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Nepal During Holi Festival

Nepal During Holi Festival

Overview :

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 :

Day 1( 17 March 2019) : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

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 .

Day 2 (18 March 2019 ) : Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu .

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

Day 3 : ( 19 March ) Drive to Panauti & Bhktapur

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 .

Day 4(20 March 2019 ) : Celebration of Holi festival in Kathmandu by smearing and playing with water & colors with the locals .

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 .

Day 5 (21 March 2019 ) : Kathmandu – Janakpur Flight to observe holi in Janakpur.

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 .

Day 6 (22 March 2019 ) : Drive from Janakpur- Chitwan for Jungle safari ( 4 hrs )

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 .

Day 7( 23 March 2019 ) : In Chitwan

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 .

Day 8( 24 March 2019 ) Chitwan - Kathmandu drive (175Kms / 7 hrs )

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 .

Day 9 ( 25th March 2019 ) : Departure !

Morning free . Transfer to the airport in time to connect the international flight.

Services include:

  • 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

 

Compliments :

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 .

 

 

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