Dashain Festival Tour

Trip Duration 14 nights/15 days
Trip Code NAP-DFT -002
Trip Cost USD 1285 per passenger
Trip Grade An easy trail
Best Time October/November

Overview

Dashain Festival Tour - Nepal Adventure Point welcome you to Nepal and celebrate the Dashain festival with us in Nepal. We organize the Dashain festival tour's familiarization trip in Nepal every year. The Dashain festival tour packages program we have included special travel activities that include sightseeing, hiking and safari programs that are meant for healing the body, mind and spirit to give you a fresh start for the Dashain.

Dashin Festival we celebrate in September – October according to the moon calendar. The 1st.day of the Dashain festival is known as Ghatasthapana the placing of the sacred vessel. According to the tradition, all devout Hindus should take an early morning bath in the holy river and return carrying some sand from the riverbed. At the same time, a small clay pot is filled with water from the same river and placed by the sand. Barely seeds are planted in this pot and nurtured for nine days. As with other Nepalese festivals, this ritual has also a specific meaning. In this case, the river water represents the mother goddess Durga, who according to legend crushed many powerful demon hordes in an epic battle. For the next nine days, Devouts, go to different prescribed sites for early morning bathes.

The next major even occurs on the 7th. day is called Fulpati of the festival when the sacred flowers and leaves are brought from the old palace of Kind Prithvi Narayan Shah at Gorkha. When the flowers reach Katmandu, there is a large procession to Hanuman Dhoka gate where brass bands are waiting to celebrate the occasion. At the same time, guns and cannons are fired at Tundikhel parade ground. The 8th. day of the festival is known as Mahashtami and is marked by a fast by all orthodox Hindus. In the morning, animal sacrifices are carried out at temples dedicated to Goddess Durga. On the 9th day Mahanawami , all temples dedicated to Durga are bathed in sacrificial blood. On this day, even vehicles and other mechanical items are worshipped and sacrificed so as to prevent accidents during the coming year. Similarly, all instruments, weapons and implements of all professions are worshipped in the hope that Durga will bless their usefulness and accuracy. In the evening, there is an elaborate sacrifice at the Taleju temple near Hanuman Dhoka.

The peak of Dashain celebration is reached on the 10th. day known as Vijaya Dashami, or the day of victory. On this day, all the Hindus are supposed to visit their elders or superior relatives, starting with their parents. The main purpose of this visit is to receive Tika and shoots of the barley known as Jamara. Tika is a red dot or smear placed on the visitor’s forehead by the senior relative. Also frequently used in other festivals and even in daily worship, the tika consists of vermilion powder, rice and curd. As all visits cannot be completed in one day, they continue until the end of the festival.

All the interested travellers are requested to register their trip at the Nepal Adventure Point before the 4 weeks period of the trip date

Highlights

* Rim of the Kathmandu valley
* Lake valley of Pokhara
Cultural explore, Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, and Kshetri
* Excellent Himalayas and Sunrise view from Poon Hill
* Beautiful Gurungs village at Ghandrung
* Enjoy Dashain festival
* Buddhist Stupas and Hindu Shrines and temples
*  Famous Chitwan National Park of Nepal

Trip Summary

Trip Grade An easy trail
Trip Duration 14 nights/15 days
Trip code NAP-DFT -002
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara/Nayapul-Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Poon Hill (3200m)
Trip Cost USD 1285 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 20 passengers
Accessibillity 7-hrs drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu and flow as per the itinerary
The Route Maximum altitude (Poon Hill 3200m) about 5/6-hrs gentle walking per day, moderate to strenuous trail.
Season October/November
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel/Resort in city, teahouse/lodges during the trekking period.

Itinerary

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Adventure Point who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or we may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. 

Afetr breakfast we drive approximately 7-hours to Pokhara (200km) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 3:00 O’clock and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explores the surrounding lakeside areas. From the Pokhara valley you can see one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

After breakfast from Pokhara, we drive to Nayapul and start the trek. We walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon.

After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ due to it being an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. 

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking some more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandrung, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandrung.

We leave Ghandrung and we trek from Ghandrung to Birethanti then drive back to Pokhara. 

After you have your share of experiencing the beautifull Lake valley of Pokhara, we drive to Chitwan national park through the Trishuli River drive to Chitwan National Park. The park is one of Asia's most famous national parks, the forest & grassland landscape is home to many birds and animals including the majestic Indian elephant and the ever-elusive Bengal Tiger. The park is most famous however for its population of the rare one-horned rhinoceros. We include various activities in and around the park, including a gentle canoe ride down the Rapti River, a half-day jungle walk, jeep and elephant safaris, as well as a local village walk and cultural program.

This day enjoy elephant back safari, canoeing elephant ride and breeding centre visit, bird watching and see wild animals like rhinos, peacocks, crocodiles, deer’s etc. You will visit deep in the national park on elephant back. You will see one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. After 2-3-hours of elephant safari, you can enjoy canoeing river. Later in the evening, you will enjoy Tharu cultural program. You can have the most thrilling and exciting wildlife experience of your lifetime in Chitwan National Park.

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful Chitwan National park and drive towards Kathmandu. En-route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day.

Our sightseeing trip we start after breakfast to Swoyambhunath and finally watch Fulpati festival at Kathmandu Durbar sqaure

 

The valley excursion to Dakshinkali temple to see the Maha Ashami  festival, then after visit Kritipur city via Pharping Monstery

The valley excursion to sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous  and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. And finnaly visit Bhaktapur Durbar square and enjoy Mahanavami festival

We allow a Leisure day in Kathmandu. After breakfast, you are free in Kathmandu as your own for shopping and pick-up some last minute souvenirs. enjoy the Vijaya Dashmi festival around the Thamel city. 

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal Adventure Point representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Included

Documents: All necessary official paper works such a upper mustang special permit, ACAP entrance permit and TIMS card.
Activities: Sightseeing, hiking, trekking trip as per the itineraries.
Accommodation: 5 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 2 hotel in Pokhara, 5 nights teahouse/lodge on mountain and 2 night hotel/Resort in Chitwan  National park.
Food: Full board on mountain teahouse/lodge and Chitwan national park (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 6 breakfasts in city as per the itinerary.
Staffs: Leader/Assistance Guide and Sherpa porters to carrying guest trekking bags.
Transportation: Airport arrival and departure transfer, sightseeing tour in city by private vehicle, Pokhara to Nayapool and Kande to Pokhara transport, Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan and return to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

► International and local flights
► Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
► Personal travel and trekking equipments
► Lunch and dinner while in city
► Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
►Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
►Temple and monastery entrance fees
► Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
► Optional activities
► Unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at: nap@wlink.com.np, nepaladventurepoint@gmail.com OR call us at +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs. From the airport Thamel is 6-kms far but it takes almost half an hour to reach by cab.

Important Stuffs: All the entire documents for Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara Tour are required, such a Chitwan National Park entrance permit. Please carry along 2 passport size photo, copies of your passport or valid Identities card.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender for the duration of the trip

Accommodation: During the Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara Tour part we accommodate on tourist standard hotels in city and lodge/resort at Chitwan national park.

Food and Drink:: We not included in cities but meals are includes at Chitwan National Park, traveller’s are allowing eating what, when and how much they want thus giving them more choice and flexibility than a fixed menu. Mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara. So we suggest changing (Approximately - USD 200 per member) for normal breakfast, lunch, dinner and soft drinks.

Tour Supporter: On Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara Tour are accompanied by one of our Chinese speaking local tour Guide and expert driver.

Tipping: A rough guideline is USD 2-3 per group member per day for tour guide and USD 1-2 per group member per day for a driver, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, which are beyond our control, can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the Leader/Guide will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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