TEEJ OR HARITALIKA TEEJ FESTIVAL is observed over 3 days and is an occasion for Hindu women to pray for their husbands’ long life, marital bliss, and harmony. Decked up in red sarees and red tika, bangles, women sing and dance to traditional folk songs for days. It is a sight to behold at the Pashupatinath temple, where thousands of women draped in Red and green throng the premises of the temple. Witness women of all age group, young and old, dance for hours.
DAY 1– ARRIVE KATHMANDU – Dinner
Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and transfer to hotel. Once known as Kantipur, the city is named after Kasthamandap, an imposing pagoda near Hanuman Dhoka and Old Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening witness the celebration sof first day of the Teej festival. Known as “Dar Khane Din” on this day, women dress up and go out into the streets to celebrate. There’s dancing, singing in the stererts in the evening. HOTEL
DAY 2 – KATHMANDU – Teej Festival & City Tour- Breakfast & Lunch
Teej festival is dedicated to the goddess Parvati, who married Lord Shiva. Their union is considered a symbol of ultimate love and devotion, and women use Teej to ask for a marriage just as loving and happy. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred Hindu temples in the world, temple is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Nepalese women head to the Pashupatinath temple today to make offerings of fruits and flowers to lord Shiva. They also light an oil lamp, which must be kept on throughout the night as a symbol of good omens and blessings to come.
After Lunch, embark on a city tour, including the Durbar Square with its pagoda-shaped temples, bazaars and the Royal Residential Palace, and the temple of the Living Goddess Kumari, worshiped as a deity by all devout Nepalese. Bodhnath is the home of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, and Pashupatinath, is the most sacred of Lord Shiva’s shrines in Nepal on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. This evening explorr Durbar aquare on your own to see the festivities. HOTEL
DAY 3– KATHMANDU – PATAN & BUNGMATI EXCURSION- Breakfast & Lunch
Explore Patan, called the “City of Beauty” for its many palaces and temples embellished with intricately carved gods and goddesses in erotic poses. Visit the sculpture foundry to meet a master sculptor of sacred images. For centuries, the Nepalese have been world- famous for their statue making, and after a visit to the foundry, you’ll know why. Follow your guide for an insider’s tour of the Buddhist temples in Patan.
Continue to the typical Newar village of Bungmati. Founded in the 7th century, Bungmati is home to one of the most important gods of the Kathmandu Valley: Matsyendranath, the God of Rain and Compassion, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. He is credited by the local people for the introduction of rice plantations in the valley. The rich heritage and unchanging lifestyle of the Newar people is clear in Bungamati it remains relatively isolated from modern Nepali life. HOTEL
TEEJ FESTIVAL – Last day of the festival, and before the ceremonial baths, a Teej idol representing Parvati is decorated with gold, jewelry and flowers and then taken out through the streets in a procession. Tour today will be adjusted to see and photograph the procession.
Day 4– KATHMANDU – MT. EVEREST FLIGHTSEEING & BHADGAON TOUR- Breakfast & Dinner
Rise early this morning and take a one-hour flightseeing tour of Himalayas including Mt. Everest as the sun rises. (Subject to weather). Return to hotel to fresen up and breakfast. Rest of the morning is free for independent activities. This afternoon enjoy a drive through the terraced rice fields to the primitive city of Bhadgaon. The Durbar Square includes the Big Bell, once rung to usher in curfew; the Bell of the Barking Dogs; the Lion Gate; the Picture Gallery; and the famous Golden Gate. HOTEL
DAY 5– KATHAMNDU / CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK- WILDLIFE SAFARI- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Travel to Asia’s richest and spectacular wildlife sanctuary, home to the great one-horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth deer, wild boar, freshwater dolphin, leopard, marsh mugger, gharial crocodiles, over 450 species of birds and the elusive, nocturnal Royal Bengal Tiger. Embark on your first safari in the park this afternoon. LODGE
DAY 6 & 7- CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Enjoy excellent game viewing opportunities included during your stay at Chitwan. Activities include nature walks, game viewing by elephant’s back and land rover, boat trips, jungle treks, bird watching excursions, wildlife viewing and photography from machans (blinds). LODGE
DAY 8- CHITWAN / POKHARA – Breakfast & Lunch
After your early morning safari and breakfast, travel to Pokhara, renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. The scenic valley is an enormous sunlit playground covered by green-forested hills, waterfalls, and terraced fields. Its three lakes – Phew, Begnas and Rupa – further enhance the beauty of the valley. You’ll be swept away by the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli and the five peaks of Annapurna and Machapuchare. HOTEL
DAY 9– POKHARA TOURING- – Breakfast & Lunch
Rise early to witness the spectacular sunrise over Himalayas. Visit the lakeside, on the shores of Phewa Lake, and the center of all tourist activities in the town. Barahi temple is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built in the middle of Phewa Lake, the two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force, Shakti. Visit Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. Seti Gandaki, flowing right through the city, is the boisterous river that runs completely underground in several places. Mahendra Pul, a small bridge provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow. Devi’s fall, locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s fall), is an impressive waterfall. Your last stop is at World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. The shrine provides a great vantage point for spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. HOTEL
DAY 10 -POKHARA/ KATHMANDU- Breakfast & Dinner
Morning at leisure. This afternoon travel to Kathmandu. Check in at hotel.This evening walk through the Durbar suare to see the preparations for the Indrjatra festival and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. HOTEL
DAY 11 to 13 – KATHMANDU – Indrajatra Festival- Breakfast
Nepal is a diverse country made up of communities that celebrate their unique cultures with festivals. Amongst them, the Newar community celebrates the highest number of festivals year-round, and to-date has been able to retain and restore the culture.
Leading you to an amazing journey of knowing, one of the most mesmerizing festivals celebrated in Nepal, initiated by the Newari community, is Indra Jatra. It is a spectacular experience of joy, energy, and stunning exhibition in celebration of gods and goddesses. Continuing for eight days, this festival portrays the dance of deities and human representatives that are carried around the Kathmandu Durbar Square in different chariots of three gods. Bhairav, one of the forms of Lord Shiva, Kumari, the living goddess, and Ganesh, the elephant headed God. Young men and middle-aged men, fueled by local liquor, pull the chariots around the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
During your stay you will also witness various forms of dances:
The Pulu Kisi is disguised by three men inside a huge white get-up of an elephant that dances the way through the Durbar Square coordinated with music played by local instruments. The Pulu Kisi is then accompanied by Lakhey, a disguise of a monster with red hair and an aggressive face. The dance between these two is a great crowd pleaser and invites immense energy.
The “Dash Avatar” dance, which highlights the ten different forms of deities, is performed late at night with an astonishing beauty of the masks and the clothes representing every single avatar (form) of the deities. The remarkable dancers display a short drama through traditional dance and accessories.
The Newars of Kathmandu Valley also celebrate the Yenya Punhi or “Samaya Baji” festival on the third day of the Jatra by lighting up an artistic Diyo (lamp), named Dalucha and worshipping ritualistically by offering Samaya Baji, an authentic traditional dish of the Newar community which is later distributed to the locals that participate in the Jatra.
Every year the Jatra is performed pulling a crowd of thousands, worshipping, celebrating, and enjoying. Creating memories with an energy that cannot be forgotten. The contrast of colors and display of culture is a beautiful chaos to watch and does justice to the hype that has been built over many years.
On last evening witness Nepalese folk dances show followed by farewell dinner.
DAY 14 – DEPART KATHMANDU – Breakfast
Board your flight home with fond memories, sights and sounds of Nepal or extend your stay in India, Bhutan and more.
LAND TOUR PRICE: 2023