Nepal is rightly called as the land of Mountains. Indeed, 8 of 10 world’s tallest mountains are in this country. However, it’s not just mountains Nepal is famous for. The festivals of this country are equally important and popular. More than 50 festivals are celebrated here every year with same enthusiasm and galore it used to be celebrated hundreds of years age. In this context, one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in the upper mustang region of Nepal is Tiji Festival.
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.
Tiji festival tour is the unique privilege to witness the dancing and rituals displayed by the people. The tour generally starts from Jomsom from where the trekking trails leads to the Lo Manthang, village where the 3 day festival is held, via different villages like Kagbeni, Cheli, and Geling. Along the way, you can encounter various Buddhist shrines and temples and have magnificent view of some of the highest mountains of the world.
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 our confirmed and special group who are always ready to provide you comfort, safety and security in each and every step. With us by your side, you can enjoy the festival to the fullest while learning the culture and tradition behind it.
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