Best time to go to Kathmandu

Ghode Jatra 2020

Watch a military parade and a horse race during a festival unique to Kathmandu

Ghode Jatra in Kathmandu 2020 - Best Time
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Ghode Jatra is a big festival in Kathmandu Valley which is held to ward off Gurumapa demon. It is organised and performed by Nepal Army and Police force in late March or early April. The equestrian parade and the competition takes place at Tundikhel, a large grass-covered ground in the center of Kathmandu, one of its most important landmarks.

According to a legend, a demon is hiding under Tundikhel, so a horse race, cycle race and acrobatic shows are supposed to scare him off. Ghode Jatra is originally a festival of Newar people. It is a cast of Nepali in the Kathmandu valley. The celebration includes worshipping Goddess Bhadrakali and Kankeswari. Those deities are paraded through the streets of Asan Tole on the eve of the festival.