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Nepal is a country of diverse culture and religion. Every region in Nepal has its own unique custom, religion, and festivals that defines the place. Likewise, one of the major events; Tiji Festival of northern Nepal is about to take place in month of May and it is one of the biggest highlights of the Upper Mustang of Nepal. Here are some of the things that you should know about the grand festival of Tiji.
When is the festival taking place for 2021?
The upcoming Tiji Festival of Lo-Manthang is going to celebrate on the 8th of May to the 10th of May, 2021. It is one of the most important festivals for the people of Mustang and is celebrated in a grand manner.
What kind of festival is the Tiji Festival?
Tiji festival is a typical Tibetan festival that lasts for three days and celebrate according to Tibetan calendar. Tiji festival consists of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang.
Photo: Tiji Festival Tour Celebration
The monks of Lo Manthang’s “Choedhe” monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called “Tsa Chham” on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon’s son (on the second day called “Nga Chham”) and then attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha’s realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.
The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery.
What is the weather like in Upper Mustang during May?
Upper Mustang can generally be visited all year long, however, Upper Mustang in May is especially a favorable time to visit the region. The weather is clear, crystalline peaks are visible throughout the day, and the fresh air will fill your lungs. The sceneries, festivity, and the absolute beauty of Mustang will take your breath away on your next visit.
What are the local people of Lo-Manthang like?
The locals of Upper Mustang are some of the most hospitable people in Nepal. They are very welcoming to all the tourists and actively seek volunteers to participate in their day-to-day lives.
What is the lifestyle of local people in Mustang like?
Photo: Picture: Locals People of Lo-manthangLocals of Mustang are some of the most down-to-earth people that you can ever find. They are devout Buddhists and live by their unique culture and customs. The area has barely been influenced by the west and the ancient religions that were established centuries ago are still followed to this day in its purest form. Animal husbandry and trade are the main sources of income for people of lower and upper Mustang.
What are some of the highlight places in and around the Upper Mustang region?
Upper Mustang in Nepal is one of the most naturally beautiful places in all of Nepal. Drawing international and local citizens alike for a trek or just to admire its beauty, Mustang has some of the most desired destinations in Nepal. Some of its famous places are Jomsom, Muktinath temple, Kagbeni village, Kagbeni monastery, Kaligandaki George, Charang Monastery, Ghar Gumpa, 3 Monasteries In Lo-Manthang, Choser Gompa and Cave, and the King palace.
There is always something to see and do in Upper Mustang. You have to be there to admire it by yourself!
What kind of itineraries does Global Holidays Adventure have for the Upper Mustang region?
Global Holidays Adventure allows you to choose between a 12 Days Jeep tour to Upper Mustang or if you want to trek to the region, we also have a 17 Days Trekking itinerary available for you. If you make an advanced booking for your visit we will arrange accommodation with attached bathroom.
If you are looking forward to visiting one of the most beautiful and sacred places in all of Nepal, contact Global Holidays Adventure and arrange your booking today! We assure you that you will not be disappointed with what upper Mustang has to offer.