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The Kathmandu valley with many names “The city of festivals”, “The city of culture and tradition”many more, In the valley the capital of the nation is situated the Kathmandu city…within the valley there lies four major cities Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur,kritipur each having its own culture and tradition…
In our tour, we will be visiting many of the famous cultural and historically important places and sites many of which are enlisted in the world heritage sites from Boudhanath stupa,swyambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath, and durbar squares, giving you a brief intel about the Nepalese history, culture, tradition, and lifestyle a full experience of true Kathmandu valley and Nepal history.
The biggest and the most important festival in Hindu culture and a festival celebrated all over Nepal in each and every house. this festival is celebrated in the month of September or October and it is celebrated for 15 days. It starts from the bright lunar fortnight (Shukla Paksha) and ends on the day of the full moon (Poornima) according to the Nepalese annual calendar. This festival symbolizes a great conquest of the goddess Durga over the evil demons “Mahisasur”.
According to Hindu mythology, a demon named ‘Mahisasur’ who spread horror was killed by Goddess Durga the first nine-day of the festival represents the constant battle between them. And, the tenth day signifies the victory of good over evil.
The first day of the festival is known as Ghatasthapana, on this day, people plant barley seeds and are covered and worshiped for 10 days. On the seventh day also called ‘Phulpati’ or ‘Saptami’ is celebrated, the eight-day is called ‘Maha Ashtami’ this day, domestic animals like chicken, hens, buffalos, and goats are sacrificed to Goddess Kaliit can be observed around kali temples where a huge crowd is gathered to take their turn to sacrifice there offering in the temple and the head is used as an offering and rest of the body is taken back to the respective families to feast as ‘Prasad’ (holy food). Maha Navami is the ninth day of the festival, this day, craftsmen, mechanics, traders, etc worship their equipment and tools by sacrificing different animals and offering it to equipment showing their respect to there tools and praying to make them succeed and safe. The tenth day is the most important day named as Vijaya Dashami this day relatives of the family gather and younger ones in the family receive Tika (a mixture of yogurt, rice, and vermilion), Jamara (planted on the first day of Dashain), and blessings from elders as well as respected people and money.
Dashain is in fact the ceremony of reunion and fun. People living far away from home or homeland, revisit their home and get together with their families. Similarly, parents buy new clothes for their children. People enjoy eating lots of meats, alcohol, playing card, and especially younger ones love playing kites. usually, competitions are held for teens and kids to participate where they compete to be the last kite standing and the one who wins is given prizes and mainly good kite flying strings. Dashain is not just a festival it’s one of the countries biggest holiday .during this festival people cut bus, flight ticket one month prior and during these days the busy city of Kathmandu is almost empty as people who had migrated here from their homeland they go back and only people who are original from Kathmandu they stay back, the streets are less busy people kids play on the streets and Kathmandu city recovers from the busy schedule and is cleaner. this time of year visiting Kathmandu is highly referred.
After you arrive at the Tribhuvan international airport (TIA), Kathmandu, Nepal.where our representative will be waiting for your arrival to transfer you to the hotel where you will be staying for the night. After you check-in and fresh up we start We will start a guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley by visiting historical and spiritual attractions Today you will be visiting two Heritage Sites – Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath also known as ‘Monkey Temple ‘these sites are also enlisted In UNESCO world heritage sites. In the evening, after the sightseeing tour, return back to Hotel Over Night Stay
After having Your breakfast we resume our guided tour where we will be visiting three other UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur, and Patan. The AryaGhat alongside Pashupatinath and on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Bhaktapur durbar square is also known as the Town of the Devotees full of ancient medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle. The city of Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts as it has many ancient places, temples, and shrines, along with their exquisite carvings. after a long day, we head back to our hotel.
Today the last day of exploring the Kathmandu valley we will be visiting the famous stupa Boudhanath stupa one of the biggest stupas. The area of Boudhanath has over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries built by the ancient Tibetan merchants as well as recent Tibetan refugees from China. hence, the Boudhanath area also offers you to explore Tibetan culture and tradition. after our sightseeing we will get back to the hotel .as you check out we bid our farewells and we will see off you at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.