Losar Festival Tour Overview
Losar Festival Tour and the celebration of Losar predates Buddhism in Tibet and can be traced back to the pre-Buddhist Bön period. In this early Bön tradition, every winter a spiritual ceremony was held, in which people offered large quantities of incense to appease the local spirits, deities and ‘protectors’ (Tibetan: chos skyong; Sanskrit: dharmapalas).
This religious Lhosar festival later evolved into an annual Buddhist festival which is believed to have originated during the reign of Pude Gungyal, the ninth King of Tibet. The festival is said to have begun when an old woman named Belma introduced the measurement of time based on the phases of the moon.
This Losar festival tour is done during the flowering of the apricot trees of the Lhokha Yarla Shampo region in autumn, and it may have been the first celebration of what has become the traditional farmers’ festival. It was during this period that the arts of cultivation, irrigation, refining iron from ore and building bridges were first introduced in Tibet. The ceremonies which were instituted to celebrate these new capabilities can be recognized as precursors of the Losar festival. Later when the rudiments of astrology, based on the five elements, were introduced in Tibet, this farmer’s festival became what we now call the Losar or New Year’s festival.
Losar is also known as Bal Gyal Lo. Bal is Tibet, Gyal is King, Lo is year. The Tibetan New Year has been celebrated since the first King’s enthronement celebration. It was started with the first King. That was why it has been known as Bal Gyal Lo.
January 21st 2016 / Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Boudhanath and Kopan Monastery. (B)
January 22nd 2016 / Day 03: Start Sonam Losar Festival and celebrate the festival. Overnight in Hotel. (B)
January 23rd 2016 / Day 04: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping (B)
January 24th 2016 / Day 05: Final Departure to the Airport by our private vehicle.
- Airport pickup and drop off by our private vehicle
- Kathmandu hotel room with Breakfast basis
- English speaking license holder sightseeing tour Guide and his fee
- Sightseeing entrance fee
- All Nepalese government tax etc.
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Kathmandu hotel Lunch & Dinner
- Your personal nature and all bar bill and Tips
Dear Madhav and the Skyline Team,
Just wanted to say thank you very much for helping to make our trip to Nepal so wonderful. We had a fantastic time - enjoying both the tour of 5 days losar festival tour in Kathmandu. You and your team were all very helpful and kind with the arrangements both before hand and during our trip.
Rachel & Tom