Cultural Tour

Indra (Jatra) Festival 6 Days Tour 2022

  • Duration: 06 Day
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Indra Jatra is a regional holiday in Kathmandu Valley. This holiday falls on the 15th day of the 11th month of the Nepali calendar. The eight-days-long joyous festival among the Newari community in Kathmandu Valley honors those who have recently passed away and pays homage to the Hindu god Indra and his mother Dagini, to ensure blessings of the harvest to come.

Lord Indra incarnates god of rain, which makes very important deity in Hindu communities where a successful harvest is important.

Behind the story: it is said that lord Indra in a human form, visited Kathmandu Valley to get a flower which his mother wanted to use in a ritual. He was arrested for picking flowers and stealing. To ease the situation Dagini descended from heaven and when she found out that her hostage was Indra, he was immediately released. Dagini said she would like to thank the people for releasing her son and ensure that to compensate for Indra crime, those who died last year would be taken to heaven. The forms basis of Indra Jatra means Chad kumari, by pulling a chariot every year.

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The festival includes a virgin, called Kumari. Since a thousand years according to an old tradition, these young girls are selected as living goddesses at the age of three. Virgins are only allowed to go out of the house during major festivals like  Indra Jatra. When they participate, their feet are not allowed to touch the ground, so they must be carried or have to walk on a special carpet. When virgins reach puberty, they return to normal life as bleeding reflects their human nature. This means that if they bleed even after an accidental cut, they stop being virgins.

Two boys playing the roles of Ganesh and Bhairab, as on most feared form of Shiva, accompany the virgin to the procession to the royal palace, where stops in front of Bhairab 12-foot mask. As shown above, Bhairav will only be showned to public during Indra Jatra, performed in public festival .

For the date click on Itinerary and can join to explore the festival

Day 01: 06 Sep 2022, Arrive Kathmandu Nepal - Elevation: 1350m

Arrive Nepal International airport to Hotel near Thamel, O/N 3 Star hotel with BB,

Day 02: 07 Sep 2022, Sight seeing - Kathmandu Valley,

Swayabhunath Temple, Patan durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudha nath stupa, Back to same hotel, O/N with BB,

Day 03: 08 Sep, 2022, Sight seeing - Bhaktapur-changunarayan temple

12 kl, drive to Bhaktapur city and visit, after visit Bhaktapur heading to changunarayan temple, and back to Kathmandu, O/N same Hotel with BB,

Day 04: 09 September, 2022, Join in Festival - all day explore festival

this day is special for Indra festival to explore in crowded with people in Kathmandu valley, and back to same hotel, O/N with BB,

Day 05: 10 Sep 2022, rest day in kathmandu - prepare luggage

walk on street for some souvenir and back to hotel, and prepare luggage, and relaxed, O/N hotel with BB,

Day 06: 11 Sep 2022, Final departure - International airport,

we will drop you by our private vehicle according to your flight schedules, leave before 3hrs catching the flight,

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code:
    HR
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Trip Grade:
    Easy/Strenuous
  • Max Elevation:
    1350m
  • Total Duration:
    06 days
  • Best Time:
    09-September-2022 Friday
  • Group Size:
    1-20 Pax

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