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Piprahar, situated just adjacent to the Chitwan National Park- is a home to abundant ethnic Tharu heritages manifesting in the form of cultural dance, costumes, instruments and other practices. Lying 170 kms away from Kathmandu and in the broad lap of nature, Piprahar is a sanctuary of ethnic lifestyle and nature, inherited from generations. Experience staying in huts designated for the guest, equipped with basic facilities and having local meals during your stay. Cycle your way through the village to familiarize yourself with the village and immerse yourself in lively Tharu Cultural Program in the evening.
Let nature and culture seep into your soul by partaking with the community along with the festivities of Holi. Holi, the festival of colors, is one of the most vibrant festivals of Nepal. The Tharu Community of Piprahar has been able to give continuity to the authentic way of enjoying Holi.Participate in making Holika-scarecrow with the locals and later at night, participate in the burning of the Holika along with the songs and dance of the elderly that run through the night. On the day of the festival,the whole village comes together for celebrations. Experience walking around the village with the host, smearing colors and splashing water on each other.
Celebrating Holi in Piprahar will definitely be a memorable experience. Visiting Piprahar during Holi is assuredly one of the best ways to understand the community and make lifelong memories in Nepal.
Welcome to the Tharu Village of Piprahar. On arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from the community. You will be guided to your hut where you can expect basic yet clean rooms and washrooms. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch prepared in a traditional manner by your hosts and then go for a cycle ride in the evening around the community to explore the surroundings with the local guide where you will be stopping over to see the sunset from the best view point.
In the late evening,the locals of the community will be gathering together to perform a traditional Tharu cultural program. Everyone is invited to join in the joyful dancing and merriment.
After breakfast, your host will be taking you for a village excursion where you can observe the daily lifestyle of the people in the village.After lunch, help the locals to make ‘ Holika’ – scarecrows that are erected and burned on the night before the Holi Festival. In the evening, help your host to cook Tharu cuisine through a cooking class, where your creation will be the dinner for the night. After dinner, the villagers will gather together to take part in a puja ceremony and burn the Holika as a sign of victory over demons. The locals also perform parikrama around the fire.The elderly people of the community will be singing songs along with playing local instruments and everyone is welcome to dance to its tunes.
After breakfast, change into your Holi outfit or not as per your comfort. Be in your best shape to make sure you are not the only one getting water and color splashed on. Unlike the mainstream way of playing holi by using water balloons and one time use plastics, the village uses only water and colors to celebrate the festival. Make new friends and familiarize yourself with the locals and let the color spread throughout the village for the whole day.
Your final day at Piprahar is finally here. You will be departing shortly after breakfast from the homestay.