Festivals of Nepal

There are more than 50 major festivals in a year celebrated in Nepal. Festivals in Nepal begin with religion, ending as social event. Although most of these festivals are religious some have historical significance, while others are seasonal and legendary celebrations. The best part about the festivals in Nepal is that all the events are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and galore the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people had no other means of entertainment.

New Year: It is known as “Navavarsha” in Nepal. Nepal has its official calendar that begins from the first day of the first month Baisakh. This very first day is observed as Nepali New Year which usually falls in the second week of April. People go for picnics, have get-togethers and celebrate the day socializing in various ways as this day is also a national holiday.

Lhosar (Tibetan New Year): This is the New Year of the Tibetans and Sherpas of Nepal which falls in February. The Buddhist monasteries in Kathmandu like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are decorated with eye catching colorful prayer flags pulling the crowd. The people perform their traditional dances and welcome their New Year with feasts and family gatherings wearing all the new clothes and finest jewelries and exchanging gifts.
Saraswati Puja: Saraswati Puja or Shree Panchami is a day to celebrate the birthday of Saraswati – the Goddess of Learning. This is a day when people from school students to scholars worship their pens and books to please the Goddess and expect her favor in their studies so they become wise and knowledgeable. People also throng around the idol of Goddess Saraswati, especially in Swayambhunath and offer flowers, sweets, fruits, etc. On this day, small children are taught to read and write and people write on the stones and slabs with chalks and pencils. This day which falls between January/February is regarded as a very auspicious day for marriages too as it is believed that Goddess Saraswati herself blesses the couples. Normally it is the astrologers who fix the marriage date and time in Nepal.

Shivaratri (Maha Shivaratri):
Maha Shivaratri or Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year during the month of Maagha or Phalguna in the Hindu calendar. Maha Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Shiva and Parvati. This festival is principally celebrated by offering of bael leaves to the lord Shiva, all day fasting and all night long vigil. It is believed that those who fast in the evening on Shivaratri will please Lord Shiva and also be granted a blessing.
Pashupatinath temple (in kathmandu), one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva hosts one of the biggest gatherings on Maha Shivaratri. Hindu worshipers all over the world gather at Pashupatinath to offer their pilgrimage. Worshipers must wait in line for hours to present their offerings at temple. Outside the temple naked Sadhus can be found offering tourists and worshipers blessings and marijuana in the name of Lord Shiva. This is the day on which marijuana is legal in Nepal. During the Maha Shivaratri festival, the Sadhus are treated as the guest of Pashupatinath temple and will be fed and housed for free and are even presented with gifts when they leave.

Holi: This festival of water and colors that falls between February/March is also known as “Phagu” in Nepal. This day is observed to rejoice the extermination of female demon Holika who together with her King Brother conspired to kill his son Pralhad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. This day, playful people especially the young ones wander through the streets in groups on foot or vehicles with various colors smeared all over they and the people in houses make merry throwing colors and water balloons at each other and also to these people on the streets.

Ghode Jatra (Festival of Horses): This festival takes place between March/April and a grand horse parade takes place at Tundikhel. Although this festival does not have much of religious aspects, a large number of people, even from outside Kathmandu flock around Kathmandu to witness the horse race and other exciting sports activities performed by the Army in the presence of the King and the Royal family.

Buddha Jayanti: Buddha’s birth anniversary is celebrated every year during May in Nepal. On this day people swarm in Swayambhunath and Boudhanath to pay homage to Lord Buddha and also visit Buddha’s birth place in Lumbini and chant prayers and burn butter lamps. Lord Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautam but he abandoned his luxurious life when he realized the misery of mankind and went in search of enlightenment.

Gai Jatra (Cow Festival):
This festival of cow is celebrated every year in August/September. This is one of the most popular festivals in Nepal as it is full of humor, satire, comedy, mockery and shades of sadness too at the same time. And on this day satires and jokes on anybody is legal. As per the tradition, the family who has lost a relative during the past one year must take part in a procession by sending young boys in cow like attire and walk through the streets of Kathmandu lead by a cow. Cow is regarded as a Goddess and it is also the national animal of Nepal. This festival also purges many who have lost their loved ones as they get to console themselves as to they are not the only ones who have been bereaved and it also teaches to accept death as a part of life.
Krishna Janmastami: The birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna, believed to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu falls sometime in August/September. All the devotees assemble in Krishna Mandir, the ancient Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square and other temples with the idol of Sri Krishna and offer prayers, flowers, food, sweets and chant hymns too.

Teej: Teej also known as Haritalika Teej, is a fasting festival for Hindu women. Teej festival is a three day long festival that takes place in 3rd day of Shukla Paksha, in the Bhadra month of Hindu calendar, normally falls in the month of August or early September.  This festival is celebrated for marital bless, well – being of spouses, children and purification of own body and soul.

Three days of Teej Festival
The 1st day of Teej festival is called Dar Khane Din. On this day women, both married and unmarried mainly of Khas ethnicity, assembles at one place, in their finest attire and starts dancing and singing devotional songs. The jollity often goes till mid night and after which a 24 – hour fasting starts.

The second day is the fasting day. Some women live with out a morsel of food and a drop of water, while others takes water and fruits. On this day, they gaily dresses and visit a near by Shiva temple singing and dancing on the way. The Pashupatinath Temple gets the highest number of devotees. At the Shiva temple women circumambulate the Shiva Linga, the symbol of the Lord offering flowers, fruits, sweets and coins. The main Puja (religious ceremony) takes with offerings of flowers, fruits etc. made to Shiva and Parvati, beseeching them to grant their blessing up on the husband and family.

The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. On this day women pay homage to various deities and bath with red mud found on the roots of the scared datiwan bush, along with leaves. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from their sins.

Indra Jatra:
This festival named after Lord Indra- the God of Rain and also the King of Heaven is celebrated by both the Buddhists and Hindus in Nepal in August/September. This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing. The chariot of Kumari – the Living Goddess is taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare. On the first day, the King of Nepal also pays homage to Goddess Kumari. The crowd of excited people from performers to spectators engulfs the streets of Kathmandu during this festival. People get to enjoy various classical dances like elephant dance, lakhe – a very popular dance of a man with a mask.

Tihar: Tihar is a five days Nepalese festival celebrated in late autumn, which comes soon after the Dashain. The name Tihar means the festivals of light. During this festival all the houses are cleaned and decorated with lit candles, oil lamps and other lights with the belief that the Goddess Laxmi (the Goddess of Wealth) will enter the house. This festival last for five days. During the five days crows, dogs and cows are worshipped and honored with vermilion, garlands and delicious food for what they have done in the lives of humans. The last day of the festival is the Tika Day or popularly known as Bhai Tika. Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life of their brothers (Bhai). On this day sisters put Tika on the forehead of their brothers. Tika is of seven colors Yellow, Orange, Blue, White, Green, Red and Black. A tika of seven colors is called Sapta Rangi Tika in Nepali, where Sapta means seven and Rangi means colors.

Five days of Tihar
1st Day: Kag Puja
The first day of the festival is the Kag Puja – worship of crows. The crows are worshipped by offering sweets and dishes on the roof of the houses. Crows are regarded as the messengers. According to the Hindu mythology, the cawing of the crow symbolizes the sadness and grief.

2nd Day: Kukur Puja
The second day is called Kukur Puja – worship of dog. Dog is believed to be the messenger of Lord Yamaraj, the god of dead. Once in a year during this day, people offer with garlands, tika and delicious foods to the dogs.

3rd Day: Gai Puja or Laxmi Puja
Third day of the festival is Gai puja – worship of Cows. According to Hindu myth, a cow is considered as surrogate mother of human. In the evening Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshiped. This day is called Laxmi Puja. It is believed that the goddess enters the brightest house making the family healthy and prosperous. And at night, the girls enjoy dancing and visiting all the houses of the village with folk musical instrument playing historical game called Bhailini (Vailini) for whole night.

4th Day: Gobhardan Puja and Maha Puja
The fourth day of the festival is Gobhardan Puja or Goru Tihar (Oxen worshiping). Oxen are worshiped on this day as they plough the land and help to grow crops to sustain life.  The fourth day of the Tihar is also about worshiping yourself. This Puja (worshiping) is known as Maha Puja. This is also the first day of the special calendar of an ethnic group known as Newar residing in Nepal. The coming of the New Year is also celebrated in Nepal.

5th Day: Bhai Tika
The fifth and last day of Tihar is Bhai Tika, a day where sisters put Tika on forehead of their brothers, to ensure for long life and thank them for the protection they give. When sister give the Tika, brother gives a gift and money in returns. A special garland is also made out of flowers that wilt after a couple of months, symbolizing the sister’s prayers for her brother’s long life.

Dashain (Bijaya Dashami): Dashain is the biggest festivals of the Nepalese people, which fall during the month of late September to mid October. Dashain is the longest and most auspicious festival in the Nepalese calendar, celebrated by the Nepalese of all the caste and creed through out the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight and ends on the day of full moon. Dashain gets many nick names as Dashara, Bada Dashain, Vijaya Dashami, Durga Puja all of which means the same thing, Dashain – a day of victory over demons.
The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by Goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorized the world in the guise of the brutal water buffalo. The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between Goddess Durga and the Demon Mahisasur. The tenth day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolize the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess. Dashain is celebrated with the great rejoice and goddess Durga is worshiped throughout the kingdom as the Devine mother goddess.
Before the Dashain Festival begins, every house hold is cleaned, beautifully decorated and painted as an invitation to the Mother Goddess, so that she may visit the house and bless with good fortune. During this time the reunion of distant and nearby relatives occurs in every household. The market is filled with shoppers seeking for the new clothing, gifts, luxuries and enormous supplies of temple offering for the gods as well as foodstuff for the family feasting.

Days of Dashain Festival
1st Day of Dashain: Ghatas Thapana is the first day of Dashain that triggers the beginning of the festival. It is the day which tells that Dashain has just begun. On this day, as announced by Astrologers, a clay pot is filled with the mixture of sand, soil and a seed of maze are sown after performing Puja (Worshipping God). The pot is kept isolated from the sunlight and Puja is performed on it everyday till the last day of Dashain. On the last day the yellow leaves (Jamara) are collected from the pot and are placed at the back of the ear or hooked in hair after Tika.

7th Day of Dashain: The 7th day of the Dashain is known as the Fulpati. On this day Jamara (a tiny yellow leaves) for royal families is carried from their ancestral Royal Gorkha Palace arrives at Rani Pokhari Kathmandu and in the evening they are taken to Royal Palace with huge parade.

8th Day of Dashain: The eight day of the Dashain is the “Maha Asthami”. On this day many orthodox Hindus will be fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house through out the day. The night of the eight day is called “Kal Ratri”, the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep’s and buffalos are sacrificed at the mother goddess temple, army barracks and old palaces all over Nepal. The old palace in Basahantapur, Hanuman Dhoka is active throughout the night with the worship in almost every courtyard.

9th Day of Dashain: The ninth day is called “Nawami”. The Taleju temple at Hanuman Dhoka is opened for the public only once a year on this day. On this day, the military sacrifices are held in the “Kot” courtyard at Hanuman Dhoka. The government allows the foreigners to witness this function, so hundreds of foreigners and diplomats eagerly gather here. Animals mostly black buffalo is slaughtered to honor Durga, the goddess of victory to seek her blessing. When the function ends the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood. God Vishwas karma, the god of creativity is also worshiped on this day. All factories, Vehicles and any machineries instrument from which we make a living are also worshiped.

10th Day of Dashain: The tenth day is the “Dashami”. On this day we take Tika and Jamara from our elders and blessing. Elders put Tika on the forehead of the younger to bless them with the fertility and abundance in the upcoming year. The red Tika also symbolizes the blood that ties the family together. Elders will give small amount of money as “Dakshina” to the younger relatives at this time. The Tika continues for five days, during which people also gather for playing cards around a massive amount of foods and drinks.

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Overview

There are more than 50 major festivals in a year celebrated in Nepal. Festivals in Nepal begin with religion, ending as social event. Although most of these festivals are religious some have historical significance, while others are seasonal and legendary celebrations. The best part about the festivals in Nepal is that all the events are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and galore the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people had no other means of entertainment.

New Year: It is known as “Navavarsha” in Nepal. Nepal has its official calendar that begins from the first day of the first month Baisakh. This very first day is observed as Nepali New Year which usually falls in the second week of April. People go for picnics, have get-togethers and celebrate the day socializing in various ways as this day is also a national holiday.

Lhosar (Tibetan New Year): This is the New Year of the Tibetans and Sherpas of Nepal which falls in February. The Buddhist monasteries in Kathmandu like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are decorated with eye catching colorful prayer flags pulling the crowd. The people perform their traditional dances and welcome their New Year with feasts and family gatherings wearing all the new clothes and finest jewelries and exchanging gifts.
Saraswati Puja: Saraswati Puja or Shree Panchami is a day to celebrate the birthday of Saraswati – the Goddess of Learning. This is a day when people from school students to scholars worship their pens and books to please the Goddess and expect her favor in their studies so they become wise and knowledgeable. People also throng around the idol of Goddess Saraswati, especially in Swayambhunath and offer flowers, sweets, fruits, etc. On this day, small children are taught to read and write and people write on the stones and slabs with chalks and pencils. This day which falls between January/February is regarded as a very auspicious day for marriages too as it is believed that Goddess Saraswati herself blesses the couples. Normally it is the astrologers who fix the marriage date and time in Nepal.

Shivaratri (Maha Shivaratri):
Maha Shivaratri or Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year during the month of Maagha or Phalguna in the Hindu calendar. Maha Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Shiva and Parvati. This festival is principally celebrated by offering of bael leaves to the lord Shiva, all day fasting and all night long vigil. It is believed that those who fast in the evening on Shivaratri will please Lord Shiva and also be granted a blessing.
Pashupatinath temple (in kathmandu), one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva hosts one of the biggest gatherings on Maha Shivaratri. Hindu worshipers all over the world gather at Pashupatinath to offer their pilgrimage. Worshipers must wait in line for hours to present their offerings at temple. Outside the temple naked Sadhus can be found offering tourists and worshipers blessings and marijuana in the name of Lord Shiva. This is the day on which marijuana is legal in Nepal. During the Maha Shivaratri festival, the Sadhus are treated as the guest of Pashupatinath temple and will be fed and housed for free and are even presented with gifts when they leave.

Holi: This festival of water and colors that falls between February/March is also known as “Phagu” in Nepal. This day is observed to rejoice the extermination of female demon Holika who together with her King Brother conspired to kill his son Pralhad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. This day, playful people especially the young ones wander through the streets in groups on foot or vehicles with various colors smeared all over they and the people in houses make merry throwing colors and water balloons at each other and also to these people on the streets.

Ghode Jatra (Festival of Horses): This festival takes place between March/April and a grand horse parade takes place at Tundikhel. Although this festival does not have much of religious aspects, a large number of people, even from outside Kathmandu flock around Kathmandu to witness the horse race and other exciting sports activities performed by the Army in the presence of the King and the Royal family.

Buddha Jayanti: Buddha’s birth anniversary is celebrated every year during May in Nepal. On this day people swarm in Swayambhunath and Boudhanath to pay homage to Lord Buddha and also visit Buddha’s birth place in Lumbini and chant prayers and burn butter lamps. Lord Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautam but he abandoned his luxurious life when he realized the misery of mankind and went in search of enlightenment.

Gai Jatra (Cow Festival):
This festival of cow is celebrated every year in August/September. This is one of the most popular festivals in Nepal as it is full of humor, satire, comedy, mockery and shades of sadness too at the same time. And on this day satires and jokes on anybody is legal. As per the tradition, the family who has lost a relative during the past one year must take part in a procession by sending young boys in cow like attire and walk through the streets of Kathmandu lead by a cow. Cow is regarded as a Goddess and it is also the national animal of Nepal. This festival also purges many who have lost their loved ones as they get to console themselves as to they are not the only ones who have been bereaved and it also teaches to accept death as a part of life.
Krishna Janmastami: The birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna, believed to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu falls sometime in August/September. All the devotees assemble in Krishna Mandir, the ancient Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square and other temples with the idol of Sri Krishna and offer prayers, flowers, food, sweets and chant hymns too.

Teej: Teej also known as Haritalika Teej, is a fasting festival for Hindu women. Teej festival is a three day long festival that takes place in 3rd day of Shukla Paksha, in the Bhadra month of Hindu calendar, normally falls in the month of August or early September.  This festival is celebrated for marital bless, well – being of spouses, children and purification of own body and soul.

Three days of Teej Festival
The 1st day of Teej festival is called Dar Khane Din. On this day women, both married and unmarried mainly of Khas ethnicity, assembles at one place, in their finest attire and starts dancing and singing devotional songs. The jollity often goes till mid night and after which a 24 – hour fasting starts.

The second day is the fasting day. Some women live with out a morsel of food and a drop of water, while others takes water and fruits. On this day, they gaily dresses and visit a near by Shiva temple singing and dancing on the way. The Pashupatinath Temple gets the highest number of devotees. At the Shiva temple women circumambulate the Shiva Linga, the symbol of the Lord offering flowers, fruits, sweets and coins. The main Puja (religious ceremony) takes with offerings of flowers, fruits etc. made to Shiva and Parvati, beseeching them to grant their blessing up on the husband and family.

The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. On this day women pay homage to various deities and bath with red mud found on the roots of the scared datiwan bush, along with leaves. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from their sins.

Indra Jatra:
This festival named after Lord Indra- the God of Rain and also the King of Heaven is celebrated by both the Buddhists and Hindus in Nepal in August/September. This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing. The chariot of Kumari – the Living Goddess is taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare. On the first day, the King of Nepal also pays homage to Goddess Kumari. The crowd of excited people from performers to spectators engulfs the streets of Kathmandu during this festival. People get to enjoy various classical dances like elephant dance, lakhe – a very popular dance of a man with a mask.

Tihar: Tihar is a five days Nepalese festival celebrated in late autumn, which comes soon after the Dashain. The name Tihar means the festivals of light. During this festival all the houses are cleaned and decorated with lit candles, oil lamps and other lights with the belief that the Goddess Laxmi (the Goddess of Wealth) will enter the house. This festival last for five days. During the five days crows, dogs and cows are worshipped and honored with vermilion, garlands and delicious food for what they have done in the lives of humans. The last day of the festival is the Tika Day or popularly known as Bhai Tika. Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life of their brothers (Bhai). On this day sisters put Tika on the forehead of their brothers. Tika is of seven colors Yellow, Orange, Blue, White, Green, Red and Black. A tika of seven colors is called Sapta Rangi Tika in Nepali, where Sapta means seven and Rangi means colors.

Five days of Tihar
1st Day: Kag Puja
The first day of the festival is the Kag Puja – worship of crows. The crows are worshipped by offering sweets and dishes on the roof of the houses. Crows are regarded as the messengers. According to the Hindu mythology, the cawing of the crow symbolizes the sadness and grief.

2nd Day: Kukur Puja
The second day is called Kukur Puja – worship of dog. Dog is believed to be the messenger of Lord Yamaraj, the god of dead. Once in a year during this day, people offer with garlands, tika and delicious foods to the dogs.

3rd Day: Gai Puja or Laxmi Puja
Third day of the festival is Gai puja – worship of Cows. According to Hindu myth, a cow is considered as surrogate mother of human. In the evening Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshiped. This day is called Laxmi Puja. It is believed that the goddess enters the brightest house making the family healthy and prosperous. And at night, the girls enjoy dancing and visiting all the houses of the village with folk musical instrument playing historical game called Bhailini (Vailini) for whole night.

4th Day: Gobhardan Puja and Maha Puja
The fourth day of the festival is Gobhardan Puja or Goru Tihar (Oxen worshiping). Oxen are worshiped on this day as they plough the land and help to grow crops to sustain life.  The fourth day of the Tihar is also about worshiping yourself. This Puja (worshiping) is known as Maha Puja. This is also the first day of the special calendar of an ethnic group known as Newar residing in Nepal. The coming of the New Year is also celebrated in Nepal.

5th Day: Bhai Tika
The fifth and last day of Tihar is Bhai Tika, a day where sisters put Tika on forehead of their brothers, to ensure for long life and thank them for the protection they give. When sister give the Tika, brother gives a gift and money in returns. A special garland is also made out of flowers that wilt after a couple of months, symbolizing the sister’s prayers for her brother’s long life.

Dashain (Bijaya Dashami): Dashain is the biggest festivals of the Nepalese people, which fall during the month of late September to mid October. Dashain is the longest and most auspicious festival in the Nepalese calendar, celebrated by the Nepalese of all the caste and creed through out the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight and ends on the day of full moon. Dashain gets many nick names as Dashara, Bada Dashain, Vijaya Dashami, Durga Puja all of which means the same thing, Dashain – a day of victory over demons.
The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by Goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorized the world in the guise of the brutal water buffalo. The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between Goddess Durga and the Demon Mahisasur. The tenth day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolize the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess. Dashain is celebrated with the great rejoice and goddess Durga is worshiped throughout the kingdom as the Devine mother goddess.
Before the Dashain Festival begins, every house hold is cleaned, beautifully decorated and painted as an invitation to the Mother Goddess, so that she may visit the house and bless with good fortune. During this time the reunion of distant and nearby relatives occurs in every household. The market is filled with shoppers seeking for the new clothing, gifts, luxuries and enormous supplies of temple offering for the gods as well as foodstuff for the family feasting.

Days of Dashain Festival
1st Day of Dashain: Ghatas Thapana is the first day of Dashain that triggers the beginning of the festival. It is the day which tells that Dashain has just begun. On this day, as announced by Astrologers, a clay pot is filled with the mixture of sand, soil and a seed of maze are sown after performing Puja (Worshipping God). The pot is kept isolated from the sunlight and Puja is performed on it everyday till the last day of Dashain. On the last day the yellow leaves (Jamara) are collected from the pot and are placed at the back of the ear or hooked in hair after Tika.

7th Day of Dashain: The 7th day of the Dashain is known as the Fulpati. On this day Jamara (a tiny yellow leaves) for royal families is carried from their ancestral Royal Gorkha Palace arrives at Rani Pokhari Kathmandu and in the evening they are taken to Royal Palace with huge parade.

8th Day of Dashain: The eight day of the Dashain is the “Maha Asthami”. On this day many orthodox Hindus will be fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house through out the day. The night of the eight day is called “Kal Ratri”, the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep’s and buffalos are sacrificed at the mother goddess temple, army barracks and old palaces all over Nepal. The old palace in Basahantapur, Hanuman Dhoka is active throughout the night with the worship in almost every courtyard.

9th Day of Dashain: The ninth day is called “Nawami”. The Taleju temple at Hanuman Dhoka is opened for the public only once a year on this day. On this day, the military sacrifices are held in the “Kot” courtyard at Hanuman Dhoka. The government allows the foreigners to witness this function, so hundreds of foreigners and diplomats eagerly gather here. Animals mostly black buffalo is slaughtered to honor Durga, the goddess of victory to seek her blessing. When the function ends the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood. God Vishwas karma, the god of creativity is also worshiped on this day. All factories, Vehicles and any machineries instrument from which we make a living are also worshiped.

10th Day of Dashain: The tenth day is the “Dashami”. On this day we take Tika and Jamara from our elders and blessing. Elders put Tika on the forehead of the younger to bless them with the fertility and abundance in the upcoming year. The red Tika also symbolizes the blood that ties the family together. Elders will give small amount of money as “Dakshina” to the younger relatives at this time. The Tika continues for five days, during which people also gather for playing cards around a massive amount of foods and drinks.

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  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

    14 days
    Annapurna sanctuary trekking has become one of the popular trekking destinations in Annapurna region, because it is easily accessible from Pokhara and offers tremendous potential for scenic walks and for alpine exploration in a splendid high Himalayan setting. The principal peak of western portion of the great Annapurna himal, including…
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  • Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

    Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking

    7 days
    Trekking is always awesome with the will of enjoying it observing the beautiful nature and for the best pleasure of trekking "Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking" is the best one. It is the best trek in Nepal located in Annapurna region.Pokhara is the gate way to Annapurna region. City of Pokhara offers many natural and attractive places to visit. Overall trek to…
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  • Bird Watching Tour

    Bird Watching Tour

    15 days
    Its a wild pleasure to watch birds and their activities. Nepal is the best place for the wilderness of watching birds and their activities. Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 848 species of birds. 800 species recorded representing 10% of the world’s population in just a tiny fraction of the earth’s land mass. Just to list a few: eight…
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  • Boating & Fishing Tour

    Boating & Fishing Tour

    Nepal provides some fine opportunities for boating and fishing tour. These range from the glacier-fed lakes up North and down to where the laden rivers ease into the plains of the Terai. Pokhara's Phewa Lake is the most popular destination for travelers wanting to indulge in recreational boating. It is the second largest lake in the kingdom and measures…
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  • Honeymoon Tour

    Honeymoon Tour

    11 days
    The peaceful environment, glorious view of Himalayas, unforgettable hospitality of people and impenetrable nature and beauty of Nepal attracts anyone in the world. Thats why, Nepal is considered best among many destinations in the world for anyone who likes to share feelings, get fun and romance and many more. Newly weds couple are encourage to visit…
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  • Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

    Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

    19 days
    Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only reserve available for hunting in Nepal. This hunting reserve was established in 1987 with the main motive of pleasuring the needs of the hunters of Nepal and foreign land. Dhorpatan covers an area of about 1325sq km and divided into six blocks for the purpose of hunting. The hunting reserve is located in the area of…
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  • Special Family Tour with adventures

    Special Family Tour with adventures

    9 days
    The tour deals with the quality of services and perfect spots for you and your family ofcourse. We extend our tour from Kathmandu to Lapshiphedi and then to the Jhule Mountain Resort for the natural experience that you would love and would freshen up to you and your family for the upcoming excitements. In the very early morning we are heading towards…
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  • Best Holiday Package

    Best Holiday Package

    9 days
    Best Holiday Package contains the best holiday destinations of Nepal with the quality services and fun at a very affordable prices. This package deals with the overall funs and activities and best places to visit during the holiday. We have deal with the best qualities of this tour and provide you the best package to make your visit memorable. The first…
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  • Traditional Nepali cooking class

    Traditional Nepali cooking class

    Would you prefer cooking! We Trip and Trek Pvt. Ltd offers you the typical Nepalese meal cooking class. We offer you to learn the use of spices(Masala) in foods, and prepare a wonderful typical Nepalese meal.Learn with Nepali housewife and enjoy the food you prepared. You can learn the veg and non-veg nepali cuisine and go to buy the ingredients yourself…
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  • Chitwan 2/3 days inside the park

    Chitwan 2/3 days inside the park

    3 days
    The most famous and Nepal's first national park, ‘World Heritage Nature Site' declared by UNESCO is situated in the central development region covering an area of 932 sq. Chitwan National Park is the home to more than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers. This is also the home to around 600 plant species, 50 mammals, 526 birds and 49…
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  • Chitwan 1/2 days outside the park

    Chitwan 1/2 days outside the park

    2 days
    Chitwan National Park was declared UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in 1979. This park is situated in southern central Nepal, covering 932 sq.km covered with deciduous forests overlooking the floodplains of Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. The park headquarters at Kasara is 21 km drive from Bharatpur which is 20 minutes by air or 146 km by road from Kathmandu.…
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  • Ghale Gaun Home Stay and Hikking Village tour to Bhujung

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  • Kumpur Village Home Stay Tour

    Kumpur Village Home Stay Tour

    4 days
    Kumpur village is located nearby Kathmandu valley in Dhading district in the Bagmati zone of central Nepal and lies at an altitude of around 1500 meters above from sea level. Although the village is near the Kathmandu valley, it is still waiting for the opportunity to be developed or explored all over the world. There are mainly three ethnic groups named…
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  • Ghalegaun Home stay Tour

    Ghalegaun Home stay Tour

    5 days
    Among the fourteen zones of Nepal, Ghale Gaun lies in Gandaki zone. Ghale Gaun which is better known as its warm hospitality and SAARC no. 1 destination for the visitors from the past few year. Ghaleguan lies in the North West side of Lamjung form its district headquarter Besisahar. Ghale Gaun was named as second village tourism destination after Sirubari…
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  • Sirubari Village Home Stay Tour

    Sirubari Village Home Stay Tour

    7 days
    Sirubari is an unspoiled Gurung village in Syangja district, south west of Pokhara. It is located at the height of 1700 meters from the sea level, facing towards the south. Sirubari introduce the visitors with the typical Nepalese village, home-made Nepali foods, lifestyle and culture. The real attraction of the village has always been…
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  • Balthali Village Home StayTour

    Balthali Village Home StayTour

    4 days
    This is the short homestay trekking in Nepal. Balthali stands on a plateau in the mid hills of Nepal and exploring villages is a pleasant way to experience the village culture and life style. The surrounding area is forested with luxuriant, colorful rhododendron, magnolia and Sal trees. The undulating hills open out to terrace fields and settlements.…
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  • Bungy Jump in Nepal

    Bungy Jump in Nepal

    1 days
    Bungy jump in Nepal is located at the world's best site with the height of 160m. It is considered as the world's second highest bungy jumping site over the wild river of Nepal 'Bhote koshi'. It is one of the best adventure sport in Nepal.The thrilling bungy jump of Nepal is designed by the world's leading bungy consultants of Newzealand and they have…
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  • Pumori Expedition

    Pumori Expedition

    33 days
    Pumori is a fantastic mountaineering in Nepal. Mt. Pumori is one of the most popular and delightful mountain which is situated in the Northwest of Nepal, Khumbu Region. Climbing Pumori requires a moderate technical climb on ice and snow. Normally, we set up three camps above the base camp in its normal route, South East Ridge. Base camp will be set up at…
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  • Kanchenjunga Expedition

    Kanchenjunga Expedition

    66 days
    Kanchenjunga is 3rd highest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest and Mt. K2. Kanchenjunga is situated in the eastern part of Nepal at 8598m. It was first climbed by a British team in 1956. It is an enormous mountain mass, and many satellite peaks rise from its narrow icy ridges. It is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, just 46 miles northwest…
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  • Baruntse expedition

    Baruntse expedition

    45 days
    Baruntse is one of the beautiful 7,000m peaks in Nepal. It is also one of the few peaks of this height with a high rate of success of ascent on normal route. The approach to the mountain follows the Mera Peak trek up to Mera La and then to Baruntse base camp. (5,250m). Normally, we establish two camps above the base camp in the approach of the mountain.…
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  • Everest Expedition

    Everest Expedition

    70 days
    Since the late 19th century, adventurous spirits have been fascinated with the ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Even though the highest mountain in the world has been conquered many times in these forty six year since the first conquest. Everest is still as mysterious, beguiling and magnificent as ever. Standing incredibly tall silhouetted…
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  • Amadablam Expedition

    Amadablam Expedition

    30 days
    For the expedition in Nepal, Amadablam is one of the most stunning peaks in the Himalaya and one of the most impressive mountains in the world, located almost due south of Everest and Lhotse in the Khumbu region. Actually Ama Dablam means "The mother mountain" so it's also regarded as mother mountain and female. It stands among many 22,000 to 24,000 foot…
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  • Paragliding

    Paragliding

    Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport. A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by its suspension lines and the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. Paragliding is a simple form of aviation requiring no mechanics, only…
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  • Mountain Flight

    Mountain Flight

    The mountain's lovers has the best option to choose the Mountain flight activity here in Nepal for the perfect bird eye view of the magnificent mountains and their ranges. The mountain flight service here in Nepal operates all the time except the monsoon season of June and July. Mountain flight lovers can enjoy the service from every domestic airways of…
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  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking

    2 days
    The biking has always been the favorite adventure for the adventure junkies. Nepal has got the natural gift of the best trails for the biking activity. Mountain biking is the best activity that can be enjoyed a lot by the adventure junkies with the pleasure of the panoramic views of the immense Himalayas. Back to the biking history of Nepal in the middle…
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  • Tour with Thrilling Zip Flyer Ride

    Tour with Thrilling Zip Flyer Ride

    7 days
    Nepal is rich with its diverse culture,ancient history,natural beauty,hospital people and the adventurous landscapes.Capital city Kathmandu symbolizes the art of ancient town and magneficient temples.It represents the beautiful culture of Newars 'locals of Kathmandu valley'.Besides the tradition and ancient places, Nepal has got its charmness regarding…
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  • Nepal PackageTour

    Nepal PackageTour

    11 days
    Nepal is a tourist's paradise in every sense of the world truly ‘Himalayan Country'. Tourists pour in every year from all over the world. Nepal tourism is one of the biggest sources of revenue in the country. Being a major tourist spot in Asia, there are many Nepal tour packages. Welcome Nepal offers you a number of tour packages of Nepal to choose…
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  • Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

    Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

    9 days
    Buddha was born some 2500 years ago in Lumbini in the southern Nepal. Lumbini is the greatest buddhist pilgrimage of Nepal from all over the world. Lumbini today houses the pond where Buddha was bathed after he was born and a temple which has images of young Buddha with his mother. There is also a  Stone pillar which is one of such many pillars put by…
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  • Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara Tour

    Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara Tour

    8 days
    Nepal is rich with its diverse culture, ancient history, natural beauty, hospital people and the adventurous landscapes. Capital city Kathmandu symbolizes the art of ancient town and magnificent temples. It represents the beautiful culture of Newars 'locals of Kathmandu valley'. Besides the tradition and ancient places, Nepal has got its charm regarding…
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  • World Heritage Site Tour

    World Heritage Site Tour

    10 days
    This type of tour has a significant importance in the promotion of ethical and rural tourism. Knowing the fact that tourism helps the people living in the rural areas, we have designed this tour including the visits to the World Heritage Sites. People living in the rural areas could share their interests and needs. The tour also has an approach with the…
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  • A night stay pilgrimage tour-Manakamana Darsan

    A night stay pilgrimage tour-Manakamana Darsan

    2 days
    The religious travel begins with the panoramic views on the way to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We need to reach Kurintar that is nearly 3 hours drive to west from the capital Kathmandu. Then we can access to the holy Manakamana Mandir by ropeway "cablecar". We can enjoy the thrill of heights from cable car and also enjoy the views of the landscapes. One can…
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  • Mera Peak Climbing

    Mera Peak Climbing

    18 days
    Mera peak climbing in Nepal is one of the highest trekking permitted peaks of Nepal, which lies in the Sagarmatha region of Nepal. This stands to the south of Mt. Everest. The first ascent was on May 20, 1953 by Col. Jimmy Roberts and Sen Tenzing. The region was first explored extensively by British expeditions in the early 50's, before and after the…
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  • Lobuche East Peak Climbing

    Lobuche East Peak Climbing

    20 days
    One of the fabulous peak to climb offering several trails for expedition in Nepal is "Lobuche East Peak". The normal route for climbing is through South Ridge. Lobuche east peak consists of several small summits and the true summit requires climbing steep snow and ice slopes to the top from the summit ridge. We follow Everest base camp trek route up to…
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  • Island Peak Climbing

    Island Peak Climbing

    19 days
    Island Peak is one of the most popular peak climbing in Nepal. Island Peak climbing is probably the best trip in Nepal adored by adventure seekers. Island peak climbing meant a lot to mountaineers for it is exciting for both serious climbers. This can be the perfect choice for those who want to mix adventure in their trekking. This trek is also one of the…
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  • Yala Peak Climbing

    Yala Peak Climbing

    20 days
    Yala Peak climbing is one of easy peak climbing in Nepal just to the north of Kathmandu in the beautiful langtang region. Yala peak is a part if the Langtang Himal which is located at the central part of Nepal. The base camp of Yala Peak is Kyangjin Gompa (3749m/12300 ft). Yala peak is a fantastic beginner’s mountaineering trip, one of Nepal’s easier…
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  • Pisang Peak Climbing

    Pisang Peak Climbing

    24 days
    Pisang peak climbing in Nepal is the perfect activity for adventure and nature lovers. The enchanting environment of the non-expedition peak makes trekkers relief apart of every steps they take to reach the top of the peak. Pisang Peak lies in within the trail of Annapurna Himalayan range over the Pisang village. The trails of the Pisang Peak is really…
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  • Arun River Rafting

    Arun River Rafting

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    Arun is one of the most mighty and powerful rivers of Nepal. The lower valley is in parts quite well populated with a wide variety of different tribes. The whole area is relatively un-spoilt, and sees only a few trekking groups, mainly taking the Eastern approach to Everest and Makalu Base Camp. The easiest way to get to this river is catching a plane to…
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  • Bhote Koshi River Rafting

    Bhote Koshi River Rafting

    2 days
    Bhotekoshi is one of the most fast flowing river and action-packed canyon river for short rafting trips in Nepal, providing continuous, challenging rapids from start to finish. Bhote koshi is known as the river from tibet which is one of the steepest river for rafting in Nepal. It is the best river for rafting in Nepal and also best for white water…
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  • Seti River Rafting

    Seti River Rafting

    4 days
    Seti River is beautiful passes through stunning jungle scenery tremendous excitement of white water rafting, forested canyons and wonderful villages. Seti river rafting is the best adventure in Nepal. Five to Rafting put-in point, Damauli, is about 5 hours drive from Kathmandu. It ends at Gaighat from where you can either drive back to Kathmandu or…
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  • Karnali River Rafting

    Karnali River Rafting

    12 days
    Karnali river rafting is one of the finest big volume rafting and kayaking trips in Nepal. The Karnali river is the best white water rafting as it is a perennial, torrential, turbulent and undisturbed river of the Himalayas, which is one of the three major rivers of Nepal, the other two being Gandaki or Narayani River and Sapta koshi River. It originates…
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  • Sunkoshi River Rafting

    Sunkoshi River Rafting

    10 days
    Sunkoshi River rafting in Nepal is the most raft trips start at Dolalghat your raft 'put-in-point' covering the distance of 57kms in about 3 hrs. Your excitement starts and ends only after you covered 210kms of wild stretches calm flows through high rock strewn passages eventually emerging form the mountains to the flat plains of southern Nepal. One of…
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  • Kaligandaki River Rafting

    Kaligandaki River Rafting

    3 days
    Kali gandaki river rafting in Nepal is a wonderful adventure in Nepal. Kali begins its journey high on the Tibetan plateau in the kingdom of Mustang. Using the Deepest gorge in the world that is formed between the Mt. Annapurna (8346m) Massif and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8046m) and named after the ferocious goddess kali, the kali the Gandaki is one of Nepal's very…
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  • Trishuli River Rafting

    Trishuli River Rafting

    2 days
    Nepal is one of the beautiful destinations for tourist who want to explore the true nature with adventurous trip and trek in Nepal. Among them, white water rafting is also one of the adventurous activities for the fun and adventure seekers. Among them, Trishuli River rafting is one of the most popular white water rafting in Nepal because…
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