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Pashupatinath tour is the Hindu pilgrimage tour to the oldest Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world. Pashupatinath temple is one of the UNESCO enlisted world heritage site located in Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath is built in pagoda style and is a two-storey temple with four silver doorways and golden pinnacle. It has its own astonishing architectural beauty. Along with the golden temple you also see many shrines, statues, Shiva linga- the phallic sing of Lord Shiva, Dharmasalas (pilgrim’s rest house). Pashupatinath temple stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture, and tradition. It is located on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. Non- Hindus are not allowed into this temple. It is believed that Pashupatinath temple was built in the fifth century and later renovated by the Malla king of Kathmandu. In this temple, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit every year from all around the world. In Shivaratri which falls in the month of February or March people swarm to Pashupatinath to celebrate the birth of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri is one of the great Hindu festivals of the valley attracting thousands of Hindu pilgrims to one of the four most Shiva shrines. On this day you see Sadhu, a follower of Shiva, covered with sack clothes, dust, and ashes.
On the side of the Pashupatinath, you see the crematorium where you see the cremation of the dead people according to the rituals of the Hindu religion. You visit the Guhyeshwari temple which is Shiva’s Shakti (consort) in her Manifestation as Kali on the other side of the hill. In this pilgrimage tour, you also visit other famous historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley. You visit the oldest Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath, Swayambhunath sputa also called Monkey temple from where you can observe the Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar square which provide a closer glimpse of Nepal’s unique arts, craftsmanship, culture, tradition, and custom.
Muktinath is the famous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site which is located in the Trans Himalayan region Mustang 20 km northeast of Jomsom at the elevation of 3800m above sea level. Muktinath temple is a pagoda-shaped temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In this sacred site, thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit and pay homage to Lord Vishnu. Both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims believed that if they go for pilgrimage to Muktinath, they are relieved from all miseries and sorrows.
Muktinath is the place of salvation and eternity for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindu people call it Muktichhetra, the place of salvation. In Muktinath, you see the 108 water spouts (Muktidhara) cast in the shape of the cow head behind the temple. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims who visit the temple take a holy bath in each of these spouts which, people believe, cleanse all their sins. There you also visit the Jwala Devi temple near the temple. In this place, Buddhist believes, Padmasambhava. Here you also visit Mharme Lha Khang Gompa, Gomba Samba, a newly built monastery etc. other attractions of this pilgrimage tour are the holy site of Kagbeni, excellent panoramic view of the mountains, culture of the Himalayan people, Himalayan landscapes, river valleys, world deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, etc. you start your Muktinath pilgrimage tour with the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. From there you walk to Muktinath. On the way, you visit the Kagbeni which is famous for the Saligram, a stone on which the image of Lord Vishnu is inscribed. On the way you can observe the excellent panoramic view of the mountains like Annapurna Range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Range, etc. you also meet the local people and other Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims which gives the chance to know their culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
Manasarovar is the most popular pilgrimage destination which is located in the western part of Tibetan Himalayas. Manasarovar Lake is considered as the source of all creation. It is believed that Brahma created this lake for his meditation and worship. This lake is about 90 meters deep and spreads over 320 sq km, at an altitude of 4556 m from the sea level. This lake is surrounded by Mount Kailash on its north, Mount Gurala Mandhata on its south, Lake Rakshas-Tal or Ravan Harda on its west and hilly areas on its east. Mt. Kailash is the holy mountain which is considered as the holy abode of Lord Shiva. Kailash Manasarovar is a holy place which is visited by the follower of different religion like pre-Buddhist Bonpo, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Every year thousands of Hindu, Buddhist pilgrims from all around the world journeyed immense distances to Kailas Manasarovar to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks. They believe that that the holy ritual of circumambulation of Mount Kailash will bring them good fortune. Mount Kailash is venerated as a place that is both representative and emblematic of Hindu Lord Shiva. From Kailash Manasarovar, four major rivers originate- the Indus River, Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo), the Karnali and the Sutlej River. Manasarovar tour starts with the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot. From there you start walking to Manasarovar. In this pilgrimage tour, you also get the chance to explore the Himalayan landscapes, culture, and lifestyle of the Himalayan and Tibetan people enjoying the view of the mountains as well as the Himalayan landscapes.
Lumbini which is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism, is the most important pilgrimage destination of the Buddhist people. Lumbini is the UNESCO enlisted world heritage site of Nepal which is located 300km away from Kathmandu in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Lumbini is the popular tourist destination of Nepal. It is one of the most important historical sites of Nepal which is endowed by nature with rich natural beauty. Lumbini is one of the most important religious sites in the world. The Lumbini tour is the Buddhist pilgrimage tour to the birthplace of Buddha which provides the chance to get insight into the life of Lord Buddha and the development of Buddhism. Though it is a pilgrimage tour, it offers many beautiful archeological sites scattered around. Lumbini is the center of holy faith for the millions of Buddhists all over the world where thousands of tourists visit every year. It is the best destination for those who love peace and prosperity.
The main attraction of the Lumbini tour is the Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi temple, Ashoka pillar, Puskarini pond, Devadaha, and Ramagrama, etc. On this tour, you see the beautiful Monasteries and Temples around this holy place. There you see the Ashoka Pillar which was erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to this holy place. The inscription on the pillar proves that Buddha was born in Lumbini. You visit the Maya Devi temple which is dedicated to the mother of Lord Buddha – Maya Devi. Puskarani pond is the holy pond where Mayadevi had a bath before giving birth to Buddha. You also visit the Lumbini garden where Buddha was born under a Sal tree. You can combine the Lumbini tour with the Chitwan tour which lies on the way to Lumbini from Kathmandu. In Chitwan, you enjoy the Jungle safari in Royal Chitwan national park.