Dashain Festival Tour – Dashain or Badadashain or VijayaDashami is the 15 day long national religious festival of Nepal. It is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the globe.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU [1400m]|Welcoming the guests is our passion | 29.9oC/3.2oC*|
Embarking on our journey begins from Kathmandu, the city with the remarkable architecture dated back to 16th Century. Our team representative will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you to check in to the hotel. You will be welcomed, facilitated and served with a beautiful hotel room. The first arrival day is entirely a break day. In the evening, you can walk around nearby touristic hubs like Thamel and Basantapur Durbar square.Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 02: OBSERVING GHATASTHAPANA| Kalash is filled with holy water and covered with cow dung | UNESCO HERITAGE SITE TOUR
Ghatasthapana is the starting day of Dashain Festival. “Ghata” refers vessel where as “sthapana”means to establish. The vessel or kalash is filled with holy water and covered with cow dung on to which barley seeds are spread to decorate it. The plant that grows in 10 days is called Jamara. We visit the local house and see howGhatasthapana is performed. After breakfast we leave for UNESCO world Heritage sites of the valley covering Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanathstupa and Soyanbhunathstupa. Early afternoon we visit around Thamel (Central touristic hub). Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 03: VISITING HISTORICAL AND UNESCO HERITAGE SITE TOUR | Spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists|DRIVE TO NAGARKOT[2175m]|1hr|
After breakfast we leave for historical and more UNESCO world Heritage sites of the valley covering Changunarayana temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Changunarayan temple is located on a high hill top which is surrounded by amazing sculptures and antique arts. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered as the oldest temple of Nepal. There are four entrances to the temple and these gates are guarded by life-size pairs of animals such as lions, sarabhas, griffins and elephants on each side of the entrances.Likewise Bhaktapur durbar square has its own significant values in a modern arts and architecture which used to be the royal palace of old Bhaktapur Kingdom. The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several countries. As soon as we are done with Lunch in Bhaktapur we drive to another amazing place, Nagarkot (20Kms). In the evening we enjoy the valleys, Himalayas and sunset. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU[1400m]|29.9oC/3.2oC*|& FLY TO POKHARA| Along the view of panoramic mountains|45mins|
We wake up early in the morning to witness the sunrise view at eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt Everest (8,848 meter). It is good to observe the mesmerizing view of the sunrise that the Sun hits the mountain peak revealing red color. For some time we enjoy the panoramic views of Himalayas and amazing hilly landscapes. As soon as we are done with Breakfast we drive to Kathmandu airport for a flight toPokhara. On board we can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of mountains. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA[900m] | Incredibly beautiful Pokhara|31.8oC/7.8oC*|
Pokhara is a globally renowned tourist destination for its natural beauty. After breakfastwe go for a half day city sightseeing. The city is so amazing that wherever we go we see the incredible mountains to the northern side. Moreover, there are lots of other interesting attractions like Devi’s Waterfall, Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Gupteshwor Cave, International Mountain Museum and Bindabasini Temple. Rest of the day is free for personal activities, Bungee/ Paragliding/ Zip flyer etc. We can also unwind and relax to pamper ourself as there are good spas. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
DAY 06: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO BANDIPUR [1030m]| Newari houses, arts and architecture |3-4hrs |
As soon as we wake up in morning, we go to the hotel terrace and observe the mesmerizing view of mount Fishtail and Annapurna Ranges. We take some time and enjoy the great morning views. After that we will have breakfast. We leave Pokhara and drive to Bandipur. En route we can see the great Marshyangdirivers flowing down from the Himalayas, villages, hilly landscapes, typical Nepalese houses and shops. After some hours of drive we reach Bandipur which offers an amazing stalactites and stalagmites Siddha cave, typical Newari houses, arts and architecture. Overnight at hotel in Bandipur.
DAY 07: BANDIPUR EXPLORATION [1030m]| Amazing Siddha Gufa (Cave)|
Bandipur is a newar town which has retained its old age cultural attribute, like temples, shrines, sacred caves and Newari arts and architecture. Bandipur also offers the incredible view of great mountains, amazing hilly landscapes, unique culture and tradition. Moreover, Bandipur offers the amazing cave which is widely known as Siddha Gufa and considered as the largest cave in Nepal. Its cathedral-like interior is full of stalactites and stalagmites, hundreds of bats which whistle overhead. We walk almost an hour to the pristine place where the cave is located.Overnight at hotel in Bandipur.
DAY 08: VISIT GORKHA HISTORICAL PALACE[1001m]& DRIVE TO CHITWAN | 3-4hrs |
Today is Fulpati Day, the 7th day of Dashain. There is a tradition in Nepal of bringing nine types of Phoolpati into the pooja room of the house with a celebration in the seventh day of Navaratri Pooja.We have breakfast in the morning and we drive to Gorkha- the Historical palace of 1st Shah Dynasty in order to see how phulpati is being prepared. Gorkha is the birthplace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, who conquered and joined the small states to make one large nation, as well as the home of legendary Gurkhas. Gorkha is also one of the beautiful places and has several finest architectural examples. From Gorkha, we can witness stunning mountain views, green hills with lush forest and gorgeous rivers running down from the mountain. We Visit Gorakhkali temple from where flowers and offering to DurgaBhagawati will be taken to Hanumandhoka (the main DashainGhar). Moreover, Navapatriva for phulpati are carried by the helpers from the royal DashainGhar of Gorkha via the ancient route to Jeevanpur in Dhading district. The person carrying the phulpati swims through BudhiGandaki River instead of walking on the bridge above it or taking a boat.We drive to Chitwan National Park. Overnight at hotel in Chitwan.
DAY 09: DRIVE FROM GORKHATO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK [100m] |The incredible view of great mountains, amazing hilly landscapes, unique culture and tradition|2-3hrs|
We enjoy the view of Himalayas at sunrise and different range of mid- hills and after breakfast we drive to Chitwan National park (70 km). En route we can see Trishuliriver, hilly landscapes, shops and villages. Chitwan national Park falls under a world heritage which lies in the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park alone, moreover the park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. We check in to the hotel once we reach Chitwan National Park. Overnight at Jungle lodge /camp.
DAY 10: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDUVIA DAKSHINKALI |MahaAstami program in local houses|5-6hrs|
Once we are done with breakfast we proceed to return back to Kathmandu via Dakshinkali temple- temple of Goddess Kali. Dakshinkali temple is just 22km far from Kathmandu which is one of the famous Hindu pilgrim sites in Nepal. After visiting Dakshinkali we drive toHanumandhoka, also known as Kumari temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Durbar Square is surrounded with spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries.In the evening we go and witness the MahaAstami program in local houses.Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 11: CELEBRATION OF DASHAIN FESTIVAL | VIJAYADASHAMI | The triumph of good over evil|Playing LingeyPing(Bamboo Swing)|
The symbol of power, Goddess Durga is worshiped during this festival. One of the victory stories according to the Hindu myths reveals that a demon named ‘Mahisasur’ who spread horror was killed by Goddess Durga. And, the first nine day of Dashain represents the constant battle between vice and virtue. And, the tenth day signifies the triumph of good over evil. So today is that tenth day. As per the Hindu calendar, the day is celebrated as VijayaDashami.Therefore, we enjoy the Dashain by getting blessings from elders in the form of Tika&Jamara. During the day time we visit local house, put Tika and celebrate the festival.After celebrating Dashain we go play Lingey Ping (Bamboo Swing) nearby. Evening dinner will be served with Nepali cultural dance program.Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 12: | UNESCO HERITAGE SITES&VILLAGE TOUR |2000 years old Stupa |
Once we are done with breakfast we leave for local old heritage sightseeing tour to Patan Durbar Square- also known as the city of art and architecture.The Durbar Square is a unique piece of Newar architecture. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. There is also a big bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. We also visit Swayambhunath Stupa which is one of the oldest stupa, situated on a hillock overlooking Kathmandu valley and Himalayas. Swayambhunath is 2000 years old and has two access points.Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 13: FINAL DEPARTURE |To know how satisfied our guests are measured not only by how tight the goodbye hugs are but by staying in touch with us forever |
This is the last day of your visit. You can enjoy shopping and buying souvenir to friends and relatives. We will drop you to the airport 3 hrs prior to the departure time. The memories that you have shared with us matter a lot. Waving hands and goodbye hugs are just not enough, we tell you to stay in touch with us. This is the way how we feel satisfied by our services.
*Note: The figures shown above are the maximum and minimum temperatures in summer and winter respectively | Source: Department of Hydrology & Metrology, Nepal.
Note: As we can see during Dashain Festival thousands of animals are being sacrificed in the name of religion. While visiting temples during these times countless innocent animals have been slaughtered. Fishtail always stands for animal protection. Therefore, we never bring you to those sites and temples where you will be forced to witness such cruelty. We believe that every living creature has equal rights to live freely on the Planet.