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Bhaktpur Festival Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Bhaktapur, Nepal

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $155 USD per person
  • Duration

    2 days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    To be determined

  • Price Includes

    licensed guide, private car, and guide salary.

  • Notes

    Price does not include: All city and temple fees; Hotel; Meals and food.

Highlights

  • Gai Jatra is celebrated a day after Janai Purnimain Nepal. Newars believe that Yamaraj, the God of Death, opens the gates of judgment on this day allowing departed souls to enter.
  • This festival honors cows (gai) who are believed to lead departed souls to Yamaraj. On this day cows are lead through the streets of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and other Newar towns in the memory of those who died the preceding year.
  • Young boys dress up in fancy cow costumes and parade around the city.
  • In Bhaktapur, this festival is also known as Gunhi Punhi. Here men go around town in funny costumes. Satirical street performances are performed.

Guide

Trip Info

Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the ‘City of Devotees’, the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, mostly terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas. Come and enjoy theĀ Bhaktpur Festival Tour and let me be your guide!

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