15 Days Pilgrimage Tour In Nepal
Nepal is the country of gods and goddess. The country is located between India and China in the south part of the Asian continent. The country is landlocked and is surrounded by India and China from all sides. The country sharing border with those countries share some of the religious traits with the border nations. Nepal is a very holy place for the people who follow Hinduism and Buddhism. The holiest site of both Buddhism and Hinduism lies here in Nepal. Many foreigners from various countries arrive for pilgrimage tour in Nepal.
Nepal has followers of various religions among its followers. The most people of Nepal follow Hinduism with more than 80% of the population being Hindu. Despite of the majority of the population following Hinduism. The country celebrates multiple religion and various deity. Within Hinduism also there are many branches, where the people celebrate their deities in their own unique ways. Due to the presence of many gods and goddess to worship, Nepal is often called the land of gods and goddess.
The country is filled with various holy sites from top to bottom and right to left. The people are very devoted to their deities and celebrate their presence. People from India, China, Japan, Thailand, and other countries arrive here to visit these sites. Pilgrimage tour in Nepal is famous for the people these regions and yearly many arrive here to visit them.
Day 1 and Day 2
Arrival at Kathmandu valley via Tribhuvan International Airport for Pilgrimage tour in Nepal.
After arrival the visitors can rest for few hours and start their tour around the valley at late evening. Day 1 and Day 2 are enough to visit the valley.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. The city has the only international airport in the country. All the foreign visitors that arrive through plane need to first go to Kathmandu to visit Nepal. For the people planning Pilgrimage tour in Nepal, Kathmandu is their gold mine. The Kathmandu valley is known for its temples and holy sites. There are 7 sites that are UNESCO world heritage site and are the holiest pilgrimage there is.
Pashupatinath is the considered as the biggest Hindu temple. It is the most key component of Pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The main temple of Pashupatinath, is worshiped as lord shiva. Yearly many Hindus visit the temple to show their devotion to the God.
Aside from Pashupatinath Kathmandu valley consist of other pilgrimage sites. Swoyambhunath, Krishna mandir of Patan, Changunarayan, Temples of Bhaktapur Durbar square and Kathmandu Durbar square, Bangalamukhi are some of the holiest places on Pilgrimage tour in Nepal.
These sites can be visited on Day 1 and Day 2.
Day 3 Visit to Namo Buddha
Namo buddha is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage of Nepal. The monastery is located at the hill of Kavrepalanchok district of Bagmati Pradesh. It is located at about 43 km away from the valley.
On the way to Namo buddha, the travelers need to stop at Banepa to visit Chandeshori temple. The temple is located at Banepa and is the temple of Hindu goddess. It is about 25Km away from Kathmandu and about Halfway to Namo Buddha. Day 3 of the Pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent visiting these sites and watching the beautiful view from the monastery. The visitors return to Kathmandu to spent the night.
Day 4 Visit to Manakamana and Pokhara
Long journey waits for the visitors on the day 4 of Pilgrimage tour in Nepal. Early in the morning after breakfast the travelers get on the vehicle to reach Manakamana temple. The temple is 140Km west of the Kathmandu valley. After reaching to the gate way of the temple the travelers need to go to the temple through the cable car.
After visiting the temple, the travelers return to the gate of the temple again through the cable car. Then, they need to travel along Prithvi highway to reach Pokhara. From the temple the city of Pokhara is about 105Km away and can be reached about abound four hours.
Day 5 and Day 6 Visit of Pokhara
Pokhara is a key place for Pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The city is known for its beautiful tourist destination and the holy sites.
Tal Varahi temple at phewa lake, VindhyaVasini temple, Peace stupa, Bhimsen temple, Bhadrakali temple, Akala Devi temple, Gupte Shor Mahadev temple are some of the holiest places in Pokhara. Two days are spent visiting these sites. Also, Pokhara is not just famous for the pilgrimages in it, it is also famous for its natural beauty due to its lakes and magnificent view of the mountain ranges. The travelers can visit their holy sites as well as enjoy the magnificent view and warmth of Pokhara city.
Day 7 Visit to Mukti Nath
Muktinath is located at the mustang district of Nepal. This day of pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spent visiting this holy site. It is the temple of Lord Vishnu and is a holy site to both Hindu and Buddhist. From Pokhara one can catch a bus to Muktinath or take a 15 minutes flight to Muktinath.
Muktinath is located at high in the mountain and has the idol of lord Vishnu inside the temple. There are 108 holy taps inside the mountain. It is believed that when a person baths in those taps his sin is washed away by the water.
Day 8 Return to Pokhara
The travelers return to Pokhara on a plane from muktinath on the 8th day of Pilgrimage tour in Nepal. This is the day of rest to the visitors. This day the visitors take rest as they are travelling nonstop from day 1 on pilgrimage tour in Nepal. This day the travelers rest and regain their energy to travel further in their journey. There are plenty of places to rest and regain one’s energy in Pokhara. They can either relax at the lakes or chill for the day inside the luxury hotels of the Pokhara city. They can even visit the non-religious sites such as Mahendra gufa, Chamero gufa if they want.
Day 9 Pokhara to Devghat
Devghat is about 105Km away from Pokhara. Approximately 4 to 5 hours ride from Pokhara the visitors will reach Devghat. Devghat is one of the holiest site on Pilgrimage tour in Nepal. It is located at the Tanahu district of Nepal. Yearly many devotees visit to this location to conduct pujas and rituals in the temples of Devghat. Devghat is the junction of the two holy rivers of Nepal. It is the junction of Seti Gandaki and Krishna Gandaki rivers. Devghat have various caves and many temples of Hindu gods and goddess. The devotees arrive here to bath in the junction of these rivers and worship in the temples.
Devghat is also famous for its Sanskrit schools, Ashrams and the life style of the people living around this region. In Makkar sangranthi huge mela takes place at Devghat. Thousands of Hindus devotes gather here to celebrate the festivals. This mela is one of the biggest mela in Nepal. In the junction of Krishna Gandaki River, a rare black stone is found. The Hindu worship the stone as one of the forms of Lord Vishnu. The stone is unique and not found anywhere in the world beside Kali Gandaki river.
Day 10 Devghat to Lumbini
Lumbini is located at about 165Km away from Devghat. About 4 to 6 hours ride in vehicle will take the travelers to Lumbini. On the 10th day of Pilgrimage tour in Nepal the visitors will go to the holiest Buddhist site in the world. If the travelers begin their journey after lunch. They will get to Lumbini in the late of the day or in the evening time.
Lumbini is considered as the birth place of Lord Buddha and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world. Yearly many arrive here to visit the birth place. The site is one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites and covers a large area with much to see. After getting to Lumbini in the evening the visitors get their rest and prepare themselves for the visit of the next day.
Day 11 and Day 12
Day 11 and Day 12 of the Pilgrimage tour in Nepal are the day to visit Lumbini tour. Lumbini temple area is a large site where there are many shrines and monasteries built as the devotion to Lord Buddha. Various Buddhist countries have built their monasteries in the area where the visitors can visit each and every one of them. The unique thing about the monasteries is theses monasteries are built as the representation of these countries.
So, these are built with the mixture of countries culture and unique style. They are all incredibly unique to one other and have the native cultural taste. These monasteries also have visualized the previous incarnations of Lord buddha in the picture and idol form. So, when one visits the site, they can know lot about Lord Buddha by just watching.
The holiest site and the major attraction site of the whole Lumbini area is the Mayadevi temple. Mayadevi temple is one of the holiest sites to visit during pilgrimage tour in Nepal. Maya Devi from outside looks like a normal temple. However, when one visits inside one can see it is much more than that. The building is made to conserve the original house where Lord buddha was believed to have been born. Inside one can see the ruins of the buildings.
The maya Devi temple also consist of a sacred pool just outside the building of the temple. It also has Ashoka pillar and Holi bodhi tree in its premise.
The area has other Buddhist places outside its premises. If one want to visit all of them it takes two complete days. The visitors also can go to Kapilvastu where lord buddha was raised as the child. The ruins of the palace can be seen there and visited.
Day 13 and Day 14
On the 13th day of Pilgrimage tour in Nepal, the visitors will go to Janakpur from Lumbini. Janakpur is about 25 minutes of flight away from Lumbini with the distance of 343KM. Janakpur is the ancient kingdom of King Janak. Janak was the King of Janakpur and was the father of Goddess Sita. Sita was the adopted daughter of King Janak and was raised as his own in kingdom of ancient Janakpur.
Later goddess Sita was married to Lord Ram and was sent to Ayodhya. Being the birth place of the goddess and the place where the god and goddess married, the site still is considered as one of the holiest sites. Pilgrimage tour in Nepal is incomplete without visiting this site.
The area consists many sites but Janaki temple is the biggest attraction to the visitors. Janaki temple is one of the most beautiful temples of Nepal. It is a huge temple with the amazing architecture at display. The walls of the temple are filled with the drawings and arts. These arts are incredibly unique and are the true cultural treasures possessed by the people of Janakpur. Ram Navami and Vibha Panchami, Dashain are the main festivals that are celebrated around the temples of that region.
Janaki temple is the crown of Janakpur pilgrimage tour in Nepal. However, there are other sites that are no less than the temple. Ram mandir, Ram Sita Vivah Mandap, are other famous temples of that region. The unique art of the people of Janakpur are also something to be seen and studied during the pilgrimage tour in Nepal. The art can be also seen at the houses of the locals beside the temples and holy places.
Day 15 Return to Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu marks the end of the 15 days pilgrimage tour in Nepal. By taking the plane from Janakpur airport within 25-30 minutes the visitors will get back to Kathmandu. Getting back to Kathmandu will end the tour with lots of memories and adventures. From Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International airport the travelers will return to their destination leaving Nepal with such wonderful times.