Indra Jatra Chariot Trails - 1 day

Things to Know
  • Duration1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Altitude 1400m
  • Trip Type Cultural Tour
  • Start and End Kathmandu and Kathmandu
  • Best Time August-September
What You’ll Do
  • Witness the captivating chariot parade of the living goddess Kumari, Ganesha, and Bhairava
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival by experiencing the energetic street dance performed by the red-masked 'Lakhey'
  • Enjoy masked dances representing deities and demons, showcasing the rich religious traditions and mythological beliefs of Nepal 
  • Explore the bustling streets of Kathmandu, the epicenter of the festival, adorned with colorful decorations, vibrant music, and lively parades
  • Engage with the friendly locals and witness their devotion as they pay homage to Lord Indra and seek his blessings
  • Discover the intricate craftsmanship and artistry of the chariots, masks, and costumes used in the festival

The Indra Jatra festival is a vibrant and captivating celebration, which includes various captivating events. One of the most prominent marvels is the grand chariot parade, featuring the living goddess Kumari along with the beloved deities Ganesha and Bhairava. Accompanying them is the magnificent white 'neirawat' elephant, known as 'Pulu Kishi,' which symbolizes the mighty Lord Indra.

Amidst the lively parade, one cannot overlook the fascinating street dance performed by the red-masked figure known as Lakhey. This energetic performance adds an air of mystique to the festivities, enchanting viewers with its graceful movements. Additionally, numerous other masked dances take place, each representing deities and demons, further contributing to the festival's exquisite atmosphere. Finally, on the final day of the Jatra, the Linga (pole) is pulled down. This act signifies the conclusion of the festival, bringing a sense of closure and fulfilment to the vibrant celebrations that have unfolded throughout the event.

The Indra Jatra festival stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage and religious traditions of the Nepali people. With its chariot parades, captivating dances, and symbolic rituals, this event has continued to intrigue and amuse both locals and visitors alike, providing a unique glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of Nepalese traditions and beliefs.

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    Our full-day journey begins from the Kumari Ghar or the house where Kumari – the living goddess lives, in Kathmandu Durbar Square. We select the central route as its passes through old market areas of Kathmandu and hence is livelier. We walk toward Pyaphal which lies at a distance of less than 300 meters. The walk then moves toward Yatkha Nyata and to the Naradevi temple before turning right toward Kilagal and then to Bhedaisngh. The track then turns right toward Indrachowk – one of the oldest marketplaces in Kathmandu. From there, we catch the trail to Makhan to re-enter the Kathmandu Durbar Square and head to Pyaphal behind from a narrow trail behind the Makhan Mahadev Temple, and then to Kumari Ghar.

    Our experienced guides will take you to ancient temples, old marketplaces and food joints. This walk offers you an opportunity to get an insight into the daily life of Newar people.

    Trip Cost Details
    • Experienced guide
    • Two-way transportation
    • Lunch
    • Two bottles of mineral water
    • Entrance fees
    • Beverages and drinks
    • Food and drinks unless specified
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances
    Useful Info

    The eight-day-long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley. This also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. It begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Square in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace.

    Indra Jatra is probably the biggest festival in Kathmandu. It is celebrated with great fanfare and rejoicing by the Newar community of the Kathmandu. Locally known as Yenya, which means ‘Kathmandu Festival’ in Newari, the Indra Jatra celebrations consist of two events – Indra Jatra and Kumari Jatra. While the former event sees masked dances of deities and demons and displays of sacred images in honour of the deity Indra, the king of heaven, Kumari Jatra is the chariot procession of the living goddess Kumari. The celebration last for eight days in the 11 month of the Nepal Era calendar (August-September).

    During the festival, three chariots carrying deities Bhairav, Ganesh and Kumari are taken out through the old settlements of the Kathmandu Valley. Kumari makes public appearance only during this festival. Accompanied by musical troupe, the chariots are pulled by devotees through the narrow alleys. The chariots are carried through the old streets of Kathmandu for three days. On the first day, the chariots are pulled through the southern part of the town. Similarly, on the second day, the chariots are pulled through northern sections of the town till Asan. And on the last day, the chariots are taken through the middle section of the town. Interestingly, the chariots are pulled only by women on the third day.

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