Spiritual Tours in Nepal

SPIRITUAL TOURS IN NEPAL

The pattern of religion in the country gives it aunique status in the world. Almost all the important religious sects of the world are found in Nepal, however, the majority of the population believes in Hinduism and the conglomeration of the two religions, Hinduism and Buddhism serve as a unique example of tolerance and brotherhood. Both the sects celebrate many festivals of religious significance commonly with equal enthusiasm and there is the co-existence of all the other religious. In our spiritual tours, we have tried to give the people to experience the conglomeration of the religions and to explore the sites of the country. We give people in depth knowledge about the cultures, religion & the historyof places, so that people once in Nepal do not have to seek for the more informationabout Nepal.  Please find some of our sample itineraries related with spiritual tours in nepal. These itineraries can be customized as per the convenience of the groups and are especially designed for the people who love to have their tour programs managed in the standard & deluxe way! Spiritual Tours in Nepal covers different Spiritual destinations related with different religions from tarai region to High Himalaya. Spiritual tours in Nepal provides real experience of spirit naturally. Spiritual Tours also includes Yoga, Meditation and Re-Treat aorund different Natural and spiritual places for interested persons.

KATHMANDU VALLEY

SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA: Located approx. 4 km/2.5miles, Buddhist Stupa this is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of bricks and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Paint edon 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.

BOUDHANATH  STUPA: This Stupa situated 11km/7 miles from Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairsof eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base in set with prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE: Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in pagoda style has gilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of river Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly for bidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

CHANGUNARAYAN TEMPLE: The temple of Changunarayan is one of the Kathmandu Valley's oldest temples. The richness of Changunarayan is surpassed only by wealth of the greatest temple of Pashupati. The temple is sitting on the hillock called Changu - the name derived from thename of the god. Around the temple you will see the stone image of Garuda - thehalf bird half-man that is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu - another name of Changunarayan. The superb image of Lord Vishnu astride the Garuda to the left of the main temple door is of such importance in the Nepal's art history thatit is featured on the ten rupee note. The most interesting one would be the half day hike along the hill ridge route from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.

BUDANILKANTHA TEMPLE: About eight kilo meters north of Kathmandu, at the base of Shivapuri hill as a remarkable colossal statue of Lord Bishnu, reclining of the bed of Snake. This is one of the masterpieces of stone sculptures of Lichchhavi period. This fifth century statue is in the middle of a small pond and seems to float in water.

LUMBINI

Lumbini associated with the birth of Lord Buddhais of extreme archeological importance and also a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. It is said that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became Buddha the Enlightened One, was born in the gardens of Nepal's Lumbini in 623 B.C. The main shrines of Lumbini are the newly restored Mayadevi Temple, the Ashokan Pillar behind the temple and the Lake Shakya Puskarini where Mayadevi is said to have bathed before delivering the little Buddha into the world.

Several other places near Lumbini are linked with stories connected to Buddha and Buddhism. Lumbini is about 300 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. Bus and flights to Bhairawa which is about 22 kilometers from Lumbini, are available from major cities. From Bhairawa transport services to Lumbini are easily available. Food and accommodation facilities are available in Lumbini and Bhairawa.

JANAKPUR

Janakpur is in 375 Km south east of Kathmandu and is famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Janakpur is a birth place of Janaki Sita. Janaki Sita was married to Lord Ram the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Placesof interest are: Janaki Temple, Biwah Mandap, and numerous beautiful ponds. The most auspicious day for the Pilgrimage is Biwah Panchami (November). It is day of celebration of the wedding of the Goddess Sita and the God Ram with mock wedding processions. Many pilgrims from Nepal and India attend the celebration. A holysaint Sri Shurkiswor Das discover the ruins of the ancient capital Mithila Kingand the birth place of Sita. The present temple was built by Queen Brishabhanuof Tikramgarh of India.

MUKTINATH

The famous temple of Muktinath lies in thedistrict of Mustang. Muktinath is a pilgrimage place for both Buddhist and Hindu. It is situated 48 km north east of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3749m. Its main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Behind the temple there are 108 water spouts cast in the shape of cow headed pour holywater. Here lots of pilgrimage takes bath from the ice-cold holy water. Thetemple is situated on a high mountain range. During the festival of JanaiPurnima, Hindu devotees gather here to pay homage to lord Muktinath. Another famous temple of Jwaladevi, the goddess of flame, is situated about hundred meters south of Muktinath.

There are two ways to get to Muktinath from Kathmandu. Either take a direct flight from Kathmandu via Pokhara to Jomsom, hike for a couple of hours via Kagbeni or trek all the way from Pokhara. There is also an air service from Pokhara to Jomsom.

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