Festivals

Tibet - 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.

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.
  • Festivals

    Tibet - 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

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  • Visa & Immigration

    All people willing to travel Kailash must obtain Tibet travel permit. There are two different ways to obtain Tibet travel permit and visa depending upon the entry point.

    CLIENTS ENTERING FROM MAINLAND CHINA:

    If the clients are interested to enter Kailash from China then they should apply and obtain individual China entry visa from their country. While applying visa they should obtain the visa with validity till the end of the Tibet tour date. They can just say that they will travel around China. After obtaining visa, the clients should send us the scanned visa copy and the scanned passport copy at least 3 - 4 weeks prior to Tibet entry date.

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  • Custom Formalities

    Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio, video,camera etc) should be declared at custom office by completing a Customs declaration form and brought back on return journey. Antiques must be properly certified; otherwise they may be confiscated.
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  • Entry to Kailash

    Most of the Kailash tour begins either from Friendship Bridge (Nepal-Tibet Border) located East of Kathmandu or from Simikot – West Nepal or from Lhasa.
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  • Activities

    Mt. Kailash Kora - the pilgrimage/scenic circuit
    The Outer Pilgrimage Circuit is about 52km, and it takes approximately three days to complete the Circuit. Buddhists and Hindus travel clockwise around the mountain while Bonpos travel counter-clockwise.

    Lake Manasarovar Kora - another pilgrimage/scenic circuit
    Together with Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is also a pilgrimage site but the view of this site can be enchanting for even Western tourists.. There is a pilgrimage path around the lake and a circuit is a little over 100km, taking 4-5 days to complete. Chiu Gompa, 30 km south of Darchen, is a good starting point for a circuit around the lake.
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  • Weather

    Weather condition from June to September in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. Day time temperature can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade in Tibet. The average daily temperature will be 10 degree centigrade, however the intense sun at high altitude can, make it feel even hotter. At this time of the year there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time; temperatures at night time can drop as low as 0 to – 10 degrees centigrade at altitude of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the Parikrama.

    Summers (May to August) are very pleasant with moderate climate, with average around 15°C. Summers is ideal for all outdoor activities, temple visit, dip in holy waters and also for visiting nearby attractions. A grand religious festival Saga Dawa Festival is usually held at Mt. Kailash around May and June each year.

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  • Clothing & Accessories

    Clothing for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing is required. But as soon as you stepped out of the vehicle, warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold wind of Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. We recommend that you bring along following clothing and accessories with you:

    - Down Jacket
    - Warm thick pullover & thin pullover

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  • Communication

    Please be informed that it may be difficult at times to get the international phone connection. If any urgent messages have to be sent to any of the participants, then please note that it is not possible to contact them while they are in Tibet.
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  • Insurance

    We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, Emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, cancellation, etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to person or their belongings during the pilgrimages.
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  • Currency

    All major currencies are accepted in Lhasha or Zhangmu Bank in return for Yuan. The basic unit of Chinese Currency, 1 Yuan equals 10 Jiao & 1 Jiao equals 10 Fen. At present USD 1 = 8 Yuan approx. Credit cards rarely accepted.
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  • Altitude Sickness

    This is an environment – related condition that can affect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly. Those with chronic health problems like heart problem, asthmatic, lung problem and blood pressure should consult the doctor before making travel plans for Tibet. Most people visiting Tibet rarely suffer more than mild discomfort before getting acclimatized. Simple symptoms like headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Here are some of the precautions you may take before entering Tibet according to previous experiences:

    - Physical training beforehand may reduce altitude sickness.

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  • Geography

    Mt. Kailash is a striking peak in the Himalayan mountains of western Tibet. The source of some of the longest rivers in Asia, Kailash is a sacred mountain for four faiths: Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and followers of the indigenous Tibetan religion of Bön. Next to the mountain are two sacred lakes, the most important of which is Lake Manasarowar, and the second on is lake Rakshastal which also has a legendary significance.
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