(Kathmandu – manakamana – Pokhara – muktinath tour 9 Days)
Prior to 2006, Nepal was the only official Hindu country (after the revolution in 2006, the country no longer declares itself as an official Hindu Kingdom). Regardless, there are amazing ancient Hindu temples to explore here. Nepal is known as the country where there are more gods and goddess than people. Some say there are more temples than houses and more festivals than days in the year. If Hinduism is of interest to you, there is certainly a lot to explore about the religion in this small country.
In this tour, you will visit Manakamana temple. This temple is known as the Goddess who fulfills all desires/wishes. You will also visit the Gorkha palace which is a historic palace of the shah dynasty who ruled more than 238 years in Nepal).
You will continue on to explore temples in Pokhara and finish with Muktinath temple (God of Salvation) which is situated in the lap of Annapurna Himalayan range.
Trip Name: Hindu Pilgrimage Tour
Destinations: Kathmandu, Manakamana, Gorkha, Pokhara, Muktinath Temple
Tour Starts and end: Kathmandu
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Activities: Sightseeing Hindu temples
Transportation: Private vehicle / tourist bus / local bus / Plane as your interest
Tour grade: Easy
Best season: August to May
Group size: 1 to 12++
Mode of Tour: Hotel
Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Gorkha
From Kathmandu, drive to Kurintar. There you will go by cable car to Manakamana temple. You will have time for worship around the temple before driving onto Gorkha for the night.
Day 3: Pokhara
Visit the Gorkha Palace (the most powerful Goddess Kalika of the shaha dynasty). You can walk around the bazaar in Gorkha before driving onto Pokhara. In Pokhara, take a boat across Fewa Lake to the island where the Tal Barahi Temple is located. Spend the evening in beautiful Lakeside and enjoy the many bars and restaurants.
Day 4: Muktinath
You will take a breathtaking morning flight to Jomsom. On a clear day, you can see all the peaks of the Annapurna Range. From Jomsom, we will trek towards Kagbeni. Here we will visit the 500 year old monastery. You can perform the sandhaya (evening) Puja in the confluence of the river Kaligandaki and Muktinath.
Day 5: Jomsom
After breakfast, we will trek toward the Muktinath temple. You can ride a horse or pony here to break up the climb.
Day 6: Fly back to Pokhara
Early in the morning, we will fly back to Pokhara and visit some more Hindu religious sights there.
Day 7: Drive or Flight to Kathmandu
Tour of Kathmandu’s historic pilgrimage sights such as Pashupatinath Temple (Shiva Temple) / Budhanilkantha (Sleeping Vishnu) and other Vishnu / Shiva / Parvati shrines.
On the final day, explore Kathmandu’s tourist district, Thamel, to purchase some souvenirs before you head home or use the day as you please!