Nepal is a landlocked country in Asia that encompasses Mount Everest, temperate forests, and high-altitude turquoise lakes. It’s an affordable country that offers its visitors some of the most breathtaking trekking opportunities in the entire world.
Not only that, but you can also discover Nepalese culture by attending one of the many major festivals of Nepal that occur during the Autumn season, where you’ll be able to mingle with locals, listen to joyous festival music, and indulge in mouthwatering cuisine prepared by local families.
Major Autumn Festivals of Nepal
To engage in the Nepalese culture, this is a list of festivals in Nepal that you definitely have to attend this autumn.
The Dashain Festival
The biggest national festival of Nepal occurs during late September and early October, called the Dashain Holidays Festival. The festival takes place over the course of 15 days, where locals worship the goddess Durga and offer her animal sacrifices. The festival signifies the victory of the gods who took over the evil demons, which represents the power of good over evil. Homes are beautifully painted and decorated to welcome the goddess and her blessings into their homes.
The Gaijatra Festival
Gaijatra festival takes place during August and September and represents both the fear and worship of the god of death. It’s one of the main festivals of Nepal and one of the most popular festivals.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Celebrate the birth of Lord Sri Krishna during Sri Krishna Janmashtami, which takes place in August and September. And, in early September, honor one’s father during Gokarna Aunsi, Father’s Day. Teej Ko Darkhane Din is the fasting festival for women where women pray for marital bliss and purify both their body and soul, during the months of August and September.
The Tihar Holidays
One of the most impressive festivals is the Nepal festival of lights, called the Tihar Holidays, where the Goddess of Wealth, Laxmi, is worshipped during October and November. It is also known as the Nepal Dog Festival, where they celebrate the Day of the Dogs and sing, dance, and decorate their home with sparkling lights.
Air Programs to Use Your Miles to Fly to Nepal
There are many air programs you can use your air miles to fly to Nepal from the USA this autumn. By using your miles, you can score discounted or free flights to Nepal. It is an excellent way to travel, especially if you’re on a strict budget.
In Business RoundTrip
- Jal (Japan Airlines) miles 120/130K
- All Nippon Airlines (ANA) miles 136K
- American Airlines (AAdvantage) miles 140K
- Alaska Airlines (MileagePlan) miles 140K
In Economy RoundTrip
- Air France (KLM) miles 68K
- Jal (Japan Airlines) miles 70K
- All Nippon Airlines (ANA) miles 80K
- American Airlines (AAdvantage) miles 80K
Intriguing Facts About Nepal that Will Shock You
Even though Nepal it’s not a big country, it packs a lot of punch and has some intriguing facts.
- It encompasses 8 out of the 10 world’s highest peaks.
- The world record holder for climbing to the peak of Mount Everest is Apa Serpa, from Nepal, 21 times.
- It also has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites.
- Nepal is said to be the birthplace of Buddha.
- Everest, which towers at 8,850 meters, is also referred to the “Forehead of the Sky.”
- More than half the population of men, at 52.9%, and women, at 75.3%, have never drunk alcohol.
- Some endangered animals live in Nepal: the Bengal Tiger, red panda, and snow leopard.
- The slaughtering of cows is also banned in the entire country.
- The shape of Nepal’s flag is the only country’s flag in the world that isn’t a triangle or rectangle.
- In 2011, two Nepalese men set the record for the world’s longest handshake at 42 hours and 35 minutes!
And lastly, Nepal is the birthplace of one of our most interesting childhood mysteries, the Abominable Snowman. He’s said to roam around Nepal, even though no one has ever seen him!