Pilgrimage tour in Nepal has its own significant history. For a very long time, Nepal has served as a destination for various pilgrimage tours for people from various corners of the world. Being a secular country having both the Hindu as well as Buddhist religion, this tour offers a chance to the devotees to witness both religious and spiritual beliefs. People who are interested in ancient Nepalese culture and want to delve into the intricacies of the Hindu and Buddhist religion may also prefer this tour. Thousands of pilgrims enter Nepal every year to wash away their sins in life and purify themselves inside out with the pilgrimage tour. So, if you ever regret having stolen that pencil from your friend back in grade 5 then that could be a great excuse for going on this tour, because once it begins, it will be so beautiful that you will literally forget what you were here for in the first place.
There are various places the pilgrimage tour will take you to. To name some of the most important sites, first comes the legendary Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, that will introduce you to an erratic yet addictive environment built up of never decreasing crowd of pilgrims, sadhus murmuring, pundits chanting, cries at the funeral, aarati (cultural song) being played in the evening, monkeys running here and there and what not. Similarly, the ambience of Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple) will blow you away with its magnetic ambience. Moreover, outside the Kathmandu Valley, sites like the birthplace of Lord Buddha –Lumbini, Muktinath Temple, Manakamana Temple, Gosainkunda Lake, and the Holy Mt. Kailash are places the tour will take you to. All of which, of course, will give you things far beyond what money can buy –blessings for life.
So, do not hesitate. There is no duality in the fact that this tour will make you feel better inside out. Just choose your locations from the ones in Great Nepal treks website and we will make this tour one to remember for ever.
You catch a morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in TIA, Great Nepal will arrange to pick you up from the airport. You will then be transferred to Hotel nearby Thamel as per your request or similar category hotel. The tour leader attends a formal briefing about your package.
Our tour starts with the travel to Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will see the culture, architecture along with the religious value of Newar community. It is also one of the heritage sites enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then, we will move to Patan Durbar Square where you will see Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple. It is also one of the heritage site enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was built during the period of Malla King. Then we will move to Dakshin Kali Temple which is the famous Kali Temple. On the way to Dakshin Kali, you will see the culture blended with the nature at Pharping.
After breakfast we will drive to Halesi Mahadev. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims travel here during the month of Shrawan. It is 220 km away from Kathmandu which takes 4-5 hours of drive. The travelers come for Mahadev Cave which is 67 ft. which is the favorite tourist destination.
Our journey starts with the drive to Janakpur which is 178 km 06 hours. Janaki Mandir is the place where Lord Ram and Sita got married after Lord Ram lifted the bow as the acceptance of challenged for marriage. Pilgrims also visit Ganga Sagar and Parshuram Kunda which are the sacred ponds. They are situated near the temple of Ram Mandir.
Our next day journey starts with the drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for the beautiful sunrise and sunset and the spectacular panoramic view of mountains. It offers the experience of the high altitude adventure as it located at 7200 ft. above the sea level.
Early in the morning on the way back to Kathmandu we will have a full day sightseeing tour of: Changunarayan Temple, the oldest temple among other temples. It was built in the 4th century during Lichhavi Dynasty. It has the statue of Lord Vishnu seated on a Garuda dated back to 1500 years. Doleshwar Mahadev Temple, which lies in Bhaktapur district of Nepal, is 20 km from the capital city of Kathmandu. It is an approximately of 30 minutes drive from Kathmandu to Doleshwar. For all the Shiva devotees, it is believed that the trip to Kedarnath is incomplete without visiting Doleshwar Mahadeva and Pashupatinath. The visit to all these three holy places is believed to wash off all the sins of one’s lifetime and an opportunity of receiving holy blessings from Lord Shiva. Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Bhadgaun) which is also enlisted sites in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will see 55 window palace, Batasala temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapole Temple, Golden Gate, Lion Gate.
After breakfast we will drive to Chitwan (175 kms/6 hours) En-Route visit Devghat Dham. Devghat (150kms/5 Hrs) is the one of the holiest places in Hindu mythology. It is on the banks of Sapta Gandaki and Krishna Gandaki Junction in Central Nepal. It is the holiest place for Hindus. Devghat has beautiful natural features due to its geography, tropical forests, wild animals, birds, climate etc. Later drive to Sauraha. Here, you will see the culture and lifestyle of Tharu. At Sauraha you will see wildlife while elephant safari. The culture is blended with nature as you can see different kinds of painting on the wall of their houses which represents a cultural significance. The paintings also represent the lifestyle of the indigenous. After a short briefing, you will be ready for village tour, late evening you will enjoy the Tharu cultural program then have dinner at hotel.
Today early morning you will go for Elephant Safari. You can see different species of birds migrating from the different country and place along with Endangered One Horned Rhinos and if you are lucky enough, you will get a chance to witness Royal Bengal Tigers. After completing Jungle activities your delicious breakfasts will be waiting for you. Elephant safari and then we will move to Pokhara which is 146 km 4 hours.
Our morning starts with the view of Pokhara valley from the height, as we will fly to Jomsom. On the arrival to Jomsom, we will drive to Muktinath on a jeep. Muktinath is also known as Mukti Kshetra as the place of liberation of Moksh. The murti is gold plated which have the height of a man. The water is poured from the 108 Prakam, the bull faces. The devotees take a sacred bath in freezing temperature.
Our day starts with a warm welcome from Pokhara. It is a popular destination having small shops, non-star tourist hotels, restaurants and bars. We will visit Bindabasini Temple, Tal Barahi, Phewa Lake, Guptewor Cave. It offers beautiful scenary of Machhapuchre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
Manakamana Temple: Situated atop a 1300-meter hill, 105 kilometers to the west of Kathmandu, the Manakamana Devi temple is a highly venerated sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana is derived from two words, Mana, meaning heart and Kamana, meaning wish. It is believed that the Goddess Bhagwati rewards those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine by granting their wishes, and she is especially popular with Newari newlyweds who pray for sons. And at evening time, we will visit to Pashupatinath Temple for night Aarati. It was enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. The pilgrims can see the temples. aashram, images and inscriptions. On the day of Shiva Ratri many devotees visit here.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! The Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.