Tihar Festival Tour

Tihar Festival Tour

The Nepali festival Tihar is also known by many names such as Dipawali or Bhai Tika or Laxmi Puja or as a festival of lights. It is a five-days festival, which comes soon after the Dashain Festival, and Tihar is all about worshiping of different animals such as crow, dog, cow, and worshiping of the Hindu Goddess of Fortune or Wealth (Goddess Laxmi), and cooking great meals at home, brothers and sisters shopping for gifts, flying kites, decorating homes and streets, playing cards with friends, resting and relaxing, and finally ending the festival with an exchange of a special temporary mark on forehead (tika in Nepali). The last day of the festival is known as Tika day or popularly known as Bhai Tika day (Bhai in Nepali means Brother). To sum up Tihar festival, Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life to their brothers (Bhai)!

Tihar is a festival for brothers and sisters, but What if you are a brother without a sister or a sister without a brother. Well, you can make one by accepting someone close to you in your relatives. If nothing works, you find one among your friends and neighbors, it becomes almost as if it was real. Whom ever you made your sister or brother remains so for life, and each year this festival makes your bond ber. Tihar is a festival of sisters wishing a long life to their brothers, and Tihar is the most popular festival in Nepal. So hold on to your topi (hat), loads of excitement and fun are coming at you now!

Highlights

  • Festival of October/ November
  • Seconde longest festival of Nepal
  • Unique Cultural Experience

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: One Full day Sightseeing (The day to worship Crow).
Early in the morning of the first day of Tihar, family prepares a good meal. Each member of the family takes the first portion of the meal outside on a platter. The crows come down in large numbers and partake of the feast, they will call others before beginning to eat .Crows (Kag in Nepali) are considered as the messenger of the Lord of Death, Yama. There is a popular Nepali superstition of crows too: When the crows caw, sadness is coming.) On this day crows are worshiped and are kept happy. Where there are no crows, any winged animal of the heavens (bird) will enjoy the feast. So Tihar is also about appreciating animals around us. Enjoy around Kathmandu Valley. (Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Dog Worshipping Day .
Today, experience the worshipping of Dog. People offer flower garland and foods to their dog for their honesty and staying with the human being. On the second day of Tihar, Kukur (Dogs) are adorned with flower garland around their necks, red tika on their forehead, and are offered great meals, they are the king of the day! During day, drive to guide's village. Homestay in Village.

Day 04: Cow Worshipping Day and Luxmi Pooja celebration.
The 3rd day of Tihar is about worshiping the mother of the universe – cow in the morning and Laxmi Pooja in the Evening.

The cow puja is performed by giving a tika to a cow on her forehead, and a flower garland (Flower Leis) on the neck, and offering good meals.

In this 3rd day of the Tihar Festival, the entire nation becomes an illumination of lights. Goddess of wealth (Laxmi) is worshiped in every household in the entire Nepali Kingdom by means of Puja, decoration, candle lights, and oil lamps. Pictures and icons of Laxmi Devi (Goddess) are placed and worshiped . This Puja is important also for offices and business companies.

Homestay in the village.

Day 05: Oxen Worshipping Day (Singing/ Dancing Day. )
Today oxen are worshipped for their hardwork and help to people for farming. In the hilly region of Nepal, Oxen are used to cultivate the land. On this day, we respect them giving a tika on his forehead, and a flower garland (Flower Leis) on the neck, and offering good meals.

In the evening, group of males get together, carry what-ever musical instruments they have or can play, and sing Deusi door to door blessing the home and family in return for money and/or refreshments. Teenagers perform various Deusi songs to collect money for their picnic! Some may play Deusi to collect money to build a new trail in a far away village in Nepal!

We will also join and enjoy the singing/ dancing . Homestay in Village.

Day 06: Bhaitika
On the final day also known as Bhai Tika Day, sisters give tika (a colored powder placed on once's forehead), and mala (a necklace of flowers or also known as as flower leis, similar to that's used elsewhere like in Hawaii!) to brothers along with wishes for long life and prosperity.

Enjoy Good food and celebration for whole day. Homestay in Village.

Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Transfer to airport for your onward departure from Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • 3  nights hotel in  Kathmandu  as per the itinearay.
  • Homestay with all the meal included.
  • Welcome dinner at typical Nepali restaurent .
  • Government licensed  tour guide for 6 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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