Tihar, or the Festival of Lights, is a five-day Hindu festival in the autumn that celebrates the intimate relationship between animals and people. It also worships Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, culminating in Laxmi Puja when rangoli patterns are made with colored powder and flowers. This trip will take you on a journey from Kathmandu to the old Malla kingdoms of Bhaktapur and Patan, and the lakeside city of Pokhara. Along the way, you will stay with local families to enjoy the full flavor of this magical festival.
And beautiful it is. There are 55 major temples in this city, as well as 136 Buddhist monasteries. A tour of it all is led by a knowledgeable local guide who takes folks on an odyssey through the city's ancient courtyards. See how the indigenous Newari artisans live, marvel at the thangka Buddhist artworks, and witness the fruits of the stone carvers and metalworkers. The tour includes opportunities to meet and chat with these locals, which offers even more insight into their traditions and way of life.
Intineraries with Explore Patan: Heritage Walking Tour
This trip combines the main cultural and natural highlights of Nepal's three main regions—Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. You'll spend a night in the hilltop village of Nagarkot and the ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, then head south to experience the wildlife, jungle, and birthplace of Buddha. Finally, you'll have a couple days in Pokhara to relax and enjoy some adventure before departing.