11 days Hindu Pilgrimage Tour In Nepal
Nepal is the land of gods and goddesses. The country is filled with temples, monasteries, and other holy sites. The country has many religions, cultures, and they all live in harmony in Neal. The highest number of populations of the country follows Hinduism. About 81% of the total population follows Hinduism with Buddhism in second. The original population in ancient times were complete Hindu, while due to modernization and migration the population of other religion also raised.
The country holds many Hindu temples and monuments all around its periphery. They are not important only to the Nepalese but are especially important to all the Hindus around the globe. Many foreigners arrive for a Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The sites are not only important to the Hindus but everyone from the cultural and studying perspective also.
Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Another thing about Kathmandu is that the city holds the only international airport in the country to date. So, the visitors that are arriving by plane need to firstly arrive in Kathmandu. Arrival at Kathmandu marks the first day of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal.
The first day is spent taking a rest from the hard journey. The travelers need to be in top condition as for the next few days they will be having a remarkably busy schedule. Straight from the airport, the visitors will be taken to the hotel. Then after some time, they will be given the briefing of the 11 days Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal.
After taking the rest if possible then they will be taken to nearby some sites to visit.
Day 2 and Day 3: Kathmandu Visit
Kathmandu is not only the economic focal point of the country being the capital of the country it is also the cultural focal point of the country. The Kathmandu valley alone holds many of the main temples of Hinduism. For the detailed study of the Hindu mythology temples, ancient gods, and goddesses of here even months will not be enough. There are hundreds of temples because there is a compulsory presence of one or more temples in every locality of Kathmandu valley either present from ancient times or created by the locals living in the area now.
The first and the most important destination of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal will be visited on the second day. The visitors will wake up early in the morning to Pashupati Nath temple. Pashupati Nath temple is considered the biggest temple of the Hindu religion.
It is said the god residing inside the temple arisen from the ground there. From then the temple was built in that place and devotee from many generations has worshipped there. The temple covers the large vicinity of the area and contains many small temples aside from the main temple of lord shiva. Near Pashupati, one can find the temples of many gods such as Vishnu, Ganesh, Krishna, and lord shiva also.
After the Pashupati visit, there is much ground to cover as there are many sites and only a little time to cover them all. Patan Krishna mandir, Bhaktapur 5 storied temple, Hanuman dhoka site, The four Naran’s of Kathmandu valley ( Bisankhu, Changu, Ichangu, Sesha), Dakshin Kali temple, Taleju Bhawani temple, Jagaddnath temple of Kathmandu Durbar square, Shambhunath stupa, Budanilkantha, Tredivi temple.
These are some of the major temples of the Kathmandu valley. They are all scattered in distinct parts of the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley is comprised of three districts, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Some of the temples are remarkably close to each other while some are remarkably close.
Swoyambunath is not only important to Hindu pilgrimage tours in Nepal but also for the Buddhists as it is someplace where the Buddhists and Hindus worship in the same temple.
Day 2 and day 3 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal will be completed around the Kathmandu valley.
Day 4: Survabinayak temple Visit
Day 4 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal begins at Kathmandu valley. The visitors wake up early in the morning as today lots of ground must be covered. Today they have to go to the Karve district and again return to Kathmandu and again to the west of Kathmandu through Prithvi highway so the day will be busy.
The visitors wake early in the morning then go to Survabinayak temple in the eastern part of the Bhaktapur district. Survabinayak is a popular temple of Lord Ganesh in Nepal. Then from the temple, we go towards Doleshor Mahadev. Doleshor Mahadev is another important temple near Surya Vinayak temple.
The Doleshor temple is considered as the head of Kedarnath which is situated in the Uttarakhand of India. Then we will exit Bhaktapur district and go to Karve district. Along the road to Kavre palanchok district, we will see a big statue of Lord Siva from far away at the border of Bhaktapur and Kavre palanchok. It is the 5th tallest Hindu deity statue in the world that stands at the gigantic height of 143 feet. After a brief stop there we will move along the way to reach Banepa.
Banepa city is in the Kavre district of Nepal. We are here to visit Chandeshori temple. Chandeshori temple is one of the major Shakti piths in Nepal. Here a form of goddess Durga is worshipped. Here during the Vijaya Dashami vast number of worshippers arrive to get blessed.
Now we again return to Kathmandu and eat lunch. After returning to Kathmandu our Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal takes a new turn. From here we explore the west side of Nepal. We move along the Prithvi Highway to get to Mana Kamana temple. It is 140Km away from Kathmandu. After 3 to 4 hours of driving from Kathmandu, we will reach there. From the entry to the temple, we will take the cable car and go to the village where the temple is located. The night of the 4th day of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent there.
Day 5: Mana Kamana Temple Visit
Day 5 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal begins at Mana Kamana temple. The early morning is spent at Mana Kamana temple. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati which is the goddess of strength in Hindu mythology. The temple is located at the top of a hill from which very magnificent views of the surrounding can be seen. The temple and the surrounding settlement can be visited for some time. Then at 10- 11 am we leave Mana Kamana and travel further west. Our destination on day 5 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is Pokhara city.
Pokhara city is 105 km away from Mana Kamana. With 4 to 5 hours’ time estimation, we will ride a vehicle from Kurin tar. The visitors will reach Pokhara and rest there for the remaining day. In the evening they can visit the lakeside and enjoy the view. The night of the 5th day of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent at mesmerizing Pokhara city.
Day 6 and Day 7: Visit Pokhara and Important Temple Around It
Pokhara tour is an important destination for Hindu pilgrimage tours in Nepal. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. It is a modern city that is gifted with immense natural beauty as well as holy sites. Most of the tourists that visit Nepal either for tourism or for visiting holy sites compulsorily visit Pokhara. Pokhara is also the gateway city to the Himalayan region of the west where the trekkers and mountaineers chill and rest before going and after returning from the mountains.
Pokhara is immensely blessed by natural beauty. From Pokhara, one can see the mesmerizing view of the Annapurna and Macchapuchre mountain ranges. Pokhara is the city that must be visited if one is to visit Nepal. From the early morning of day 6, the days will be busy as there are lots of places to visit. Pokhara has many temples and is situated in unique laces some are inside of the lake and some deep inside the caves.
The most famous temple of Pokhara is the Tal Varahi temple. The temple is dedicated to the Devi Durga and is inside the Phewa lake. One needs to take the boats at rent from the edge of the lake. The temple must be visited at early hours or mid-day past that the wind can make the ride extremely dangerous. Then another famous and most holy temple there is the Gupte Shor Mahadev. Gupte Shor Mahadev is located deep inside the cave that is in the city of Pokhara. It is amazing to see such a deep and mysterious cave is just located under the city.
The giant shiva Linga is inside the cave which is worshipped. Byndabasini temple, Akaladevi temple, Kedareshor Mahadev temple, Bhimsen Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Radha Krishna Shanti Ashram, are some of the major temples around the city of Pokhara. Day 6 and day 7 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent visiting these temples. While visiting these sites one can also enjoy the other aspect of Pokhara like its natural beauty, climate, lifestyle, culture, and its peoples.
The night of day 7 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is also spent at Pokhara.
Day 8 and 9: Mukti Nath
Day 8 of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal begins at Pokhara but will end in the mountains. On this day, the visitors will go to Mukti Nath. Mukti Nath is a temple of Lord Vishnu that is in Mustang. The travelers can also go to the temple by vehicle or by air. The travelers can take the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Then from Jomsom to Mukti Nath through the vehicle. After 25 minutes flight, the visitors will reach Jomsom. Then from Jomsom Mukti Nath is about 23 Km away which will be completed in 53 minutes through the vehicle.
Mukti Nath is another special destination on a Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal. It is special because Buddhists and Hindus pray in the same temple. At the same time is the worshiping site of both religions. Inside the temple is the big golden statue of Lord Vishnu. There are 108 holy taps in the temple. It is also believed that one washes away their sins if one bathes there.
The night of the 8th day of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent either at Kagbeni or at Jomsom.
Day 10:Jomsom to Janakpur
On day 10th day of our Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal, we go to Janakpur from Jomsom. There is no direct flight route from Jomsom to Janakpur. The plane stops at Kathmandu and after some time again flies to Janakpur. The time duration of the stop varies according to the airline. Some take more than one and a half hours while some take more than two hours.
Janakpur is a prominent place to be visited during a Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal. Janakpur is said to be the ancient kingdom of King Janak who was the father of mother Sita. It is also the place where on the Soyam bar of mother Sita, she was married to Lord Ram. Janaki Mandir is the most famous temple of Janakpur. The temple is huge, mostly white, and extremely beautiful. The walls of the temple are filled with the special drawing techniques of the Mithila arts.
There are many temples beside Janaki temple in this area. Shree Ram Mandir, Agree Rajshri Temple, Rajdevi mandir kapileshor, Shree Kapileshornath mandir, Dudhmati Mahadev mandir, Baba bhootnath mandir, Shree Ram Janaki Biwaha Mandap are some of the major temples of the area. The temples are incredibly unique in design and reflect the Mithila are in every aspect.
Day 1o of the Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent at Janakpur.
Day 11: Return to Kathmandu
Day 11 is the last day of our Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal. In the early morning, we visit the remaining temples of Janakpur. Then later in the day by completing the visit we will return to Kathmandu. Within 25 minutes of the flight, the visitors will return to Kathmandu.
The return to Kathmandu officially marks the end of our Hindu pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The travelers can rest for a day or return through Tribhuvan International airport if they desired to.