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Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

Abhishek Subedi July 28, 2020

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour is a popular activity in Nepal. Nepal is one of the most religious countries in the world. Here majority of people follow Hinduism. Similarly, Nepal is a home to several temples and monuments. Moreover, Nepal was officially a Hindu nation until 2007 and Hinduism is considered as a state religion of Nepal. Hindu Pilgrimage tour is a special package designed for the Hindu pilgrims from all over the world who want to explore the sacred and holy religious sites and temples of Nepal. 

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

Nepal is considered as the land of God and Goddess and the country of Temples.  Hindu Pilgrimage tour takes you to the world’s most popular holy Hindu pilgrims in Nepal. Similarly, in this tour you will visit the holy and most religious temple the ‘Pashupatinath Temple’. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the main important Temples of Lord Shiva. It is also regarded as the head of Lord Shiva. The temple is also listed in UNESCO world heritage sites and one of the most visited sites of Kathmandu Valley. You will also visit two other religious and holy temples of Kathmandu valley Budalinkantha Temple and Dakshinkali Temple. You will also visit the holy Manakamana Temple and Muktinath Temple.  

Day 01  Visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budanilkantha Temple

On the first day of Hindu pilgrimage tour you will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkantha Temple.  Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrims of the world dedicated to lord Shiva. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the oldest temples of Nepal which was built in the 5th century and later renovated by the Malla Kings. The mail temple of Pashupatinath is built in pagoda style and has four main silver doors and gold plated top most part which is known as (Gajur) in Nepali. Since it is one of the most visited pilgrims of the world the security level is very high. 

After visiting Pashupatinath Temple you will visit Budhanilkantha Temple. The temple is located in Budhanilkantha, Nepal. Budhanilkantha Temple is an open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the famous religious sites of Kathmandu. The temple’s main statue of Lord Vishnu is considered as the largest stone carvings of Nepal. Both sites are equally visited by Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. After visiting Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkantha Temple you will drive back to the hotel

Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar cable car station (3-4 hrs) Visit Manakamana Temple

Early morning after having breakfast you will drive to Kurintar on your second day of Hindu Pilgrimage tour. The drive is about 4 hours from Kathmandu. The drive to Kurintar is a beautiful experience where you can explore the beauty outside the city. After reaching Kurintar Cable Car station you will go to Manakamana Temple on a cable car. Manakamana Temple is situated at an altitude of 1320m above the sea level on a distinguished ridge. The cable car ride is about 15 minutes. You can see tiny houses, terraced fields and flowing Trishuli River from cable cars.  

The Manakamana Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati and religious expedition to see Goddess Bhagwati is referred as Manakamana Temple. The temple is also one of the religious sites of Nepal. The temple is two-stroyed with tiered pagoda style roofs and lies on a square pedestal with brass roof installed in 1996.  Today you will be staying at Manakamana visiting this holy site and exploring daily rituals. 

Day 03 Drive from Manakamana to Pokhara 

You will return back to Kurintar Cable Car station and then drive back to Pokhara after having breakfast. The drive to Pokhara is about three hours. You will check in to the hotel, get fresh and roam around the Pokhara city.  You will visit Tal Barahi Temple which is situated in between Fewa Lake. To visit the temple you will have to go there by a boat. The temple is a two storied temple of Goddess Durga and mostly visited by Hindus. After visiting the temple you will take a tour around Pokhara city. Pokhara is a beautiful city and touristic hub of Nepal. There are many tourist sites where we will visit the International Mountain Museum, Davis Falls, Gupteshowr Mahadev and Mahendra Cave.

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

Day 04  Fly to Jomsom. Drive to Muktinath Temple and back to Jomsom

Early morning you will fly to Jomsom from Pokhara Airport. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang District. From Jomsom you will drive to Muktinath Temple which takes about 1 hour. On your drive to Muktinath Temple you will also visit famous religious site Kagbeni. Muktinath is one of the sacred temples for both Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and located at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass of Mustang, Nepal. 

This temple is considered to be 106th among the available 108 Divya Desam (premium temples) considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava sect. Similarly, Muktinath Temple is one of the highest temples of the world situated at an altitude of 3800m. There are 108 natural water springs coming directly from the mountains which have a great significance. Apart from being the most religious temple, Muktinath temple also gives you a wonderful view of the mustang valley. Moreover, after visiting the temple you will drive back to Jomsom. 

Day 06 Jomsom to Pokhara Flight

You will have your breakfast early in the morning at Jomsom. After having your breakfast you will take a short walk to the airport and fly back to Pokhara. Similarly, you can feel a sudden change in the climate after reaching Pokhara. 

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

Day 07 Drive Back to Kathmandu Valley

It is time to bid farewell to the Pokhara valley and take a bus ride back to the Kathmandu valley. Moreover, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, river valleys and clear sky through the window of the bus before reaching the city.  

Day 08 Visit Dakshinkali Temple. 

On the eighth day of your Hindu Pilgrimage tour you will visit Dakshinkali Temple. The Temple is located in Pharping, Kathmandu. It is about one hour drive from Kathmandu city. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali and is a famous Hindu pilgrimage tour. The blood-soaked temple of Dakshinkali, a favourite Hindu pilgrimage destination. Similarly, it is a set at the confluence of two sacred streams in a rocky cleft in the forest. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali, the most bloodthirsty incarnation of Parvati. To satisfy the blood-lust of the goddess, pilgrims drag a menagerie of animals down the path to the temple to be beheaded and transformed into cuts of meat by the temple priests, who are also skilled butchers. 

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour

Moreover, saturday is the big sacrificial day, and the blood also flows freely on Tuesday. For the rest of the week Dakshinkali is very quiet. During the annual celebrations of Dashain in October the temple is washed by a crimson tide and the image of Kali is bathed in the gore. Likewise, only Hindus can enter the temple courtyard where the image of Kali resides. But visitors can watch from the surrounding terraces. However, remember that the sacrifices are a religious event, with profound spiritual significance for local people, and not just an excuse to snap gruesome photos. After visiting the temple you will drive back to Kathmandu. 


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