Dashain Special Cultural Tour Package
Destination Nepal
Activity Tours in Nepal
Grade
Region
Max Altitude 0
Final Destination Kathmandu,Pokhara
Starts From Kathmandu
Ends At Kathmandu
Accomodation Hotel
No. of Days 11
Preferred Season Sept | Oct |
Activities Per Day observing Dashain Festival & sightseeing

Dashain / Bada Dashain / Vijaya Dashami   is the 15 day long religious festival which is most anticipated & the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the globe. This falls on late September to mid October, right after the monsoon season in Nepal. It is one of the unique & long festival of Nepal .

Throughout the country the goddess Durga is worshiped in all her manifestations. This festival is also known for its emphasis on the family gatherings, as well as on a renewal of community ties.  Meet Family and Friends near and far. Dashain is all about forgiveness, kindness & respect, all of which prevails so broken families come together. Cities suddenly seems to empty itself, more people return to their villages. During this season, city rushes to book tickets, bus or plane.

Getting a tika( blessings) from an older person in your family or from relatives or from anyone is the specialty of this festival. Dashain tika begins from the oldest person in your family giving tika to the youngest then the second youngest in the family and so on. Faith, hope, inspiration and blessings, all come alive in Dashain.

One gets to know that Dasain is around the corner when they see kites all over the sky. Flying kites has been a very important part of celebrating Dasain in the country as it is considered to be one way of reminding god not to send rain anymore.

To make this festival more interesting, Bamboo swings are constructed in many parts of the country as a way of celebration. Which is termed as 'ping' in Nepali.

Highlights

  • Day 1 Arrival to Kathmandu
  • Day 2 Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Day 3 Observation of celebration of Fulpati by Kathmandu community.
  • Day 4 Observation of sacrifice of Goat or chicken on the name of Durga Bhawani.
  • Day 5 Observation of worshipping of Nava Durga by local people
  • Day 6 Observation of the tenth day of Dashain
  • Day 7 Depart for Pokhara
  • Day 8 Full day sightseeing at Pokhara
  • Day 9 Depart for Hemja & Astam
  • Day 10 Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 11 Final departure
  • Day 1(Arrival to Kathmandu)
    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by Red Carpet Tours and Travels representative and transferred to hotel. After check in, in the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion, introducing with your Tour guide. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions related to the tour program. You can either take a rest or hang around in the city depending on your interest and time constraint.  If you like, you can enjoy with some drinks & can enjoy the evening by flying kites which is the main specialty of this festival….
  • Day 2(Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing )
    Today after breakfast, we start a guided sightseeing to historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites that include the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
  • Day 3(Observation of celebration of Fulpati by Kathmandu community.)
    In the morning after breakfast, you will be taken for a home stay in the local Nepalese house .In the evening, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square to observe the government officials Fulpati parade.  In fulpati, the royal kalash filled with holy water, banana stalks, jamara and sugar cane tied with red cloth is carried by Brahmans on a decorated palanquin under a gold tipped and embroidered umbrella. It is believed that with this the Dashain feasting starts.
  • Day 4(Observation of sacrifice of Goat or chicken on the name of Durga Bhawani.)
    On this day, in the morning you will have local breakfast. Then after breakfast, you will observe how Nepalese sacrifice Goat or chicken on the name of Durga Bhawani in the local Nepalese home. Then you will be served with the fresh meats of that cut goat/hen. In the evening you will be given details about the legendry behind these sort of things. Over night in the hotel. On this day, the fervor of worship and sacrifice to Durga and Kali starts. On this day many orthodox Hindus will be fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house throughout the day. The night of the eighth day is called 'Kal Ratri', the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep and buffaloes & even hens are sacrificed at the temple of Durga Bhawani. The sacrifice continues till dawn. While the puja is being carried out great feasts are held in the homes of common people where large amount of meat are consumed.
  • Day 5(Observation of worshipping of Nava Durga by local people)
    After breakfast, you will have the brief discussion about the places to visit on that day. Then after that, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square in order to visit the temple of Goddess Durga, where you will find many peoples who are awaiting in lengthy line to visit the temple of lord Durga of Taleju Temple. You can take some pictures in between as well. On this day, you will observe the temples of Goddess Durga filled with people from dawn till dusk. Animals mostly black buffaloes are sacrificed to honour  Durga (the goddess of victory & might) to seek her blessing. Not only this, Military bands play war tunes, guns boom and officers with beautifully decorated medals in full uniform stand there. When the function ends, the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood. On this very day the god Vishwa Karma, the God of creativity is also worshiped. All factories, vehicles, any machinery instruments and anything from which we make a living are worshiped. And in the evening, Nepal Government used to roam around the temple of  Naxal Bhagawati, Guheshwari, Kalika Sthan , Bhadrakali, Sankata, Mahankal, Shova Bhagawati, Indrayani ... Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 6(Observation of the tenth day of Dashain )
    On this day, (The tenth day of Dashami),after breakfast, you will be taken to the home of Nepali where you will get an opportunity to observe the festival more closely. You will be able to take blessings from the elder person of that family. In the evening, you can enjoy flying kites or else can swing in the Bamboo swings constructed in many parts of the country as a way of celebration.  On this day we take tika and jamara from our elders and receive their blessing. On this day, family members from far off and distant relatives come for a visit as well as to receive tika from the head of the family. This function continues for four days. After four days of rushing around and meeting your relatives Dashain ends on the full moon day, the fifteenth day. In the last day people stay at home and rest. Over night at hotel.
  • Day 7(Depart for Pokhara)
    After breakfast, you will drive from Kathmandu for Pokhara .On arrival to Pokhara, you will be served with some refreshment drinks in the hotel.After that you will have some leisure time for exploring the natural beauty of Pokhara. You can have boating in the fewa lake or else you can visit the museum in the mean time as well.
  • Day 8(Full day sightseeing at Pokhara)
    After breakfast you will have full day sightseeing in Pokhara  which covers all major places of tourist interest such as  Devis's Fall (Natural Water Fall), Gupteshwor Cave, Barahi Temple,Mahendra Cave and visit Mahendra Pul to view the underground Seti River and International Mountain Museum. Boating on Fewa Lake for one hour in the afternoon. Transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
  • Day 9(Depart for Hemja & Astam )
    After breakfast,you will depart for Hemja, one of the peaceful city, located almost 6 K. Meter far away from the beautiful city pokhara. People used to known this village by garden of orange. After staying some more time over there, you will depart for Astam(By driving). You will have lunch in Astam & peaceful walk in the village area. Astam is one of an unspoiled place in natural as well as a cultural aspect located at an altitude of 1600m, some 20km northwest of Pokhara on the base of Annapurna. Where you can enjoy the traditional village life in Nepal is truly based on the Eco friendly concept. Astam represents Sunset Village,the best example of an Eco village in and around Annapurna region where visitors are provided to stay in several cottages are built up and managed in the traditional design using the Eco concept Cottages made by natural method following the true Eco footsteps and sustainable way of living.  Homestay in Ecovillage Astam provides perfect opportunity to see Annapurna rising and setting over Annapurna as well as bird watching, butterfly photography, walking to traditional villages,etc. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 10(Drive back to Kathmandu)
    On this day,you will have yoga class in the early in the morning if you like & after breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. You will have leisure time for either you can go to the streets of Thamel or else visit some o of the beautiful places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Dubar Square,etc. Farewell dinner with cultural program in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 11(Final departure)
    Today our airport representative will make a departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board international flight for your onward destination. You will depart from Kathmandu to your hometown with mind full of beautiful memories. NOTE: We will customize the itinerary as per the requirement of the customer other than the above. For Trip Cost, please contact us.

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