Tashilhunpo Festival, also famous as the Buddha Exhibition Festival, is one of the famous festivals of Tibet. The Tibetan locals celebrate this festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery. The festival continues for three days in the middle of the 5th Tibetan lunar calendar month. The major attraction of this festival is revealing a giant four-story tall thangka (religious painting) on a tower behind the monastery.
This tour provides a perfect opportunity to explore the Tibetan Culture, religion, enjoy the natural beauty of the place with the view of majestic mountains, enchanting views of several renowned monasteries, temples, and rivers. You will get to experience the landscapes of Tibet, massive and marvelous. Enjoy the time in Tibet by ancient sightseeing monasteries, valleys, palaces, local food & markets, and incredible scenes of high peaks of mountains. This festival tour includes a visit to the Lhasa city and its nearby attraction, with a trip to Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tsedang so that you can witness the natural and cultural wonders of Tibet.
The trip begins with sightseeing in Tibet. We have planned a couple of days sightseeing in Tibet. These days are also for you to acclimatize. It is necessary to take easy for few starting days in Tibet, so the first couple of days are for acclimatization. The trip then moves towards Shigatse, where we will visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery and many more. After Shigatse, we will head towards the Tashilumpo monastery to attend the marvelous festival, then to Tsedang and return to Lhasa.
Weather in Tibet
Tashilhunpo festival takes place on the 14th to 16th day of the fifth month in the Tibetan calendar, which lies around the end of June to the beginning of July. The season that lies in these months in Tibet is the summer season. The days are warm during the summer season. The temperature ranges from 9degree Celsius to 22degree Celsius during this season. However, the nights are still cold, so it will be better to carry some warm clothes. The summer and monsoons are almost the same in Tibet. So, the chances of rainfall will be high. You might have a bit messy trip during this season; however, overall, there won't be much disturbance.
Tibet Travel Permit
You need Tibet Travel Permit to make a tour to Tibet. Only travel agencies can apply for Tibet Travel Permit, so after you book the trip with us, we will apply it for you. To apply for the permit, you need to send us your passport and China visa copies 20 days in advance. We have included the cost of the permit in the package, so you should not worry about having to pay more.
Dos and Don'ts in Tibet
Monasteries generally restrict to take photos. But, if you want to capture, it is better to ask for permission. Sometimes, they might even let you take some pictures. Or, you can simply capture from far. Tibet's policy restricts International travelers to travel on their own, so you need to hire a travel agency. While doing Kora on Barkhor street, walk clockwise. If you are uncertain about something, ask your guide.
Celebrate the great Tashilhunpo Festival or the Buddha Exhibition Festival
Explore the Tibetan Culture, religion, and lifestyle
Enjoy the magnificent natural beauty throughout the trip
Explore the gorgeous Lhasa city
Visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery and many more
- Tibet Entry Permit
- Experienced local driver with a comfortable vehicle depending on your group size
- An experienced, highly professional English speaking guide
- Entry fees of tourist spots listed in the itinerary
- All meals listed in the itinerary
- Accomodation- Twin-sharing
- Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
- International flight to and out of China
- Chinese Visa
- Domestic flight or train not listed in the itinerary (If you need a ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Enquiry form.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Tips and gratuities to tour guides and driver
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, optional tour activities, and so on
Arrival at Lhasa
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport, our airport representative will welcome and escort you to your hotel. On the way, the representative will provide you with a brief explanation on your further trip. Along the way to the hotel, you can enjoy the views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Brahmaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and the Lhasa River. After you arrive at your hotel, check-in. Then, you can simply rest at the hotel, or go sightseeing around the town. We recommend you to rest on the first day. The altitude in Lhasa is around 3650meters, so it might be tough for you to operate appropriately in the high altitude environment suddenly. You should avoid challenging activities for the first few days. You should also not take showers on the day of your arrival. First-time visitors are prone to altitude sickness in this region, so be sure to carry some altitude sickness medicines with you. Drink plenty of water and eat enough vegetables and fruits to prevent illness.
Lhasa sightseeing tour
After breakfast, we head out to explore this beautiful city. Firstly, we will visit the famous Potala Palace. Potala Palace is the winter home of Dalai Lama. The structure is 13- stories high and includes over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues. It seems as if a small world is in the palace. While making a trip to the Potala Palace, you might feel hard to breathe. That's normal, walk slowly and calmly. You can also go for the musical fountain show at the Potala Palace during the summertime.
After visiting Potala Palace, we head towards the Jokhang Temple. UNESCO has recognized the temple as a World Heritage site since 2000. This is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is four-story-high with a golden roof. The architecture is a combination of the Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepali architectural styles. Thousands of pilgrims from all around the globe come here every year to worship. The beauty of the temple also makes it the best site for photographers. From Jokhang temple, we move to the famous street nearby, Bakhor Street. Bakhor Street is the oldest street in Lhasa and the center of the ancient city and a perfect place to learn Tibetan culture, religion, economy, and arts. The road is full of handicrafts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka, religious musical instruments, gold and silverware, masks, and many more. Barkhor street is a perfect place to buy souvenirs for friends or family. While buying here, you can bargain the price of unique crafts while comparing them with many shops.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Today, we will pay a visit to Drepung Monastery and Sera monastery. These both are two of the great three monasteries of Tibet. We will visit the Drepung monastery first. Drepung monastery lies about 5kilometers away from the western suburb of Lhasa. Drepung Monastery is one of the most influential monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism and also one of the great three monasteries in Tibet. When you look at the monastery from a distance, the monastery's white construction appears as the heap of rice. Due to this reason, the monastery's name became Drepung. Drepung means Collection rice in the Tibetan language. After visiting the Drepung monastery, we move towards the Sera Monastery. Sera monastery is another of the great three monasteries in Tibet. Sera monastery lies in the northern suburb of Lhasa city. Sera means 'wild rose' in the Tibetan Language. The name came to as the hill behind the monastery was covered with wild roses in bloom while it was on the process of construction. The chief attraction of the monastery is the monks' debate that lasts for two hours; 3-5 in the afternoon.
Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake to Gyangtse to Shigatse
Today, we will be driving towards Gyangtse to reach Shigatse, where we will spend the night. After passing the Kamba-La Pass (4794m), you will reach the gorgeous Yamdrok Lake. From here, we can get a beautiful great highland lake view and the distant view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). Continuing the drive for about one hour and a half-hour, we reach the Karo-La Glacier at the height of 5050 meters. Then, we will move towards the Gyangtze, where we visit the famous Palkor Monastery. Finally, in the late afternoon, we will reach Shigatse, the second-largest city of Tibet.
ShigatseYamdrok Lake: The Lake is one of the three most sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is around 72kilometers long, with multitudes of streams and snowcapped peaks surrounding it. The lake looks like a scorpion from the sky. There is a legend that Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a certain goddess.
Karola Glacier: The Glacier stands at the height of 5560meters above sea level, with an area of 9.4 sq. Km. We can see this magnificent glacier from the highway that links Lhasa and Shigatse. Two layers of black and white divide the glacier. Due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, you see the distinctive color of this magnificent glacier.
Pelkor Chode Monastery: Founded in 1418, Pelkor Chode Monastery is the chief monastery in Gyantse city of Tibet. The major highlights of this monastery are the Kumbum, whit its 108 chapels in the four-story structure. British army attacked the Gyangtse town and the Pelkor CHode Monastery in 1904 as the place is an essential center of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Even though most of the damage was later restored, bullet marks from this attack remain in the monastery.
After having a delicious breakfast, we move towards Tashilunpo Monastery. Tashilungpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. Tashilunpo Monastery is the major attraction in Shigatse. The monastery is famous as the Tibetan Buddhist center of Rear Tibet. The first Dalai Lama founded this monastery in 1447 and expanded by successive Panchen Lamas. The monastery covers the area of about 300000 square meters and accommodates about 800 lamas. Tashilhunpo Monastery is a must-visit spot for travelers and Buddhist followers. The monastery plays a vital role in Tibetan Tourism. The famous festival held in this monastery is the Tashilunpo festival. Tashilunpo festival is also renowned as the Buddha Exhibition Festival. The Tibetan locals celebrate this festival in the Tashilunpo monastery. The festival lasts for three days in the middle of the 5th Tibetan lunar calendar month. The major attraction of this festival is revealing a giant four-story tall thangka (religious painting) on a tower behind the monastery.
Shigatse to Samye to Tsedang
Today, we will make a trip towards Tsedang, where we will visit the Samye monastery. Samye monastery lies in the quiet area of the Shannan Region. The Samye Monastery is the first monastery built in Tibet. It is also complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. These unique features have made this beautiful temple a significant spot for attracting tourists from all around the world.
Tsedang to Lhasa
After breakfast, we will visit the famous Yumbulkang Palace. Yumbulakang palace lies about 12kilometer southwest of the Tsedang County. The palace is the first palace built in Tibet's history and also one of the oldest building in Tibet. Two precincts divide the castle; front and rear precincts. The first precinct is a 3-story building while the back part is a tall tower, like a castle. You can get a panorama of the entire valley from the top of the tower. After visiting this beautiful palace, we head towards Trandruk Monastery. Trandruk Monastery lies around 5kilometers south of Tsedang. The Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. According to legend, the monastery was built after Songtsen Gampo turned into a roc and conquered an evil dragon. The name "trandruk" means roc defeating a dragon.
Day Eight :
This is the day we bid farewell to each other. Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport at the scheduled time of your flight.