majestically on a hill dominating Lhasa. Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now. Read more

Lhasa 3 nights
DAY 2

6Days Lhasa Shoton Festiva

Shoton Festival in Drepung Monastery It's the first day of Shoton Festival. During the festival, there are celebrations in the streets, squares and monasteries in Lhasa. On the first day, the Thangka is scheduled to be unveiled at the Drepung Monastery. So an earlier getting up this morning, then go to Drepung monastery, and find a good seat to watch the Buddha exhibition ceremony. After the ceremony, a 10 minutes’ walk downhill to Nechung, it is worth a visit for its historical role as the seat of the Tibetan State Oracle. The oracle was the medium of Dorje Drakden, an aspect of Pehar, tbe Gelugpa protector of the Buddhist state, and the Dalai Lamas would make no important decision without first consulting him. Then after lunch we go inside of the Jokhang. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha. Read more

Lhasa 3 nights
DAY 3

6Days Lhasa Shoton Festiva

Shoton Festival in Norbulingka After the Thangka exhibition in Drepung, the celebrations will begin at Norbulingka. The residents of Lhasa will gather in the park and celebrate by eating yoghurt and watching the operas. Professional and amateur Tibetan opera troupes annually gather in the Norbulingka and perform various Tibetan operas. Along with the Tibetan operas and other religious activities, visitors can also watch yak races, horse races and dancing. Go inside of Nobulingka, join into the locals, celebrate and experience the most important Tibetan festival. Today you will be also invited to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within. Finish the day with wandering around the back alleys of the Barkhorarea of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes. Read more

Lhasa 3 nights
DAY 4

6Days Lhasa Shoton Festiva

Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse After fully explore Lhasa, you'll have a chance to get lost in the endless Tibetan landscape while you take a short hike along the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok, one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. This dazzling lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). The lake lies several hundred metres below the road, and it is shaped like a coiling scorpion. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangstsang (7191m). Afterwards pass by the 5,010 m high Karo-la and the Simi La forward to Gyantse (3,950m). Visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. In the afternoon drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. Read more

Shigatse 1 night
DAY 5

6Days Lhasa Shoton Festiva

Drive back to Lhasa This morning you'll have an opportunity to explore the Tashilumpo Monastery, the holy seat of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then you’ll take a slightly different route back to Lhasa along Yarlung Tsangpo River, be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. Read more

Lhasa 1 night
DAY 6

6Days Lhasa Shoton Festiva

Finish this unforgettable tour Free time at your disposal this morning, explore the bustling markets of the Barkhor to buy some souvenirs for your families and friends. After lunch, departure transfer to see off, tour services end and Tibet welcome you back forever.

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Hotel Mnasarvar Hotel
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Location Lhasa
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Hotel Manasaravar hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Tibet Entry Permit
  • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;
  • Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Professional English speaking tour guide;
  • Accommodations with Bed and breakfast .
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Package excludes

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  • nternational flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa
  • Domestic flight / train not listed in the itinerary
  • Meal : Lunch and dinner

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