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Serthar (Sertar/Seda): Paradise of Buddha Pilgrimage

Sertar, Sichuan
Monday, January, 4, 2016
4 days
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4-day Trip to Seda, Guanyin Temple and Wuming Buddha Institute—Paradise of Buddha Pilgrimage

Special of our route:

  • three religious shrines in west Sichuan: Wuming Buddha Institute (the biggest in the world), Dongka Temple (holy and pure land) and Guanyin Temple (Little Potala Palace)
  • Special itinerary: we particularly offer you the chance to experience deeply the rich humanistic culture and beautiful scenery. We promise proper itinerary, no road rushing and no high-altitude sickness.
  • Deep experience

You truly come to the holy Buddha land and know about Tibetan Buddha culture under the guide of Lama. You can listen to teaching, study scriptures, experience monk’s simple life and study believers’ rites. You can visit the celestial burial in Shituo forest of Luoruo, to know about Tibetan burial custom, which is astonishing and inspiring.

 

Day 1: Chengdu—Guanyin Temple

In the morning: at 8 AM tourists start their trip from the hotel and go down the Duwen highway. During the trip they can enjoy the landscape of Aba western Sichuan, downward Zagunao Valley, the tribute of Min River, to experience Tibetan Qiang folklore, see Qiang Villages, watchtower and residential houses and pass by Li County.

At noon: to have lunch at Daguer Valley

In the afternoon: after lunch, tourists pass by Yaluo, Maerkang and Baiwan county, enjoy the landscape of Zagunao Valley during the trip and arrive at Guanyinqiao Town around 4 PM. Next tourists need to take a local transportation about 15 minutes to Guanyin Temple, and climb to the middle slope of Nane Mountain (means Deity Mountain, 3685 M), to explore the ancient Guanyin Temple, to know about the history of the second Potala Palace, to go on a pilgrimage to Bodhisattva Chuosijia and the history of the temple, and to appreciate the sunset on Tibetan plateau.

Accommodation: Guanyinqiao Town

Day 2: Guanyinqiao Town—Seda

In the morning: tourists start their trip at 7: 30, and arrive at Seda after passing by Wengda Town along 317 State Road. Along Sequ River going northward, tourists can see thousands of grass ditches with lush pasture and various wild flowers at both sides of the river. Mountainous ridges extend eastward and westward. Under the white clouds and blue sky, tourists will pass by villages one by one.

In the afternoon: at round 2 PM tourists will enter into Larong Valley and arrive at Wu Ming Buddhist Institute. The astonishing Buddha picture will gradually present to you—many red-bricks houses over the mountains, monks in red gown to and fro, golden Buddha Institute and splendid Mandala (4000 M) under the blue sky and white clouds. Tourists can communicate with believers and monks, follow them to pray, pilgrimage, and experience their practice mode. During the spinning of the prayer wheel, tourists can feel the strong faith and tranquility of their mind.

When they reach the summit, they can throw Longda into the sky and tell their wishes. While flags with scriptures fly in the wind, their wishes are told every time as the blowing wind.

Giving a bird view of the whole Larong Valley, tourists will see red houses, rolling smoke from chimneys and monks to and fro. The wind blows beside the ear, the white clouds move in the sky, but tourists merely feel quiet when they stand there.

In the evening: tourists can taste special Tibetan food, stay in the hotel and fall asleep on Jinma Grassland under the starry sky.

Accommodation: Seda

Day 3: Seda—Guanyinqiao Town

In the morning: after breakfast, tourists go to Dongka Temple at 9: 30. During the driving of 3 minutes on Jinma Grassland, tourists can see forest of scripture flags, golden and magnificent temple on the slope. Also they can hear the echo of reading scriptures from golden basilica, where Skyamuni stands there solemnly and tourists can make wishes there. They can also enter the basilica of Medicine Buddha to pilgrimage the Buddha Tower of Medicine King, to feel the profound Buddha and to pray for their family.

At noon: tourists should go back for lunch (fee paid by tourists themselves). At 1 PM, tourists go to the biggest celestial burial (4010 M) in Seda in the world, to know about the custom of celestial burial: the family of the dead sends the body by a gurney, carry the body around the tower, and put the body on the celestial burial table. Next the celestial burial master come to the table in costume, cut the body and Lama read scriptures beside the table. Vultures flying in the sky and ranking in a row on the slope, as long as the master gives an order by gesture, these vultures will fly quickly to the body. The scene is very astonishing, which make you to sigh to cherish your life more!

(PS: there is rich smell of the dead body on the celestial burial and the scene is very solemn. No photos, no noises. You need to be brave to suffer the celestial burial. The picture of it will keep in your mind all over after the ceremony finished. You will think more about life and be more positive about life.)

In the afternoon: at 3 PM, tourists pass by Wengda Town, Huoxi County, and arrive at Guanyinqiao along 317 State Road. At around 7 PM tourists will arrive at the hotel, have dinner (paid by tourists themselves) and have a good rest.

Accommodation: Guanyinqiao Town

Day 4: Guanyinqiao Town—Xinduqiao

In the morning: after breakfast, tourists pass by Maerkang, and volunteer to visit Tibetan villages—Xisuo Village. They will arrive at Guer Valley in Li County after passing by Miyaluo.

At noon: to have lunch at Guer Valley

In the afternoon: after lunch, tourists go to Li County. They firstly pass by Taoping Qiang Village, the old oriental castle, and pass by Wenchuan and Dujiangyan next. Finally they return White Hibiscus Hotel in Chengdu and finish their amazing pilgrimage trip to Seda!