Saga Dawa Festival
Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet 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.
The Tarboche flagpole replacing exercise is also an interesting event that takes place during the Saga Dawa festival. As people from all parts of Tibet gather here for this annual event, they bring small prayer flags to attach to the big flag that comes up with the combined help of the onlookers that come to witness the event. It is really fascinating to watch this event that is presided over by a Lama from the nearby monastery.
The Saga Dawa festival is truly a celebration that encompasses everyone into its fold casting aside all barriers of nationality, religion or color. In fact, being a part of this holy event is such a moving experience that you come back with a deep sense of inner satisfaction that stays with you for a long time. To be a part of the Saga Dawa festival, you just need to contact us and enjoy a vacation that would be memorable in every sense.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Tour Briefing and visa preparation and tour arrangement. Hotel overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam and hotel overnight at Nyalam.
Day 04: Rest day in Nyalam for acclimatization.
Day 05: Drive Nyalam to Saga and hotel overnight at Saga.
Day 06: Drive Saga to Paryang and hotel overnight.
Day 07: Drive Paryang to Manasarovar Lake. Camp overnight.
Day 08: Drive to Tarboche and camp overnight.
Day 09: Attend the Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche – Camp (Festival Day) Full moon.
Day 10: Begin the Kora, camp overnight at Diraphuk.
Day 11: Continue Parikrama over Dolma La Pass and Zuthulphuk. Camp overnight.
Day 12: End Parikrama and drive from Darchen to Hor Quo. Camp overnight.
Day 13: Drive from Hor Quo to Saga and hotel overnight.
Day 14: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu and hotel overnight at Zhangmu.
Day 15: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu and hotel transfer.
Day 16: Departure in Kathmandu.
- Private vehicle for airport transfer and drive in Nepal as per above itinerary
- Nice hotel accommodation with BB plan
- Teahouse or camp accommodation with full meal service during the tour
- Transfer in Tibet (Kailash) by land cruiser with a support truck
- Sherpa team with all camping equipment like Two-man tents, dining tent, kitchen tents toilet tent - Mattresses, sleeping bag, tables & stools, complete kitchen equipment & food supplies
- Daily fresh cooked meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip.
- Porters/Yaks during Parikrama to carry luggage and equipment only
- Kailash permits, entrance fees in the monasteries, all sightseeing as per program
- A local English speaking Tibetan guide for Kailash Yatra
- Oxygen bottles or Gamow Bag
- Medical kit
- All service taxes
- Sightseeing cost in Kathmandu
- Your international home airfare
- Nepal tourist visa fee
- China/Tibet visa fees
- Nepal re-entry visa (except for Indian Passport holders)
- Travel insurance and rescue
- Extra hotel accommodation in any case
- Lunch and dinner
- Your personal expenses like bar, beverage, phone, laundry, mineral water etc.
- Photographic charges in the monasteries
- Tipping to drivers/Sherpa/guides