Nepal is not just the place that is known for high Himalayas and mountains. It is also known as the land of feast and festivals as well. Nepal is home to diverse settlements, in terms of ethnicity, religion, dialect, and culture. Because of the variation of language, culture, and ethnicity of people living in Nepal, people here have their own tradition and festivals. In Nepal, more than 50 festival is celebrated in Nepal. In such a culturally diverse country, where the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm, making a holiday plan at this festival will make your trip the most remarkable.
Festival tours in Nepal are very interesting to understand the diverse culture and custom of Nepalese people. As there are hundreds of diverse festival in Nepal. That's why Nepal has been called 'the land of festivals' that are a living part of cultural heritage. The religious festivals of Nepal follow the lunar calendar but the national festivals have fixed dates like ‘Eid and others.
Nepal is also very popular for its different culture, tradition and religious festivals. Also, it is well-known for its Himalayas. More than 50 festivals are celebrated in Nepal each year with great enthusiasm. In Nepal, all the events are celebrated with the same happy faces and with large numbers - the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people have no other means of entertainment. Even today festivals are not only the yearly wonders but also are living part of the amusing cultural heritage. Celebrating festivals effectually bond to whom having a diverse cultural background together. This is also one of the opportunities of sharing their social lives, sharing one of other happiness. Even though most of these festivals or these ceremonies are religious some have historical importance too. Most Nepalese festivals are related to different Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses. They are celebrated on such days heavenly for them by these festivals.
Nepal Festival Tour gives us the vision to the rich cultural spirit that is celebrated with full of life, colors and interest in a sparkling environment. These festivals also remind you of the regional, cultural and traditional diversity of Nepal which grasps the great position for local Nepalese people.
Festivals involve all your sanities, with their noise, colors, and smells and tastes the variety, the fun, and the naturalness are part of the whole experience. Our Festival Tour in Nepal is not only partial to having fun and entertainment, but it is also a great opportunity to learn the cultural importance of Nepalese. It would be something new, something different, fun and learning chances to you making Nepal festival tour with Nepal Tours a great visiting experience.
Shivaratri festival belongs to Lord Shiva, the supreme god of Hindu who is equally known as Shambhu, Bhole, Mahadev, Shanker, Kailash, Pashupatinath and so on. It falls in the Nepali month of Falgun (in between February-March). Shivaratri is one of the most important festivals of Hindu people in Nepal and India. On this day, thousands of people visit Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu which is believed to be the origin of Lord Shiva. Followers of Lord Shiva from Nepal and India come to Pashupatinath temple to worship Lord Shiva. Many Sadhus (yogi) from India and different parts of Nepal come to Pashupatinath temple to celebrate Shivaratri festival. It is quite interesting to see those Sadhus on this day as most of them are half naked and few of them are totally unclothed in Pashupatinath temple. Use of marijuana and cannabis is illegal in Nepal but in Shivaratri, it is offered to Shiva and his followers openly. We can see many Sadhus having marijuana in Pashupatinath on this festival. Shivaratri is celebrated in all Shiva temples all over Nepal.
Gai Jatra (cow festival)
Gai literally means a cow and Jatra is a procession. Gai Jatra falls in the Nepali month of Bhadra (in between July-August). This festival is celebrated with dancing, singing, and comedy that cause mirth and laughter. Gai Jatra festival is most popular in Newar people throughout the country. Newar people who had died in their families in the last year organize Gai Jatra procession led by a cow. In the cities where there were no cows, young boys dressed up and decorated themselves as cow used to substitute the cows. Nowadays leading Gai Jatra procession by young kids dressed up in a funny way has begun a tradition. Families, relatives, and friends of the host family participate in the Gai Jatra celebration.
Traditionally on the 15th of Chait, all horses and ponies belonging to government servants were assembled at the grand parade ground and entered into a race in front of the king and top officials who are stationed around a central monument. The monument bore Sir Jung Bahadur's statue. After the event, gambling is allowed for two days and nights and the festival ends with an illumination of the monument. In 1875, Bahadur's statue and four dragon monuments were moved into a newly built temple in his honor, hence the location of the festival moved.
Bisket Jatra, the biggest festival of Bhaktapur, begins with the pulling of the chariot of Lord Bhairavnath on the premises of the five-storied Nyatapola temple. The festival commences at the start of the Nepali New Year. Hundreds of locals from either side of the Taumadi begin the Jatra by pulling the three-storied pagoda-style chariot. Thousands of people, including foreigners, enjoy the jatra. The Bisket Jatra festival is celebrated for eight nights and nine days.
Holi festival (Fagu Poornima)
Holi is one of the major festivals of Hindus. It is celebrated in the spring season. Holi is known as 'playing with color' festival. Young and old, especially the children throw bags of water or a handful of colored powder at each other and make it a pleasure. In the Terai region, they celebrate it the next day when people of valley celebrate it.
Dashain Festival is one of the most important and longest Hindu festivals which is celebrated all over Nepal delightfully. This festival usually falls in the month of September or October and is actually celebrated for 15 days. It starts from bright lunar fortnight (Shukla Paksha) and ends on the day of full moon (Poornima) according to Nepalese annual calendar. Hindus greatest festival, Dashain honors a great conquest of the gods over the evil demons. The symbol of power, Goddess Durga is worshiped during this festival.
Tihar festival is a time of lights and glitter decorations, fancy sweets and juicy fruits. The celebrations begin with the adoration of crows and dogs. Leaf dishes of rice, incense and light are set out for the dark messenger, while dogs are worshiped and offered goodies. In the period of Tihar Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth is worshipped. Rows of lamps are placed on windows and doors, with the strong hope that Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth, is worshipped. Rows of lamps are placed on windows and doors, with the strong hope that Laxmi pleased to reside in the light. The following day belongs to the cow, representative of Laxmi. Laxmi Puja, Gobardhan Puja, and Bhai Tika are the series of an event under Tihar. In the day of Bhai Tika sisters and brothers get together and accept Tika from each other. This day is called as Brothers' Day. Brothers and sisters honor each other on this day and sisters pray to Yama, the God of Death, for their brothers' progress, prosperity, and longevity.
Sherpas and Tibetans welcome their New Year with feasts, family visits, and dancing. Families put on their finest clothes and jewelry and exchange gifts. Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity and perform dances at the monasteries. Colorful prayer flags decorate streets and rooftops, and the colors seem especially brilliant at the Bouddha and Swayambhu stupas. Crowds of celebrants at Bouddha bring in the New Year by throwing tsampa (roasted barley flour) into the air.
In Nepal, the birthday of Buddha (Buddha Jayanti) is of special significance to many because Nepal is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Buddhists in Nepal celebrate Buddha Jayanti on the full moon day in the Buddhist month of Baishakh (May). Buddha Jayanti is a special day for both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. On this occasion, people celebrate the life of Lord Buddha.
The eight-day long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley. This also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. It begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Square in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
For the pole-raising ceremony, hundreds of spectators gather at the Palace Square and on the surrounding temples. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess, is taken out in a procession through the main streets of Kathmandu. Masked dancers are known as Lakhay take to the streets almost every evening accompanied by loud drums. The festival commemorates the time when Indra came down from heaven in human form to look for an herb.
Highlights of Nepal Festival Tours
- Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley - Rickshaw ride through the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa & Bodhnath Buddhist Stupa
- Bhaktapur - Durbar Square, visiting local families to watch Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and try making pottery
- Experience the Nepali festival and culture from up close.
- Know more about Nepali culture and tradition
- Tour around the UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Tour to the exotic locations of Nepal
- Rikshaw ride around the Thamel area.
The itineraries provided by the Himalayan Scenery Treks Is guided and standard; however, the itineraries are subjected to be altered or changed because of the uncertainties beyond our control. Note that, the itineraries are just a Guideline to show you the overview of tentative tour plans. The alteration on the tentative itineraries may differ or altered as per the best interest, due to the unpredicted event caused by physical, technical and natural conditions.
Hotel and Accommodation:
We provide you the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu.
In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan for the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.
Food and Beverages:
A variety of meals are available in most hotels that we stay for overnight. Among the food served in the hotel, some of the most popular are Indian, Chinese, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan and the more common continental food. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are also available in every restaurant and hotel.
All the food and Beverages included on the package are provided by the company itself. We will be served all meals in Kathmandu. We will have breakfast and lunch at the hotel where we stay for the night. On the day tour, the tour leader will decide the available place and stop for lunch.
We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and drop. We also provide all private ground transportation facilities during your tour in Nepal.
We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek. Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable.
Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Festival Tour. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the chaotic city of Kathmandu. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, get a body massage, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.
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- Destination Nepal
- Trip Difficulty Easy
- Trip Style Tour
- Accommodation Hotel
- Group Size 02 - 12
- Max Altitude 1400 Meter
- Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
- Meals: N.A.