Monlam, also known as a prayer meeting (Smon-lam-chen-mo), is an extremely grand holyday in Tibetan area during the Spring Festival. Initially, back to 1409, Tsongkhapa - founder of Gelug Sect - organized a prayer meeting at Jokhang Temple. Thousands of monks gathered together for the praying and sutra-debate here. As the days go by, the followers from all directions are in an endless stream to join in the spectacular pageant. “Great Prayer Tour” will offer you a rare opportunity to participate in the splendid celebration with the numerous followers and the pilgrims, and experience the various sorts of rituals performed at different temples in East Tibetan cultural center Amdo in Xiahe & Rebkong. The highlight of the ceremony is thangka exposure. Ensuing along the hill, the huge thangka is 30m by 20m, showing to pray to the Buddha for blessings. All Kinds of vivid and vigorous mask dances, pray ceremonies will run through the whole Losar (Tibetan New Year, Monlam Festival) for two weeks.
Suggestion: Thur. 7 Feb.: Arrive Lanzhou/Drive to Xiahe and acclimatize. Fri. 8 Feb.: Get up early for the Festival of Free the Animals. Afterwards drive to Rebkong. Sat. 9 Feb.: Rebkong(Full day visit GouFeby Gonpa, Sunning the Buddha). Sun. 10 Feb.: Rebkong(Full day visit Wutun Monastery, Cham Dance) Mon. 11 Feb.: Rebkong (Halfday visit GouFeby Gonpa) and drive back Xiahe. Tues.12 Feb.: (Labrang Monastery, Cham Dance)
Wed. 13 Feb.: Xiahe (Labrang Monastery) at leisure. Thur. 14 Feb.: Drive back to Lanzhou.
This Program Is Just a Teaser Of The Many Possibilities Awaiting You. We can create bespoke itineraries and experiences to match your interests, passions and preferences. This programme will start on 7 February 2019, we will travel in a small international group, seat are limited available *please feel free to contact me.