Tiji Festival is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in the Mustang region of Nepal and has been successful in inviting many culture enthusiasts to the country with its unique features. Celebrated in Lo Manthang, the capital city of the former Kingdom of Mustang, Tiji Festival holds the virtue of the pure form of Tibetan Buddhism practiced in Upper Mustang.
Tiji festival also called as “Teeji” is an annual festival native to Lo Manthang, upper Mustang village of Nepal. This three day festival is hugely popular among the Buddhists living there. This ritual known as “the chasing of the Demons’ honors the victory of Lord Buddha’s reincarnation- Dorje Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru. Man Tam Ru supposedly ate human flesh and caused storms and droughts in the kingdom, who was finally killed by Dorje Sonnu over 500 years ago. Since then, this festival is celebrated every year in the honor of Dorje Sonnu. During this festival monks usually wear their traditional dress along with the mask and dances to drive away the spirit of Man Tam Ru away to save the kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Villagers from all over the ancient kingdom come to watch and to participate in this festival. Moreover, this festival is also celebrated asking god for good crops and water.
During this festival, you can see the town filled with monks in robes and masks dancing and spelling Mantras over the onlookers. Throughout the festival, the story of the myth are reenacted so that spectators can easily understand the rituals. One thing is sure that during this festival, you will witness so extraordinary and unexpected that you dare not believe your eyes. After enjoying the 3 day long Tiji festival, we trace our way back to Ghami, Sama, Kagbeni and lastly to Jomsom and return back to Pokhara with mind full of memories.
So, if you want to witness this colorful festival then you can do so in April and May. Join us for this special trip as we are always ready to provide you comfort, safety and security in each and every step. We assure yo that you are definitely going to enjoy the festival while learning the culture and tradition behind it.