Janai purnima & Gaijatra Festivals

Janai purnima & Gaijatra Festivals

The full-moon of the month of Shrawan, the day when this festival is observed, is considered sacred ail over Nepal and is celebrated in different manner by different groups of people of Nepal. However, the most widely accepted mode of celebration is that on this day people take a ritual bath and change their sacred thread. Everyone gets a string of thread tied in his wrist from the Brahmans as a protective mark for the whole year. The Nepalese prepare a special dish called 'Kwati, (mixed sprouted beans) on this day. This day is also held sacred for bathing in Gosainkunda. One can also see a pageantry of the Jhankris (witch doctors) attired in their traditional costume come to bathe at Kumbheshwor at Patan. These Jhankris also visit the temple of Kaiinchowk Bhagavati (the goddess at Kalinchowk) in Dolkha district where they go to beg for their healing powers, as they are the traditional healers of the Nepalese villagers.

In this festival teen-aged boys dressed up in the attire of a cow parade in the streets of the town. This custom spring from the belief that cows help the members of the family, who have died within that year, to travel to heaven smoothly. Some are also dressed up as an ascetic or a fool for achieving the same objective to their dead family members. Groups of mimics improvise short satirical enactments on the current sociopolitical scenes of the town to the entertainment of the public. The week beginning from Janai Poornima actually unfolds a season of good many religious and cultural activities. All the Buddhist monasteries open their gates to the visitors to view their bronze sculptures and collection of painting for a week. At Patan, one observes the festival of Mataya at this time. The festivity of Gaijatra itself lasts for a week enlivened by the performance of dance and drama in the different localities of the town. The spirit of the old festival is being increasingly adapted by Cultural Centres, newspapers and magazines of fling humor and satire on the Nepalese social and political life.

Highlights

  • Festival of August
  • Unique Cultural Experience
  • Special men festival Janaipurnima

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmanadu, Pick up and transfer to Hotel. Visit our office for detail information. In the evening dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Early in the morning drive to Pashupatinath temple to observe Janaipurnima festival. After breakfast, Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing. (Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath temple) Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: After breakfast, scenic drive to Nagarkot hill . Spending few times there, we drive back to Bhaktapur and observe Gaijatra festival. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Transfer to airport for your onward departure from Nepal.
(If you are here with more than 4 days , then we will happily assist you to enjoy your holidays in Nepal

Cost Includes

  • 3  nights hotel in  Kathmandu  as per the itinearay.
  • Welcome dinner at typical Nepali restaurent .
  • Government licensed  tour guide for 3 days.
  • All the transportation by car as per itinerary.
  • All necessary entrance fee of Temples and durbar squares.
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Bar bills
  • Staff & driver tipping.
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