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Nepal Hindu Cultural Tour

Nepal Hindu Cultural Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Kathmandu/Manakamana/Muktinath/Janakpur

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Muktinath (3762m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour spanning Pashupatinath, Muktinath, and Janakpurdham in Nepal offers a profound spiritual odyssey through some of the most revered and sacred sites in Hinduism. Throughout the tour, participants immerse themselves in prayer, ritualistic ceremonies, and the spiritual teachings imparted by these hallowed grounds. The tour not only offers a chance to deepen one's faith but also provides a cultural immersion into the heart of Nepal's religious heritage. The vibrant tapestry of history, mythology, and devotion interwoven in these sacred locations creates an unforgettable pilgrimage experience, leaving pilgrims enriched and spiritually rejuvenated.

Hindu Pilgrimage Tour Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva 'Pashupatinath'.
  • Pay homage to Goddess Bhagwati, the wish-fulfilling deity 'Manakamna'.
  • Enjoy a picturesque cable car journey to the hilltop Manakamana Temple.
  • Visit the revered temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu 'Muktinath'.
  • Witness 108 Water Spouts & Eternal Flames at Muktinath.
  • Explore the grand Janaki Mandir dedicated to Goddess Sita and Lord Ram.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Hindu culture, spirituality, and traditions.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: In Kathmandu - Full Day tour of Pashupatinath, Gugehwerwori & Budhanilkantha Temple
Day 03: In Kathmandu - Full Day tour of Bhaktapur & Tallest Statue of Lord Shiva
Day 04: Drive to Pokhara en-route visit Manakamana Temple
Day 04: In Pokhara – Full day tour of Bindabasini temple, Tal Barahi Temple, Gupteshwor Cave, Davis fall, World Peace Pagoda
Day 06: Drive Pokhara to Jomsom (2743m/7 hours drive)
Day 07: Drive Jomsom to Muktinath (3762m) - Puja & drive back to Pokhara (8-9 hours drive)
Day 08: Fly to Janakpur via Kathmandu & visit pilgrim sites
Day 09: Fly back to Kathmandu. PM: Free day
Day 10: Final departure

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Take this day to rest or explore the city on your own.

Hotel

Begin your day with a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal. Observe the intricate architecture, sacred shrines, and the Bagmati River that flows beside the temple. Then visit Guhyeshwari Temple, situated near Pashupatinath. This revered shrine is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Take in the spiritual ambiance and learn about the temple's significance. Continue your pilgrimage by visiting Budhanilkantha Temple, home to a remarkable statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of serpents in a tranquil pond. Return to your hotel and spend some time relaxing and reflecting on the spiritual experiences of the day.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Drive to Bhaktapur, a historic city renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage. Upon arrival in Bhaktapur, explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the ancient palaces, temples, and intricately carved woodwork that showcase the city's architectural splendor. Marvel at the Nyatapola Temple, a five-story pagoda that stands as a testament to Newari craftsmanship. The temple's impressive design and artistic details are a sight to behold. After exploring Bhaktapur, drive to Sanga, home to the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The drive offers scenic views of the Nepalese countryside. Arrive at the Sanga Mahadev Statue complex and witness the awe-inspiring 143-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva. After visiting the statue, return to Kathmandu in the evening.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast go for a scenic drive to Kurintar, the gateway to Manakamana Temple. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours, offering beautiful views of the Nepalese countryside. Upon reaching Kurintar, take a thrilling cable car ride to the hilltop Manakamana Temple. The cable car offers panoramic views of the Trishuli River and surrounding landscapes. Explore the Manakamana Temple, a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati. Enjoy the spiritual atmosphere and take in the breathtaking views from the temple. After visiting Manakamana Temple, continue your drive to the enchanting city of Pokhara. The drive takes approximately 4-5 hours and offers stunning vistas of hills, rivers, and rural landscapes. Arrive in Pokhara in the evening and check in to your hotel. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Begin your day by visiting Bindabasini Temple, a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati. Enjoy the panoramic views of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains from this hilltop temple. Then head to Phewa Lake's tranquil waters to visit the Tal Barahi Temple, situated on an island. Take a boat ride to reach the temple and pay homage to Goddess Barahi. Explore the Gupteshwor Cave, a sacred cave housing a stalagmite worshipped as Lord Shiva. Afterward, visit Davis Fall, a waterfall named after a tragic incident, also known as "Patale Chhango." Afterward, drive to the World Peace Pagoda. This iconic white stupa offers panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city, and the lake. Then back to hotel. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom. The journey takes approximately 7 hours, passing through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and winding roads. As you drive, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Keep your camera ready to capture the breathtaking scenery. Arrive in Jomsom, a gateway to the Mustang region, situated at an altitude of 2743 meters. Check in to your hotel and take some time to rest and freshen up.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Drive from Jomsom to Muktinath, a significant pilgrimage site situated at an altitude of 3762 meters. The drive may take approximately 2-3 hours, depending on road conditions. Upon reaching Muktinath, explore the sacred temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, and the natural elements in the area hold spiritual significance. Participate in a puja (worship) ceremony at the Muktinath Temple. You can receive blessings from the temple priests and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere. After the puja and exploration of Muktinath, begin your drive back to Pokhara. The return journey may take approximately 5-6 hours.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch included

Board your flight to Kathmandu and enjoy the scenic views during the flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll have a short layover before your connecting flight to Janakpur. Then catch your connecting flight from Kathmandu to Janakpur. Upon arrival in Janakpur, explore Janaki Mandir, also known as Janakpur Dham, a prominent Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Sita. The temple is believed to be the birthplace of Sita, the consort of Lord Rama. Also visit other significant religious sites such as Ram Mandir (dedicated to Lord Rama) and the Bibaha Mandir (dedicated to the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita). 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Board your flight from Janakpur to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic flight and the views of the landscapes below. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Check in, freshen up, and take a moment to relax after your journey.

Hotel
Breakfast Included

Your memorable Hindu Pilgrimage Tour comes to an end on this day. Our representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. Make sure to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight and you need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • All land transfers by a private vehicle.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast on twin share basis.
  • Tour guide throughout the trip.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Manakamana Cable Car tickets.
  • Accommodation in Jomsom on full board basis (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kathmandu flight fares.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental fees.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (except Indian nationals).
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Tips to guide or driver.

FAQ's

1. What are the main highlights of the tour?
This tour encompasses four significant Hindu pilgrimage sites: Pashupatinath in Kathmandu, Manakamana Temple, Muktinath Temple in Mustang, and Janakpurdham, known for their religious importance and cultural significance in Hinduism.

2. What does the tour entail at Pashupatinath Temple?
At Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, travelers can witness traditional Hindu rituals, explore the temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva, and observe various ceremonies performed by priests along the banks of the Bagmati River.

3. What experiences can travelers expect at Manakamana Temple?
The tour usually includes a visit to Manakamana Temple via a scenic cable car ride. Manakamana is believed to be the wish-fulfilling goddess, and devotees visit this sacred site to offer prayers and seek blessings.

4. What does the trip to Muktinath Temple involve?
Visiting Muktinath Temple typically requires a flight or drive from Kathmandu to Jomsom, followed by a trek or drive to Muktinath, a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is known for its religious importance and natural beauty.

5. What experiences await travelers in Janakpurdham?
Janakpurdham, associated with the ancient city of Janakpur from the Ramayana, holds religious significance as the birthplace of Sita. Travelers can visit Janaki Temple, dedicated to Goddess Sita, and explore other sacred sites in the city.

6. Are there opportunities for interactions with local communities during this pilgrimage tour?
While the focus is on visiting the temples, travelers may have interactions with local devotees, monks, and priests, providing insights into Hindu practices and cultural traditions.

7. Is there any physical activity or trekking involved in this pilgrimage tour?
The trip to Muktinath may involve driving through rugged terrain, and some walking might be required to explore the temple premises. However, the tour is designed to accommodate various fitness levels.

8. What is the best time of year to embark on this Hindu Pilgrimage Tour?
The best times to undertake this tour are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally favorable for travel and pilgrimage activities.

Equipment

Packing for tour in Nepal will require some careful planning, as you'll be traveling through various landscapes and experiencing different activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing during summer
  • Warm jackets or sweater during winter
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to cover up during temple visits
  • Insulating layers for cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho (especially during the monsoon season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Flip-flops or sandals for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to use the hotel pools)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Socks and underwear

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, visa, and photocopies
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Money belt or hidden pouch for valuables
  • Power adapter and voltage converter (Nepal uses the Type C and Type D electrical plugs)

Health and Personal Items:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • First-aid kit with essentials like bandaids, antiseptic, pain relievers, and diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent (for Chitwan National Park)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth

Outdoor Gear 

  • Daypack or backpack for day trips
  • Water bottle with a purification system or purification tablets
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Ziplock bags (for organizing and protecting items)

Miscellaneous:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Books or travel guides
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Travel pillow and earplugs (for more comfortable rest during long bus rides)
  • Also, consider the season and specific activities you'll be doing in each location, as weather conditions can vary.
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