Hindu Pilgrimage tour in Nepal introduces three kinds of Hindu Pilgrimages in Nepal –Lord Shiva, Vishnu & Ma Shakti. Amazingly Nepal is the paradise for the Religion and Religious visit. Nepal has hundreds of the Hindu Pilgrimage sites. In these tour programs you will visit Muktinath Temple which is fine example of the religious harmony rested in the lap of Himalayas. Similarly, Gosainkunda Lake is sacred for Hindu worship.
According to Purans, Himalaya is home of Lord Shiva and Parbati. Hence there are many Pilgrimage sites in Nepal related to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple is the Holiest pilgrimage of Lord Shiva. Mt. Kailash is the dwelling mountain of Lord Shiva and it is considered the holiest of all the mountains. Mt. Kailash is in Tibet near Nepal Tibet border. A mountain with a Temple on its top is also considered Holy Mountain. There are several Shakti-peeths related to Durga Ma throughout Nepal. Dakhinkali and Guheswori are the most famous Shakti-peeths of Kathmandu valley.
Other important Shakti-peeths are Pathibhara, Shaileswori, Vindyavashini, Manakamana, Jogeshwori, etc. Such Shakti-peeths are usually situated on the top of a mountain. The confluence of rivers, particularly when they are major tributaries of the Ganges, is always regarded as religiously significant by Hindus, as it is believed a third spiritual river also joins. Such confluence is called Triveni.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet you and greet you, then transfer to hotel. Late afternoon begin tour with a visit to Swayambhunath Stupa, where you can see the whole Kathmandu valley with sunset view. The Stupa, listed as a World Heritage site, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. After that transfer to Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley and a bustling bazaar which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture.
Day 2: Kathmandu Pokhara tour.
After breakfast, transfer to Pokhara (200km). Drive takes about 5 hours. The scenic drive will offer a great view of local villages, jungle and rivers. Afternoon an hour leisure boating at scenic Lake Fewa and visit Barahi Temple in the middle of the lake and visit Bindhyabasini temple. Evening leisure walks around lake side bazaar.
Barahi Temple: In the middle of the Fewa lake there lays an Island, which contains the temple of Barahi. Barahi is lord Bishnu in his boar incarnation. The temple’s peaceful setting has made Barahi a must visit site for Hindu’s and non Hindu’s as well.
Bindabasini Temple: Pokhara’s most popular temple, Bindabasini lies on top of a small hill north of downtown. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga in her Binda Basini Bhagwati manifestation. This temple is overly crowded during the Hindu festival days.
Day 3: Muktinath Pilgrimage Tour
Early morning transfer to airport and take chartered Helicopter flight to Muktinath. The airline flight to Jomsom, then get Jeep drive to Mukinath is the best and cheapest option to make Muktinath Pilgrimage visit. From the flight you can see the great views of Mt Dhulagiri and Mt Nilgiri range. Helicopter will land right in front of the Muktinath Temple premises. Upon arrival walk to the Muktinath Temple, spend an hour with Puja and visit all the temples and you can take the holy bath in all 108 Vishnu shrines. After the Puja, take light meals. After that, take a helicopter flight back to Pokhara.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters in Nepal Himalaya— the summit of Dhaulagiri in Himalayan Mountain Ranges in Mustang District. Hindus call it Mukthi Kshetra (The Salvation Valley) while Buddhists call it Valley Chumming Gyatsa (in Tibetan language it means the place of 108 waterspouts) and believe that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) the founder of Tibetan Buddhism meditated here on his way to Tibet. The holy shrine, which is said to have risen on its own, is one of eight such shrines (the others include Srirangam, Sri Mushnam, Tirupati, Naimisaranyam, Thottadri, Pushkaram and Badrinath). It is also one of 108 Vaishnava shrines.
Day 4: Pokhara Nagarkot Tour
After breakfast – drive to Nagarkot via Kathmandu, drive takes about 7 hrs. Lunch will be on the way. Late afternoon catch the sunset view.
Day 5: Nagarkot Kathmandu tour.
Wake up in the morning to see the first ray of the sun firing the peak glimmering red, slowly lighting the Himalaya ranges includes Mt Everest in the east, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the west. After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu, on the way, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of the famous Kumari, the worlds only living Goddess. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Stupa built in the fifth century AD. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of Stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. After tour, transfer back to hotel. Evening free to explore market area and shopping
Day 6: Kathmandu final departure.
After breakfast transfer to Airport for fly out according to your flight schedule.