Holi (Fagu Purnima) : is the Hindu festival of color celebrated in the joy of victory over evil during the full moon day at the end of Falgun (Mid March to Apr) mainly in Nepal and India .
Celebrated to mark the joy on the coming of Spring season Fagu Purnima is celebrated all over Nepal especially in the southern Terai region. Holi will be celebrated on March 1 in the hills, while in the Terai the festival will be celebrated a day later, on March 2. Legend has it that this festival originated as celebration of the death of the Demoness Holika.
Holika, who was supposed to be indestructible by fire had made several attempts to kill her nephew, Prahlad, a devout follower of Lord Vishnu. Eventually, she put the boy on her lap and set fire beneath them, thinking that he would succumb to the fire while she would escape. But instead the boy remained unharmed and Holika, to her surprise, was destroyed by the fire.
In the Kathmandu Valley, Fagu Poornima begins on the first day with the raising of the Chir pole about noon in front of Kumari House in Basantapur.
On the last day, the Chir pole is brought down, dragged to Tudikhel and burnt to ashes. The ashes are carried home by devotees as the symbol of protection. In the Terai region, Holi is celebrated a day later than in Kathmandu Valley. Hence the festival is socially important which promotes colors, fun, friendship and happiness. People smear coloured powders on their friends, relatives and family members, and throw coloured water and water balloons .
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1( 17 March 2019) : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4260 ft ) .
Day 2 (18 March 2019 ): Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 3 (19 March 2019 ) : Drive to Panauti & Bhktapur
Day 4(20 March 2019 ) : Celebration of Holi festival in Kathmandu by smearing and playing with water & colors with the locals .
Day 5 (21 March 2019 ) : Kathmandu – Janakpur Flight to observe holi in Janakpur.
Day 6 (22 March 2019 ) : Drive from Janakpur- Chitwan for Jungle safari
Day 7( 23 March 2019 ) : In Chitwan
Day 8( 24 March 2019 ) Chitwan – Kathmandu drive
Day 9 ( 25th March 2019 ) : Departure !
Detail Itinerary :
On Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport ( TIA ) in Kathmandu you will be met and greeted by Global Asia Tours & Travel’s represenatative and transferred to your centrally located hotel . After brief rest you will be taken for a quick city tours covering Swayambhunath /Monkey temple ( 2000 years) Buddhist stupa . After this we visit (time permiting ) Kathmandu Durbar Square, the cultural center of Kathmandu valley where the world’s only living goddess KUMARI is housed. Evening Typical Nepalese dinner with dance . Overnight at the hotel .
After breakfast at the hotel you will be met by our guide for the full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley covering PASHUPATINATH, BOUHDANATH & PATAN .
First in the morning we visit to Pashupatinath , the holiest hindu temple situated at the bank of Bagmati river . This is one of the most sacred Hindu temple in the world dedicated to lordg Shiva. This temple exist to 200 years BC . Near the temple we can see the crematoriums in the bank of Bagmati river where local hindus observe the death rituals. From here we continue to tour to Boudhanath which is the largest stupa in the world . It looms 36 m high with 4 paits of eyes facing th four cardinal driections . It was built in 5th Century in an octagonal foundation representing Mandala ( Lotus ) . Thousands of people from Tibetan origin live in this area and there dozens of massive Tibetan Monasteries. From here we visit to Patan , the city of arts and architecture . Enchanting rows of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples makes this city more beautiful. The interesting things to see here are Local Bazaar, Palace square, Krishna temple, Patan museum, stone fountains, Golden temple , Kumbheswar temple, Mahaboudha temple (temple of 9000 Buddhas) . Evening free and overnight at the hotel
Morning after breakfast we drive to typical Newari town of Panauti will give you the medieval feeling of 17th Century . This city is situated at the confluence of Roshi and Punyamati river. It is dotted with ancient temples and houses. Some of the landmarks of Panauti are Indreswar temple , Brahmayani Temple , Panauti Durbar square , Panauti mueseum . Later we drive back Bhaktpaur ( Bhadgaon ) the most impressive heritage town of kathmandu valley the most powerful Capital ( 14-16th Century) is now famous for the unique layout of pagoda temples, quiet but busy streets, impressive anciet palace squares, typical living styles and cultures. Some of the highlights in this city are Durbar square, Golden gate, Mahadev Temple , Potters square, Taumadhi square, Towering Nyatapola temple, Dattatreya Temle , Pujari Math, Peacock window etc. Evening free to explore Thamel for shopping or individual activities . Overnight at the hotel .
Morning after breakfast we are all set to start our day with smearing of colors and throwing water canons to each other . You will enjoy the colorful people on the streets merrymaking and playing with vermilion powder. We will also dressed up white and prepared to be treated with the colors. Overnight at the hotel .
Holi in Terai is something more colorful and lively . After breakfast we drive to Kathmandu aiport to fly to Janakpur , Terai’s most fascinating city known as Janakpurdham . On arrival in Janapur we will be tranferred to the hotel . Later we will visit the Landmark Janaki temple . Hindu Mythology Identifies Janakpur as the capital of ancient kingdom of Mithila . We will observe and particiapte in the Holi with the local . There will a lot singing, dancing and fun with the colors .
NB: Some time holi is celebrated in Janakpur the following day unlike to any other Terai districts .
Morning free . Later we drive to Chitwan for Jungle safari. . On arrival in Chitwna check in at the hotel and activity briefing by the camp manager . Lunch will be served . PM : Elephant briefing . Late afternoon village walk /bullock cart ride to the surrounding farmland/viallge . Evening overnight at the resort .
Early morning wake up call and tea , coffee/cookies will be served . Later elephant back safari in the jungle . During this safari there are plenty of opportunity to see one horn rhino, deer, monkeys, wild boar, bears,peacocks , various species of birds and perhaps even a tiger . On return you will have your breakfast at the resort .
In the afternoon depending on the season : Afternoon: depending upon the season, elephant bathing will be held on the Rapti River, and you are welcome to join in giving the elephants a scrub.
PM: After Lunch you will be taken for a traditional dug-out canoe on the Rapti river. On this silent river ride you will get an opportunity to view aquatic birds and see animals on the river banks. And at the end we will visit Gharial (Crocodile) Breeding Centre. From this place nature walk in the jungle and back to the resort . Evening dinner followed by Tharu Cultural Dance . Overnight at the resort .
Time permiting , we go for bird watching to the nearby community forest. Chitwan is the home to over 450 species of birds . Later Drive to Pokhara (165 km) the lake city of Nepal . Tony Hagen, a known Swiss Geologist who has walked over 14000 kilometers in Nepal called it “ one of the most extraoridinary and beautiful places in the whole world” Later drive back to Kathmandu enroute cable car ride to Manakamana temple . Arrive Kathmandu in the evening . Farewell dinner . Over night at the hotel .
Morning free . Transfer to the airport in time to connect the international flight.
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast
- Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner in Chitwan
- Kathmandu-Janakpur flight
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- National park fee, permits
- All the jungle activities (canoe ride, elephant ride,vilage walk, nature walk etc )
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- Janakpur-Chitwan–Kathmandu surface transfers
- Holy fun with local people .
- All the government taxes
Fresh flower garland on arrilval, welcome drinks, service of tour officer , farewell dinner , 01 bottle of mineral water every day during sightseeing ) , farewell scarf on departure
Services exclude :
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees /Passort fees
- International flight cost
- Emergency rescue
- Optional tours like Mountain flight , Cable car, rafting .
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks/barbills , internet, laundry, telephone, postage, tipping/gratuities
- Expenses arising from from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather , road blockade,landslides, riots,political reasons ,natural calamities, incidents beyond our control.
- Rooms/hotels upgrading
- Services other than included.
- In case suddend change in festival dates and any expense arising from this reason .