Festivals in Nepal are occasions to express religious devotion and reaffirm social ties. They bring color and magic to daily life and are eagerly awaited events. Almost all the festivals happen as per the lunar calendar.
About Bisket Jatra
Bisket Jatra is an annual festival in Bhaktapur and Thimi in Nepal. This festival is celebrated at the start of the new year on the Bikram Sambat calendar. The festival welcomes one and all in and around Bhaktapur and beyond its boundaries. The famous festival, which is observed for eight nights and nine days, as per historical records it has been marked since the Lichchhivi era (c. 450-c. 750), The Jatra started worshiping Bhairabi temple nearby Paanchtale temple in Naumadi.
Legend has it that this celebration is the "festival after the death of the serpent." Prominently observed at the advent of spring, it is a festival of human emotions that are symbolically depicted through the multiple aspects of the festival. The central point of folklore, as it goes, is about the slaughtering of a pair of snakes by a handsome young man bestowed with tantric powers. It is said that the two serpents came out of the nostrils of a beautiful princess when she sneezed at midnight. In the twinkling of an eye, they transformed into huge serpents. When they were about to strike the young man, he killed them, using his tantric powers.
Many areas of Bhaktapur city celebrate this festival as per their own ritual. The most eventful places during the festival are, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Thimi Balkumari. An immense chariot carrying a statue of God Bhairava is pulled by hundreds of people to the Khalna Tole. The most spectacular event on Bhaktapur Durbar square is a huge tug-of-war between the eastern and western part of town. Each team tries to pull to their side but later the chariot heads toward Khalna Tole. A huge approximately 25 meters Yohsi (male genital) is erected in the stone called yoni (female genital) base. In the evening of New Year, the Yohsi is pulled down as the New Year officially commences. The Bisket Jatra marks a cultural ecstasy in Bhaktapur.
- You’ll have the lifetime experience of staying five days in an ancient Newar city
- The enthralling experience of capturing a different kind of rituals in every day.
- Sindur Jatra, the magnificent Vermilion Holi
- Special attraction – Mashal Jatra at night. This is really a unique opportunity for any photographer.
- You’ll be in the city of the paradise for Street Photography. During the festival, all the Newari women will be dressed in black and red traditional dress. They look really beautiful. You can shoot Newari people dressed in vibrant clothes on the streets of the ancient city.
- Shooting different sizes chariot in different locations in different activities is really a unique opportunity. Shooting the pulling chariot is such an experience that you’ll never forget in your lifetime.
- Portraits, yes… portraits! Without portraits in Nepal, it’s impossible. Shooting portraits of the beautiful old aged tribal people will add a very good collection in your portfolio.
- I can tell you that this is a very special festival, and it is rarely captured by the photographers all around the world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to cover Bisket
- For photographers, it is an unparalleled & unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the ancient Newari people in one place. The frame captures the culture, religious legacy, ancient flavour and mountain core people in natural beauty.
TOUR DATES: 11th April (Wednesday) 2018 to 15th April (Sunday) 2018
PLACE: Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal.
PARTICIPATION FEE: 34000 INR for Indian Participants
700 USD for Foreign Participants
TOTAL PARTICIPATIONS: Maximum 15 participants
TEACHING LANGUAGE: English, Hindi & Bengali
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Important points to be notated
- This tour is conceptualised such a way that personal attentions can be given to each and every photographer and for that, the group will be restricted to 15 photographers only.
- This tour has been specifically designed for the photographers. Non-photographer spouse/friend may be accommodated on the tour but at full cost and on agreeing to stick to the schedule of the of the tour.
- Indians do not require visas for entering Nepal. If you have a passport, please carry it with you.
- While all care would be taken to stick to the schedule, unforeseen circumstance, time consistency might lead to some changes.
- The tour is designed from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
- As it is a foraign country your mobile number will not work unless you have international roaming. A local sim will be provided to each partecepants against passport.
The Tour Fees Includes:
- Accommodation: Stay will be at the best located Hotel situated in the ancient kingdom at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Staying in this positions is the best way to cover the entire rituals.
- All day local taxi or bus fare for each and every destination
- Stay in a deluxe hotel for eight nights and nine days (on a twin sharing basis)
- Expert guidance on street, portrait, daily life, architecture and cultural photography with a particular emphasis on the Bisket
- Two times Tea, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in all days. Nonveg and Veg food will be provided. There is no set food. You can choose whatever you like from the menu.
- All entry Fees, Camera Fees, Tickets to any museum, gallery as per the itinerary.
- Packaged drinking water will be provided.
- Service of the photographic mentors from India, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu.
Facilities at the hotel:
- Well-furnished standard Rooms
- 24 hours Hot & Cold water
- Non-Veg & Veg Restaurant
- 24 hours Wi-Fi facilities in entire lobby area of the hotel
- Doctor on call & taxi on requirement
- Laundry service / Shoe Polish
- Large parking area & Hall
- Currency Exchange
The Tour Fees Do Not Includes:
- Anything else other than mentioned in includes.
- All expenses of personal nature.
- Medical expenses
- Personal purchases
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
- Tips and gratuities in Hotels, Lodges, Camp staff and Driver-guide(s) tipping.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Travel Insurance.
- Laundry services.
- Your souvenir and/or duty-free shopping
- Extra Activities not included in the Itinerary.
- Any other item(s) not included in our Itinerary.
- Any other actual expenses would be shared by all participants on actual basis.
You need to pay 50% of the tour amount immediately (either in USD or INR as per the conversion rate on date)
Balance amount to be paid 30 days before the tour.
Full payment needs to be made in advance. No refund on cancellation. Please read all details on this page and Detailed Terms and Conditions, Disclaimer / Undertaking in the Registration cum Booking Form.
Meet your Mentors:
Founder and the brain behind Magicarpet. A maxillofacial surgeon by profession has quit his lucrative surgical practice for the love of the wild! Ravi Hebballi has many talents and skills. Apart from being a Single Malt connoisseur, he is an avid traveler with a keen interest in photography and he enjoys meeting new people and exploring new destinations. Equipped with excellent organizing and communication skills, he conduts wildlife tours across India and Africa. A person who is multi talented and with an eye for detail he weaves out some of the best plans and tours to suit every person. He believes in working as team to give the best to his clients. A vibrant personality dynamic and well informed he enjoys planning and customizing tours and programs for his clients.
Apratim Saha started photography at the age of twelve inspired by his father. He feels capturing images that people enjoy to look at and are impressed with is not the only reason that inspired him to take up photography seriously but to give people a reason to care was the main intention for him.
Apratim is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Stock Photography, Getty Images and Stocksy United. He is a Brand Ambassador and mentor for Tamron and Datacolor. He has over 30 years of experience, from traditional film to digital photography. He is a commercial photographer specializing in people photography, portraiture, lifestyle & editorial clients. Besides commercial works, Apratim also shoots other subjects that stimulate his visual or emotional sensibilities.