Bisket Jatra: Festival of Chariots and Pole
Bisket Jatra is the annual celebration of two of the most important deities of the town of Bhaktapur, the wrathful god Bhairab and the goddess Bhadrakali. The New Year of the Bikram Sambat calendar (mid April) takes place at the same time as this ancient festival. A few days before the New Year, the goddess and the god are enshrined in their raths, or immense chariots & pulled through the narrow streets of Bhaktapur by crowds of young men. The chariots rest at certain time-honored places in the city and people come out to throw offerings of flower, rice, coins and red sindur powder. On the last day of the old year a towering wooden pole is erected at the edge of town. Long banners hang from the pole, symbolizing next and conquered in a mythological battle. On new year's day, contesting terms of men pull the pole to the ground, a moment of danger and excitement.
Day 1: Kathmandu - 1300m altitude
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representative from Aarya Village Travel.
Day 2: Chariots Festival in Bhaktapur (B)
Today after breakfast we drive to Bhaktapur- City of Devotee. Start sightseeing at Bhaktapur Durbar Square- World Heritage Site. The medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets.
Evening enjoy the chariot pulling and Pole erecting festival. This Bisket Jatra will start by pulling the chariot which is made by three- storey means Pagoda style and these activities are made at the location of Bhairabnath Mandir at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The creaking and swaying chariot lumbers around town, pausing for a huge tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town. After the battle the chariots head to Khalna Tole, where a huge 25m-high lingam (phallic symbol) is erected in the stone yoni (female genital symbol) base.
Day 3: Chariots and Pole pulling festival (B)
After Breakfast scroll around Bhaktpaur city. In the afternoon of the following day (New Year’s Day), the pole is pulled down, again in an often-violent tug-of-war. As the pole crashes to the ground, the New Year officially commences.
Day 4: Tongue Piercing Ceremony (B)
After Breakfast we drive to Thimi, Bhaktapur to observe Tongue Piercing ceremony. In this day display the image of the Gods with the villagers and the group of the villagers throw red power over the people who are displaying the image of God and the people who are pulling the chariot in this festival. Then finally, an unique activity occur during this Bisket Jatra that is Tongue Piercing. This is done by the one of the villagers who spends the day with iron spikes piercing his tongue.
Day 5:Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
After Breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath- World's biggest stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage, Patan Durbar Square- which is a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th and Syambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Rest of the time is free on your own.
Day 6: Departure
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.