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5 Jours de Voyage Privé Lhasa
On this trip we'll experience the lively Shoton Festival in Lhasa, Tibet. The Shoton is one such festive occasion with a long tradition. “Sho” means “yogurt” and “ton”, “Banquet,” So “Shoton” therefore translates as “Yogurt Banquet”, which is what it originally was. Later the banquet part gradually gave way to Tibetan opera performances, so that the “Yogurt Banquet” in fact became an opera festival.

In Lhasa - the capital city of Tibet - we have two days for the attractions: Potala, Jokhang, Ani Sangkhung and Ramoche. And from Parla Lupu Monastery we'll enjoy the magnificent view of Potala Palace. We could circle around the Tibetan holiest Monastery Jokhang with pilgrims, who come from all over Tibet and the Tibetan cultural areas of Kham-Amdo of the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan. Many pious Tibetans measure the way on the Barkhor market with their body length.
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Tibet Tour during Shoton Festival in Lhasa 2020
JOUR
1

Arrive in Lhasa

Welcome in Tibet – the roof of the world

Today arrive in Lhasa (3650 m), the capital of Tibet, transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high altitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
JOUR
2

Lhasa

Potala Palace – landmark of Lhasa, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Petit-déjeuner
JOUR
3

Lhasa

Panoramic view over Potala, Ani Sangkhung Nunnery, Ramoche Monastery

In the morning visit Parla Lupu Cave Monastery, located on the slopes of Yaowang Mountain, was built in the 7th century. It is 22m high and from here you can have a wonderful panoramic view over Potala palace. Afterwards visit the hospital of Tibetan Traditional Medicine and the beautiful Ani Sangkhung Nunnery. There are plants everywhere and it feels like you are in a garden in the middle of the city. In the nunnery there is a little shop where they print prayer books. If the nuns are working on it you are welcome inside to see how it is done. Then visit Ramoche Monastery.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Petit-déjeuner
JOUR
4

Lhasa

Shoton Festival. Thangka unrolling at Drepung Monastery, Tibetan Opera in Norbulinka, Sera monastery

The Shoton Festival takes place today (always on first day of the seventh Tibetan month). In Tibetan language Shoton means yogurt. Before the end of the 16th century, it was purely religious. In light of the monastic discipline at that time, monks stayed in retreat for dozens of days, during which they were forbidden to go out to avoid killing any insects. Afterwards, the lay people would donate yogurts to them. That was the Origin of the festival. Later on, in the middle 17th century, the Tibetan opera play was gradually added as a major event, and therefore, it is also known as Tibetan Opera Festival. Since then it has been celebrated regularly, but still outside of monasteries. Until the early 18th century, the Norbulinka was inaugurated as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and also as the official venue of the annual Festival, where ordinary people were allowed access to watch the opera playing. A set of ritualized programs was thus formed. Early in the morning watch the unrolling of Thangka with Buddha image in the Drepung Monastery. Afterwards enjoy Tibetan Opera in the Norbulingka, the “Garden of Treasures”. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous. You may also see a huge unrolled Thangka at the Sera monastery.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Petit-déjeuner
JOUR
5

Leave Tibet

Travel to next destination

Today transfer to airport or railway station, leave Tibet.
Petit-déjeuner
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Barkhor Street | Photo par Liu Bin
Debate in Drepung Monastery | Photo par Liu Bin
Jokhang Temple | Photo par Liu Bin
Norbulinka | Photo par Liu Bin
Potala Palace | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin
Tibet Opera | Photo par Liu Bin