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Holi Festival of Colors Holiday | 9 Days | 17 March - 25 March 2019

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Join us for a memorable and fun trip, and experience one of the most exotic
and spectacular colorful holiday celebrations in the world:
HOLI !

Play and laugh, chase and throw colors, sing and dance, and enjoy the party!

The Hindu Festival of Colors – Holi – is a festival celebrated each year in Nepal and India, to mark the beginning of the spring. It usually takes place in March, sometimes at the end of February.

Holi is also called Fagu Purnima (Nepali word for Full Moon). Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day of the Nepali month of Falguna. During Holi, people go wild in the streets and throw colored water and powders at each other. Eventually, everyone in the streets gets a splash of colors. 

Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is believed that Hiranyakashipu, an evil king, forbade his son Prahlad from worshipping Vishnu, but Prahlad continued to offer prayers to the God Vishnu. Angry with his son, Hiranyakashipu challenged Prahlad to sit on a pyre with his wicked aunt Holika who was believed to be immune to fire. Prahlad accepted the challenge and prayed to Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, everyone watched with amazement as Holika was burnt to death, while Prahlad survived without a scar. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

Holi bridges social gaps and brings people together: employees and employers, men and women, rich and poor, young and old. A popular saying heard during Holi is “Bura na mano, Holi hai” (Don't feel offended, it's Holi).

Holi Festival 2019 will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 20.

Day 01. WELCOME TO NEPAL (17 March 2019)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our friendly representative will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign displaying your name. He will then drive you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will receive a pre-departure briefing. 

Depending on your time of arrival, you are free to relax or explore the city. 


Overnight in Kathmandu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Day 02. CULTURAL TOUR IN KATHMANDU (18 March 2019)

After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. We will visit:


Pashupatinath Temple, a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus. Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Lord Shiva. Devotees are regularly taking ritual baths in the holy Bagmati river. You will see a wide range of very interesting cultural activities. We will also meet many Hindu Holy Men (also known as Sadhus). 

Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and a very important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Walk clockwise around the stupa, enjoy the mystical atmosphere, encounter the Buddhist monks and take lots of pictures under the colorful prayer flags. 

Basantapur Durbar Square (Kathmandu Durbar Square).

We will also visit Swayambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple". Swayambhunath is the oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu and a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys. 


Meals: Breakfast.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Day 03. CULTURAL TOUR IN BHAKTAPUR (19 March 2019)

After breakfast, we will take you on a cultural tour in BhaktapurThe ancient Newari town is renowned for its fine religious architecture and its traditional handicrafts. Among other places, we will visit the 55 Window Palace, the Golden Gate, and the Five Storeys Temple (Nyatapola Temple).


Meals: Breakfast.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Day 04. HOLI FESTIVAL (20 March 2019)

Today is the highlight of your holiday. Get ready to play with an array of hues in the local streets. Smear and splash colors while wishing "Happy Holi!" and enjoy the celebration of the Festival of Colors. Immerse yourself completely in this great cultural celebration.


Tips:

  • Put body lotion on you before you go outside. It will make it easier to wash out the colors later.
  • Leave your valuable items, like smart phones and expensive cameras, at your hotel or put them in a waterproof bag.


Meals: Breakfast.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Day 05. CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK: JEEP SAFARI | THARU CULTURE DANCE SHOW (21 March 2019)

Today, we will head to Chitwan by private van/car. In Chitwan, you will get a welcome drink at the hotel. You will have time to rest and enjoy the natural scenery before starting your activities.

In the afternoon, you will go on a Jeep safari inside the Jungle, where you might be able to see many wild animals such as deer, boars, Royal Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, sloth bears, and so on.

In the evening, we will take you to the nearby Tharu Culture Center, where we will watch the native Tharu culture dance show. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Overnight in Chitwan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Day 06. CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK: RIVER SAFARI | THARU VILLAGE VISIT | NEPALI COOKING LESSON (22 March 2019)
In the morning, you will go on a river safari. During the river safari, you will see a lot of crocodiles and different species of birds. It is always a good idea to bring binoculars with you; however, we can rent them there on availability basis. 

In the afternoon, you will visit a typical Tharu community village

Then, you will have the opportunity to prepare your own special local meal with the Tharus and enjoy your dinner at a Tharu house with members of the community. A real immersion experience!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Overnight in Chitwan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Day 07. DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU | FREE TIME (23 March 2019)
In the morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu. 

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to relax or do some shopping.

Meals: Breakfast.

Overnight in Kathmandu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Day 08. NAMO BUDDHA DAY HIKE (24 March 2019)

After breakfast, we will drive to Dhulikhel. We will hike to Namo Buddha and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley. This hike is considered as the best and one of the easiest day hikes near Kathmandu. Climb the stairs of Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. 


After lunch, we will hike from Namo Buddha to Panauti. With many temples dating back to the 15th century, Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal. 

Then, we will drive back to Kathmandu.


In the evening, we will have our farewell dinner at a local restaurant, where you will also enjoy a Nepali Cultural dance show.


Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Day 09. DEPARTURE (25 March 2019)

After a fun-filled trip, our journey ends. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your trip. We will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. If you have time and would like to extend your stay in Nepal, we would be happy to offer our recommendations.


Meals: Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


What’s included

  • Pre-departure support.
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off (private vehicle).
  • Experienced and government licensed English-speaking guide.
  • All ground transportation (private vehicle).
  • Entrance fees.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Special outfit for Holi and colors.
  • Accommodation (8 Nights): 6 Nights in Kathmandu and 2 Nights in Chitwan.
  • Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan).
  • Sightseeing tours and activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sim Card.
  • First aid kits.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges.


What’s NOT included

  • International airfare and domestic flights.
  • Tips for guides, driver & others.
  • Personal expenditures, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Medical examination (if required) & vaccination costs.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Anything else not specified in the ‘what’s included’ section above.

Accommodation:

  • Kathmandu (6 nights): Carefully selected 3-Star hotel.
  • Chitwan (2 nights): Carefully selected Jungle Resort.


Meals:

  • Day 1: N/A.
  • Day 2: Breakfast.
  • Day 3: Breakfast.
  • Day 4: Breakfast.
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 7: Breakfast.
  • Day 8: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 9: Breakfast.
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Price is based on twin sharing basis. Thus, a single room supplement will be applicable if you are a solo traveler.


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