Highlights

  • A spiritually fulfilling week in Nepal's holiest places
  • Visit the major temples in Kathmandu such as Budhanilkantha, Pasupatinath, Changunarayan and more.
  • See Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Square to explore the history, religion, and culture of Nepal 
  • Check out Doleshwor Mahadev temple and Changunarayan Temple
  • Scenic ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back 
  • Visit Manakamana temple along the way to Pokhara
  • Visit Talbarahi temple, Bindhyabasini Temple and Gupteshwor Mahadev temple in Pokhara 

About Nepal Pilgrimage Tour

Despite being a secular country, Nepal is dominated by the Hindu religion. The majority of Nepalese follow the Hindu religion. Kathmandu is famously known as the 'City of Temples.' In reality, it is not just Kathmandu that is full of these sacred sites. There are famous temples all over the country dedicated to various gods. Our Nepal Pilgrimage Tour takes you to various sacred places around Kathmandu and Pokhara, particularly for Hindu devotees. The many pilgrimage destinations in Nepal have deep religious roots, histories, and traditions. Hindu Pilgrimage Tour provides the opportunity to visit the sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara to worship the deities. 

Hinduism (Sanatan) is one of the oldest known religion followed mostly by the people of the Indian subcontinent. There are three major gods in the Hindu religion known as the trinity even though there are a total of 33 crores of gods. Most of the temples in Nepal are dedicated to these major gods, their avatars and their reincarnations. However, some of the major temples are dedicated to goddesses and other gods. The major temple complex of Nepal is Pashupatinath where different gods are worshipped in several temples. Budhanilkantha and Changunarayan are the temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Doleshwor Mahadev and Gupteshowr Mahadev are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Manakamana Temple is the shrine of goddess Manakamana (Bhagwati) which is the reincarnation of Parvati, the wife of Shiva. Tal Barahi and Bindhyabasini temples are dedicated to Mata Durga, which is also an avatar of Goddess Parvati. You will be visiting all these temples during Nepal Pilgrimage Tour. 

Our Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is a great way to spend the holidays with your family while worshipping the gods and receiving blessings from them. Even if you are not Hindu, visiting the temples and shrines will let you explore the old religion, tradition, history, and philosophy associated with it. The architecture of the temple is brilliant which represents the history of Nepal. 

 

Pasupatinath Temple

Pasupatinath is the most famous sacred place in Nepal for Hindus. It is a temple complex built on the bank of the Bagmati River. It is also one of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The complex is a collection of temples and ashrams. There are many mythologies on how Pashupatinath Temple was built. One of the three major gods of the Hindu religion, Lord Shiva is worshipped here. However, the complex includes the Vishnawa temple complex as well to worship Lord Vishnu. Apart from these, there is a Vasukinath Temple, Ram Mandir, Guyheshwari Temple, Hanuman Shrine and many other temples and shrines to worship different gods. The main temples of the complex are built in the Nepalese pagoda style architecture. The main temple also has a gold pinnacle.
 

Budanilkantha Temple 

Budhanilkantha Temple is a Hindu temple situated below Shivapuri Hill. It is famous for its large statue of Lord Vishnu that was carved with the single basalt rock. Lord Vishnu is one of the Trimurties (Bramha, Vishnu and Maheshwara). There are many mythological stories regarding the origin of the statue. Some believe it was found somewhere by a farmer and placed there. However, some say it was sculpted and brought here by the King of 7th century Vishnu Gupta. Gharibodhani Ekadashi is celebrated in a grand way here. 
 

Doleshwor Temple

Doleshwor Mahadev Temple is another temple of Lord Shiva situated in Bhaktapur. It is one of the major temples for Shiva devotees and it is believed that a trip to Kedarnath is not complete without the visit to Doleshwor Mahadev. By visiting the 3 holy places of Pasupatinath, Kedarnath, and Doleshwor, it is believed to wash off all the sins of life and receiving the blessings from Lord Shiva. 


Changunarayan Temple

Changunarayan Temple is said to be the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is situated on a hilltop surrounded by a forest and a small village. This temple is dedicated to Narayan which is one of the reincarnations of Lord Vishnu. Being the oldest known temple of Nepal, it has many things to explore the ancient architecture of Nepal. It is a two-story pagoda-style temple. There is a sculpture of Garud, the vehicle of Vishnu, in front of the west face of the temple. There is the statue of Vishnu riding Garuda in the north face. And there are many monuments such as Historical Pillar, statues of Bhupendra Malla, Garuda Narayan, Sridhar Vishnu, Vaikuntha Vishnu, Chhinnamasta, and Vishworup.
 

Manakamana Temple

Manakamana Temple is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is the sacred place of the goddess Bhagwati (reincarnation of Parvati) situated in the Gorkha district. The name Manakamana comes from two Nepali words ‘Mana’ which means heart and ‘Kamana’ which means wish. It is believed that Bhagwati Manakamana fulfills the wishes of everyone who worships her and her shrine. The temple is built on Pagoda style and is 4 story building. Even though one used to hike for about 3/4 hours to get to the top, a cable car ride from Kurintar is available these days. The view of the Trishuli River Valley, covered in green forests, looks spectacular from the cable car. 


Pokhara

Pokhara is an relaxing city situated on the lap of Himalayas. There are many beautiful lakes and places worth visiting here. Many temples are situated in Pokhara which hold religious significance. One of the most famous temples is Talbarahi Temple, sitting in the middle of Phewa Lake. It is the temple of Goddess Barahi (Durga) who is known as the Protector of Gods. Another major temple of Pokhara is Bindhyabasini. It is another temple of Durga. It is believed that one of the parts of Sati fell here and later turned out to be a holy place. The atmosphere of the surroundings includes views of the mountains and Pokhara Valley. You can also visit Gupteshwor Mahadeva Temple, mysteriously situated inside the Mahendra Cave. 

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will come to pick you up. Then you will be transferred to a hotel where you will be staying. You can take a rest in the hotel to relieve the fatigue of the journey. Later, you will be given a short briefing of your sightseeing tour. You can roam around the streets and buy souvenirs, try new dishes.

You will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu by visiting the major temples and sites in Kathmandu. Your pilgrimage journey will start with the drive to Budhanilkantha, the temple of Lord Vishnu. You will witness the life-size sculpture of Narayan sleeping inside a pond. You will worship the deity there and return back. You will then visit Swyambhunath Stupa. Swyambhunath is the perfect place to demonstrate the religious harmony of Nepal where you can see people worshipping Hindu deities and Buddhist deities and philosophies at the same place. You can hear the chants, see the oil lamps and the sculptures and paintings. You can make the wishes by throwing coins at the wishing pool there. 

You will then visit Patan Durbar Square where you can see the beauty of ancient Newari architecture and the evolution of religion and tradition in the paintings and arts carved in the buildings. You will come to Kathmandu Durbar Square from Patan. There is the home of living goddess Kumari worshipped by Newars of the valley. You can also witness and worship the statue of Kaalbhairab, the deadliest avatar of Lord Shiva.  

Finally, you will go to Pasupati in the evening. You will worship the different gods in different temples of Pashupati complex. You will witness the grand ritual of the day, Arati. During Aarati, priests and common people gather together, swing the oil lamps in a circular motion and sing Bhajans together as a way to show the devotion to the deities. You will witness this grand event and finally get back to home. 

The third day of your pilgrimage tour journey will be dedicated to Changunarayan temple and Doleshwor Mahadev temple. 1-2 hours of drive from Kathmandu valley will take you to the Changunarayan temple. It is the temple of Narayan who is the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. You will worship the Lord, complete your reverence rituals in the temple. Then you can spend the time exploring the architecture and design of the temple. Spend some time in the serene environment then you will head towards the Doleshwor Mahadev Temple. It is the temple of Mahadeva and also considered to be the head part of Kedarnath. You will worship the gods here, you can light the oil lamps dedicated to the Lord. After completing your rituals, you will get the drive back to the hotel. 

You will get up early in the morning, have breakfast in the city and drive for Pokhara. While having 6-7 hours of ride to Pokhara, you will enjoy the amazing view of the landscapes along the way. You will stop at Kurintar, have a cable car ride to get to Manakamana Temple. You will offer your devotion to Mata Manakamana, worship the goddess and make wishes. It is believed that the Manakamana goddess fulfills the wishes of the ones who worship her. You will then get back to Kurnintar, have lunch and continue your ride to Pokhara. When you reach Pokhara, you will check into a hotel and take rest. In the evening you can explore the streets of Pokhara. Spend your time by the side of Phewa lake as it looks heavenly in the evening. You will stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 of your pilgrimage tour will be dedicated to sightseeing in Pokhara where you will be visiting all the major temples and more. You will wake up early in the morning and go to Bindhyabasini Temple. You can pray and worship goddess Durga. Apart from the offering, the view of the sunrise and the mountains in the morning look amazing from here. You will then go to David falls and observe the beautiful waterfall that ends inside the Mahendra Cave. You will visit the caves after that. Doleshwor Mahadev temple is situated inside the Mahendra cave. You can find many structures that resemble the figures of god and animals inside the cave. You will then visit Tal Barahi lake situated on the small island in between the Phewa Lake. You can enjoy boating, worship the gods in the temple and spend some time there. You can visit many other places if time permits. At last, you will get back to the hotel and take rest. Later in the evening you can step out and explore the vibrant streets, go for shopping, restaurants, and cafes, etc.

After spending 2 days in Pokhara, you will return to Kathmandu the next day. After having breakfast in Pokhara, you will set out for Kathmandu. During 6/7 hours of the bus ride, you will be riding by the Trishuli river most of the time. The view of the river, river valley covered with the forest and foothills look amazing. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will check into a hotel and rest for a while. You can then go to the local market and shop the souvenirs, handicrafts to take home. You will spend the night at the hotel. 

Your 7 days of pilgrimage tour concludes here. After having breakfast, we will drive you to the airport for your connecting flight and wish you goodbye. However, if you feel like extending your stay in Nepal or going for another trip, we will be more than happy to help you. 

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What's included

  • Meals and Accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 4 days with breakfast
    3-Star accommodation in Pokhara for 2 days with breakfast
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    All the entrance fees for monuments
    Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, cold drinks, bottled water, etc.)
  • All alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks 
  • All the chocolate, dessert, and sweet items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the crew of Sublime Trails
  • Cost of trip cancellation, accident or health emergency
  • Loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. (We strongly advise you to get personal travel insurance.)

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Customer Reviews

  • Amazing Tour Operator and Guide

    - Nagesh Srivastava, India

    Our pilgrimage tour was well managed, the guide took care of me and my family very well. We visited many temples in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Manakamana as well. They mad sure we are enjoying and having no trouble. They managed the best vegetarian hotel for us which is hard to find these days. We are thankful to Sublime Trails for this awesome trip management.

  • Beautiful Pilgrimage Tour

    - Arnav Patel, India

    It was an amazing tour with my family this April. We visited all the major sacred places in Kathmandu and Nepal and we also had helicopter tour to Muktinath. Sublime Trails managed everything perfectly. It was hard finding a vegeterian lodge in Kathmandu and Pokhara by ourselves. But they put all the effort into finding one for us. The tour guide was also very friendly and cheerful and he also would speak Hindi very well. My mom loved his company so much.