Diwali Day 3

Special! Diwali Festival (24-26. Oct)

Celebrate the Festival of Lights

From: USD 519

Do you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience while diving deep into Nepal's traditional culture? Well, you're in luck, because on this tour you have the opportunity to take part in the breathtaking Diwali Festival. Also known as the festival of lights, it is widely celebrated in Nepal and India. Buddhists and Hindus alike, celebrate this special occasion as their second most important event of the year. Over the course of six days, various aspects of Nepalese religion, culture and family bonds are celebrated in richly decorated streets, full of flowers, candles and electric lights. Don't miss out on getting a peek into the Nepalese soul, while it is illuminated by the lights of Diwali! Price includes accommodation in a shared twin room. Upgrade to a single room for $102 - add a request to your booking!

Day 1 • A City in Bloom

Diwali Day 1

After breakfast, visit Ason Market with your guide. Like many places in the city, it is especially teeming with life during Diwali! Get a feel for the energy that starts enveloping the city, as the festivities start and locals decorate the streets.

Later, you make your way to Bakhtapur, the city of devotees. You find yourself in a place engulfed in the mesmerizing scent of thousands of flowers and illuminated by colorful lights. Mingle with the locals as they enjoy singing and dancing to two traditional songs, Deusi and Bhailo. Bhailo means ‘wishing good’ and is performed by women. Deusi traditionally entails men going door to door singing.

Have dinner together at a lovely boutique hotel in the city, Hotel Heritage Malla, where you’ll stay the night. Your head is still full of the otherworldly vibes of the festival as you drift off to sleep after an eventful day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transport: Private Bus (1:00h)

Day 2 • A Parade of Colors and Nepalese Hospitality

Diwali Day 2
Diwali - Rangauli
Diwali Day 2 Food

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and head out to explore the wonderfully decorated alleys of Bakhtapur. Witness the Bhintuna Rally, a crazy parade featuring music, dance and colorful costumes!

Next, visit Bakhtapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site, that served as a filming location for the movie "Little Buddha". It is especially stunning during the festival! Coincidentally, locals also celebrate Nepalese New Year on this day in 2022. So don't be surprised if people wish you a Happy New Year!

In the afternoon, join locals creating circular mandalas that are traditionally placed in front of house entrances, a practice called Rangauli. The Nepalese are very proud of this craft - so much so that competitions are held for the most intricate pieces!

Later you are invited by a local family to celebrate Mha Puja. This ritual is traditionally guided by the matriarch. It is intended to bring good health, peace, and prosperity to participants. This a very special peek into traditional family life in Nepal! Enjoy a festive dinner with your hosts. Afterwards, take a memorable stroll through the illuminated streets of Patan.

You'll stay in the heart of town, in Hotel Timila.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transport: Private Bus (1:00h)

Day 3 • Goodbye Nepal!

Diwali Day 3

What a whirlwind of colors, scents and hospitality these past two days have been! You’re driven to the airport with incredible memories of a mesmerizing festival. Time to say goodbye to Nepal! Have a safe journey home!

Meals included: Breakfast

Transport: Private Taxi (1:00h)

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