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Shoton Festival

SHOTON FESTIVAL 2017

- Shoton is the transliteration of two Tibetan words which mean 'Yoghurt Banquet'. The festival originated at Drepung Monastery, as a celebration to mark the end of the monks' Yarné, their hundred day summer retreat. It begins on the new moon marking the end of the sixth Tibetan month. It includes performances of the musical dance dramas known as Ache Lhamo (Tibetan Opera). In other parts of Tibet the dances are part of the harvest festival, and yoghurt would be served at the feast which followed. The Ache Lhamo dances are attributed to Thangtong Gyalpo, also known as Chaksampa, a lama of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, also famous for building iron chain bridges in many parts of Tibet. The popularity of this festival was such that the government decreed it an annual event of a further five days, established at the Norbulingka. There are performances by all the established companies from throughout Tibet, some of which can perform the whole Lhamo repertoire, and some who specialize in one particular drama. Some of the stories are derived from Indian Buddhist legends, while others relate incidents in Tibetan history. Shoton Festival: Ache Lhamo performance at the Norbulingka

During the festival all the residents of Lhasa go out and gather in the Norbulingka Park. They set up beautiful tents and hang curtains there. They bring cakes, sweets, dairy products, yak-butter tea and have wonderful picnics. Professional and amateur Tibetan opera troupes gather in the Norbulingka Park and perform various Tibetan operas.

Highlights:
Duration: 14 days
Destination: Lhasa City
Maximum Altitude: 3650m
Best Season: August
Photo Spot: Monasteries,Thangka diplying and Opera Dance.
Shoton Festival Date: August 2017

Itinerary

KATHMANDU
DAY 1. Arrival Kathmandu and meet assistance with us. transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for your own leisure. Overnight at hotel
DAY 2. After breakfast, Full day sightseeing around Kathmandu and Patan City with guide / Chinese Visa apply and issue .

LHASA:
DAY 3. Fly to Gonggor Airport: Transfer to LHASA Hotel Overnight at Hotel
DAY 4. SIGHTSEEING Lhasa City / AM:Visit Potala Palace PM:Jokhang temple
DAY 5. SIGHTSEEING LHASA./ Sera Monastry, Barkhor and Drepung.
DAY 6. SHOTON FESTIVAL BEGIN AT Drepung Monastery and to see the huge Thangka display and then contienu to Sera monastery's Thangka display,afternoon go to Norbu Lingka Palace (Summer Palace for H.H Daila Lama).
DAY 7. SHOTON FESTIVAL / Excursion around Norbulingka
DAY 8. TRANSFER TO AIRPORT for the flight to Kathmandu

EXTENSION TOUR - POKHARA / CHITWAN & NAGARKOT
DAY 9. DRIVE TO POKHARA. Transfer hotel and Free Day
DAY 10. FULL DAY POKHARA SIGHTSEEING - SARANGKOT, SETI GORGE, BINDYABASINI, FEWA LAKE, DAVID FALL & GUPTESHWOR CAVE.
DAY 11. DRIVE TO CHITWAN AND BEGINS SAFARI ACTIVITIES.
DAY 12. FULL DAY JUNGLE SAFARI ACTIVITIES
DAY 13. DRIVE TO KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER NAGARKOT HOTEL. BHAKTAPUR SIGHTSEEING.
DAY 14. SUNRISE AND MT VIEW FROM NAGARKOT - TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR FINAL DEPARTURE. SERVICE END

Cost Includes
* Sightseeing tour in Lhasa city as per above programs.
* Land Transfer by TOYOTA Landcruiser
* Tibet travel permit.
* Tibetan English speaking guide during the tour
* Twin sharing accommodation as per tour program
* Monasteries entrance fees as per program
* 4 Nights hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on BB plan twin sharing basis
* 1 full day sightseeing with guided tour by private car
* All necessary airport pick up and drop

Cost Excludes
* Cold drinks, alcoholic beverages,
* Lunch & dinner.
* Airfare / Train ticket.
* Tips for guide & driver etc
* Travel insurance
* Kathmandu city sightseeing entrance fee
* Nepal re-entry Visa fee

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