Monlam is Tibetan name and it means ‘‘Great Prayer’’ called ‘‘Monlam Festival’’, is the greatest religious festival in Tibet, was established in 1409 by Tsong Khapa, is the founder of Gelug pa (yellow hat) sect in Tibetan Buddhism. When the Monlam Festival is starting to held during the Tibetan New, tens thousands of monks from the three main monasteries of Drepung, Sera and Ganden and Tashilhunpo, have gathered to chant for praying and performing religious rituals at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. And the same time Monlam Festival has also been held chanted in all around the Tibetan regions like Labrang monastery (Gansu province), Kumbum monastery (Qinghai province) and Dege monastery (Sichuan province). The exact dates of Monlam Festival have two dates: In Amdo, it starts on the 5th to 16th according to the Chinese lunar calendar; In Lhasa, it starts on the 5th to 16th during the Tibetan New Year according to the Lhasa calendar.
The main purpose of Great Prayer Festival is to pray for the highest spiritual masters and Lamas who have a long life and Dharma (Buddhism) been last forever as long as the sky has been endured, and for well-being of all the living beings, and for having peace in the world. When the Monlam Festival (Great Prayer) has held at the monasteries all around the Tibetan regions, millions Tibetan pilgrims come to join it and have an audience with the Great Prayer and teachings in order to accumulate great merits and being reborn into a good human body, and to cure an illness and get liberation from this cycle of suffering ultimately.
Visit the most interesting festivals in Amdo regions, like Labrang monaster, which is one of the largest Buddhist universities in Tibet, Sera, Drepun, Gandan and Kumbun and Tashilhunpo monastery. Today, Labrang monastery has become a central point of Asian Buddhist culture and particularly it has become one of the holist places for Tibetan pilgrims.
Visit the most significant monastery (Trakkar Gompa) and then sky burial site on the Ganjia grassland.
Visit the Tibetan artists and Thangkha painters in Regong, is center of the Tibetan art in Amdo region.
Celebrate Tibetan New Year with local Tibetan and nomads.
Arriving in Lanzhou, is the capital of Gansu province, you will be met by your local guide and driver at the airport before you driving to Labrang. It takes about four hours to get to Labrang(299kilo), and the entire journey is motorway.
Ganja Grasslands and historical sites
Drive through the vast a magnificent view of Ganjia grassland and then visit the Bon-monastery (the first religion in Tibet, or you can say vernacular religion in Tibetan Buddhism), and third is to visit the ancient walled-village, and forth is to visit the significant monastery (Trakkar Gonpa monastery in Tibetan name), which means Rocky mountainous monastery.
Regong is large town and located in Qinghai province, and well known for its Thangkha painting in Amdo regions, so we take you all there and visit the well known local artist school and by way also watch the Tibetan New Year’spiritual dance( Losar Cham in Tibetan name), at the lower Sengeshong monastery.
In the morning you will see the most authentic religious rituals at the Sengeshong monastery, which is a long procession of monks who carry the statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha) around the monastery and millions devoted Tibetan people are crowded to have an audience with the statue of Maitreya Buddha, as according to the Buddhist scripture, Maitreya Buddha will appear on this earth in the future for sake of whole living-beings.
You will see the huge thangkha of Buddha which is displayed in the morning and thousands local Tibetans and millions pilgrims from all around the Tibetan areas gathered there and have an audience with the holy thankha in order to have great merits for the whole sentient beings. After having visited the holy festival, we travel to Luhcu via Sogwo and Tsekok nomadic area where you can enjoy the beautiful grassland.
Luchu to Labrang
Continuously, will meet a monastery which is Shitsang monastery and then you can join the local Tibetan; they wear their traditional dress in different colors. In the afternoon, we drive you towards the Labrang, on the way you can enjoy the whole view of the nature. Lodge in Labrang.
The original name of this monastery is ‘‘Labrang Tashi Chi Monastery’’, but, nowadays it is simply called Labrang in its Tibetan name, which means the residences of the highest spiritual leaders and masters (incarnated lamas). It was founded in 1709 by the first reincarnation of His Holiness the Jamp-Yang Gyalpa Ngawang-Tsondru(living-Buddha), who was born in an ordinary Tibetan nomadic family(1648—1722) near Ganjia about 45km from Labrang monastery, in the Am regions, northeastern Tibet, in Gansu province of China. Since then the Jamp-yang Gyalpa’s previous lines of generations have been the head of this monastery for about three hundreds and eight years’ history, till today. Lodge in Labrang town.
Watch the spiritual dance (cham in Tibetan name) in the morning which takes quite long time, you will see the millions devoted Tibetan pilgrims during the day, beautiful culture! Lodge in Labrang.
You will have a great opportunity to watch the Yak butter-flower sculpture which is fantastic, being displayed in front of the Prayer-Hall late evening till 3 am, but you have to queue up in the long line of Tibetans. Lodge in Labrang.
You can also watch the long procession of monks who are carrying the big statue of Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) around the monastery, which is one of the largest ceremonies in Amdo Tibetan areas. Lodge in Labarng.
The whole your itinerary will be ended completely.
Breakfasts, lunches, dinners,
Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel, homestay
English-speaking, native Tibetan tour guide
Mineral water during the tour
Pick-up and drop-off
Transportation: Private SUV 4X4 Landcruiser, MPV, Bus