April Adventure: Nepali New Year In Bhaktapur

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
In the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, medieval cities pack with people in mid-April for their New Year celebrations. In these high elevations, the snow of the Himalayas begins to melt and spring brings forth new life.

The Nepalese in the Kathmandu Valley begin their New Year celebration with a massive parade. This parade features processions of golden gods, while observers throw red powder over the statues

According to Lonely Planet, “ In [Timi] there’s a parade of images of the gods, with villagers throwing red powder over them. In [Bode], there’s a tongue-piercing ceremony, with one villager spending the day with an iron spike piercing his tongue.”

While visiting the ancient city during its New Year celebration, be sure to visit its local temples and sample some authentic cuisine.

The town of Bhaktapur, which literally translates to "a place for worshippers," is small and accommodations are limited; however, it’s only a few miles from Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, where you’ll find plenty of places to rest.

This cultural celebration harkens back to an ancient time in an ancient place, and experiencing this celebration is like stepping back in time. Visit Nepal in April and absorb yourself into this unique spring adventure.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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