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Nepal Tour with Bisket Jatra

Nepal Tour with Bisket Jatra

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Bisket Jatra festival is the week long festival  marks the ancient solar New year calendar .  The jatra commences after a special Tantric ritual in th Bhairab temple in Taumadhi Tole in Bhaktapur. Bhairav and Bhadrakali are then placed in large chariots (locally known as Rathas) and pulled through crowds of cheering onlookers. During the festival people replay a drama passed on over the centuries.The God Bhairav is the fierce form of Lord Shiva and Bhadrakali is the wrathful form of the Mother Goddess. 
On the first day of the street festival a large 25 ft Yoshin-Pole is placed into a hole and raised vertically in the air. Then the Gods are removed from their temples and placed in large wooden chariots. The chariots are pulled through the crowded streets by the people of Bhaktapur. On the last day of the festival the Bhairav Chariot is parked in Gahi Tole. At midnight the smaller Bhadrakali Chariot is repeatedly rammed against the Bhairav Chariot in a not very subtle display of their explosive copulation. It is destructive and a little bit dangerous for those standing close. A giant game of tug-of-war is performed between the east and west side of the city. It is said the side of town which wins the tug-of-war will be the most prosperous for the following year. This festival of Chariot is celebrated for fewdays  and statues of the gods Bhairab and Bhadrakali, on two massive chariots , other gods and goddesses are also enthroned on palanquins and taken in a procession around the ancient town. The Chariots are pulled by ropes by groups of young Newar men. This festival draws the huge crowds and watching this festival of Tug of War  is exhilarating .

Bisket Jatra is also celebrated in Balkumari Thimi and Bode with Jibro Chhedne (Tongue Piercing)  Jatra and Sindoor Jatra respectively. The festivities conclude with several days of spiritual entrancement, dancing and merry-making.

Brief Itinerary :

Day 1 (13 April 19 )  : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4260 ft ) . PM: Half day Sightseeing .  Overnight at the hotel  in Bhaktapur

Day 2 (14 April 19 ): Observe Bisket Jatra and Nepali New Year in Bhaktapur

(Bhadgaon) . Overnight in Bhaktapur .

Day 3 (15 April 19 ) :  Participation of 2nd day of Bisket Jatra festival .

Day 4 (16 April a19 ) :Bhaktapur – Panauti – Namobuddha  and Dhulikhel  . Over night at Dhulikhel

Day 5(17 April 19 ) : Dhulikhel – Kathmandu drive and visit historical UNESCO manuments covering  Pashupatinath, Boudhanath , Swayambhunath and Patan .  overnight in Kathmandu .  Evening farewell dinner  and  overnight at the hotel .

Day 6 (18 April 19 ) :  Departure !

Moring free until your departure. Later  transfer to the airport  in time to connect your international flight .

Detail Itinerary:

Day 1 (13 April 19 ) : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4260 ft ) . PM: Half day Sightseeing . Overnight at the hotel in Bhaktapur

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 hotel in Bhaktapur. Check in at the hotel. PM explore Bhaktapur ,  the most interesting heritage city  of Kathmamdu  valley. Observe the  preparation of Bisket Jatra . Interact with  the locals  visit the  courtyards, temples and quiet  brick paved streets . Overnight at the hotel .

Day 2 (14 April 19 ): Observe Bisket Jatra and Nepali New Year in Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) . Overnight in Bhaktapur .

Today from the morning itself there are various activities  and  the  chariot procession will take  place in the late afternoon where  thousands of locals gather at  Taumadhi Square to  participate in the  festival . A giant game of tug-of-war is performed between the east and west side of the city. It is said the side of town which wins the tug-of-war will be the most prosperous for the following year. This festival of Chariot is celebrated for fewdays  and statues of the gods Bhairab and Bhadrakali, on two massive chariots , other gods and goddesses are also enthroned on palanquins and taken in a procession around the ancient town .During the festival, two wooden poles (lingos) are erected in two parts of the city. The Chariots are pulled by ropes by groups of young Newar men. This festival draws the huge crowds and watching this festival of Tug of War  is exhilarating .

Day 3 (15 April 19 ) : Participation of 2nd day of Bisket Jatra festival .

Observe various  activities  during 2nd day of Bisket Jatra. This festival  is also celebrated in Thimi from early morning taking out  chariots from different parts of the city.  Overnight at the hotel  in Bhaktapur.

Day 4 (16 April 19 ): Bhaktapur – Panauti – Namobuddha and Dhulikhel . Over night at Dhulikhel

Morning after breakfast we drive to another Newar town of Panauti situtated at the holy confluence of  3 streams  known as Rosi , Punyamati and (Lilamati ) . Lilamati is considered the mystic river which is visible by  the Tantrik Sages .  Panauti is charming  , as yet  unspoiled .  Some of the highlights we visit here are Indreaswar Temple  which is rich in its architecture , we will also visit ghats, krishna temple , Brahmayani temple . Later we continue walk uphill to Namobuddha , the Tibetan  buddhist Pilgrimage site. This place is very famous for spritiual visits, scenic beauty  and incredible landscape. Later we walk down to Dhulikhel-ancient trade point/route between Nepal and Tibet . Some of the highlights here are old bazaar, Narayan Temple, Harisiddhi Temple and giant sculptor of Garuda .  Overnight at Dhulikhel .

Day 5 (17 April 19) Dhulikhel – Kathmandu drive and visit historical UNESCO manuments covering Pashupatinath, Boudhanath , Swayambhunath and Patan .

Morning breakfast and drive to  Kathmamdu  enroute visiting  Pashupatinath  , the Nepal’s most sacred hindu shrine dedicated to Lord shiva . It has  aprasling collection of temples , ashrams, images, incriptions raised over the centureies along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river . The essense of Hindusism is condensed into a rich brew, as pilgrims, yogis,priestes and  devotees worship shiva in his forms of Pashupati : Lord of the Beasts” and divine protector of Human beings.  Dozens of crematoriums will also be at sight  where Hindus perform the last rite  and cremate the deceased . Later  we  continue our tour to Boudhanath , the 5th Century  buddhisht Stupa which draws  pilgrims all across the himalayas . With a diameter exceeding 100 meters and a wall to wall length roughtly equaling a football field, Boudha is among the largest stupa in the world. Set atop a triple –terraced plinth, it rises 36 meters above  the base, dome, square Harmikas, sprite and pinnacle represent the 5 elements , the 13 tiers of the spire stand for th stages of enlightenement, umbrella atop is the symbol of royality .  Brightly painted all seeing eyes in all the 4 directions  are something very interesting .  Our cultural journey for today  will come to an end after   visiting Swayambhunath   the  2000 years old buddhist stupa situated a top of the hilloce overlooking the kathmandu valley . Swaymbhunath ( Monkey temple )   roots go back to  the legendry origin of Kathmandu  valley . Swyanbhu is  self created  flame out of Miraculus lotus. This place commands the good view of kathmandu valley . Overnight in Kathmandu. Evening farewell dinner  and  overnight at the hotel .

Day 6 (18 April 19) Departure

Moring free until your departure . Later  transfer to the airport  in time to connect your 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
  • Kathmandu –Bhaktpur -Panauti – Dhulikhel -Kathmanadu drive
  • Entrance fees at the places of visit
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
  • Hiking from Panauti- Namobuddha – Dhulikhel
  • Sunrise and sunset excursions in Dhulikhel
  • Participation in Participation in the Bisket Jatra Festival
  • All the government taxes and festival surcharges

 

Compliments:

Fresh flower garland on arrival, 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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