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Tibet Festival Tour

Tibet Festival Tours

Tibet's traditional festivals offer everything from horse racing to Cham dances, plus the opportunity to mingle with a Tibetan crowd picnicking and partying in their finest garb.  

Tibetan festivals are held according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, which usually lags at least a month behind the solar calendar. The exact dates only can be fixed by monasteries a few months in advance. While there are various versions of the exact dates of Tibetan festivals in 2024 of the solar calendar, Great Tibet Tour offers you the most accurate of all which is double-checked and confirmed by Mentsekhang - Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, which is in charge of researching for Tibetan medicine and calculating Tibetan calendar.

Here We have designed some tours to visit Tibet during festivals, as below. They are all flexible and ready to be customized to meet your interests, schedule and budget.

Show you the grandest Tibetan festival - Shoton. Never miss witnessing huge Thangka displaying and praying for blessed.
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Get into the vast grassland and witness thrilling horse racing as well as the beauty of Lhasa and Lake Namtso.
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Watch Gyantse Horse racing festivities and cultural exchange. Visit famous attractions along from Lhasa to Shigatse.
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Lhasa – Shigatse - EBC – Saga – Kailash Kora – Manasarovar - Saga – Shigatse – Lhasa
Take you to sacred Mount Kailash during the Saga Dawa festival and your merits of doing kora would be multiplied.
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Attend the Cham Dance ceremony at Tsurphu Monastery besides your Lhasa sightseeing.
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Visit the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Watch religious ceremonies and learn about the culture and history.
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Visit Great Three Gelugpa monasteries, specially designed for those who want to get close to Buddhist culture.
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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Losar Festival (Tibetan New Year) of 2023? And what is Losar Festival exactly? Can we visit Tibet during that time?

The Losar Festival 2023 falls on Feb 21st., one month later than the Chinese New Year. It’s the most significant traditional festival for the Tibetan people. People spend with family and friends. There are also Buddhist events, like the pilgrimage around Jokhang Temple, praying in the monasteries, etc. However, due to its unique background, Tibet usually keeps closed to foreigners from February to March. Thus, you could not visit Tibet during the Losar Festival.

Usually, from June to September, there are many big Tibetan festivals. For example, Saga Dawa Festival 2023 starts on the 4th. June. Shoton Festival 2023 falls on the 16th. August. And Horse Racing festivals in different areas, such as Gyantse, Naqu, will be held in July or August. So, if you want to explore Tibetan culture and attend those festivals in person, you could choose to visit Tibet during those periods. Please note July to August is also the peak season of Tibet tourism, which means the tour cost is relatively higher.

Our 14-day Kailash Kora tour during Saga Dawa Festival is the right choice. Saga Dawa Festival is to celebrate the date (15th. day of the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar) that Sakyamuni’ birth, enlightenment, and passed into Parinirvana. There are a lot of devote disciples to do the pilgrim around Kailash, which will get you impressed definitely.

Tailor-made your tours within 0.5~24 hours

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