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Cow Festival (GAI JATRA)Tour 2014


According to the lunar calendar this festival Gaijatra falls in the dark fortnight (Bhadra Krishna pakchhya -August) the next day of the Janaipurnima festival. This festival is observed grandly in Katmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan cities. People decorate the cow and small children like a joking cartoon and walk throughout the city in small groups. It's believed that if this festival is celebrated in this way with the help of cow, the deceased persons' soul who has died during the year, will get chance soon to rest in the heaven; and he will bless us a lot of good luck from there. Cow is respected like our own progenitor mother in the Hindu religion.


After our death there are many horrible places for us to cross to reach in the heaven. If we are sinful we fall in the peep kunda (Pus' pond) where all the rubbishes like the snizzles, urine latrine and so many other stench stinking things consist there. Scriptures say if we have done sin in our life we can't get out of this horrible place to reach in the heaven; so if we worship to cow on this day in this manner, immediately our dead relatives will get way to cross this stench emanating ugly place if they have fallen there; and get way to go in the heaven. Also, there is the vast sea called Baitarani to cross to reach the heaven; which we can cross only by the help of the cow. If we are sinful we can't cross this place without the help of the cow; so people decorate cows in the name of their deceased relatives' and pray to god for their quick arrival in the heaven. People who doesn't have cow they decorate children in the name of their past souls.

Gai Jatra FestivalsAlso in Nepal this day is famous as a humor satirical day as well. The newspapers publish many mocking cartoons and statements denoting mostly to the political figures of the country. Comedians organize ticket shows and demonstrate farcical and funny skits in theatres. Another aspect of this Gaijatra is prevailed to say as a proverb in our society. That is, if some thing is seen unplanned and messy in our house then the people say "Don't show Gaijatra" means don't keep any thing unplanned in the house or yourself. The demonstration of cartoon children lasts for a week in the valley.

Also some elderly persons say on this festival that, once King Jagat Prakash Malla's queen had become very seriously sad for the cause of her son's death. So the King ordered to demonstrate some farcical cartoons to appease the queen; and the people started to show such kind of parodies for the queen's amusement as per the king's order. But it seems more religious valued to this fete than the king's for this festival's celebration.

GAI JATRA - Cow Festival Tour

Cow Festival in NepalItinerary:
02 August 2014 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel
03 August 2014 Day 02: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square (See Cow festival)
04 August 2014 Day 03: visit Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square
05 August 2014 Day 04: Visit Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Buddhanilkantha, Soyambunath
06 August 2014 Day 05: Visit Dashinkali, Chowvar, Kritipur
07 August 2014 Day 06: Drive to Chitwan Jungle Safari
08 August 2014 Day 07: Full day continue program
09 August 2014 Day 08: Morning – Bird watching –Breakfast, drive to Kathmandu
10 August 2014 Day 09: Free day Kathmandu
11 August  2014 Day 10: Final Departure

Cost

Cow FestivalDeluxe tour (5 Star Hotel)

1 Person USD 1795
2 Per Person USD 1499
3-4 Person, Per Person USD 1399
5-8 Persons, Per Person USD 1350
9-12 Persons, Per Person USD 1195
13-16 Persons, Per Person USD 1075
Single Supplementary USD 350 (who taking single room)

Deluxe tour (4 Star Hotel)

1 Person USD 1499
2 Per Person USD 1375
3-4 Person, Per Person USD 1199
5-8 Persons, Per Person USD 1150
9-12 Persons, Per Person USD 1050
13-16 Persons, Per Person USD 899
Single Supplementary USD 300 (who taking single room)

Standard (3 star hotel)

1 Person USD 1200
2 Per Person USD 1075
3-4 Person, Per Person USD 950
5-8 Persons, Per Person USD 900
9-12 Persons, Per Person USD 875
13-16 Persons, Per Person USD 850
Single Supplementary USD 250 who taking single room

Cost Includes

  • Durbar Square7 nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed & Breakfast
  • 2 nights 3 days in Chitwan full board
  • Kathmandu – Chitwan – Kathmandu air-condition land transfer
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and Chitwan
  • Special for cow festival (Gai Jatra)
  • All entrance fees of sightseeing in Kathmandu and Chitwan
  • 1 hour mountain flight with guaranteed window seat
  • Fare well dinner in Nepali typical restaurant with song and dance.

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bar bills &  Beverage
  • Tips
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