If you want to travel to Tibet around June, Gyantse Damar Festival is a must for you to experience. This festival is held in the fourth month of Tibetan calendar( or June in solar calender) and it can be accessed easily as it overlaps the hot Tibet travel route. You can see the entertaining horse racing, and archery performance and other celebration events.The celebration is expected to last for a week. In this tour, tourists will visit major monasteries in Lhasa and head to enjoy the well-known Gyantse-Shigatse loop during which you can join the Damar festival.
Day 1 Arrival-Lhasa(3650m)
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel .An route to view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river.
After arriving in Lhasa ,you can take a rest and acclimatize to plateau environment. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street
In the morning, a preferable choice is to visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, and you will experience its audience halls, and appreciate the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. In the afternoon, tourists can pay a visit to the holiest temple in Tibet, i.e. the Johkang Temple built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and Barkor Kora, an equally important street surrounding the Johkang Temple.
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery.
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous
Day 4 Lhasa/Yamdrok-tso lake/Gyantze
Drive across Kambala Pass to the dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok-Tso Lake, one of the three great holy lakes in Tibet. After having an eyeful of the stunning scenery, move on to Gyantse, one of Tibet's most traditional towns. En route you will also enjoy spectacular vistas of Karo-la Glacier roadside at 4960m.
Another important attraction for today is Pelkor monastery, a walled monastery complex in Gyantse. Pelkor monastery is also known for its Kubum, a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Day 5 Enjoy Gyantse Damar Festival and Nomads’ Trade Fair
Our focus of today is to enjoy the annual Gyantse Damar Festival lasting from April 15 of Tibetan calendar. Considered to be one of Tibet’s most traditional festivals, it offers us a chance to experience Tibetan Buddhism and folklore in an intimate way. Locals from the 19 townships in the Gyangze County gather to celebrate the festival, which also attracts people from everywhere.
Tourists can enjoy wresting, horse racing, shooting contest, etc. It is not only a folk festival but an exchange with a theme of promoting economy through cultural events like exchanging goods in the trade fair etc.
During the festival, nomads will drive their horse carts to bring their families to the annual festival. Some are fond of races, some like to watch performances, while still others will set up stands to sell home-made sweet milk dregs and other products. But most people will stay in their own tents and enjoy themselves until nightfall.
As tourists explore the exotic trade fair, you can also taste highland Tibetan delicacy and collect exquisite handicrafts and other souvenirs.
Day 6 Gyantze-Shigatse-Lhasa
First follow the Nyang River northwest for an hour or so to Shigatse. Later, we are going to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama (Tibet's second highest incarnation).
After lunch, start our drive back to Lhasa along the Sino-Nepal Highway for roughly four hours.
Day 7 Departure from Lhasa
Transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight back home.
1.Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
2.All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
3.Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
4.Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 5.4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
6.All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
7.All meals listed in the above itinerary;
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Only available in Summer, based on Tibetan Calender.
1.International flight to and out of China;
2.Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
3.Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
4. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
5.Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
6.Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.