Kathmandu, Pokhara and Muktinath tour (7 days / 6 nights)

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Pokhara and Muktinath Tour starts after arrival at Kathmandu. Kathmandu, Pokhara and Muktinath Tour is a combination of Heritage, Culture, Nature tour with Pilgrimage to Muktinath. After visiting Kathmandu city you take a scenic drive for 5 hours. You enjoy the ride through small towns and villages along the side of river Trisuli and Marsyandi. The drive ends as it reaches Pokhara valley, the most beautiful valley in Nepal. Besides sightseeing tour in Pokhara, you enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayan range and boating on Lake Phewa.

From Pokhara to Muktinath, we fly for Jomsom,  gateway to Muktinath temple. It is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Shri Vishnu and Shridevi-Bhudevi. The Kali Gandaki riverbed downstream from Muktinath is the sole source of the rare Shaligram stones that are required to establish a temple of Vishnu anywhere in the world.

Pokhara Muktinath Tour

Muktinath Temple

Swami Narayan then known as Nilkantha had picked this spot as his austerity heaven. He laid out his deerskin on a hill and spent 6 months standing on one leg, meditating and chanting Surya mantra tirelessly amidst snow, storms and torturing weather. On the night of Prabodhini Ekadashi, Surya Dev presented himself as a celestial being.

The sky filled with the Devas. They hailed young Nilkantha for his severe austerity and unfaltering brahmacharya. They showered flower petals from their celestial chariots. Nilkantha raised his hand to bless them as they departed. Surya Dev bowed in reverence and returned to his abode. (Information source – BAPS Sri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir, Neasden, London and book “Bhagwan Swaminarayan The Story of His Life”, by Yogi Trivedi).

We also have a short trip package to Muktinath for people with time constraints.

Day:

01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet assist at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Eve: Briefing on Muktinath trip.

02: Drive to Pokhara. En-route visit Manakamana temple by cable car.

03: Transfer to airport and fly to Jomsom. Drive to Muktinath and drive back to Jomsom.

04: Transfer to airport and fly to Pokhara.
PM - Half day sightseeing tour in Pokhara..

05: Transfer to airport and fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
PM - Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Soyambhunath.

06: AM – Free for optional Everest flight or tour at extra cost
PM – Visit Pashupatinath, Guheswori and Budhanailkantha (Jal Narayan).

07: Free until departure transfer for onward journey.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet assist at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Evening: Briefing on Muktinath visit. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: After breakfast at hotel, drive to Pokhara. En-route visit Manakamana temple by cable car.

Manakamana Temple situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. Venerated since the 17th century, it is believed that Goddess Manakamana grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.

Pokhara - The rare combination of snow-clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210kms/131 miles from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in Nepal. There may be no other place in the world from where Great Himalayas peaks can be admired from such a close distance. Pokhara has many exotic places of interest such as the Seti River Gorge, Mahendra Cave, Devi's Falls and the famous lake Phewa displaying stunning reflections of the majestic Fish Tail and Annapurna Himalayas on its water. It is base for all treks to Annapurna region. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03: Transfer to airport. Fly to Jomsom (20 minutes). Walk to hotel 5 minutes. Another 10 minutes walk will take to jeep station to drive to Muktinath. Driving through Ekle Bhatti, Kagbeni and Jharkot will take you to Rani Pauwa in one and half hour (23 Km). From here, Muktinath temple is only 10 – 15 minutes walk.

Muktinath Temple, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) in the Mustang district of Nepal, Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra (place of salvation), one of the most ancient temples of the God Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition in Nepal. The shrine is considered to be one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar and Badrinath), as well as one of the 108 Divya Desam, or holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu. Additionally, it is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites. The temple is small and contains a human-sized golden statue of Vishnu as Shri Mukti Narayana. In addition to Mukti Narayana, the temple has bronze images of Bhoodevi (the Earth-goddess form of Lakshmi), the goddesses Saraswati and Janaki (Sita), Garuda (the mount of Vishnu), Lava-Kusa (the sons of Rama and Sita) and the Sapta Rishis (Seven Sages created by Lord Brahma).

Additionally, Swami Narayan had picked this spot as his austerity heaven. He laid out his deerskin on a hill and spent 6 month standing on one leg, meditating and chanting Surya mantra tirelessly amidst snow, storms and torturing weather. On the night of Prabodhini Ekadashi, Surya Dev presented himself as a celestial being.

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that Guru Rimpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here on his way to Tibet. Behind the temple is a semi-circular wall with 108 stone faucets at a height of seven feet. The faucets all have the same shape of the head of a bull and are separated by approximately one foot. Water from the ice-cold Kali Gantaki River has been diverted to flow through the mouths of these bulls and hardy pilgrims who visit the temple often stand beneath each of the spouts.

The Kali Gantaki riverbed downstream from Muktinath is the sole source of the rare Shaligram stones that are required to establish a temple of Vishnu anywhere in the world. Saligram is considered as very powerful stone and has religious and spiritual significant. After completing prayers and worship at the Muktinath temple many pilgrims, both Hindu and Buddhist, visit Mebar Lha Gomba, the small monastery of `miraculous fire', which is situated near the entrance gate of the temple. This monastery dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) and containing a statue of the Buddhist deity Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), is famous for its continuously burning natural gas fire, which Hindus worship as Jwala Mai, the Goddess of Fire. It is believed that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by Brahma himself, (the creator of universe). After completing the visit, walk back to Rani Pauwa for lunch and drive back to Jomsom. Overnight at hotel in Jomsom.

Day 04: Transfer to airport and fly to Pokhara. Meer, assist and transfer to hotel.
PM – Half day sightseeing tour of Pokhara will take you to Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Mahadev,
Bindbaseni Temple and Seti Gorge, Rest of the day free for boating and Lake side walk. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 05: Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to airport.
PM - Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath.

Kathmandu City- Nowhere in the world can one find the same concentration of culture, art and tradition that exits in Kathmandu valley. Once known as Kantipur, Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. The city is a concentration of temples. In the Durbar Square is the residence of Kumari the Virgin Goddess who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence also Kasthmandap Temple, the source of the name of Kathmandu, Hanuman Dhoka the ancient palace of the Nepalese Royalty.

Soyambhunath Located approximately 4 kms./2.5 miles, situated on the hillock, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be over 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. From the hillock, one can have a spectacular view of the Kathmandu city. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 06: AM – Free for optional Everest flight or option tour at extra cost.

Mountain flight- One-hour daily Mountain flight is operated by domestic Airlines between 6.30 and 9.30 AM, to view the mighty Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest. This is the closest one can go to the peaks without having to trek. Kindly note that the flights do not land anywhere all you will be offered is an aerial view. Duration of the flight will be around 45 minutes to an hour. The aircraft is pressurized with 32 - 72 seats, but they take half of seating capacity to offer private window to each passenger. The operation of the flight is subject to weather condition. The peaks seen are Gosaithan, Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Chugimago, Gaurishanker, Karyolung, Cho-oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse, Number and of course Mt. Everest.

PM - Visit Pashupatinath and Guheswori temple (Skati Peeth).

Pashupatinath 5 kms / 3 miles east of Kathmandu City lies Pashupatinath temple, the holiest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Nepal. Situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple is built in pagoda style with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors on four sides. Tourists are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati river, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. There are cremation grounds on the bank of Bagmati river.

Guhehwswari Temple is one of the revered holy temples in Nepal. This temple is also a Shakti Peeth. The goddess is also called Guhyekali. It is the main temple, dedicated to Guheswori. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. In :Lalitha Sahasranama the 707th name of Goddess is mentioned as Guhyarupini (The form of Goddess is beyond human perception and it is secret. It is believed that Sati’s corpse’s parts fell here when Shiva took it and roamed around the world in sorrow.

Budhanilkantha Temple, is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley and can be identified by a large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. The temple's main statue of Budhanilkantha is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal. It is also known as Jal Narayan. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 07: Breakfast at hotel. Free until departure transfer for onward journey.

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