Participate in the glory of sisterhood this Teej! Revel in red as the day reveals itself.
Red day with singing and dancing , merry making and purifying of body, mind and soul .
Occurring around the month of August/September , Teej is a festival celebrated by women all over Nepal for three days. Women dressed in beautiful red saris with shining glass beads (Pote), singing and dancing is a common sight during this festival as women recall Parbati’s devotion to her husband Shiva.It is specially significant for married women, when they get a special invitation to visit their maternal home and feast.
Following a long feast also known as Dar, the women, sit for a 24 hour long fasting , where most do not eat or even drink water. What is fascinating is to watch women of all age group, young and old, dance for hours in the heat , rain, without a drop of water or food for an entire day.
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. Observers can take photos of these women dancing merrily , where sometimes foreigners, especially women tourists are requested to participate in the merry-making.
The significance of such a festival is for women to ask for special blessings by Lord Shiva, to have attain a good and caring husband in life, and to pray for his longevity and prosperity.
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1 (11 Sep 2018) : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4260 ft ) . Evening Observe DAR KHANE . Overnight at the hotel .
Day 2 (12 Sep 2018): Sightseeing and oberseve ( TEEJ/Haritalika ) in Pashupatinath Temple from very morning .
Day 3 (13 Sep 2018 ): Sightseeing of Bhaktaur and excursion to Panauti .
Day 4 (14 Sep 2018 ): Observe the last day of Teej Festival Known as RISHI PANCHAMI .
Day 5 (15 Sep 2018 ) : Kathmandu to Pokhara drive
Day 6 (16 Sep 2018 ) : In Pokhara
Day 7 (17 Sep2018): Pokhara to Kathmandu flight
Day 8 (18 Sep 2018 ): 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 . Later observe the first day of Teej festival and it is called Dar Khane . On this day women at family house and singing and dancing take place . Mainly the male members ( father and brothers ) help prepare the special and delicious dish (Dar) . They consume this dish multiple times before midnight . After midnight ( which is next monring : 2nd day of the festival Teej ) they go for fast even with out taking water for the welbeing of their family. Experiencing all this with the Nepali family is an unique experience . Overnight at the hotel .
As mentioned above Teej is the festival to mark the the glory of sisterhood this Teej by singing , dancing , merry making , visiting temples and maternal homes . This festival ultimately observed seeking the well being, long life and happines of a family . It also celeberated for the purifiction of body , mind and soul .
Both mainly married and unmarried women throng the shiva temples all throuhout the country and there is the special celebration in the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu . All most all the Nepalese women participate in this festival celebrate the womenhood . This festival is absolutely colorful and mindblowing as women are best dressed with red for this celebration .
Our tours start visiting UNESCO sites such as of Boudhanath , the biggest buddhist stupa in nepal built in 5th century looms over 36 meters and built in octagonal foundation , Later we visit Pashupatinath , the holiest hindu shrine dates back form 200 yrs BC where we will spend more time observing the TEEJ Rituals where women will be eagerly awaiting in queue to enter the Pashupatinath temple for PUJA seeking blessings. Later we visit the ancient town of Patan which known as the the city beauty as it has the finest temples and pagodas . This city more of influenced with Buddhism . Most of the temples and manuments we see these days dates back from 17th Century. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu .
Today after brekfast we will drive to Panauti , enroute visiting Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon ) the most preserved medieval town of Kathmandu Valley.
Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon ) once 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.
Later we continue driving (30 kms ) along the Araniko Highgway to reach the ancient town of Panauti which is situated at the confluence of sacred rivers Rosi and Punyamati . The visit to this small but impressive medieval town is very much expereience of a lifetime which will give you the medieval feel in this fast changing world of 21st century . The visit to this village which you will cheris for a long time. There is also a choice of staying at Home stays for overnight (for those who enjoy liviing with the locals)
Today after breakfast we visit various Hindu temples including Pashupatinath to witness Rishi Panchami , the last day of Teej Festival .
This day special ritual is obeserved in the temples and at the banks of holy rivers . Women remember and worship Rishis(Sages), they take holy bath, purify their body with sacred Tulasi plants, clean their teeth with special stick of herbal plants . A man priest will guide them and they observe these Rishi Panchami with greater respect and devotion .
Today after breakfast we drive to Pokhara 210 Kms enroute quick stopover at Bandipur. Later continue driving to Pokhara . On arrival check in at the hotel. Later visit TalBarahi Temple situtated in the middle of the lake by boat . Time permiting we will explore Lakeside which is very colorful with shops, hotels, bars, pubs and lights and music . Overnight at the hotel .
Early morning excursion to Sarnagkot for sunrise over the Himlayas . Later sightseeing of Pokhara covering Bindevasini Temple, Devi’s fall , Gupteswar Shiva cave, Mountain mueseum etc.
Time permiting OPTIONAL hike uphill to Peace Monastery and from here we will enjoy the great view of Pokhara valley, Phewa lake and the long Mt . Annapurna range . Evening free again to explore lakeside on your own . Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after brekfast transfer to Pokhara airport in time to fly to Kathmandu . In the clear weather this flight offers the spectacular view of Annapurna range .On arrival in Kathmandu check in at the hotel . PM walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar square, Ason, Indrachowk and Thamel .
Morning optional Mountain flight . Later transfer to the airport in time to connect your international flight .
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast
- Kathmandu-Pokhara drive
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- 01 hour boating at Phewa Lake
- Sunrise excursion to Sarangkot .
- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight
- Participation in Teej /Rishipanchami
- 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 .