Jaant Festival 3-week package (FAIRS)
Shri Kedar region is the exotic mid-mountainous
scenic part lying in Far Western Nepal. The region has the
unique specialty in nature and culture. Beautiful landscape,
tropical and temperate dense evergreen forests, intermountain
valleys like B.P. Nagar, Ghanteshwar, Lanakedareshwar and
Dipayal, meandering river and rivulets, friendly people
with great heart, slope roofed houses made of rock, wood,
mud and hay, ploughing fields and harvesting the crops,
grazing cattle in the pasturelands, singing people in the
forest and celebrating festivals gathering in some particular
places are the attractions for the tourists. Village tour
might be pleasant.
Jaant festival is very popular and only celebrated
in all different part of Far Western Nepal. It is believed
that about 330000 thousand gods and goddesses spread all
over the universe mentioned in the Hindu epics, gather in
some particular places for the pleasure at the festival
time. Jaant festival is the greatest religious ceremony
to worship the gods. Certain gods are identified in certain
societies. Each God is worshipped in particular day of fortnight
among the gods in particular religious site. Everything
contains the God. There are particular gods for the particular
jobs but all gods look after everything. Some gods are identified
in these areas like Chhadi, Nawa, Dhirkandi, Melghadi, Mohanyal
and Ladatada etc. They have their particular language, uniform
and ornaments at the festival time that makes easier to
identify the gods. The shaman so called gods dance together
wearing the special holy uniform. They forecast the weather,
bless the people and threaten the evil spirits at the time
of festival. It is celebrated this festival for about a
month but everyday for different gods. The festival lies
between October and November. No prior hiking experience
is needed because the maximum hiking point is below 3000m.
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu (1310m).
Day 02 : Mountain flight before noon
that is the Himalayan adventure with scenic views of the
Himalayas very closely then fly to Dhangadhi (130m) same
day and stay there.
Day 03 : Drive to Dipayal and stay
Day 04 : Hike up to Lekhgada and camp
on the school ground.
Day 05-06 : Hike to Chanukanda and camp on the school
Day 07 : Hike to Kadaremandu, stay there for Magar
Day 08 : Hike to Rantola and camp on the school ground.
Day 09 : Explore the area and watch the festival
Day 10 : Hike up to Shri Kedar (2900m),
watch the ShivJi Mela Jaant. There is a big crowd to celebrate
the festival, people come from different parts of Western
Nepal and northern part of India.
Day 11 : See the spectacular view of
the western Nepal Himalayas like Api, Saipal (7031m), Gorakh
Himal, Kanti Himal and Kanjirowa Himalayan range in the
morning with sunrise scene. Watch the activity of the shamans-so
called gods and the procedures of worshipping. This might
be the excellent trip to know about the Hindu religion,
culture and tradition.
Day 12 : Hike down to Akarkanda and
Day 13 : Hike down to Barchhain and camp in the hill
Day 14 : Hike down to BP Nagar and camp by the river.
Day 15 : Drive to Dhangadhi and stay there.
Day 16 : Day trip to Tharu village.
Day 17 : Drive to Ghodaghodi Lake,
the biggest lake in Far Western Nepal, explore the area
then drive to Thakurdwara, Bardia and stay by the Bardia
Day 18 : Drive to Butwal.
Day 19 : Day trip to Lumbini, the Lord
Day 20-21 : Drive to Chitwan (150m)
and enjoy with nature and Tharu culture. Chase the elusive
Bengal tiger riding on the elephant, jeep safari, jungle
walk, watch the elephant breeding center, explore the Tharu
culture, enjoy and dance with them.
Day 22 : Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 23 : Sightseeing and shopping in
Day 24 : Fly back home.