Bucket list of this month

Things do to for the month of May

  •   2017-05-09  |  nepaltraveller.com

While you wait for summer’s arrival, there are still plenty of things to do in May.

Here’s a list of things you can do / places you can visit in Nepal in the month of May.

Machhindranath Jatra

The 32 feet long chariot makes its way and circles the city as it is pulled by hundreds of men via Mangal Bazaar, Lagankhel, Kumaripati and ends at Jawalakhel. This is a 1600 year old festival of Nepal, which is still continued by the Newar community. This festival happens every year and it sure is a sight to see when the chariot rides through the city. If you haven’t been a part of this festival, make sure you are this year and if you have the courage, try pulling the chariot.


 


Kulfi season has officially begun!

The month of May brings the heat for this year. And kulfi is the perfect treat to cool you down in the scorching sun. Kulfi is a frozen dairy dessert which is available almost everywhere in Nepal. Even though it is originated from India, Kulfi is the best thing for this weather and is probably everybody’s favorite. Go on a kulfi break this month, and stay cool for the summer.


 


BAC monthly mela

Bikalpa Art Center hosts an open market every last Saturday of the month. The market will showcase products made in Nepal, second hand garage sale and local food and drinks. Live music and an art exhibition followed by open mic session and face painting are also the features of this event. The open market will take place at BAC art café, Pulchowk, Lalitpur.


 


Visit Botanical Garden 

The only botanical garden in Nepal is located at Godhavari, 18 km south of Kathmandu. The botanical garden holds over 500 different spices of plants and what better time to go than in spring. Pay a visit to the garden this month and enjoy the blooming flowers. The Godhavari spring  is located inside the premises and is worth a look. 


Photo Courtesy: Rabindra Prajapati


Celebrate Buddha’s Purnima!

Buddha Purnima/Jayaanti is celebrated all around the world to signify the birth, enlightenment and Nirvana of Lord Buddha. Buddhist pilgrims from different parts of the world attend Buddha Purnima celebrations at Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. For the people living in Kathmandu, to mark this day, they usually go to Bouddha or Swayambhu to light butter lamps and offer meals to the poor.


Photo courtesy: Prabin Maharjan

Sasha Koirala is a contributing writer for Nepal Traveller, you can follow her at saaashhaa_ on instagram.