|Tibetan New Year||All Tibetan areas||Tibetan New Year is characterized especially by dancing, music, and a general spirit of merrymaking.||Feb. 27|
|Monlam Prayer||Jokhang Monastery||Monks perform traditional Tibetan Buddhist dances during Monlam Prayer Festival, and cakes are made with butter sculptures.||Mar. 4|
|Butter Lamp||Lhasa||People sing and dance throughout the night, and thousands of lights are kept burning until dawn.||Mar. 12|
|The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilunpo||Tashilunpo Monastery||The big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unfolded, and the people all gather in front of the Thangka to pray.||Jul. 9|
|Zamling Chisang||Lhasa||Tibetans gather together to burn incense to worship Buddha.||Jul. 9|
|Saga Dawa||Lhasa||Saga Dawa is the peak time to worship Buddha for Tibetans, and a peak time for pilgrimages.||Jun. 9|
|Gyantse Horse Race Festival||Gyantse||This festival is held in Gyantse, a county southwest of Lhasa with horse racing, Tibetan opera, ball games, etc.||Jul. 20|
|Choekor Duechen / Tukbe Tseshi||Lhasa||Tibetans wear festival clothes to celebrate this festival and walk around a mountain and lake clockwise.||Jul. 27|
|Samye Dolde||Samye Monastery||Monks wear festival clothes and masks, and dance to drive away bad things and devils.||Jul. 9|
|Ganden Thangka Show||Ganden Monastery||A big Thangka with a Buddha image on it is unveiled at Ganden Monastery.||Aug. 7|
|Nakchu Horse Race Festival||Nagqu||An important event in northern Tibet, everyone dresses in their finest and most colorful clothing.||Aug. 1|
|Shoton Festival||Lhasa||A big thangka with an image of Buddha on it is unveiled at Drepung Monastery. People enjoy yogurt together on this day.||Aug. 21|
|Karma Duba (The Bathing Festival)||Lhasa||Tibetans take a bath together in the river to drive away illness.||Aug. 19|
|Lhabab Duechen||Lhasa||Buddha is said to return to earth on this day. Tibetans burn incenses in monasteries and pray.||Nov. 11|
|Palden Lhamo Festival||Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Street||The statue of the wrathful deity Palden Lhamo is carried at the head of a parade on Barkhor Street.||Dec. 3|
|Ganden Nga-Choe||Lhasa||People celebrate this festival by lighting butter lamps.||Jan. 23
Tenzin is really professional in handling my last minute knock on his door. He answered my endless questions with precision, speed, and truthfulness such that I committed to his private tour immediately. I was about to take refuge in Tibetan Buddhism. He took me to sacred places in all 4 major lineages and I could literally feel the blessing in my crown chakra during those visits. When environment was not up to my standard, he would go all his way to find the hotel people to fix them and he made himself available even late at night. He can be a good friend without losing the professionalism of the service part. This is not an ordinary trip for me. It was very difficult because of the weather and geographical condition and the food but Tenzin and the Driver both made it nice. One more thing, Tenzin doesn't waste time beating around the bush. His communication is quite Americanized in that regard and it fits my education history perfectly. I am glad that we still keep in touch and he would do prayers for my well-being. I really don't know what more one can ask for from a guide like this. Thank you Tenzin!
I highly recommend Tibet Travelers for your Tibet adventure. Tenzin, the owner of Tibet Travelers, is professional and knowledgeable. He previously worked as a porter for Mount Everest climbers and then gained experience for many years as a travel guide. He speaks English very well and has many years of experience working with western travelers. He knows how to obtain all the permits necessary to travel through Tibet and to visit Mount Everest. He can tailor your trip to your preferences. My husband and I along with our 2 kids ( ages 10 and 12) went on the 8-day EBC tour. Our children got a little bored of all the temple tours, so he organized a last minute hike that was fun and a great cultural experience. Our guide, Jigme, a local Tibetan, spoke English perfectly and was very knowledgeable about the city, temples and Tibetan culture. He and our driver were great with our children, especially my son who enjoyed their company immensely.The hotels where we stayed were very nice. Tenzin went out of his way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. If you are looking for a worry-free, well-planned Tibetan vacation, use Tibet Travelers.
My first time to Tibet. I contacted Tenzin Dhondup to ask about the tour details. he responded to my emails quickly and thoughtfully. Tenzin helped me organize the trip by arranging for the flight tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa and also Tibet permit. Tenzin is well organized, speak very good English, friendly, always helpful and gives good advice and suggestions. Tenzin met me in Lhasa at day 1 and brought me for a noodle soup and tea. After that, we went for a hike to Pabonka Monastery and we sat on the mountain enjoying the great view of Lhasa and what a lovely afternoon filled with discussions and conversations about Meditation, Life, and Buddhism. And on day 3 after my tour, I met him for shopping at local market Tromsikang and Bhakor and he even helped me to bargain the price. After that, we went for early Christmas dinner. Tibet is nice and must visit place. Its was a really great experience and good trip in Tibet. I strongly recommend Tenzin and his team. Thank you Tenzin for being my only first family in Tibet. You are such a wonderful and amazing person!!
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