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“Nepal is a country with more temples’ than houses, more god and goddess
than people and more festivals than days in a year” was the statement used by Sir Kirk Patrick to describe the essence of Nepal. Nepal has always been a famous pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhist and the religious tolerance in this country has been an example in the whole world as the Christians and Muslims and other minority religions are living in this country with great harmony and mutual cooperation. Nepal is the country of Pashupatinath, the most scared temple of lord Shiva and Lumbini, birth place of Lord Buddha. Presence of Other places such as Manakamana, Boudhanath, Swaymbunath, Budhanilkantha, Muktinath, Gadi Mai and many more make Nepal a hub for pilgrims.
Nepal Pilgrimage Tours :
The major highlight of this tour is the scared Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath is a must visit temple for all the Hindus in their life. The temple lies in the bank of holy river Bagmati and has a history of more than 2000 years. Besides Pashupatinath this tour includes holy places like Swayambhunath and Boudhanath the Holy Buddhist sites and Budhanilkantha, the temple with biggest statue of sleeping Vishnu.
Muktinath Tour :
Muktinath is a holy pilgrimage site for the hindus and it is believed that this is a must visit place for hindus to attain salvation. The trip starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara. A 20 minutes flight from Pokhara to jomsom and one day of hike or two hours of drive leads to Muktinath. Besides the holy essence the natural beauty and the view of the mighty Himalayas are the features of this tour.
Lumbini Tour :
This tour takes you to the holy site of Lord Buddha’s birth, Lumbini in the southern part of Nepal is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. After a short tour of Kathmandu we can drive or fly to Lumbini and go around the Maya Devi temple and the surrounding monasteries which give us peace of mind and an insight to spirituality.
Manakamana Tour :
The Manakamana goddess resides about 100 Km from the Kathmandu city( 3 Hours of Drive). Thousands of Hindus visit this temple every year with the belief that their wishes get fulfilled after the visit to this temple in the Gorkha district of Nepal. The temple can be reached with the help of the one and only cable car service in Nepal. The cable car ride of 30 minutes is a attraction on itself.
Pathivara Devi Darshan Tour
Pathivara Devi shrine (3794m) is a popular pilgrimage destination that is believed to fulfill the long-cherished dreams of her devotees. The animist deity at Pathivara is worshipped with equal reverence by both Hindus and Buddhist. The Goddess at Pathibhara is believed to fulfill the long-cherished dreams of her devotees, like sons for those without sons, and wealth for the poor. Pathivara Devi is considered one of the ‘Shakti peeths’. Worshippers from different parts of Nepal and India flock the temple during special occasions, as it is believed that a pilgrimage to the temple ensures fulfillment of all that the pilgrim desires. The devotees of Pathibhara also include members of the Royal family from Nepal. The pilgrims sacrifice animals and bring gold and silver as offerings to the Pathibhara Devi.
The best time to visit the temple is from March through out to June and September to November. Pilgrimages can also have an opportunity to visit Kanchanjungha range, the waterfall at Sawa pokhari and the pond of Timbuk, during autumn and spring every year. The thick forest eco-system along the trail offers diversity of wildlife, birds, flowers and butterflies. Most of the Kanchenjunga range can also be seen from this point.
The journey to Pathibhara starts from Suketar (2840m) which takes about 2-hours walk to reach from Phungling Bazaar. Pathibhara Devi is about 8-10 hours from Suketar. The airport at Suketar is the only airport of Taplejung district. Suketar is connected to Kathmandu and Biratnagar by scheduled flights. Beautiful views of Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna can be seen from Suketar. From Suketar the trail passes through Deurali, Chhatedunga, Bhalugauda, Phedi and finally to Pathibhara if you go there you can get unforgettable experience from there and you can also relies with mixed community overe there as they have a mixed culture.
The trail offers food and lodging facilities. Basic accommodation facilities are also available for pilgrims near the shrine.The local people here are the Limbus, with the higher regions inhabited by people of Tibeto-Mongoloid ancestry. Sherpas, Rais, Gurungs, Magars, Newars, Sunwars, and Tamangs also live in this area, while the area also offers cultural diversity of Chhetris and Brahmins.
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