Teej Festival Tour Overview
Warm welcome to Teej Festival Tour in Nepal. The first day of Teej is called Dar Khane Din. On this day the women,married and unmarried, mainly of Khas ethnicity, assemble at one place, in their finest attire and start dancing and singing devotional songs. Amidst all this, the grand feast takes place. The jollity often goes on till midnight, after which the 24hour fast starts.
The second day is the fasting day. Some women live without a morsel of food and drops of water while others take liquid and fruit. On this day, they gaily dress and visit a nearby Shiva temple singing and dancing on the way. The Pashupatinath Temple gets the highest number of devotees. At the Shiva temple, women circumambulate the Shiva Linga, the symbol of the lord, offering flowers, sweets and coins. The main puja (religious ceremony) takes place with offerings of flowers, fruits, etc., made to Shiva and Parvati, beseeching them to grant their blessing upon the husband and family. The important part of the puja is the oil lamp which should be alight throughout the night.
The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. After the completion of the previous day’s puja, women pay homage to various deities and bathe with red mud found on the roots of the sacred datiwan bush, along with its leaves. This act of purification is the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from all their sins. The recent years have witnessed an alteration in the rituals, especially concerning the severity, but its essence remains the same.
Teej is celebrated just before the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Women do 24-hour nirjala fasting (without water or fruit) for the wellness of their spouse and their married life and unmarried would be praying to get a nice husband.
August 27th 2015 / Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)
August 28th 2015 / Day 03: Festival day in Pashupatinath and overnight in Hotel (B)
August 29th 2015 / Day 04: Continue festival day (B)
August 30th 2015 / Day 05: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping (B)
August 31st 2015 / Day 06: Final departure to the Airport (B)
International/Domestic Airport Pick up and drop off by our private vehicle
Kathmandu hotel room on bed and breakfast (B) basis
Fluent English speaking license holder sightseeing tour guide and his fee
Sightseeing entrance fee
All land transfer as per above itinerary by our private vehicle
Nepal entry visa fee per person US$ 40 only.
Kathmandu Hotel Lunch and Dinner (L, D)
Travel insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency
Personal spending money and all bar bill, i.e. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc.
"I enjoyed my teej festival trip very much. Having friendly and fluent English speaking license holder guide around make me feel more at home. Flexibility in itinerary."