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Holi is the festival of colors that signifies the arrival of spring. It is a day of fun and celebration. People of all ages smear each other with colored powder, throw water, and engage by dancing and singing. Religiously, Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil.
The Tharu community in Bardiya Community Homestay has preserved the traditional way of celebrating Holi. The festivities start a day before the main day of the festival, where you can take part in making a Holika – holy pyre that will be set on fire during the night to mark the start of the festival and the victory of good over evil.
Embrace an unparalleled encounter with genuine Tharu culture as you engage in immersive interactions and keen observations of the local way of life at Bardiya Community Homestay. Prepare to embark on an enthralling half-day jeep safari through the vast expanse of Bardiya National Park, a unique Tharu cultural program of the indigenous tribe. Amidst the adventure and cultural immersion, a tranquil and invigorating short walk, leads you to the serene banks of the majestic Karnali River.
Experiencing Holi with Bardiya Community Homestay along with the rich culture and wildlife, will certainly be an unforgettable episode for life. On this day, the whole village will be coming together to celebrate the vibrant festival.
Upon arrival in Bardiya, which is renowned for the Bardiya National Park, you will receive a warm welcome from the locals of the community homestay. You can expect basic yet clean beds, mattresses and washrooms at the homestay. After lunch, take the opportunity to acquaint yourself with your hosts and the local residents, gaining valuable insights into the village life here by going on a village tour accompanied by the host. In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural performance presented by the locals, adorned in their colorful traditional attire.
On the second day, following a delightful breakfast, get ready for an open-top jeep safari in the Bardiya National Park. This national park, though less explored by international visitors, offers a prime opportunity to witness Bengal Tigers and a diverse array of wildlife, encompassing over 30 mammal species and 250 bird species. Following lunch, take part in the making of Holika – holy pyre, an important component of the Holi festival. Once it’s night, observe the burning of the Holika to signify the start of the Holi festival.
After breakfast, follow the locals getting ready to celebrate Holi – the festival of colors and joy. You will find people smearing each other with colored powder and splashing water. The festival is often celebrated with music and dances booming in the background. You will get to observe an authentic way of celebrating Holi in the Terai Region of Nepal.
Shortly after breakfast, you will be parting your ways with your host family at Bardiya.