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Bijaya Dashami

Festival Tours in Nepal

Tour Information

Dashain is the most important festival to the Nepali people. It is a celebration of good prevailing over evil. Most families offer male goats, ducks, chickens, eggs and coconuts to the goddess Durga. People return to their home villages and spend some or all of the fifteen-day festival with their families. Large swings are set up for children, and from the tenth day, family members receive tika (rice, red vermillion and yoghurt) on their foreheads from their elders.

The first nine days of the festival are called Navaratri (nava: nine and ratri: night). The eighth day is Maha Asthami, a bad time for thousands of buffalos, goats, ducks and pigeons that fall victim to the unforgiving slash of the khukuri knife. This night is known as Kal Ratri (black night).

Itinerary Overview

DaysActivity
Day 1 14th OCT 2018: Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 2 15th OCT 2018: Tour the holy sites of Kathmandu
Day 3 16th OCT 2018: Tour Panauti and Bhaktapur
Day 4 17th OCT 2018: Celebrate Dashain in Kathmandu
Day 5 18th OCT 2018: Celebrate Dashain in Kathmandu
Day 6 19th OCT 2018: Celebrate Dashain in Kathmandu
Day 7 20th OCT 2018: Departure

Information

What's Included?
  • All land transportation by private AC vehicle as per group size
  • Necessary Entrance Fee
What's Excluded?
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees
  • International flights
  • Tips and gratuities

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Day 1

14th OCT 2018: Welcome to Kathmandu!

As you exit baggage claim/customs on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, your airport representative will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Please look for your name sign. The airport is close to the city centre (about half an hour’s drive), but traffic can make the journey a little slow, especially during peak hours.

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Day 2

15th OCT 2018: Tour the holy sites of Kathmandu

Start at Boudhanath Stupa, one of the holiest sites in Nepal, and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet. It commands admiration not only from Buddhists but also Hindus, who can also be seen paying their respects at this holy site. The stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a symbol of peace and love. It used to be a resting point for Tibetan merchants travelling to Nepal and India. Tibetans and other Buddhists from around the world consider this a sacred destination.

Next, visit Pashupatinath Temple, which is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, the God of Destruction and Lord of Animals. This temple is a final destination for Hindu devotees from all around the world, as many people come to die here and to have their ashes scattered. Built in around 400 A.D, the temple is located beside the holy river Bagmati, and is decorated with ancient arts and crafts. Four of the main gates of the temple are made of silver.

Pashupatinath Temple is also home to many Hindu sadhus. They can be spotted around the temple: they are the men with long dreadlocks who meditate by the banks of the Bagmati River. They can sometimes be seen smoking marijuana, as it is believed that Lord Shiva was fond of smoking marijuana at his adobe, Mount Kailash—so the sadhus at Pashupatinath impersonate him!

Later on, visit the old town of Patan. This is one of the Kathmandu Valley’s World Heritage Sites, and well worth a visit. Its origins are mysterious, but it has a long Buddhist history. It claims to have been the capital of the mythical Kiranti Dynasty and is associated with the great Indian emperor, Ashoka, who is credited with the building of the four grass-covered stupas surrounding the city in around 250 BCE. For many centuries, Patan’s importance eclipsed Kathmandu’s, and by the 7th century, it was a major Buddhist centre of Asia, attracting pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China. Medieval Patan was the largest and most prosperous of the three kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley. The town was ruled by noblemen until the Mallas of Kathmandu took control of the city in 1597, for a while unifying the Kathmandu Valley. Most of Patan’s magnificent architecture dates to the late Malla era (16th-18th centuries).

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Day 3

16th OCT 2018: Tour Panauti and Bhaktapur

Following the Araniko Highway out of Kathmandu, climb up and out of the valley to the village of Panauti, set at the confluence of sacred rivers (35km, 1-2 hrs).

Many families in Panauti village have come together to establish a homestay program. They provide comfortable rooms for guests in their own homes, as well as cultural programmes and sightseeing activities. Eat lunch with a local family in their homestay, a unique and memorable experience.

Next, drive to Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Bhaktapur is an important and fascinating World Heritage Site. It’s comprised of three large squares filled with shrines, temples and activity, and a typical Newari city (the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley) with some of the finest architecture in Nepal. In its heyday (14th-16th centuries), Bhaktapur was the most powerful of the Kathmandu Valley kingdoms, and its capital for 300 years.

Despite earthquakes and frequent rebuilding, Bhaktapur today retains a medieval feel. Its neighbourhoods are still caste-oriented and centred around the old ponds or tanks (built to store water for drinking, washing and religious ceremonies), and which continue to be a social focal point. Local people here are predominantly farmers or engaged in the traditional crafts of pottery, metalwork, art and woodwork, which continue today and have supported the city since its establishment in the 12th century to service the trade route between Tibet and India. It’s a fascinating place to explore.

In the evening, return to Kathmandu.

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Day 4

17th OCT 2018: Celebrate Dashain in Kathmandu

Dashain is the most important festival to the Nepali people. It is a celebration of good prevailing over evil. Most families offer male goats, ducks, chickens, eggs and coconuts to the goddess Durga. People return to their home villages and spend some or all of the fifteen-day festival with their families. Large swings are set up for children, and from the tenth day, family members receive tika (rice, red vermillion and yoghurt) on their foreheads from their elders.

The first nine days of the festival are called Navaratri (nava: nine and ratri: night). The eighth day is Maha Asthami, a bad time for thousands of buffalos, goats, ducks and pigeons that fall victim to the unforgiving slash of the khukuri knife. This night is known as Kal Ratri (black night).

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Day 5

18th OCT 2018: Celebrate Dashain in Kathmandu

Maha Nawami is the ninth day of Dashain. This is the only day of the year when the doors of the famous Taleju temple at Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) are open to the public. This is also the day when, at the courtyard of Hanuman Dhoka, official sacrifices are performed by the Nepali army: long-bladed khukuri knives are used to slice sacrificial buffaloes’ heads neatly with a single stroke. Officers in full uniform stand in attendance while the military bands play war tunes and the big guns fire off a few booming rounds.

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Day 6

19th OCT 2018: Celebrate Dashain in Kathmandu

The final day of Dashain is Vijaya Dashami, the day of tika. Households spruce up their homes to welcome many visitors throughout the day. Most households prepare a large silver plate to hold the tika, jamara grass, fruits and new notes given as offerings. Younger people receive tika and offerings from their elders.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DASHAIN, PLEASE CLICK: https://goo.gl/rt7jL6  

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Day 7

20th OCT 2018: Departure

Today it’s time to leave Nepal, and you will be transferred to the airport. Or, travel onwards in Nepal.

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