God of Rain Living Goddess Tour – The festival of Indra Jatra continues for eight days with much rejoicing, singing, dancing and feasting. People from all over Nepal, mostly those who live within the Kathmandu Valley, gather at the Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu.
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.
DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU |The city of arts and architecture|29.9oC/3.2oC*|
Kathmandu Valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal with a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Kathmandu has been one of the popular destinations for international tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers a wonderful mix of Hinduism and Buddhism. Right after having breakfast we are off to visit one of the greatest Hindu temple- Pashupatinath, and oldest Stupa of Nepal- the BoudhanathStupa. In the afternoon we go and observe IndraJatra festival and Kathmandu Durbar Square.Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 03: UNESCO HERITAGE| LAKHEY DANCE |Considered to be demons who used to live in the forests and later became protectors to the people of town |
After breakfast we leave for UNESCO World heritage sightseeing tour covering SwayambhunathStupa-almost 2000 years old Stupa situated on a hilltop offering a breathtaking view of whole Kathmandu valley with eastern Himalayan ranges. After lunch in Patan, we proceed for Patan Durbar Square- the city of ancient art and architecture where we can see Durbar square, stone temple, Buddhist monasteries and Krishna Mandir. We see Lakhenach (Lakhe Dance)/ Pulukisi procession. Lakhes are considered to be demons who used to live in the forests and later became protectors to thepeople of town. They are depicted with a ferocious face, protruding fangs and mane of red or black hair. Lakhes figure prominently in traditional Newar culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 04: DRIVE TO PANAUTI | A small state given by King BhupatindraMalla as a dowry to his sister|1hr|NAMOBUDHA HIKING | A home of more than 250 monks|3-4hrs|
Right after breakfast we drive to Panautiwhich is just 30 km far from the capital city. Panauti valley is an ancient Newari village town. Panauti was a small state given by King BhupatindraMalla as a dowry to his sister and has a few prominent icons, such as the Indreswor temple and Panauti (Layaku) Durbar Square found in the town center. It is situated at the confluence of the two rivers Rosi and Punyamati, has been regarded as an important religious site since very early times. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Therefore, it is believed that the visitors can feel to be freed from many sins and anxieties. After visiting Panauti we hike to Namobudda.Namobuddha is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites which is now a home of more than 250 monks. We visit stupa and also enjoy the view of Himalaya and valley. After lunch we drive to Dhulikhel. Rest of the day is free to explore ancient Newari arts and architecture inDhulikhel.Dhulikhel also offers typical Nepalese houses, beautiful hilly landscapes, great view of panoramic mountains and some picnic spots. Overnight stay in Dhulikhel.
DAY 05: DRIVE TO NAGARKOT [2175m]A popular hill station with panoramic mountain views | Approx 1hr |
Right after having a breakfast we leave for Nagarkot which is a popular hill station nearby Kathmandu valley and is just 20km far. En route we can see amazing hilly landscapes, valleys and some picnic spots. Nagarkot offers one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley with 8 Himalayan ranges. The ranges include Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Mahalangur, Everest and Numbur along with the views of Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park. Once we reach Nagarkot, we check in to the hotel. We can enjoy the mesmerizing scene of the great Himalaya ranges right from the hotel terrace. The rest of the day is entirely leisure and relaxation. Overnight in Nagarkot.
DAY 06: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SIGHTSEEING |Spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists|Guarded by lions, sarabhas, griffins and elephants |
We wake up early in the morning to witness the view of Himalayan ranges including Mt Everest (8,848 meter) and amazing hilly landscapes.After breakfast we leave for historical and more UNESCO world Heritage sites of the valley covering Changunarayan 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.The old palace square of Bhaktapur contains famous “Fifty-five windows palace”. As soon as we are done with Lunch inBhaktapur we drive to another amazing place, Nagarkot (20km). In the evening we enjoy the valleys, Himalayas and sunset. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07: KIRTIPUR |CHOVAR | DAKSHINKALI | At the time of the invasion of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkhali king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century |
As soon as we are done with breakfast we visit Kirtipur which is one of the most famous and religious places to visit. Foreigners visit this place to see the beauty of nature and also to see many historical temples. Kirtipur’s history dates from 1099 A.D. It was part of the territory of Lalitpur at the time of the invasion of the Kathmandu Valley by the Gorkhali king Prithvi Narayan Shah in the 18th century.Then we visit Chovar George and Dakshinkali temple.Chobhar is known for the nearby Chobhar Gorge and is also popular for amazing caves. There are also some temples, JalBinayak Temple and AdinathLokeshwar which are sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. Chobhar offers beautiful herbs and suburbs along with limestone adding its more beauty in the town.Similarly, Dakshinkali is a famous sacred temple of Nepal which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Return to the hotel and after lunch we visit around Chariot Possession site/ Jatra festival related program. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 08: VISIT ANCIENT VILLAGE BUNGMATI KHOKHNA | Hail God of Heaven |
After breakfast we proceed to BugmatiKhokhna village. We can witness the ancient houses, day to day life of Newari village life, Newari culture etc. Khokana is a traditional and tiny Newari village which is mainly known for the production of rich mustard oil since ancient time. It was also the first town in Nepal to be lit with electricity in 1911 AD during the reign of Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher.Kokhana is also popular for its “De Pukhu” jatra, typical Newari culture and tradition. As soon as we done exploring Khokana we visit IndraJatra site and take part in the Jatra festival program. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09: WITNESS FINAL DAY OF INDRA JATRA FESTIVAL |King of Heaven & Living goddess |
Right after having breakfast we goand witness IndraJatra/ KumariJatra Festival program.Both Hindus and Buddhist unite to celebrate the festival of IndraJatra. This festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists with great enthusiasm. It is also believed that IndraJatra is a festival of classical dances. On this day one can observe numerous varieties of traditional dances. The festival is named after Lord Indra who is known as the god of rain and also as the king of heaven whereas the living goddess Kumari is taken out in a procession in a chariot. “Kumari”, the “living goddess”, is considered to be an incarnation of the goddess. If we have a spare time, we can go for shopping, body massaging andspa treatments or sightseeing or we can go to Pubs in Thamel (the central touristic hub of Kathmandu) enjoy live music (English and Nepali) with beer or favorite drinks. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 10: 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 our beloved guests to stay in touch with us. This is the way how we feel satisfied by our services.
*Note: The figures shown above are the minimum and maximum temperature in summer and winter respectively | Source: Department of Hydrology & Metrology, Nepal.