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Saga Dawa Festival Tour

About Saga Dawa Festival tour
Saga Dawa Festival TourThe 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.

Saga Dawa Festival Tour Itinerary

18- May 2015: Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our tour leaders and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

19- May 2015: Day 2: Tibet permit/visa preparation day. Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

20- May 2015: Day 3: Drive to Kodari (Nepal Tibet boarder). Cross Friendship Bridge and drive to Nyalam for Distance158km, Altitude 3650m. Overnight at Guest house.

21- May 2015: Day 4: Rest at Nyalam for acclimatization. / Overnight at Guest house

Kailash Tour22- May 2015: Day 5: Drive to New Dongba /Distance 356km, Altitude 4600m Overnight at Guest house or camping.

23- May 2015: Day 6: Drive to Manasarovar Distance 280km, Altitude 4588m Overnight at Guest house or camp.

24- May 2015: Day 7: Drive to Darchen /Distance 45km, Altitude 4700m/ Overnight at Guest house or camping.

25th May 2015: Day 8: Drive to Darchen and Attend to the Saga Dawa at Tarboche – Full moon.

26th May 2015: Day 9: Start to the Kora, night camp at Dira Puk – Camping or Mud house.

27th May 2015: Day 10: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass & Zutul Puk – Camping or Mud house accommodation.

28th May 2015: Day 11: End Parikarma & Drive from Darchen to Dongba. Camp or Guest House

29th May 2015: Day 12: Drive from Dongba to Nyalam, night at guest house

30th May 2015: Day 13: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

31st- May 2015: Day 14: Final transfer to fly back home.

As per your request we will be happy to provide you the above trip dossier.

Tour Cost on Group joining basis:

Group size

Tour cost   USD P.P

04- 05Pax

2650 (with full board)

06 - 09 Pax

2350

10-14 Pax

1850

15 + Pax

1750


Includes:

  • Arrival & departure transportation,
  • City sightseeing with local guide,
  • 3 night's hotel at Kathmandu twin sharing basis with bed and breakfast basis,
  • Transfer to Kodari by private Van/bus,
  • During the tour, accommodation in decent hotel/tents twin sharing basis,
  • While camping we provide two-man tents, mattresses, sleeping bag & camping equipments
  • like dining & toilet tents,
  • Pure vegetarian meals or as per your request,
  • Land cruisers (4WD) & supporting trucks,
  • English speaking Tibetan guide,
  • Nepali tour leader,
  • Basic first-aid kit,
  • Kailash permit & normal Tibet/China visa fee,

Excludes:

  • Airfares from Home - Kathmandu – Home,
  • All beverages,
  • Photography charges and Telephone calls,
  • Travel Insurance of clients,
  • Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama,
  • Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation
  • Kodari land tax,
  • Expenses of personal nature, urgent visa fee etc & Services other than specified.

FOOD & BEVERAGE:
We will be providing vegetarian breakfast and dinner cooked by our Sherpa cook in campsite, who will be taken from Kathmandu. Light lunch will be packed in saving dish.
Clients are request to carry sufficient snacks accordingly your choice.

TRANSPORTATION:
From Kathmandu to Zhangmu (Nepal Tibet border) by tourist coach. From Zhangmu by land cruiser 4WD jeep. Four people a land cruiser. Supporting truck to carry all necessaries supporting equipment.

INSURANCE:
Full travels insurance coverage for medical evacuation, loss of belongs and pre-cancellation is strongly recommended.

PRIMARY BOOKING:
25% advance to reserve one sit for Kailash Yatra and is non-refundable. This prim cost goes for Tibet part and there is no any rule to claim refund in any unavoidable circumstances. And full of package payment should be complete before departing the trip.

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