Nepalis are highly cultural people with
systematic & organzined calendar for the rituals,
ceremonies, festivals. Especially the Taplejung
district is famous for its own unique way of celebrating
different Jatras or Festivals since the earliest
history. The distinct festivals of Taplejung give
a new dimension to
Hindu & Buddhist
still deeply religious people often to
the extent of superstitions. A prominent Nepali
anthropologist even blames the religious attitude
of accepting all difficulties as divine will
as the real cause behind Nepals underdevelopment.
Whatever, Nepalis would like to see their culture
respected by the foreigners who visit Nepal.
two people is also a ritual affair. Most of the marriages are arranged & conducted
during November & December, the harvest time in Nepal. It takes chanting of
sacred mantras for whole the day to ritualize the marriage. Still, many foreigners
find it romantic to wed in the Nepalese style.
People fold both palms in front of their face, and say Namaskar or
Namaste to formally greet others. The juniors by relation, age, or
status are supposed to do a Namaste first to their seniors, &
the seniors respond in the same manner. You also do the Namaste while
saying bidding goodbye. However, these days the western or international custom
of handshaking is getting increasingly popular especially among the younger generation.
vegetarian is not a problem as they are also well catered. In the big towns and
cities, you can get virtually any kind of food you like in one of many restaurants,
though western food is more expensive than local food.
diversity in everything makes Nepalis are generally tolerant of others ways.
However, sex is still a taboo subject in all cultures in Nepal. Baring ones
body in the public especially by the women is considered indecent behavior. Similarly,
ones expected to put off the shoes before entering the room. Public display
of affection like kissing & hugging is also avoided.
Bazar is located on the edge of th e mid-land and is situated on hillock of 1850
meter high from the mean sea level and it takes 5 to 6 days to walk on foot to
reach Taplejung from Dharan Bazar located in the eastern Terai region of Nepal.
Near Taplejung one can enjoy the beauty of lake called Jimiri. From Taplejung
after replenishing the food stuff one can follow Tamur river crossing either banks
for many times for days together in 50 kms long walk. After Badanda there is no
village before Wolangchung gola. If one is interested with snow glacier he can
try to go to last village Yagma i.e. 18 kms. Form there the northern face of Kanchenjunga
is seen. From Yagma visitors can come back 18 kms south and reach Ghunsa and then
18 kms which is right at the base of Kanchenjunga. In the trek trekkers can engjoy
the nature and it will take approximately one month from pashupati to back to
Kathmandu by Plane.
If visitors or
trekkers want to go westerly direction then again from Taplejung one can go along
the bank of Mewa river and then Dongen village and follow Topkegola (40 kms.)
there can see glacial lakes: Tin pokhari and Lam Pokhari. If it is summer one
can try to come to Chainpur i.e. 45 kms after walking in wilderness.
is beautiful place. After taking rest travelers can walk 12 kms and take the plane
to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar also following the western bank
and going to Dingla and one can go to Jalang the last village following practically
Arun river. On the trail many places will come like Mangtewa, Sedua, Sampung,
Hatia, Chepua ect.From Biratnager also one can go via Tribenighat and Bhojpur
and Dingle i.e. 75 kms walk and nearly 45 kms drive to Dharan and then Chatra.
visitor is not interested to go to high altitude then Biratnagar to Dharan and
Dhankuta 18 kms, Hile, 3 kms and following along then Arun river partly to Chainpur
and then to fly back from the Tumlingtar.
list of Festivals in Nepal Click Here