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5 Days
Availability : All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

Dashain, also Bijaya Dashami, Mwohni, or Durga Puja, is a fifteen-day-long national festival of Nepal. The ethnic Nepali people of the Indian hill states of Sikkim, Assam, and Darjeeling district, and among the Lhotshampa of Bhutan and the Burmese Gurkhas of Myanmar.

Dashain is the longest and most auspicious festival in the Bikram Sambat annual calendar. Nepali people celebrate it with their diaspora throughout the globe. It is the longest and most anticipated festival in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and the North Indian Hills. People return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together.

All government offices, educational institutions, and other offices remain closed during the festival period. Dashain falls in September or October, starting from the Shukla Paksha (bright lunar fortnight) of the month of Ashvin and ending on Purnima, the full moon. Among the fifteen days on which it is celebrated, the most important days are the first, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth.

The Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, celebrate Dashain as the most important festival of the calendar year. Among the Hindus and Buddhist Newars, it is celebrated with slight differences and interpretations, where each of the nine days of Navaratri leading up to the 10th day, called ‘Dashami’, carries special importance.

Hindu Newars worship the goddess Durga and her manifestations. She is worshiped throughout the Shaktipeeths of Kathmandu Valley. For Newars, Mwohni is also important for its emphasis on family gatherings as well as on a renewal of community ties, highlighted by special family dinners called Nakhtya and various community processions of deities called Jatra throughout the three royal cities of Kathmandu Valley.

Price Includes

  • All transportation by private vehicle.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed guide.
  • Staff costs include their salary and food.
  • All necessary paperwork.

Price Excludes

  • Food and beverage bills.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Tipping (tips).
  • Travel insurance.
  • International flights.
  • Donations at temples, schools, monasteries etc.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation and insurance of any kind.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal! An Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will welcome you at the airport with your nameplate. Afterward, he will take you to your hotel. On the way to the hotel, you will pass by the Pashupatinath Temple, the Royal Palace Museum, i.e., Narayanhity, the Garden of Dreams, and the Thamel. Your hotel will be downtown at the tourist hub. Check in to your sumptuous room at the luxury 4-star Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa. Our representative will facilitate and discuss your travel itinerary. There will be enough time to stroll through the streets of Thamel.

Includes: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one; breakfast included.

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu with a private guide. Witness intricate wood-carved temples at Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the city’s rich history. Next, visit Swyambhunath, the monkey temple, for a glimpse of religious harmony and Kathmandu’s panoramic views.

Discover Pashupatinath Temple, a major Hindu pilgrimage site in Southeast Asia, and witness the cremation rituals along the Bagmati River. Explore nearby Guweyswori Temple before heading to another UNESCO site, Boudhanath Stupa, a unique Buddhist stupa from 600 A.D. Soak in the spiritual ambiance, then return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Includes: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one; breakfast included.

Kathmandu

Day 3Visit Kritipur and Celebrate Dashain Festival

Today is the biggest festival for the Nepalese. You will visit the ancient city of Put Tika and get blessings at a local homestay. Take some delicious food and Nepali cuisine. You will be playing a swing made up of big bamboo trees in the village. Then, you will have some cultural interaction with the locals.

Includes: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one; breakfast included.

Day 4Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur

Today, you will visit two ancient cities near Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur. In Patan, you will be visiting other UNESCO World Heritage sites: Krishna Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Then visit the Patan Museum, where you can learn more about the history of Patan and the kings who reigned here. Later, visit the Golden Temple, a major attraction for both Hindu and Buddhist people, and the Banglamukhi Temple.

In Bhaktapur, you will be amazed by the architecture, as until today the city has been able to be kept intact in its old form. You can observe the old wood-carved buildings all around Bhaktapur, and then you will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Explore the surroundings and, afterward, visit the Nyatopola Temple, one of the biggest temples in Nepal. After completing your sightseeing, get back to Kathmandu, check in at the hotel, and have a rest.

Includes: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one; breakfast included.

Patan
Pic: Patan (Source: Internet)

Day 5Departure

Your trip will come to an end today. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up with a private van and drop you off at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight back to your home or other destination.

Have a safe journey onward, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Includes: breakfast and private transport.

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