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Losar Buddhist New Year Festival Tour from Tibet

The main countries celebrating Losar—the Tibetan New Year—are India, Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan. The holiday is observed according to the lunisolar Tibetan calendar which is usually February or March according to the Georgian calendar. The festival existed before Buddhism was observed as a way of giving gratitude to the Gods. Originally a holiday primarily observed by farmers, Losar evolved into a Buddhist festival that marks the start of the New Year.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival at Lhasa Airport

    Upon your arrival at Lhasa Airport, you will be greeted and transported to your hotel. Following lunch, you will explore Nrophuk Link Park, also known as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Take a walk amidst the stunning natural surroundings of Lhasa before returning to your hotel. Enjoy dinner and stay the night at the hotel. The following day we will start our Losar-Tibet Buddhist New Year festival tour.

  • Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Sera monastery & Nechung Monastery

    Explore Sera Monastery, Nechung Monastery and Chaqi Monastery in the morning on the second day of the Buddhist New Year festival tour. Afterwards, make your way to the Potala Palace, which serves as the summer residence of His Highness the Dalai Lama in Lhasa.

    Take some time to visit other famous attractions in Lhasa, such as the Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple. Once you're finished with your sightseeing, return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable night's stay.

  • Day 3 Lhasa, then a sightseeing tour to Tibetan New Year, then to Losar

    At dawn, prepare yourself to enjoy the festivities of the Losar Festival - the Tibetan New Year's Day (Losar).

    The Tibetan Calendar originated in 1027 A.D. and designated the first day of the initial month as New Year's Day. This celebration is of great significance in Tibet. As per the Tibetan tradition, nearly all individuals gather at Jorkhang Temple to offer prayers for a joyful and prosperous start to the year.

    Later in the day, take a trip to Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery, which once served as home to 10,000 monks, may allow us to quietly enter a dimly lit hall to witness the lyrical and resounding recital of the sutras. Alternatively, we may sit beneath a willow tree and observe the monks engaging in lively debates. Hence concluding the Losar-Tibet Buddhist New Year festival tour for the day.

  • Day 4 Lhasa, then sightseeing tour of Drak Yerpa Cave

    Explore Drak Yerpa Cave during your trip to Lhasa and return to the city afterwards. Drak Yerpa is a collection of over 80 meditation caves perched on a hillside, renowned as Lhasa's “life tree” or spiritual centre.

    This location has a rich spiritual history, visited by renowned figures such as Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha. Hundreds of monks, nuns, and hermits once inhabited it.

    Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the most sacred cave retreats in the Ü region for those with a keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism. Many ascetics have sought refuge here and contributed to the site’s great spiritual significance. The area is incredibly serene and offers breathtaking vistas.

  • Day 5 Lhasa to Samding, then sightseeing tour to Yamdrok Lake, Lhamo La-to Lake, & Mansarovar Lake

    On the fifth day of the Losar-Tibet Buddhist New Year festival tour, travel from Lhasa to Samding and then back to Lhasa. The Tibetan people regard lakes, much like mountains, as sacred. Yamdrok Lake is one of four revered lakes alongside Namtso, Manasarovar Lake, and Lhamo La-Tso.

    This lake is considered to be a charm and is believed to be a fundamental aspect of the Tibetan people's life force. The lake comprises nine islands, with one of them being home to the renowned Samding Monastery. This monastery is unique because it is the only Tibetan monastery guided by a female reincarnation. While it is not a nunnery, the female abbot leads a group of around thirty monks. Afterwards, head back to the hotel for dinner and a night's rest.

  • Day-6 Departure from Lhasa

    Following breakfast, set off to Lhasa Airport to continue your journey with unforgetful memories of Tibetan customs and the Losar Festival.

    Here is the Losar-tibet buddhist new year festival tour. Comes to an end. This Tibetan new year festival package in Lhasa is very convenient.

What’s Included

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Private air conditioned vehicle for airport assistance and staff assistance

05 night stay in handpicked hotels

06 Breakfasts, 05 Lunch, 05 Dinners

All ground transport services for sightseeing trips by air conditioned car

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours in each city

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

International or domestic flights are not included

Please carry a valid travel Insurance

India tourist visa can be easily obtained in your country. Visa fee and charges are payable directly by the travellers to Indian Embassy or High Commission at the time of Visa application.

Monument and museum entry tickets are not covered in the package cost

Meals not specified in the package are not included

Any kind of personal expenses/bills, tips to guide, driver, waiters etc

Trip Reviews

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Samantha Mitchell | UK

11 Jan 2023

Our trip with Max Holidays was beyond incredible. They organized this Buddhist tour that completely blew us away. From exploring ancient temples to meditating in serene monasteries, every moment felt deeply spiritual. Their guides were so knowledgeable, offering insights that truly enriched our understanding of Buddhism. Plus, they took care of every little detail, making sure we could fully immerse ourselves in the experience. It was more than just a vacation; it was a soul-enriching journey that left us feeling profoundly inspired.

  • 4.5

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Christopher Harris | USA

13 May 2022

Our adventure with Max Holidays was absolutely amazing. The Buddhist tour they arranged was a highlight. We got to witness breathtaking temples and engage in peaceful meditation sessions. Their guides were incredibly informative, adding depth to our spiritual journey.

  • 4.5

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Benjamin Turner | USA

10 Apr 2024

Our trip with Max Holidays was nothing short of extraordinary. The Buddhist tour they organized was a transformative experience. From visiting sacred sites to learning about Buddhist philosophy, every moment was deeply meaningful. Their guides were passionate and knowledgeable, making the journey truly memorable.

  • 4.5

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Sophie Evans | UK

16 Mar 2017

Embarking on a journey with Max Holidays was a dream come true. The Buddhist tour they crafted was profound. We had the opportunity to delve into centuries-old traditions, immersing ourselves in the serene ambiance of monastic life. Their dedication to providing an authentic experience was evident in every aspect of the tour.

  • 4.5

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Rebecca Hughes | USA

03 Apr 2024

Our experience with Max Holidays was incredible. The Buddhist tour they arranged was enlightening and spiritually fulfilling. From exploring ancient temples to engaging in meditation sessions, it was a journey of self-discovery. Their guides were supportive and insightful, fostering a deep connection to the teachings of Buddhism.

  • 4.5

Trip Highlights

Losar Buddhist New Year Festival Tour from Tibet

Travel Style

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Duration

06 Days

From
US $750
per person on twin sharing
5 reviews
Start Point

Lhasa

End Point

Lhasa

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