Unlike any other country in the world, Nepal starts to celebrate its New year four days before the event and celebrates it for four more days. It is also a fact that not everyone celebrates it in this way. The root tribe of Kathmandu valley, the Newa People celebrate it for 8 nights and 9 days. They call it Biska Jatra, the biggest, longest, and most fascinating festival in Nepal.
The festival, on the other hand, includes some of the most exciting rituals, such as the drawing of Bhairava and Bhadrakali chariots, raising the Lyo sin dyo (a big pole), and then declining it the next day.
Although each day has its significance and events, the fifth and sixth days of the festival are more stunning than the others. It is the last day of the Nepalese year, and as a fact, the new year begins the following day.
Aside from that, there is the event of lyo sin dyo rising and dropping happening on the respective days. So, if you want to learn more and join in one of the world’s largest tug of wars (pulling chariots), you’ve found the perfect deal.
While you are in Nepal, celebrating Biska Jatra, you can also get involved in one of the rich ethnic tribes of Nepal, the Newa people.
New year (Biska Jatra) Package Highlights
- Engage in the biggest celebration of Nepal, Biska Jatra
- Sightseeing at 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu
- Try local Newari cuisines
- Get involved in the Newa traditions and rituals
- Nagarkot Exploration
- Hiking at Ranikot (optional)
- Evening walk in the alleys of Bhaktapur
New Year (Biska Jatra) Package Itinerary Outlines
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Bhaktapur Durbar Square sightseeing and take part in the initiation of Biska Jatra
Day 4: Patan Exploration
Day 5: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath
Day 6: Bhaktapur Exploration ( Pottery Square, Ponds, and Vihars) and participate in Biska Jatra
Day 7: Participate in Biska Jatra as well as local traditions
Day 8: Thimi Exploration ( Celebrate Sindoor Jatra)
Day 9: Sightseeing at Baudhhanath and Pashupatinath, enjoy the local carnival at Bhaktapur
Day 10: Bhaktapur Exploration (Dattatraya Square and local celebration)
Day 11: Sightseeing at Changu Narayan and Nagarkot Exploration
Day 12: Rest Day
Day 13: Departure