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Tihar 'great time for a walking holiday in Nepal'

While a trekking holiday to Nepal could be engaging and enlightening at any time of year, Tihar is a particularly special time to visit the country, if one commentator's sojourn is anything to go by.

Travel writer Robynne Locke recounted her experiences of the holy festival of light in a column for Seacoastonline.com, explaining she spent this year's event walking 20 miles through Kathmandu Valley.

Here she "observed the excitement" of the period, which takes place for five days between October and November.

Ms Locke said seeing local houses "sparkle like diamonds" in the night sky was one of the main aspects of the jaunt that stuck in her mind.

"I walked past cows and dogs adorned like kings with garlands and tika, children setting off firecrackers and youth barrelling through village dirt roads … singing and playing drums and cymbals," she remarked.

Other Nepalese events which could be incorporated into a trip include Gai Jatra, which is a cow festival celebrated in August or September and Dashain, which takes place towards the end of the year.