5 days
US$ 226.00
Single Supplement

2020 Shoton Festival

Drepung and Sera monasteries will be the two major locations that to held the main ceremony of Thangkar unfolding during 2019 Shoton Festival. “Shoton” is translated as ‘Yogurt Festival’ in Tibetan. Traditionally, monks are required to remain sequestered in their monasteries for the ascetic practice of Bbuddhism. People from their families prepared sour milk for them to drink with dancing following their period of confinement. In the early 17th century, the Shoton festival became a joint performance with Tibetan operas. Tibetan artists from all over Tibet came together in Norbu Lingka to have a performance competition lasting several days. During this period, the Drepung Monastery held a large portrait of Buddha displaying ceremony, Thangkar Unfolding.

  • Departure Date will be updated in the middle of 2020 March
  • A 30 days prior to the festival is needed for applying Tibet Travel Permits

Festival date: Festival date will be updated in the middle of 2020 March
Arrive Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Departure Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Group Size

Minimum 8 people, Maximum 16 people

Licensed English-speaking guide
Tibet Travel Permits
Accommodation based on double occupancy
Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Walking and driving tour per itinerary
Medical costs China visa fees
Personal expenses Lunch and Dinner
Single supplement

Arrive in Lhasa

Aug 27th ; Fly to Lhasa where your guide will meet you at the airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city during one hour drive (65 kilometers). En route, we will visit Nie Tang Buddha, a Buddha image engraved in the face of the mountain. In the afternoon you’ll take a walk to Norbulingkar, the summer palace of Dalai Lama.

Overnight: Dekang Hotel | Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner


Aug 28 - Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor Street
Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, which dominates the skyline of Lhasa on top of the crest of Marpo Ri hill. The seventh-century Potala is considered Lhasa’s holiest destination for a pilgrimage. Going up the hill, a stone path leads to the 14-story, 1,000-room. Each day, thousands of pilgrims give the prayer wheels lining the path a clockwise spin as they make their way to the entrance.
The Jokhang Temple is home of the statues of the revered Buddha, Shakyamuni. While all Buddhist statutes are magnificently adorned with colorful brocade pearls, turquoise, coral, and silver, solid gold bowls of holy water rest before Shakyamuni as well as offerings of Yuan (money) and khatas (scarves) left by pilgrims.

Then after we will stroll around in the Barkhor street

Overnight: Dekang Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Aug 29 - Lhasa, Shoton festival - the Thangkar unfolding

Today should be the day that the huge Thangkar being showed in front of Drepung monastery. In the afternoon, we will drive southwest to Yamdrok lake, which is one of the 4 holiest lake in Tibet

Overnight: Dekang Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Aug 30 - Lhasa

Visit Sera, Chaqi, and Nechung monasteries.
Sera Monastery is one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa. It is located at the foot of Hill Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which had a long history. Sera in Tibetan means “Wild Rose Garden” since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it.
Chaqi monastery, which is supposed to help make people wealthy, and Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung, Tibet’s State Oracle. Major decisions of the state are made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.

Overnight: Dekang Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Aug 31 - Lhasa departure

Your tour ends today, you will be driven to the airport for departure

Overnigh | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

2019 Shoton Festival Program:

Thangkar Unfolding

  • begin from 08:00am – 13:30pm, at Drepung monastery on 2019 August 29th
  • Begin from 09:30am – 15:30pm, at Sera monastery on 2019 August 30th

Tibetan Play Begin from 11:00am, at Luobu lingka

Linka means a picnic in the woods during summer time, it is one occasion that people gather together to relax, dancing and singing together

The Shoton Festival

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