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Holi At Bardia

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Holi At Bardia

USD 225

Nepal

USD 225

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Trip Overview: Holi at Bardiya

Enjoy Holi at Bardiya and celebrate the festival of colors signifying the arrival of spring – a day of fun and festivity. People of all ages smear each other with colored powder, throw water, and celebrate by dancing and singing. Religiously, Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil.

The Tharu community around the 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 in the surrounding the Bardiya Community Homestay along with the rich culture and wildlife, will certainly be an unforgettable experience for life.  On this day, the whole village will be coming together to celebrate the vibrant festival. 

NOTE: Please be advised that this is a group trip option, and we also offer the flexibility to tailor it as a private experience. Kindly note that the trip cost may be adjusted for private bookings, and is therefore subject to change accordingly.

Festival Date 

23 – 26 March 2024

Highlights of Holi At Bardia

  • EXPLORE THE LESS EXPLORED AND RELATIVELY UNDEVELOPED BARDIYA, A VILLAGE IN THE WEST OF TERAI
  • EXPERIENCE THE VIVID THARU CULTURE
  • OBSERVE WILDLIFE AND NATURE THROUGH OPEN-TOP JEEP SAFARI
  • PARTICIPATE IN THE MAKING AND BURNING OF HOLIKA
  • CELEBRATE COLORFUL HOLI WITH LOCALS OF BARDIYA COMMUNITY HOMESTAY

Itinerary

Arrival in Bardia, Traditional Welcome by the host. Explore around Tharu Village.

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.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Bardia Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Jeep Safari and Participate in Pre-Holi Festivities.

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.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Bardia Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Celebrate Holi Festival with the Locals.

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.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Bardia Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Departure for Onwards Destination.

Shortly after breakfast, you will be parting your ways with your host family at Bardia.

Notes:
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Services Included

  • 03 Nights 04 Days’ Festive Package at Bardiya Community Homestay on Full Board basis
  • Half Day Jeep Safari with guide in Community Forest.
  • Village excursion.
  • Tharu Cultural Program.
  • Holi celebration with the locals.

Services Excluded

  • Any Transportation or Flight Services.
  • Any expenses of Personal nature.
  • Services not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of Community Homestay Network and Royal Mountain Travel.

Impact Footprint

  • Promotion of authentic Tharu culture and support for the local community through community homestay experiences.
  • Contribution to the local economy by engaging in cultural programs and activities.
  • Creation of awareness about wildlife and nature conservation through the open-top jeep safari in Bardiya National Park.
  • Preservation of traditional Holi celebrations, fostering cultural heritage.
  • Strengthening community ties and cultural exchange by celebrating Holi with locals.