Sprits of TIJI Festival: A Mesmerizing Journey through Mustang - Srijana Gurung

Sprits of TIJI Festival: A Mesmerizing Journey through Mustang - Srijana Gurung

Join me on an exhilarating adventure as we delve into the mystical wonders of the Mustang region in Nepal and immerse ourselves in the vibrant celebration of the TIJI Festival. Prepare to be enchanted by the vibrant colors, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality of the local community. Let's embark on this extraordinary journey together and embrace the spirit of the TIJI Festival!

Day 1: Road Trip to Pokhara – Igniting the Wanderlust

With the rising sun casting its golden hues over Kathmandu, I felt an exhilarating sense of anticipation as our adventure began. Equipped with backpacks brimming with essentials and hearts filled with wanderlust, we embarked on an epic road trip to Pokhara. As we left the bustling city streets behind, the scenery unfolded before our eyes, revealing the untamed beauty of Nepal's outskirts. The journey was a thrilling mix of awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant conversations, fueling our excitement for the adventures to come. And as the shimmering Phewa Lake came into view, we knew we had arrived in Pokhara.

Day 2: Unveiling Marpha – The Apple Capital of Nepal

After indulging in a delicious local breakfast and meeting our fellow travelers, we bid farewell to Pokhara and embarked on a scenic road trip to Marpha. This hidden gem nestled amidst Nepal's mesmerizing landscapes welcomed us with open arms. As we journeyed through picturesque countryside, we were captivated by the mesmerizing Rupse Waterfall, its cascading waters adding to the thrill of our adventure.

Our appetites led us to a lunch stop at Kalopani, where we savored the tantalizing flavors of a Thakali Thali, leaving us craving for more. Finally, we arrived in Marpha, known as the Apple Capital of Nepal, where the tantalizing aroma of apple orchards permeated the air.

We settled into a cozy guesthouse, immersing ourselves in the tranquil ambiance of this traditional homestay. Our first day in Marpha also included a visit to the renowned Marpha Monastery, a place of serenity and spirituality where prayer flags fluttered in the wind, creating a truly magical atmosphere.


Day 3: The Epic Journey to Lo Manthang – Unveiling Mustang's Mysteries

Leaving behind the serene beauty of Marpha, we embarked on an adventure-packed drive to the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang. The road meandered through awe-inspiring valleys, revealing terraced fields and traditional villages along the way.

Our journey took an unexpected turn when our car broke down, leading us to explore the historic village of Kagbeni, a gateway to the mystical kingdom of Mustang. Kagbeni's ancient monastery and mud-brick houses transported us back in time, igniting our curiosity for the treasures that awaited us.


Though we arrived in Lo Manthang slightly later than planned, the atmosphere buzzed with excitement and anticipation. The festival spirit was on swing as locals and visitors shared tales of the day's events, setting the stage for a grand celebration of the TIJI Festival.


Day 4: Immersed in the Spectacle – Experiencing the TIJI Festival's Second Day

Awakening with a renewed sense of adventure, we eagerly embraced the second day of the TIJI Festival. The vibrant costumes, rhythmic music, and mesmerizing dances unfolded before our eyes, casting a spell of enchantment. Known as Nga-Cham, the dances symbolized the birth of Dorjee Sonam, whose demon father lurked beneath a blanket in the center of the square.

Terrifying masks resembling the royal family's protective deities transported us into a realm where ancient traditions came to life. Each step, beat, and flicker of a costume brought us closer to the heart of this extraordinary celebration, leaving an indelible imprint on our souls.


Day 5: Unveiling Mustang's Secrets – Exploring Chhoser and Jhong Caves

Venturing further into the mystical depths of Mustang, we embarked on a scenic drive to Chhoser Village. Nestled amidst serene valleys, this charming village revealed traditional mud-brick houses and prayer flags fluttering in the wind, a testament to the Mustangi way of life.

Our journey led us to the sacred Jhong Cave, where time seemed to stand still. As we gazed upon the breathtaking views from the cave, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, we couldn't help but feel the spiritual energy that permeated the air.

Emerging from the depths of Jhong Cave, we retraced our steps back to Lo Manthang, invigorated and ready to embrace the third and final day of the TIJI Festival.


Day 6: Rainy Delights – From Lo Manthang to Tatopani Amidst Nature's Shower

Leaving behind the enchanting kingdom of Lo Manthang, we embarked on a scenic journey through Mustang, enveloped by the gentle rhythm of rainfall. The rain-soaked roads added an element of thrill to our drive, as we witnessed nature's symphony intertwining with the majestic landscapes.

As we reached Tatopani, the rain persisted, casting a serene atmosphere over the village. Welcomed by the friendly staff at Hotel Natural Spring, we found solace in this tranquil haven, cherishing the memories we had made in the mystical heart of Mustang.


Day 7: Lakeside Bliss – From Tatopani to Pokhara's Splendor

With cherished memories of Tatopani's healing waters, we bid farewell to its peaceful embrace and embarked on the final leg of our adventure. The road to Pokhara was filled with anticipation, as we eagerly anticipated the beauty and charm that awaited us. With every passing mile, Pokhara's allure grew stronger, and as we arrived at our destination, we were greeted by its mesmerizing lakeside bliss. Reflecting on the incredible journey we had undertaken, we were filled with gratitude for the vibrant colors, the captivating dances, and the unforgettable experiences of the TIJI Festival.


The TIJI Festival in Mustang took us on a whirlwind of emotions, immersing us in ancient traditions, vibrant celebrations, and the beauty of Nepal's landscapes. From the road trips to the hidden gems, from the enchanting dances to the spiritual depths, this journey etched memories that will forever resonate within us. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary adventure, we carried with us the spirit of the TIJI Festival and the vibrant colors that would forever color our lives.

Until we meet again!



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