Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most important Festivals in Tibet. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan Lunar month. During the festival all the Buddhist followers are seen reciting prayers and playing the holy beads. The entire Tibet is deeply immersed in the festive and spiritual atmosphere. According to the Buddhist literary sources, Saga Dawa festival is celebrated to highlight the day when Sakyamuni (Buddha) attained the enlightenment. Saga Dawa represents April in Tibetan calendar. Buddhism believes that Sakyamuni was born, became Buddha and died in April, so the Saga Dawa Festival mainly focuses on worshipping Buddha in the inner, middle and outer parts of Lhasa. All the activities last through the whole month. The biggest day is on April 15 when the Buddhist followers walk around the outer part of Lhasa.
The most important part of the festival is replacing the ‘Tarboche Flagpole’, the famous huge pole that lies on the way to Kailash round. Every year, the flagpole is brought down and a new pole is erected in the place. The pole replacing event is watched by all the locals and foreigners alike with wonder and awe. People all around from Tibet flock to the place to attend the event and to attach their small prayer flags to the pole. The whole event is guided and ritually instructed by a Lama (a Buddhist teacher). The flagpole should stand upright or else it is believed to bring bad luck to Tibet. We encourage everyone to come to Tibet during Saga Dawa and join the festive celebrations of the region. Attending the festival is a great way to understand Tibetan life and culture. So, come and create a memory that remains for a lifetime.
During the tour you’ll also explore and circle around Mount Kailash too. Mount Kailash is one of the most popular religious sites located in Tibet. Mount Kailash is holy places for Buddhist, Hindus and Jain believers where every year thousands of people visit on the occasion of Saga Dawa festival which happens during May-June each year. Mount Kailash is important mountain in Asian history with elevation of 6656 meters is located in the county of Bruagn in Ngari area. According to ancient Sanskrit documents, the Gangdise Range had become a holy Mountain as early as 2,000 years before Christ. The Hindu myth has it that the “palace” for the god of gods was built on the peak of Kailash of the Gangdise Range. The Tibetan Buddhists believe that the mountain is in the shape of an olive with a grand legendary palace on the peak. Manasarovar Lake is situated on the lap of Mount Kailash which is one of the highest fresh water lakes of the world, is over 20 kilometers to the southeast of Mount Kailash with a total surface area of 400 square kilometers. This placid lake is a vast expanse of pristine water, absolutely beautiful under the vast and clear sky. The legend has it that Goddess Woma bathed in the lake. Because of its sheer beauty and charming myths and legends, the lake was mentioned as a celestial lake of the west in an ancient book written by Xuanzang, a Tang Dynasty monk known for his journey to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. Trekking Experts offers this Mount Kailash Tour to explore holy Mount Kailash and Mansarovar along with beautiful Tibetan plateau.
There are several routes to reach Mount Kailash, however Mount Kailash Tour with Trekking Experts begins with flying to Lhasa and ends at border with Nepal (Kerung/Nyalam). You’ll have great opportunity to visit central Tibet including Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigtse and other Tibetan settlements. You’ll visit the most popular residence of Dalai Lama-The Potala Palace, 1300 years old Jokhang temple, Tibetan Buddhist university Sera Monastery, world’s biggest Drepung monastery and circling around Mount Kailash and Mansarovar.
Participate and witness extra ordinary Saga Dawa Festival
Scenic flight to Lhasa over Mount Everest
Visit the business hub of central Tibet-Lhasa city
Visit amazing Potala Palace, biggest Buddhist monastery on earth-Drepung, Jokhang, Sera etc
Visit historical monastery, Tashilumpo in Shigatse
Cross spectacular passes such as Karo La, Khamba La, Shung La etc
Visit beautiful Yamdrok Lake
Circling around Mount Kailash
See highest fresh water lake-Mansarovar
Fantastic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu respectively which are over 8000 meter
Travel through the beautiful Tibetan landscape