As it turns out a lot of people visit different places during Festivals. Although Tihar is a festival meant for a family gathering it does not mean that people cannot visit other places and have to stay at home. As a matter of fact, the only people who do need to be at home for the Tihar is the elder of the family and that too on Laxmi Puja to welcome the goddess.
Apart from that as long as the whole family is together, or a few members go missing, the festival can still go without any hiccups. One of the best ways to make your festival memorable and unforgettable is to visit other places and make memories there. Here we have a list of 8 such places that are just perfect to visit during Tihar.
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If there is any city that is known as much as Kathmandu it is Pokhara. The main reason for this is because of its tourism but one has to wonder what is it that attracted tourists there. Pokhara is also called the city of lakes and lights. The main reason for this is, of course, the numerous lakes present there and along with that the nightlife there which is arguably more vibrant than the nightlife of any other city including Kathmandu.
What is better than to visit the city of lights during the festival of lights? Since it is a tourist area, the price to stay for the week is comparably affordable than many cities in Nepal. Add the great environment and many places where one can enjoy both solo and group activity, this just makes Pokhara one of the best places to visit during Tihar.
If you live in or near Kathmandu valley and do not want to skip more than a day but still want to get out of daily life, Kakani is one of such places that you can visit. Given that the main attraction of this place is its views and breathtaking sceneries, it is one of the best places for people living near or inside the Kathmandu valley to take a break and create memories.
The main activity here is hiking, so this is primarily a place which is to visit in a group which makes it one of the perfect places to visit during Tihar with the whole family. You can watch the scenes, the beautiful landscape while making memories with your family and friends while Hiking. At the end of the Hike, you will find hill stations where you can enjoy both the local and international cuisines along with that if you have time you can visit the local strawberry farm as well.
If you are a religious person who wants to get away from the city or just someone who loves Nature, Kalinchowk is the place to visit. Located in the Kuri village of the Charikot District, the main attraction of this place is the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple. Just like with the Kakani, you will have to hike a lot and the road is somewhat dangerous as they are both narrow and located on the side of the hill. However, if you are someone who is up for the challenge this is just the place for you.
Along with having a Temple you can also get a stunning view of the Lantang range, Jugal Mountain Range as well as Gaurishankar and Everest as well. This is a place which is best for those who like extreme and is best if you travel in groups and the best memories can be made here if you are to go here with family in Tihar as this place has something for both younger and older generations.
Nagarkot is one of those places which is famous all over Nepal. Regardless of where you live, if you have some form of communication method be it a mobile phone or even a Radio, people have heard about Nagarkot. What makes this place special is the historical significance that this place has on the formation of our county. As the main attraction of this place is a Fort, it is among the best places for a group visit. Along with that, this place also has a panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu valley.
What is different about this place from the previous two entries is that once the sun sets happens very early during the time of the Tihar, you might just be able to witness the lights of the whole valley from a vantage point. Given that Tihar is the festival of lights, this will be one of the best memories you could make during this time of the year.
For those who reside in Pokhara, if they want to take a short break away from your city, this is one of the best places you can visit. Located at a short distance of only 32 kilometers in the north-western direction of Pokhara, this Village is best for those who want to enjoy the traditional and simpler lifestyle for any given amount of time. If you go there in the time of Tihar, you will be able to experience how this festival is celebrated in the rural areas and see the difference as well as eat the local Tihar cuisines as well.
Though technically a rural area, this place is far enough from the city to be free from all the noises but still close enough to have the basic necessity that the city dweller cannot live without such as electricity and network coverage. One of the best places to create unforgettable memories during the festival of Tihar.
This is a religious place which at times defines Nepal. Being the birthplace of the Lord Buddha and the philosophy/religion of Buddhism, it is one of the most historically and religiously significant palaces of Nepal. Although this is considered a city, it is not as bustling as Pokhara or Kathmandu and this place is comparatively quiet. If you want to see and enjoy the beauty of the palace where lord buddha was born and enjoy the Buddhist lifestyle this is the best place you can be. Coincidentally although this is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, not all people are Buddhist and you can find people of all religions here.
If you want to feel like you are still in the city but enjoy a quieter time during Tihar while being able to access scenic views and hiking trails nearby, then Lumbini is the place where you want to create memories during Tihar. Add the fact that you will be able to see and learn the Buddhist way to enjoy Tihar and this will become among the best memories you will make during Tihar if you visit this palace.
Similarly to all the places so far, Chitwan is among those places which are quick to come into a person’s mind when you talk about long journeys. The main reason for this is because this is among those few places in the entire of Asia where you can see One-Horned Rhinoceros. These elusive animals are among the most endangered animals in the world and are protected under the protection of the world wildlife fund (WWF). This is the best place in Nepal if you want to enjoy Tihar being close to animals and taking in scenic views along the way.
The Chitwan National Park does allow visitors to take in the views with some restrictions and some minimal amount of interaction as well. The best thing about this palace is apart from the wildlife, you can also enjoy the nightlife just like in Pokhara. Combine both of these and you will gain some of the most unforgettable experiences you can have in your entire life and if you do it in Tihar, regardless of what you do you won’t be able to forget this experience ever.
Janakpur is also known as the birthplace of Goddess Sita, who was the wife of Lord Ram and was also known as “Janaki”. Although the exact birth palace is disputed, Janakpur is widely accepted as the official birthplace of Goddess Sita. Now Ramayana has an important part in the mythology of Tihar as according to the myths, the reason for Tihar being the festival of lights is because Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating the Demon Rawana and rescuing Goddess Sita from his grasp during Tihar. The lights were lit at that time to celebrate his victory.
Since this is the birthplace of Goddess Sita, you can expect a large festival to be held here. A huge festival is held in the Janaki Mandir which is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sita during Tihar and what better place to enjoy Tihar than to visit a place which is directly linked with the festival itself?
If you are interested to know more about Tihar you can follow this up with our article about “Interesting Myths You Need to Know About Tihar-5 Days Festival” and you can also check out “9 Best Tips To Make This Deepawali Pollution Free!” as well.