Gai Jatra Festival Tour

3 Days

Gai means “cow” and Jatra means “festival.” Cow is not only the national animal of Nepal, but also the most sacred animal of Nepal. It is believed that cows live in a heavenly place and that they also help deceased souls get there. So, during this festival, people engage in communal merrymaking and lessen their sorrows by participating in the parade, with the belief that by doing so the cows will lead the soul of their loved ones to heaven safe and sound. It is celebrated primarily by the Newar communities, who are the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley.

On this day, every family who has lost a relative in the previous year is expected to participate in a parade and march in the streets of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur, and Patan either with a real cow or with a person dressed as a cow. These people walking in the streets dressed in colorful, funny clothes and doing weird, funny things make this event quite a carnival. You can also see people distributing free foods on the street.

Gai Jatra generally falls in late August and sometimes in early September. This is also the season when it is the most ideal time to visit Nepal since it is autumn season and the weather is likely to be just right. Also the skies will be clear most of the day, giving you plenty of opportunities to grab spectacular views of the faraway mountain ranges.


Things you are likely to be engaged in if you participate in this festival:

  1. Observe a parade of motley crowd doing funny, eccentric things on streets.
  2. Dress as a cow and participate in different funny activities.
  3. Attend a comedy function (where people perform live comic plays and other performances)
  4. Engage with local people in singing, dancing, drinking, and merrymaking.
  5. Commemorate the death of loved ones.



Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be greeted by our staff at the arrival of Tribhuwan international airport. You will be transferred to the hotel so you can take some rest. In the evening, you will be warmly greeted by our welcome dinner at your convenient time which depends upon your arrival time today or tomorrow at a restaurant of your choice or any of our home.

After having a delightful breakfast at the hotel, we will take this day to go around the historical town of Kathmandu for some sightseeing. The sightseeing tour will take you to some of the ancient temples and historical places of great religious and spiritual importance for both the Hindu & Buddhist religion. We will start the sightseeing tour in our private vehicle with a member of our staff for guiding you through the whole sightseeing tour. We will start our Tour with the great Hindu Temple Pashupatinath.

Pashupatinath: Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus any foreigners expect Hindu Indian. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds.

After Pashupatinath we head towards Boudhanath, another magnificent pagoda style Buddhist stupa famous for its nickname “The little Tibet”.

Boudhanath: This Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

After finishing the tour around Boudhanath we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, another small site also listed on the UNESCO world heritage site for its great religious importance.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The word Durbar Square translated in English as Palace Complex. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Interesting things to see here are:-

Kumari (The Living Goddess) Gar, At the West end of the square, is a beautiful house full of woodcarving of different God and Goddesses. This Palace is three storied and in this palace, lives the very famous living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally venerate her. For Hindus she is the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. She is equally worshiped by Buddhists because she is chosen from Buddhist family. This shows the harmony between Buddhist and Hindus in Nepal.

Maru Ganesh: Small yet the most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu valley believe that the four Ganesh in four corners of Kathmandu valley protect the peoples living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple and especially on Tuesdays one can see a long queue of people waiting for hours to worship. Tuesday is considered the day of Ganesh.

After concluding the tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square we will head towards Swayambhunath nicknamed the “Monkey Temple”. The Buddhist stupa holds some great artistic and magnificent small Buddhist monasteries where you will witness some great Buddhist culture and tradition.

Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is located approximately 4 kilometers and this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

After visiting these magnificent places we conclude for the day and return back to the hotel for some rest. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 3 :
Fly out

Fly out

Cost Includes

  • A Car.
  • Sightseeing Guide.

Cost Excludes

  • All entry fee
  • Tips
  • Personal Nature expenses.

Personal Equipment List

  • Id & passport
  • Camera
  • Collapsible backpack
  • Sun-Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip guard
  • Tissues
  • Light jacket
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Maps and brochures
  • Journal and pen
  • A good book
  • Things of personal interests.

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