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Saga Dawa is an important festival Buddhists celebrate, particularly in Tibet and other regions of the Himalayas. The celebration takes place on the full moon day in the fourth Tibetan month, usually in May or June.
Saga Dawa commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Gautama Buddha. The festival is celebrated by performing various religious activities such as prayer recitation, offering alms, and participating in religious processions. Many devotees also engage in acts of kindness and generosity, such as releasing animals into the wild and donating to the needy.
One of the most significant events of Saga Dawa is the circumambulation of Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain located in Tibet. Thousands of pilgrims undertake the arduous journey to walk around the mountain, a distance of approximately 52 kilometres, in a single day. This event is considered to be a highly auspicious and meritorious act.
Overall, Saga Dawa is a time for Buddhists to reflect on the Buddha’s teachings and strive towards greater compassion, kindness, and understanding.
Kailash Saga Dawa Festival
Kailash Saga Dawa Tour is one of Tibet’s most popular festivals, known as the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour. The Kailash Saga Dawa tour begins in Lhasa, the holy city of the Tibetan people and the capital city of Tibet, visiting the historical sites of the Potala Palace and Jokang temple, Unesco’s world heritage sites. The grand monasteries of Drepung and Sera monastic college.
During the Kailash Saga Dawa tour, on the way, you will be enjoying the most beautiful view of Yamdrok turquoise lake, Noejin Kangsang mountain, and its glacier. The historical old town of Gyantse and its giant Kubum pagoda stupa. The largest monastery of the Tsang region, Tashi Lhunpo, is also the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second-highest Lama of the Tibetan people. Continue Kailash Saga Dawa Tour through the wilderness of the Tibetan plateau, nomad camps, beautiful stream river, wild animals, great Himalayan mountain range, beautiful lakes and many mountain passes, and you will finally reach the destination of great Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
The average elevation of the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour is around 4400 meters, and the road condition to Mount Kailash nowadays is very good and easy to drive. The three days Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, known as Kailash Kora, is a pilgrimage tour and a venture to the remoter part of western Tibet. In addition, you will participate in a great prayer flag pole-raising festival in Tarpoche on the 15th of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, joined by thousands of Tibetan pilgrims and tourists. For a detailed program, please visit the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour.
How to join the Festival Tour?
To Join the Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour, you can take a train into Lhasa, Tibet from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Xining, Lanzhou or a flight in or out from Kathmandu, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Kunming, Lanzhou.