Best Holiday Destinations during Dashain Holiday
As the Hindu festival, Dashain approaches, the monsoon cloud gradually recedes and welcome the autumn season with clear skies and vibrant surrounding.
Dashain is the biggest and longest festival of Hindus that commemorates the victory of good over evil and is celebrated for ten days straight. During this festival, people living far from home visit their parents to get blessings and spend quality time together, skipping their mundane lifestyle.
With a weeklong holiday, people not only travel to meet their nearest friends and family but also plan for trips around the country. Most people with jobs wait for Dashain and Tihar's break to trek to the Himalayas or tour around the city. Since, September-November is believed to be the best time for treks and tours in Nepal, National and International tourists tour around major attractions like National Parks, natural lakes, and viewpoints like Ghorepani Poonhill.
Although there are plenty of attractions for tourists in Nepal, there are few places that one must visit during this season to enjoy the panorama and beauty of nature. In this blog, Best Destination to Pick during Dashain Holiday for Nepali and International Tourists, we will find some best places to visit this festive season.
1) Rara Lake Trek:
✔ Trek through the wilderness of the Rara National Park.
✔ The largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake.
✔ Explore the authentic lifestyle and culture of the Jumla district.
✔ Enjoy the unadulterated sights of Rara Lake, Dolpo and Api.
The first on the list is the Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal. Located at an altitude of 2290m, Rara Lake lies within the Rara National Park area and is popular among local tourists for its view.
The Rara lake trek is one of the fascinating treks of Nepal that allows trekkers to unravel the beauty of the hidden gem, the Karnali region. The journey starts with a flight to Nepalgunj and continues through village settlements of the region like Jumla, Cherechaur, Chalachaur, Sinja, Ghorosingha, Murma, and Chapri. From Chalachaur, you will enter the National Park area that homes several wild plant and animal species.
During this trek, the trekker will attain the highest altitude at Chuchemara Hill (4078m). The hill is renowned for offering dramatic sights of the tranquil Rara lake and snow-capped Pinnacles. As you arrive at the lake, you can enjoy the panorama of the surrounding hills like Ruma Kand and Malika while relishing boating in the pristine Rara lake.
The Rara trek can be completed in 5-14 Days, depending on your availability. The shortest itinerary for the trip includes a flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha Airport, Mugu, and then a trek to Rara.
2) Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:
✔ Sunrise view from Poonhill.
✔ Panorama of Himalayas like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre and Himchuli.
✔ Shortest yet exciting trek.
✔ Trek through the picturesque village of the region.
✔ Explore the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous community.
✔ The challenging stone staircase in Ulleri.
✔ Visit the Ghandruk cultural museum.
Located at the bosom of the Annapurna Region, Ghorepani Poonhill is the ultimate destination for trekkers who want to enjoy the panoramic sights of the Himalayas in a short time.
The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a 5-10 Days program that allows you to enjoy every bit of nature. The trekking journey starts from the city of lakes, Pokhara, and continue to the upper region through picturesque village like Tikhedhunga and Ulleri. The trail to Ghorepani is adorned with the blossoming rhododendron and greenery of pine and juniper. The main highlight of the Ghorepani Poonhill trek is the sunrise view from Poonhill.
Poonhill (3200m) is a perfect viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views and the Himalayas like Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Annapurna, Macchapuchre, and others. The Poonhill trek is incomplete without a short visit to the cultural museum of Ghandruk. The Ghandruk cultural museum has a unique collection of different antique homemade equipment and dresses that depicts the tales of the past living style of the community. You can also wear the dress and click as many pictures for your instagram.
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3) Gosaikunda Lake Trek:
✔ Trek through the isolated Langtang valley.
✔ Explore the cultural importance of the lake.
✔ Explore the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and culture.
✔ Summit Lauribina passes to behold the sights of the Annapurna range, Manaslu range, and Langtang range.
Elevated at an altitude of 4380m, Gosaikunda is a holy lake that is connected to the god of power and destruction, Lord Shiva. On every full moon day of August (Janai Purnima), thousands of devotees visit the site with the faith that the holy water of the lake will wash off their sins.
The Gosaikunda Lake trek is a 5-10 days program that allows you to explore the isolated Langtang valley. The trip starts with a ride to Syabru Besi, the gateway to the Langtang region from where you will continue to trek through the Langtang National park. The National park homes several plant species like juniper, rhododendron, animal species like deer, Himalayan tahr, red panda, snow leopard, wild dog, serow, and more than 250 species of birds. You will also trek through some of the ethnic village settlements of the regions like Lama Hotel, Thulo Syabru, Shin Gompa, and Lauribina before arriving at the lake.
Lauribina pass (4600m) is the highest elevation you will attain during the trip. The Lauribina pass is the best viewpoint to enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas like Langtang Lirung, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu range, and Annapurna range. The Gosainkunda lake is surrounded by several lakes like Saraswatikunda, Dudhkunda, Raktakunda, Chandrakunda, Suryakunda, Aamakunda, Ganeshkunda, and others. The sight of these pristine lakes is incredible accompanied by the views of the Himalayas.
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4) Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
✔ Majestic sunrise view from Poonhill.
✔ Trek through the rich landscape of the Annapurna Conservation area.
✔ 360-degree panorama of Himalayas like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Macchapuchre.
✔ Get details on the lifestyle and culture of the ethnic community.
✔ Hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
✔ Summit two base camps, Annapurna and Macchapuchre base camp.
Trekking to the base camp of the world's ninth highest peak, Annapurna must be one of the bucket list wish of Nepali and International tourists who has seen a sneak peek of the base camp on their social media. Annapurna base camp trek is the another popular trekking destination in Nepal after the epic Everest Base Camp trek.
Every year thousands of trekkers with no previous trekking experience summit the base camp to behold the sights of the incredible Annapurna range, Macchapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Himchuli. There are several itineraries of the base camp trek. However, the one that includes the Ghorepani Poonhill is most loved by the trekkers as they can enjoy the splendid sunrise view from Poonhill. The Annapurna base camp trek is a 7-10 days program that allows you to trek through the picturesque village of the region like Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Deurali, and the wilderness of the Annapurna Conservation area. You will summit the Macchapuchre base camp before the final climb to the Annapurna base camp. Annapurna base camp (4130m) offers a 360-degree panorama of the Annapurna range, Macchapuchre, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
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5) Muktinath Trek:
✔ Muktinath temple, located at 3800m.
✔ Trek through the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki.
✔ Collect Saligrams, the fossil incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
✔ Explore the lifestyle of the indigenous community.
✔ Enjoy panoramic sights of the Annapurna ranges.
✔ Jwala Mai temple with eternal natural flame.
✔ Apple farm of Marpha village.
✔ Natural hot spring at Tatopani.
✔ Optional trek to Poonhill to enjoy the majestic sunrise and sunset view.
Also known as, the Jomsom Muktinath trek, the Muktinath trek is the most exciting trek in the Annapurna region. This trek allows you to discover not only the beautiful Kali Gandaki valley but also the indigenous Thakali tribe and the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Muktinath temple.
The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a 7-10 days program that commences with a scenic flight to Jomsom and then continues to Kagbeni, a small town in the Himalayas that is known for unique Tibetan culture and century-old monasteries. The journey from Kagbeni to Muktinath passes through Jhong Khola valley, Khingar, Jharkot, and Ranipauwa.
Elevating at an altitude of 3800m, Muktinath is visited by Hindu and Buddhist devotees throughout the year. Buddhist worship Muktinath as the incarnation of Buddha, and Hindus worship it as the incarnation of Vishnu.
The main highlight of the temple is the 108 waterspouts from where the holy water springs out throughout the year. Bathing in the holy water of Muktinath is believed to bring salvation. Another fascinating thing you will notice in the surrounding temple is the Jwala Mai temple, with eternal flame fed by underground natural gas.
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6) Upper Mustang (Lo Manthang) Trek:
✔ Explore the history of Lo Manthang and the people living there.
✔ Trek through the barren area of Upper Mustang.
✔ Cross several challenging passes.
✔ Get an insight into the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and culture.
✔ Explore the caves and pay a visit to century-old Ghar Gompa.
✔ Enjoy the sights of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri.
✔ The forbidden kingdom, Upper Mustang, also known as Lo Manthang, is a remote Trans-Himalayan region dominated by Thakalis, Gurung, and the Tibetan community.
The Upper Mustang trek is a 10-14 Days program where you will pass through the village settlement of Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, Ghami, Charang, and cross passes like Taklam La pass (3,624m), Darjori La pass (3,735m), Yamada La Pass (3,850m), Charang La Pass (3,870m) and Lo La pass (3,950m).
The walled village of Lo Manthang elevates at an altitude of 3850m and offers splendid sights of the surrounding Himalayas like, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Bhrikuti. During your stay at Lo Village, you can visit the King's palace, Namgyal Gompa, Tigkar village, and the five-storied high sky cave believed to be the burial chambers or hiding place later turned into a monastery.
Every year in May, the Tiji festival is organized by the Choedhe monastery to celebrate the victory of good over evil. The celebration lasts for three days and is celebrated with utmost joy. The trek to the upper Mustang is perfect for trekkers who want to skip the regular trekking trails and explore the Tibetan culture and complex history while visiting the caves, monasteries, and the King's palace.
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Why Dashain and Tihar can be Best for trekking?
As mentioned in the blog, during the festival of Dashain and Tihar, the monsoon stops, and the weather starts to clear, offering the clear sights of the Himalayas and Hills. With the blooming marigold flowers in the field and the fresh blow of air coming from the forest, you will feel the festive mood from the gullies of Kathmandu to the upper region of the Himalayas.
Apart from this, trekking during the Dashain and Tihar means you will trek through the trails adorned by the blossoming rhododendron and wildflowers. Also, the temperature of the season October to November is favorable for visitors who cannot tolerate extreme weather conditions. In addition, anyone keen on understanding the culture of the Hindus can explore the unique festival celebrated throughout the country. The red tika and Jamara on the head of every Nepali is a sight to behold.
As the season is favored by the best weather, views, and vibes, it will be a shame to not travel during the festive season.
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