PILGRIMAGE TOURS

Nepal has several ancient pilgrimage sites and it is best place to explore the religious sites. Nepal is a main spiritual destination of the world where you find numerous of temples, Monasteries, Stupa with various gods and goddess existed. Each temple is attached to a legend that glorifies the miraculous powers of its deity. As Nepal is the land of Gods–Goddesses it is a great opportunity to you for rejuvenation your spirituality involving our special pilgrimage tours inside and outside of Kathmandu valley. Nepal has most popular Hindu temple Pasupatinath, one of the Largest Budhist Stupa – Boudhhanath stupa, Birth place of Gautam Budhha in Lumbini, World heritage site Swyambhunath(monkey temple). Pilgrimage sites of Nepal like Muktinath, Holy Gosainkunda-Langtang-Helambu, Holy Bhairav kunda , Palanchowk etc. make popular trekking destinations. Muktinath is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and Hindus.

PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE : Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva is considered one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The two-tiered pagoda with golden roofs and silver doors houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple existed before 400 A.D. Near the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River lies Guheswari, where, according to mythology, a portion of Sati Devi, Lord Shiva’s consort, fell when a grief-stricken Shiva wandered aimlessly across the earth carrying her dead body on his shoulders following her self-immolation. 


BOUDDHANATH STUPA : Situated 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu, Bauddhanath is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, visible as soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the religious centre for Nepal's considerable population of Tibetan exiles, and the sides streets are full of maroon-robed Tibetan (and foreign) monks, gleaming monastery roofs and shop fronts full of Tibetan texts and yak butter. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is accessible, vibrant and unfettered. The atmosphere of cultural exchange and spiritual curiosity is unrivalled. People (including mountaineers and Sherpas) still come here to pray before undertaking a journey in the Himalaya.Late afternoon is a good time to visit Bodhnath, when the group tours depart and the place once again becomes a Tibetan village. Prayer services are held in the surrounding gompas and, as the sun sets, the community turns out to circumambulate the stupa - a ritual that combines religious observance with social event. It's a wonderful feeling to be swept around by the centrifugal force of faith - remember to walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction.


CHANGU NARAYAN TEMPLE: The beautiful and historic temple of Changu Narayan stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the valley , situated on a ridge overlooking Bhaktapur, about 12 km to the east of Kathmandu. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, it is one of the oldest specimens of pagoda architecture in the valley. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple itself, which is normally shut anyway. The temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings. It dates from 1702, when it was rebuilt after a fire, however its origins go back to the 4th century and many of the stone sculptures date from the Licchavi period (4th to 9th centuries). Despite the temple's beauty, its easy access from Bhaktapur and the proximity of some fine walks nearby, it attracts relatively few visitors. The temple's true gems are the wonderful, much older sculptures dotted around the courtyard. In the southwest corner are several notable images, including one of Vishnu as Narsingha, his man-lion incarnation, disembowelling a demon. The beautifully carved image is around 1500 years old.


Budhanilkantha : This site, situated at the foot of the Shivpuri hills in the northern-most part of the Kathmandu valley, has probably the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal reclining on a bed of snakes in the middle of a pond. The five-metre long granite image carved out of a single rock dates back to the Lichchhavi period. According to folklore, a farmer was ploughing his field one day when his plough struck a boulder, and to his surprise and alarm, blood started oozing out of the cut in the stone. Upon digging around the huge boulder, he unearthed the magnificent image of the reclining Vishnu that had remained buried in the ground. A big mela (fair) is held at Budhanilkantha on the auspicious two main Ekadashis, Harishayani and Haribodhini, marking the four month period when the Lord retires to sleep. Access: There are regular microbuses from Kathmandu’s city centre to Budhanilkantha, 9 km to the north.


SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA : Resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, it is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.There are two ways to approach Swayambhunath temple, but by far the most atmospheric is the stone pilgrim stairway that climbs the eastern end of the hill. Constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century, this steep stone staircase is mobbed by troops of rhesus macaques, who have made an artform of sliding down the steep handrails.


Namo Buddha situated between Banepa and Panauti, is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site as well as a favored stopover for trekkers. Rows of Buddhist stupas adorned with fluttering prayer flags are there to soothe tired trekkers and visited by scores of pilgrims every year. Yet what draws their attention most is an image of the Lord Buddha in his compassionate manifestation. There is a legend behind the reverence of this place. According to the Buddhist legend, the King Mahasattva gave his body to a hungry tigress at this place. His reliquary Stupa remained underground for centuries. One day a hermit called Bhagavan (Sakyamuni) came to this site and got attracted to the bulge.Namo Buddha Stupa, NepalIt is said that he clapped his hands, and miraculously the Stupa appeared. It is also 3 hours hike from the Dhulikhel Bazaar Hill. The carved stone image portrays a popular legend, which relates that the Lord Buddha in his previous incarnation had offered his own flesh to save a starving tigress and her cubs from the imminent death.


Janaki Mandir : Janakpur is situated in the Mithila region of Nepal south of the capital Kathmandu, and is a major pilgrimage site as it is the birthplace of Sita, heroine of the epic Ramayana. The massive and magnificent Janaki Mandir - Janaki is the other name of Sita, the daughter of King Janak - was constructed in 1874 by Rani Brishbhanu Kunwari of Tikamgarh, a small state in central India. The temple, a blend of Mughal and local architecture, is of three storeys and has 60 rooms, making it the largest temple in Nepal. It is also called the Naulakha temple as it then cost nine lakh rupees, or Rs. 900,000 (a massive amount by any consideration) for its construction. The temple houses an idol of Sita which was found near Ayodhya, the kingdom of Ram, her consort. Access: Janakpur is linked by highway with all the major towns and cities of Nepal. There are also regular flights linking Janakpur with Kathmandu.
 
Hindu Pilgrimage Package Tour
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Pashupatinath Temple Yatra, Budhanilkhanta Temple Tour
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara on the way visit Manakamana Temple by Cable Car.
Day 04: Bindabashini Goddess temple visit with Gupteswar Mahadev Darshan etc.
Day 05: Drive from Pokhara - Janakpur.
Day 06: Sightseeing of Janaki Mandir, Ram Mandir etc
Day 07: Drive from Janakpur back to Kathmandu and on the way visit Balmiki asram.
Day 08: Departure
*note: ITINERARY can be customized as per guest requirements.
 
Nepal Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath ,Patan, Hiranya Verna Mahabihar, Golden Temple  Mahabouddha.
Day 03: Dakshinkali, Pharping,Visit Gururinpoche caves, several Buddhist monastery, Khokana (ancient Newari tradition)
Day 04: Namobuddha (Buddhist), Panauti, Dhulikhel (Himalayan range views of Langtang, Gaurishanker , Dorje lakpa)
Day 05: Bhaktapur(art and architect), Shyambhunath Stupa,
Day 06: Drive to Lumbini. Overnight at  Lumbini.
Day 07: Lumbini (World Heritage site ), Ashoka Pilar, Mayadevi Temple, Sacred Pond, Peace flame etc
Day 08: Drive to Pokhara. Over night at Pokhara.
Day 09: Pokhara historical monuments, Barahi temple, world peace stupa, david fall, Mahendra cave. O/N at Pokhara.
Day 10: Kathmandu , transfer to hotel , relaxing with own activities and in the evening farewell DINNER
Day 11: Final Departure
*note: ITINERARY can be customized as per guest requirements.