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Nepal's Hindu pilgrimage sites are renowned and well-known across the world. It is one of the world's spiritual centers for Hindus. There are several temples dedicated to the worship of various deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, and Shaktis. In Nepal, ancient temples referenced in several writings such as the Puranas and Itihasa may be viewed and visited in order to purify our thoughts and hearts.
Pashupatinath is among the most famous Hindu site in the world, and the temple itself is the largest Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Almost every Hindu pilgrim wants to do a supplication in front of the Pashupatinath temple at least once in their lives. The cremation placed on the banks of the Bagmati River, where most Hindus are cremated after death, and the adjoining forest, which is protected and regarded as mystical and sacred, are the principal elements surrounding Pashupatinath. UNESCO has previously listed the temple as a World Heritage Site. A large number of devotees, including national and international celebrities and delegations, have visited and continue to visit the Pashupatinath temple. The Temple devoted to Guyeshwari, the hidden Tantric form of Parvati and Shakti, is about a kilometer away from Pashupatinath. Another name for the goddess in the temple is Guhyekali. It is a renowned pilgrimage destination for Tantra practitioners.
Narayanthan temple, also known as Budhanilkantha temple, is a well-known Lord Vishnu shrine on Kathmandu's outskirts. After a short trek towards the base of Shivapuri hill, we arrive at Budhanilkantha temple, where we may worship the sleeping statue of Lord Narayan (Vishnu) in a 5-meter-long pond. A farmer plowing in the region is thought to have discovered the statue after striking it with his plough and causing it to bleed.
Sankata Temple, also located in Kathmandu is one of the important tantric shrines in the valley. One curious aspect of the deity is that Hindus regard Sankata as a goddess, whilst Buddhists regard the deity as Achala. The goddess statue is covered with cloth, leaving only her head exposed. It is widely held that devotion to Sankata can fend off problems and negative omens from one's life. Even though religious ceremonies are performed every day, most people visit the temple on Saturdays or on their birthdays.
Manakamana Mandir is located on the way to Pokhara. The name 'Manakamana' denotes that she is the goddess of desire fulfillment. A trip to Manakamana also provides a panoramic view of mountain peaks in the north. Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, and Mt. Annapurna are just a few of the popular remote mountains. The cable car journey to the main temple takes around 10 minutes from the station on the bank of the Trisuli River, which is 3 hours distant from Kathmandu. The distance from the bottom to the hill is 2.8 kilometers. The cable car's bottom station is located at a height of 258 meters, while the top station is located at a height of 1302 meters.
In Pokhara, we go to Sarangkot for a wonderful view of the valley and surrounding mountains. From Sarangkot we move towards the Bindabasini Temple, the oldest temple located in Pokhara dedicated to Bindabasini, the incarnation of Kali. The temple is atop a hill and has a small religious complex at the top. After our visit to Bindabasini we visit the Fewa lake in the middle and after a short boat ride, reach the temple of Tal Barahi, an incarnation of the consort of Vishnu. The Phewa lake sees many pilgrims as well as tourists who want to boat and pay respects to the deity. From Tal Barahi, we head towards the Cave of Gupteshwar, which houses a shrine dedicated to a form of lord Shiva. The temple lies a few meters below ground in a limestone cave which you can explore as well.
From Pokhara, we take a domestic flight to the mountain village of Jomsom. A slight distance away is the Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest sites in Nepal. Also called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means "region of salvation" in Hinduism, this is one of Nepal's oldest temples dedicated to the God Vishnu. The temple is one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Kshetras, Self-disclosed Regions It is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess locations. Buddhists refer to Muktinath as Chumming Gyatsa, which translates to "Hundred Waters" in Tibetan. Chumig Gyatsa is a sacred site of the Dakinis goddesses known as Sky Dancers, as well as one of the 24 famous Tantric sites, according to Tibetan Buddhism. Furthermore, the major temple's deity is thought to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara. According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Guru Rinpoche meditated here on his route to Tibet.
The Swayambhu Purana, a collection of legends about the area written in the 15th century, mentions a miracle lotus that a former Buddha planted and which rose from the water that once covered the Kathmandu Valley. As a result of the lotus' exceptionally brilliant light projection, the area came to be known as Swayambhu, which is Sanskrit for "Self-Created or Self-Existent." The bodhisattva Manjushri was deeply touched by the intensity of the brilliant light and thought that by draining the lake, Swayambhu would be more easily accessible to outsiders. With his two-edged blade, Manjushri honed a canyon in the mountains encircling the lake. After that, the water drained away and disappeared. After that, the lotus changed into a hill, and the light created the Swayabhunath Stupa.
Our trip culminates as we visit the temples in Sankhu and the numerous temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and others in Bhaktapur. The city is decked with shrines and temples galore. The main attraction is the Nyatapola temple, the highest temple in Nepal, and the Dattatreya Temple.
The Nepal Hindu Pilgrimage Tour can be undertaken at any time of the year. The best times to visit Nepal are in the spring and fall when the weather is not too hot or chilly. Significant rains from the monsoon will make for a muddy excursion.
During the monsoon, flights to Jomsom are also prone to cancellation, and the summit of Muktinath will be very cold.
We are simple to work with, adaptable, and will fulfill all of your needs. In addition, Accessible Adventures operates a hotel in Kathmandu where we can customize rooms to meet your individual needs.
Professional local guides will accompany you and provide tailored recommendations and advice on local "must-sees" and "must-visits" that are not featured in guidebooks. Our guides will inform you about local history and culture, as well as religious aspects.
We are well versed in the religious significance of the various pilgrimage sites and will assist you in conducting all your prayer and reverence to the divinities.
As soon as you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative from our firm will meet and greet you at the airport. Once you are in our care, we will see to it that your travel needs are addressed. There are no planned activities for the day, so we will help you in checking into your preferred hotel. You might choose to go for a walk around the neighborhood or relax in each of your rooms.
Waking up early in the morning, we move to the holy site dedicated to the reclining Vishnu at Budanilakantha. The complex is also filled with numerous shrines and temples dedicated to many deities to which you can pay your reverence.
From Budanilakantha head towards Sankata, a temple revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is located in the bustling complex near Tundikhel. After spending some time at Sankata you can explore the numerous temples and newar bahas nearby the area and grab lunch.
In the evening, we move to the temple dedicated to the tantric goddess Guhyeswari. After paying our respects here, we move to the holiest temple dedicated to lord Shiva, Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is an enormous temple complex where you will be able to pay your respects to the main deity within the main Temple as well as countless other temples nearby. You can also visit the cremation sites and the nearby forest considered by many to be holy. Aarati puja is conducted in the evenings at the Bank of the river at Pashupati also where you can participate in.
The next day after grabbing breakfast, you will be picked up via private vehicle as we head to Pokhara, which lies west of Kathmandu. Along the way, after lunch at Malekhu, we stop at the entrance to the Cable Car service that leads to the temple of Manakamana allocated atop a hill. After grabbing our tickets, we take an exciting cable car ride to Manakamana temple and pay respects to the deity. After this, we return back via cable car and drive the rest of the way to Pokhara. At Pokhara, we are free to explore the city for the evening or rest in our hotels after a day’s journey.
Today morning, we move to Sarangkot to witness Sunrise or to view the wonderful vistas of the western Himalayas including Annapurna and Fishtail peaks. We also get an amazing view of the Fewa lake from Sarangkot.
As we return from Sarangkot, after grabbing breakfast there, we visit the Bindabasini temple located atop a small hill. The temple complex houses numerous shrines beside the main shrine considered the oldest in Pokhara.
From here we continue all the way to Gupteshwar Mahadev temple located inside a cave underground. Numerous shops selling Shaligram can be found on the way here. The temple is reached via stairs that descend to the cave where the shrine to Shiva is. A bit further into the cave, you see the bottom of David’s Fall, which is just next door which you can visit also.
Towards the evening we head towards the center of Pokhara, the Fewa lake. We reach the temple dedicated to Tal Barahi via boat from the edge of the Fewa lake. The temple complex houses numerous other shrines also. We return to Pokhara lakeside via boat also where you can have a free time relaxing.
Early morning in Pokhara, we move to the airport and catch a flight to Jomsom in the Mustang district amid many mountains. The flight to Jomsom is quite exhilarating as you will get amazing views of the mountains including Annapurna, Nilgiri, and others. As we land in Jomsom, we grab a jeep to take us to Muktinath. The drive to Muktinath is quite scenic as we drive beside the Kaligandaki river taking in amazing views of the sandstone landscape. Muktinath is around an hour and a half drive from Jomsom. A short hike to the temple complex is needed. The complex houses numerous temples, monasteries, two ponds for cleansing of sins, and 108 water taps which are said to cleanse past bad karma. We pay respects to the main temple of Vishnu and also visit the numerous other shrines dedicated to Vishnu and many monasteries nearby. We can grab lunch at Muktinath itself and visit the statues of Buddha and Padmasambhava that are present here. After our fill of Muktinath, we head back to Jomsom via jeep where we stay for the night.
Early morning from Jomsom we take a short return flight to Pokhara from where we begin our journey back to Kathmandu. We take the Prithvi highway which snakes the Trishuli river all the way to Kathmandu. We grab lunch again along the way at either Muglin or Malekhu. We will get to Kathmandu in the evening and you will be dropped off at your hotel where you may rest from the tiring journey.
Early morning you will be picked up via private vehicle in your hotel. We head to Swayambhunath located within Kathmandu city which is a large Buddhist temple complex with many Hindu shrines and temples. A short hike to the main temple at the top opens you up to the main stupa with a temple dedicated to Hariti, a shakti form worshipped in Kathmandu valley as well as a Ram Mandir. The view of Kathmandu from the top is quite spectacular. There are three large statues dedicated to the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, and Guru Rinpoche. After exploring Swayambhunath, we head to Dakshinkali, the temple dedicated to the Southern Kali, the famous tantric deity worshipped in Nepal. The temple complex in the area houses numerous old shrines and temples as well. We move from Dakshinkali to Pharping where we can find numerous temples and monasteries including a temple dedicated to Ganesha and Tara that is said to have manifested itself. Here also lies caves where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated on his way to Tibet. While returning from Pharphing, we stop at Taudaha, where the nagas that inhabited the Kathmandu valley are said to reside after Manjusri drained the then lake of Kathmandu valley. We witness the sunset at the lake and return to our hotels for the day.
Early morning we take a private vehicle to Sanga where the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva houses the largest Shiva statue in Nepal. The 144ft statue can be seen from a distance away as well. A short hike takes us to the complex from where amazing views of the valleys below can be captured. After paying our respects to the temple, we head to Changu Narayan Temple, considered by many to be one of the oldest in Nepal. The story of its creation is legendary and can be seen preserved in a museum nearby, The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and so numerous shrines to Vishnu are found here.
From Changu Narayan, we head to Bhaktapur Durbar square for the evening and visit the Taleju Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Nyatapola temple, and many other temple complexes nearby. The evening here concludes our Nepal Hindu Pilgrimage trip.
After the Nepal Hindu Pilgrimage Tour is over, it's time to bid Nepal's holy land farewell. Three hours before to your scheduled international departure to your destination, a driver will take you to the international airport. We sincerely hope that you will always cherish the memories of your time spent with us seeing temples and other sacred locations, which purified our souls. You can extend your stay if you wish to explore everything that wonderful Nepal has to offer. We sincerely hope that you appreciated our time spent together on this holy journey.
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