Deepawali Festival Tour

Trip Duration 06 Nights/07 Days
Trip Code NAP-DFT - 001
Trip Grade Driving/Hiking
Trip Cost USD 765 per passenger
Best Time October/November

Overview

Nepal Adventure Point welcome you to Nepal and celebrate the Nepal Deepawali with us in Nepal. We organize the Deepawali festival's familiarization trip in Nepal every year. This special 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 Deepawali

Tihar is one of the most dazzling festivals of Nepal. Tihar is also known as Deepawali Diwali and Yamapanchak. Tihar festival falls during the month of October-November. This festival is celebrated for five days, beginning from the 13th day of the waning moon in October-November.


In this festival, people worship Goddess Laxmi, known as the Goddess of wealth. All the houses of the city and villages are cleaned and decorated with lit oil lamps. During the night time, the cities and villages look like shining diamonds. Many people call Tihar as “Yama Panchak” which means the five days of the lord of the underworld. These five days are considered as very important which reflect respect not only for the human and god but also animals and birds like crows, dogs and cows who share a strong relationship with local people. During this festival many people decorate the exteriors of their houses by making Rangoli of different colors and flower petals of saipati or marigold spread on it, thus making the homes attractive and beautiful during the night time after oil lamps are lit on them.

There are many stories behind the celebration of Tihar. One of the stories is about the relationship between brothers and sisters. Yama, the God of death and Yamuna his sister, who has been far from her brother for many years. She wants to meet her brother so she uses different mediums, like a crow, a dog and a cow to visit her brother’s home and ask him to visit her. But even after doing all this, he doesn’t visit her and finally she goes to her brother’s home and worships him with flowers, tika and makes a circle with mustard oil, Dubo Grass (Cynodon Dactylon) and put Makhmali Mala (Globe Amaranth) (a type of pink flower) and she tells Yamaraj to not go anywhere till the oil, Dubo Grass and the flowers get dry. Due to this reason every sister worships her brother making a circle of mustard oil, putting mala (garland) of Makhmali flower and Dubo grass and prays for his long life and prosperity.

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
* Visit historical, nature and cultural sites in Kathmandu
* Enjoy Deepawali festival
* Buddhist Stupas and monastery
* Hindu Shrines and temples

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Driving/Hiking
Trip Duration 06 Nights/07 Days
Trip code NAP-DFT - 001
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Nagarkot (2194m)
Trip Cost USD 765 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 32 passengers
Accessibillity Festival guided tour around Kathmandu Valley
The Route Rim of the Kathmandu Valley
Season October/November
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel/Resort

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

The first day of Tihar is known as Kag Tihar. Early in the morning people cook different types of delicious foods and offer it to crows. People worship the crow and give them something to eat before they eat their own meals.

The second day of Tihar is known as Kukur Tihar. In the Newar community this day is also called as Khicha Puja. Th dog is considered as the guardian of our homes and also the steed of fearful Bhairab, the god of destruction. On this day dogs are worshipped by applying tika and beautiful garland around their necks.

After doing the puja of the dog people give it delicious food to eat. On this day one can see all street dogs being worshipped and being given respect. This day is also observed as Narka Chaturdashi.

The third day of Tihar is known as Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja. Early in the morning people worship the Gai (cow). People use the cow for a lot of things like milk, dung and urine for different purpose of purification. So, on this day people worship the Cow in a grand manner by putting tika on their foreheads, garlanding and feeding cows with grass and other delicious cooked food items.

In the day time people clean and decorate their houses by keeping garlands of Marigold and chrysanthemums at the door and windows. People make Rangoli outside the main doors of their houses and put lights in their house and light oil lamps on the Rangoli.

In the evening, the main door of the house is painted with red mud and an oil lamp is lit on it which is supposed to show the way to Goddess Laxmi to their house, to their Puja room. During the Puja the idol of Goddess Laxmi is kept on the Lotus flower, keeping the money which has been saved from many years and valuable things next to the idol. On this day from evening to night, groups of girls and boys go to houses, singing and dancing, what is known as Deusi , Bhailo. By playing the Deusi  Bhailo people collect money and food from different houses and share all the sweets and money among themselves.

The fourth day of Tihar is called as Gobardhan Puja and Mha Puja. This differs as per specific cultural background. On this day takes place the worship called Goru puja (worship of ox). People offer tika, garland and feed the ox with food and complete the puja.

In the Newar community they perform Mha Puja which means worshipping one’s own body. The Newar people worship themselves and offer prayers for long life and good health.

The last day of the Tihar is known as Bhai Tika. On this day, the sisters put tika on their brother by performing some rituals. It is celebrated throughout the nation. The main idea to celebrate Bhai Tika is that the sister prays for her brother’s long life and good health. After putting the tika of seven colors and garlanding the brothers, the sisters give gift to their brothers which is known as Sagun which is made of dried fruits, nuts and candies etc. Similarly, the brothers also put tika on their sisters and give them gifts. This celebration shows the close and deep relationship between brothers and sisters.

In this manner, after five days the Tihar festival ends. People cherish these moments, preserve their culture and enjoy the warmth of this festival.

 

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

Documents:  All necessary official paper works such a upper mustang special permit, ACAP entrance permit and TIMS card.
Land transportation: All airport arrival and departures transfer and touring as per the itinerary by private vehicle
Activities: Hiking, trekking as per the itinerary.
Accommodation: 3 night hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing and 9 night’s teahouse lodge in mountain on twin sharing or multi – share bedroom.
Food: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during you’re staying in mountain.
Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment and road 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 Dipawali Festival 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 Dipawali Festival 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 Dipawali Festival, 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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