What is Holi ?
Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Holi is considered as one of the biggest festival on Hindu calendar which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. Holi is also known as festival of Colors or the festival of love. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.
How we celebrate Holi ?
In most regions Holi festival is celebrated for two days but in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, Holi is celebrated for only a single day which is on 22 March of this year (2016). In Kathmandu there is a tradition of erecting a long bamboo stick (lingo) covered with pieces of different color cloths (Chir) in Bashantapur Durbar square. In the eve of Holi the lingo is taken down and the Chir is burnt. The event is called Chir Haran or Holika Dahan. Then Holi starts. Specially, in the Basantapur Durbar Square area this color festival is celebrated wildly with the involvement of thousands of youngsters. Wet color is applied on the face and is made on the spot by mixing little amount of water with dry colored powder. More enthusiastic Holi folk mix dry colored powder in full bucket of water to drench complete body in wet color.
In the most places of Kathmandu valley including the places Patan and Bhaktapur people play Holi with dry and wet colors. However many people feel that Holi celebrations are incomplete without wet colors. Visitors to homes are first teased with colors, then served with Holi delicacies, desserts and drinks. People used to make Pichkari (water guns) out of bamboo. And throw colored water on each other. Now-a-days balloons and plastic water guns (Pichkari) are used. The balloon filled with water is called Lola in Nepali.
When is Holi?
This year (2016) Holi is on March 22, that is on Chaitra 9 of 2072 in Bikram Sambat Calendar. Holi is a Hindu festival, celebrated at Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon) at the end of winter's last lunar month. It lasts 24 hours: from sunset on the day before the festival, when bonfires are lit around the country, until sunset of the day of the festival.
Story behind the Holi.
Praladh was son of Hiranyakasyapu, a demon who started thinking he was only the Lord in this Universe. Praladh became devotee of Lord Vishnu, while Hiranyakashyapu wanted all to worship him only. Hiranyakashyapu wanted to convience his son with various tries, but failed. Praladh never stopped worshipping Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakasyapu then planned to kill his five year old son. He ordered his sister Holika to kill Praladh. Holika was blessed with a fire proof dress. She went to flame with carrying Praladh. However, due to devotion of Praladh Lord Krishna burnt Holika and safely rescued Praladh.
Holika Dahan, means the end of Holika became Holi. People celebrated the end of Holika with colors, so the festival Holika Dahan became later Holi. There is tradition of making Hay Holika and burn it on the Holi.
What is our plan?
Here we have designed the 6 days program for you if you want to experience one of Nepal’s most lively and colorful festivals. If you want to enjoy Holi its best to get out and see the activities between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm in the afternoon. As you walk the narrow streets of Kathmandu make sure to look out above you for the dropping of water balloons and buckets of cold colored water coming down. Pretty much anyone outside on Holi is considered as playing so make sure you wear some clothes you wont mind if they get dirty. Also if you are carrying a camera it’s advisable to keep it in a waterproof bag.
Trip Cost : $640 USD
- Activity: Tours
- Duration: 06 Days
- Grade: Normal
- Highest Alt: 2195 M
- Trek Type: Hotel / Lodge
- Best Season: 22 March 2016
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up from airport and transfer to hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
In this day we be apart of this festival and celebrate it with full of fun and joy. The activities between the 10 am to 4 pm are most enjoyable. Today we will visit the most of popular places where people celebrate Holi. Taking photographs in the street of Kathmandu will be more exciting but make sure to protect your camera or mobile phone as youngsters applies the wet and dry color on the face and more enthusiastic Holi folk mix dry colored powder in full bucket of water to drench complete body in wet color. .Colored, cold and tired the celebrations came to an end in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Included Meals : BLD
After having a breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu we will continue our journey to Patan.
Patan, the oldest of all the three cities of Kathmandu valley. It is the best known for its artistic heritage. he city is situated on a plateau across Bagmati River. Another name of Patan, is Lalitpur. The city is surrounded by 4Stupas as 4 corners of Patan, one at each corner of its cardinal points. These stupas are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka. The Major attraction of Patan Darbar Square Patan Museum,this museum inside the durbar square specializes in bronze statues and religious objects. It is considered as one of the best museums in Asia. From Patan after a hour drive we will reach to Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur is also known as Bhatgaun. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the most prominent and magnetic attraction in the area. The entrance to this incredible monument is through the Golden Gate, the main portal to the square and another huge attraction. It is a riveting example of old Nepali architecture and features some of the most richly and intricately carved illustrations in the entire world. The many smaller palaces and temples in Durbar Square show the cultural and religious lives of the Nepali people over the passing centuries. Overnight stay at hotel in Bhaktapur.
Included Meals: BLD
In the morning from Bhaktapur after half and hour drive we will reach to Nagarkot. Nagarkot situated at the height of 2195m / 7200ft is a quiet and scenic hilltop about 32 km from the capital city, very popular as a mountain view point. One can see the panorama of the Himalayas ranging from the Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchanjunga in the east including Mt Everest. Overnight stay at hotel in Nagarkot.
After having a breakfast at hotel in Nagarkot we will continue our journey back to Kathmandu. Today after the arrival in Kathmandu it will be a leisure time. We can visit Thamel or other places of Kathamndu or take rest in hotel. In the evening to celebrate our successful journey, we will have a farewell dinner with Traditional Nepali Cuisine. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Included Meals : BLD
Sherpa Khangri Outdoor representative will drop you to airport according to your flight schedule.
Included meals : B
- Pickups and drops from hotels and airports.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot and hotels during trip.
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary.
- Experienced and familiar city guide.
- Staff's salary.
- Transportation from Kathmandu- Patan- Bhaktapur- Nagarkot- Kathmandu.
- Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
- All meals during trip.
- All entrance fee for mentioned places.
- Company services and all required government taxes/royalties.
- Nepalese visa fee.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation.
- Travel and Health Insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
- Tips for guide.