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Xuedun (or Shoton) Festival in Tibet

Xuedun (or Shoton) Festival in Tibet

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 - 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Tibet   China  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1310 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1310 US Dollar (USD)

The Xuedun (or Shoton) Festival is one of the liveliest and most important holidays in Tibet. Prior to the 17th century, lamas were forbidden to leave their monastery for a period of three months. At the beginning of July, when the lamas were free to leave the monastery, alms of yogurt (Sho in Tibetan) were given out by local residents to welcome their return. The lamas are no longer locked away today, and the festival, which has since been renamed the Tibetan Opera Festival, is now an occasion to perform operas and folk amusement.

However, the yogurt, from which the name of the festival is derived, is still drank throughout the festival. The relic of its religious connotation is left in the custom of shining Buddha's portrait during the celebration. We will take you to the holy Tibetan capital of Lhasa to enjoy the festival and to visit some of its important temples and monasteries. We will then take a short trip to Lake Yamdrok Tso to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to relax your mind in its serene wilderness.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa.

Day 2: Tour Lhasa.

Day 3: Join the Xuedun (or Shoton) festival at Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka.

Day 4: Tour Lhasa.

Day 5: Fly back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, including tax and service
- All meals as stated in the itinerary highlighting the local cuisine with water, tea, coffee, local beer, and soft drinks
- Group airport arrival and departure transfers
- All ground transportation in private air conditioned vehicle with bottled water and snacks on coach
- All sightseeing, entrance fees
- Services of local guides, site experts, and other support personnel
- Tibet Travel Permit.

Price Excludes:
- International airfare
- Any en route stopovers, hotels, and meals to and from China
- Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
- Passport and visa fees
- Items of a personal nature such as, laundry, mail, phone calls, faxes, spa treatments, hard liquor
- Normal level of gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.

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