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Nepal is a Hindu majority country and one can see temples and religious shrines in every nook and corner here. The pilgrim tour to the six most important Hindu temples in Nepal rolled into one luxurious 9 days package starts with Pashupatinath Darshan in Kathmandu and moves further to Dakshinkali, Manakamana, Bindhya Bashini, Varahi and Muktinath.
Pashupatinath, a most important Hindu temple in Nepal that stands on the banks of holy Bagmati River northwest of Kathmandu is a powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power. Pashupatinath area is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the followers of Hinduism in the entire world. The temple is the subtle work of architecture with its gold-plated roof, be-jeweled doors, flowered motifs and woodcarvings of the finest quality. The square-shaped pagoda like temple, which is built on a single platform of 24 meters in height, stands in the middle of an open courtyard. The entrance of the temple is from all the four sides and is decorated by gold-gilt doors. Inside the temple there is a narrow walk engulfing the sanctum from where one can have closer view of Shivlinga. The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but one can have a good view of the temple and surrounding from the opposite bank of the river.
Dakshinkali, a blood-soaked temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali situated at the confluence of two sacred streams in a rocky cleft in the forest, is a favorite pilgrimage destination of Hindus.
Manakamana, one of the most important temples in the middle hills of the wish-fulfilling Hindu Goddess. The Mankamana temple overlooks terraced fields, and the Trisuli and Marshyangdi river valleys.
The hilltop (1302m) also offers a vantage point for taking in the breathtaking view of the Manaslu, Himalchuli and Annapurna massifs to the north. Mankamana is located south of the historic town of Gorkha and 6 km north of Mugling.In the past, millions of pilgrims used to do the long arduous trek up to the hilltop.
The cable car station in Cheres is about 104 kms, west from Kathmandu. From the base-station at Cheres we get to Mankamana temple in 10 minutes. The ride covers a distance of 2.8 kilometers.
Bindhya Basini, north of Pokhara was founded in 17th century and sacred to Hindu Goddess, Durga, the warlike incarnation of Parvati, worshipped here in the form of Shaligram.
Varahi, that stands on a small island in the Phewa Lake where we take a boat ride to reach the temple. The temple founded in 18th century is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his boar incarnation and is inhabited by a loft of cooping pigeons.
Muktinath is one of the sacred Hindu temples in Nepal situated at an elevation of 3800m where Hindu pilgrims from all over the world come here to bathe in the 108 water spouts shaped as cows’ heads and Buddhists come here to pay homage at a shrine enclosing an eternal blue flame.
Pilgrims take bath in holy water spouts to purify their bodies before visiting the main Temple for worship. The main shrine of Muktinath is a pagoda – shaped temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The Jwala Mai temple nearby has a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas.
The pilgrimage journey to Muktinath, holy dip in the Kunda and bath beneath 108 water spouts is believed to bring about salvation.
We get to Muktinath through a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom that offers magnificent views of Himalayas as it flies through a narrow slice between the tips of two Himalayan giants: Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna I (8091m). From Jomsom we take a jeep adventure drive to the temple of Muktinath.
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 PASHUPATINATH & DAKSHINKALI TEMPLES
In the morning we drive to Pashupatinath Temple for the prayer and then drive to Dakshinkali Temple for the prayer and sightseeing in the area. Return back to Kathmandu for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Drive to MANAKAMANA TEMPLE; Drive to POKHARA
Early in the morning we start drive to Kurintar, 120 km from Kathmandu. Get to the temple through a 10 minutes cable car ride for experiencing the true divinity in Manakamana Temple. The Goddess Manakamana Devi is worshiped with complete rituals. After lunch in the hotel, we drive along the Trishuli River to Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 BINDHYA BASINI & VARAHI TEMPLES
In Pokhara we visit to Bindhya Basini Temple north of Pokhara which was founded in 17th century and sacred to Hindu Goddess, Durga. Afterwards, we visit the Pokhara’s most famous Hindu Temple, the two-tiered Pagoda-style Varahi Temple that stands on a small island in the Phewa Lake, Nepal’s second largest lake. Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Fly to JOMSOM; Drive to MUKTINATH TEMPLE
We fly to Jomsom and take a jeep adventure drive to Muktinath, situated at a height of 3800m. Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Drive back JOMSOM; Fly back POKHARA
After the early morning prayers in the temples and religious shrines at Muktinath, we drive back to Jomsom and take a 15 minutes flight to Pokhara. In the evening you are free to explore around and enjoy yourself at leisure. Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Fly back KATHMANDU
We take a 25 minutes scenic flight back to Kathmandu. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 8 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast