Shoton Festival – Tibetan Opera Festival -09 Days

Trip duration : 9 Days Trip Grade : Pleasure

Shoton Festival "Shoton" in Tibetan means sour milk banquet. As Tibetan operas are performed and Buddha paintings are exhibited at this time, it is also called "Tibetan Opera Festival" or "Buddha Exhibition Festival." The traditional way of starting the Shoton Festival is to show Buddha paintings. The main contents include Tibetan operas and gala parties, as well as wonderful yak racing and horsemanship display. The Shoton Festival starts on the 30th day of the 6th month according to Tibetan calendar and lasts five days. The Gelug Sect regulates that between April and June according to Tibetan calendar, Lamas can only practice Buddhism in monasteries to avoid treading and killing tiny lives. The ban will be lifted at the end of June. At that time, all lamas go out of monasteries and the laymen will offer them sour milk and perform Tibetan operas for them. After 1642, the Gandain Phodrang (Paradise Palace) of the Drepung Monastery became the political, religious and cultural centre of Tibet. Tens of thousands of people rushed there to give sour milk to lamas and ask for blessings. The Tibetan Opera troupes and wild yak dancing troupes all came to perform. In this way, the Shoton Festival is formed.

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S.N. Start Date End Date Status

Day 01:Fly to Gongar and drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel

Day 02:Explore Potala, Norbulingkha and Jokhang. O/N Hotel

Day 03:Explore Ganden and Sera monastery. O/N Hotel

Day 04:Shoton Festival. O/N Hotel

Day 05:Drive to Gyantse and explore O/N Hotel

Day 06:Drive to Shigatse and explore O/N Hotel

Day 07:Drive to Tingri O/N Guesthouse

Day 08:Drive to Zangmu O/N Guesthouse

Day 09:Drive to Kathmandu

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