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Age
Nepal
Country
Dec-Mar
Dates
10 Days
Duration
Wedding & Honeymoon Tours
Activities

Honeymoon is a best time for a newly-wedded couple to get to know each other and create the best memories of their life. The world has always cherished beloved images of romance. With an evocative palate of destinations, your own unique romance can be celebrated and infused with an equally unforgettable dose of luxury and reverie. Nature Trail Travels & Tours, trekking & Expedition elevates these destinations, perfecting your romantic, dream vacation with handcrafted intimacy and inimitability.
Nepal is an absolute paradise for honeymooners. The country has many breathtaking honeymoon spots that leave you awestruck and provide you with some lifetime memories. One of the best reason to spent Nepal as your honeymoon destination is because the country has got a pleasant climate, so whether your original country is from plains of desert or snowy mountains, you will easily get acclimatized in Nepal. Nepal has a diversified geography which contains popular tourist destination in Terai like: Chitwan and Bardia, in Hill like: Nagarkot, Daman and Bandipur and in Mountain like: Everest. This honeymoon tour takes you on a tour to some of the most exotic destinations that will stay encased in your memories for the lifetime. The passionate surroundings, gusty winds and excitement that are hidden in these destinations turn your dream for that perfect honeymoon into reality.Dotted with Buddhist Monasteries, serene lakes, beautiful view points and ancient shrines, Nepal allures tourists from all over the world. Moreover; you will have opportunity to explore unique culture and discover the unknown Nepal.You will witness the ancient custom and tradition still being followed; lore and legends continuing and faith and smile abundant in people’s face. With our Wedding and honeymoon package, we want to introduce the newly wed couples with the aforementioned aspects of Nepal tour.

Nepal Honeymoon tour is the apt way to start your conjugal life together. From decades, Nepal has become an ideal dreamland for the honeymooners from the different parts of the world as it offers unforgettable moments in its land of uncountable mountains, monuments, wildlife, sanctuaries, fairs and festivals. In this Honeymoon tours we are trying to provide most interesting and important sites of Nepal such as city tours in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and sunrise trip to Nagarkot and Daman, scenic mountain flight (Mt. Everest flight) and Jungle safari. Tranquil, scenic, breathtaking, inviting, all at once, Nagarkot, Daman and Bandipur are the three major hill stations of Nepal rich in culture and scenic mountain views. The popular hill-station of Nepal, Nagarkot is known for its iconic sunrise and sunset view which makes you forget every worry. Daman is a beautiful hill station which is known for its abundant lush ambiance and peaceful surroundings. The hill town is immensely popular amid honeymooning couple who visit the place all year round. Similarly, Pokhara is full of pristine for its natural beauties, lakes, temples, caves, Ultra-Light, Zip- flyer and Paragliding. Boating in these lakes is a reviving experience thanks to its serenity. Bird watching and wild life activities are another popular activity in Chitwan. You will witness the ancient custom and tradition still being followed; lore and legends continuing and faith and smile abundant in people’s face. The journey would allow you to have a tryst with the snow peaked mountain ranges, the pure and pristine charm of nature, the lavish green forests – all create an ambiance of romance and relaxation. Many aspects of our program can be customized and tailor makes your honeymoon package, looking after your special needs and preferences.

01Arrival at Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.

02Early morning transfer to airport for Mountain Flight. After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur. At evening, drive to Nagarkot.

03Early morning sunrise view in Nagarkot. After breakfast drive Kathmandu to Daman – 4 hrs drive.

04Sunrise view from Resort early in the morning then visit RisheshworTemple and nearby monastery. Drive to Chitwan – 4 hrs drive.

05Full day wild life activities in Chitwan.

06After breakfast drive Chitwan to Bandipur – 3/ 4 hrs drive.

07Drive Bandipur to Pokhara. Proceed for sightseeing tour including: Davi’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Mahendra Cave, Bats Cave, Bindhyabasini Temple, Barahi Temple & Seti George.

08Early morning drive to Sarangkot for beautiful view of sunrise and Mountains. You can also do adventurous Paragliding/Zip-flyer/ Ultra-light in Sarangkot. Evening an hour boat ride in Fewa lake.

09Fly / Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu.

10Final Departure.

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Arrival at Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. After the clearance of customs and luggage’s, exist from the Airport Departure lounge and as soon as you exist you can see number of peoples outside holding a placard. Among them one of the representative of Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Trekking & Expedition will be holing a placard with your name in it. So, closely look at them. He will then transfer you to your respective hotels. Or else, you can visit our office and after full description about your trip, you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
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Early morning transfer to airport for Mountain Flight. After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur. At evening, drive to Nagarkot

Today, you will be transferred to airport for the scenic Mount Everest flight. For those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour. You can have the world’s highest mountain view i.e. Mount Everest (8848 m) along with other mountains. After an hour of Mountain flight, transfer to hotel have your breakfast and then proceed for the full day sightseeing tour of the three World Heritage Sites recognized by the UNESCO i.e. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will explore the ancient and medieval Hindu Temples, Buddhist Stupas and monasteries, palaces, monuments and shrines. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal, situated on the bank of Sacred Bagmati River-one of the tributaries of the Ganges, the Boudhanath Stupa – the largest of this type and a must visit place in a life time for the Buddhists. Bhaktapur is an ancient Newari city located in the east corner of Kathmandu. This city is rich in culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. While visiting this place, you can also taste the “Ju Ju Dhau” which means “Kings Curd” which is one of the famous curds in entire country. It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal. You will explore Nyatapola Temple, BhairavNath Temple, Dattatraya Temple and Layaku (Durbar Square) during your sightseeing in Bhaktapur.

After sightseeing, you will be driven to Nagarkot which is about an hour drive from Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a peaceful hilly region which is just 32 km drive from Kathmandu. It has a reputation as the top spot for enjoying Himalayan views and for the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer and a hectic city life. In the 60’s explorers would battle the shivering winds and sleepless nights to see the stupendous sunrise and sunsets. Today, still people from all over World, from different walks of life, travel to Nagarkot, to enjoy the picturesque rural scenery of terraced rice fields, green pastures, the sunrise and sunsets. You will accommodate in one of the luxurious hotel in Nagarkot for your overnight.

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Early morning sunrise view in Nagarkot. After breakfast drive Kathmandu to Daman – 4 hrs drive

Today, you will wake up early in the morning to view the gorgeous sunrise. You can also see the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerging from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe inspiring majesty and beauty. Among all the places for mountain viewing around Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Lang tang (7,246m).

After sunrise view, we will have breakfast at hotel and then drive towards Daman via Tistung. Daman is a village in the central part of Nepal, located in the district of Makwanpur. From Daman eight of the ten world highest mountain can be seen in the in 360 Degree panoramic view. During winter season, snow falls here which welcomes more domestic as well as international tourist here. So, in this time period the hotels and lodges of the places are usually sold out. Rock climbing, cycling, horse riding, hiking etc. are few of the many activities possible here.

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Sunrise view from Resort early in the morning then visit Risheshwor Temple and nearby monastery. Drive to Chitwan – 4 hrs drive

Early in the morning wake up and proceed for a short hike towards Risheshwor Temple. About an hour walk from Daman leads you to this temple. This temple has a faces shaped carved in a stone. People worship this stone as Lord Shiva. Unlike various Shiva Temple, this temple does not have Shiva Linga but a face of the God Shiva. People from various countries and state visit this temple in a belief that their wish comes true. There is a very small pond where people worship and throw the coins on its hole making their wish. According to the locals, during the great festival of “ThuloEkadashi”, there is a light enlightened automatically during mid-night above the Shiva’s statue. So, on this day there is a huge festival in this place and is crowded with the devotees offering their prayers. On the way to the temple, you can see many prayer flags which makes the environment a peaceful .You can also see a Tibetan Monastery where Lamas. Enroute, there is a sleeping stone where it is believed that whoever sleeps here for a moment won’t have any back pain problems. Along with religious and cultural belief, Daman is famous for its View Tower fitted with long range telescopesfrom where one can see widest panoramic views of the Himalayas.It has a great view of the mountains from Dhaulagiri to Mt Everest. For the view of the Breath taking grandeur of the world’s highest peaks extending in one glittering are from far-east of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) there is no better place than Daman.

After short sightseeing around this place, we travel overland from Daman towards Royal Chitwan National Park. You will enjoy the views of enormous plains of the Terai region while driving towards Chitwan. Chitwan National Park is declared as World Heritage Site under the category of Natural Sites by UNESCO. Chitwan is one of Asia’s best’s wildlife – viewing spots and the place to don your safari togs, clamber atop a lumbering elephant and head into the dawn mist in search of rhinos and tiger. 8% of the world bird species, rare mammals including one horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger makes it exclusive. Once reaching your destination, you will be briefed about the elephant activities and Jungle Safari. You can later enjoy the sunset in Rapti River, elephant back safari and stroll around the Tharu villages.Once the night falls down, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before getting in bed.Overnight in resort in Chitwan.

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Full day wild life activities in Chitwan

With a wakeup call along with tea or coffee, we have the great time to witness the wildlife at its best in Royal National Park. This includes Bird watching, Nature Walk, Elephant Safari, Canoeing, visit to elephant breeding center and cultural show.You can see different species of birds migrating from the different country and place. After doing bird watching activities your delicious breakfasts will be waiting for you.We will then head to the grasslands and forests near the Narayani River. If you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for; rhinoceroses, Chitwan’s royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear – preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots. In later afternoon, a traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the crocodilealong the river banks. Elephant briefing: to learn more about the life of these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables. We will also go to the observation tower, then later in the evening head back to the resort for dinner.
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After breakfast drive Chitwan to Bandipur – 3/ 4 hrs drive

After a short jungle walk, we drive further towards a beautiful town of Bandipur. Bandipur is one of the best Hill Stations in Nepal and is suitable for the couples. It is a small mountain town with a unique geographical formation and a unique history behind it. It is believed that, it was a center of exotic trade between lowland and highland and between British India and independent Tibet. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. Formerly a Magar village, Bandipur today is settled by a variety of Nepali ethnicities with different beliefs: the Bahuns, the Chhetris, the Newars, the Damais, Kamis, Sarkis, Kasais, the Magars and Gurungs.Excellent views of the Himalayas: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Lang tang Himal, the Marsyangdi Valley, Mount Manakamana and Gorkha with its high perching palace, relatively easy accessibility and, of course, old Newari town flair, makes Bandipur an interesting tourist site. The various Newari and Magar festivals, which until recently have been held for their own purposes several times a year, can be of interest to tourists too. Sorathi and Chutka dances are very popular. Many Magar and Gurung men serve as Gorkha soldiers. Other attractions include the Bindyabashini temple and the library in the village center, Thani Mai, Tindhara (“Three Taps” washing place at the southeastern outskirts), Raniban(Queen’s Forest), the downhill trek to the Siddha Cave and a hike to Ramkot village.
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Drive Bandipur to Pokhara. Proceed for sightseeing tour including: Davi’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Mahendra Cave, Bats Cave, Bindhyabasini Temple & Seti George

After breakfast, we stroll down the area and visit the villages. Further, drive to Pokhara, another beautiful town of Nepal full of lakes and an ideal spot for honeymooners. A drive for about 2 and half hours will lead you to Lakeside Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the respective hotel where you get refreshed and proceed for a sightseeing tour in Pokhara city.

Today, you have a lot of places for your sightseeing. Pokhara provides its visitors to enjoy its natural and cultural beauty. After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing tour of Davi’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Mahendra Cave, Bats Cave, Bindyabasini Temple, Barahi Temple and Seti George.
Davi’s fall is a waterfall. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “Davi’s falls” after her. Its Nepali name is PataleChango, which means “underworld waterfall”.

Gupteswor Cave is a city shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a world-famous pilgrim site. It is a limestone cave discovered some time ago and has a number of scenic spots around. The main attraction is the gigantic Shiva Linga which is said to be increasing in size. Gupteswor cave is special for the underground water. It is really worth seeing. It is a natural cave with Stalagmites. One has to reach the end to view the superb scene. The shrine is called “Gupteswor” which means the “Hidden God”. It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. People suffering from incurable diseases come here to worship the God and remain here for months in the hope of getting cured.

Mahendra Cave is a cave located close to the Seti River. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. A statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found inside the cave. The cave gets its name from former King, Mahendra BirBikram Shah Dev. This cave was discovered in the late 1950s by young shepherds of Pokhara. Since then it has remained one of the most visited places in Pokhara. The canal is completely dark with continuously dripping water overhead. The cave is full of limestone, which falls to the ground and continuously forms electrical sparks. Due to the darkness, artificial lighting is provided inside the cave. Another great cave called Bat Cave can also be visited by travelling in the trail path just beneath the hills within ten minutes by foot.

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Early morning drive to Sarangkot for beautiful view of sunrise and Mountains. You can also do adventurous Paragliding/Zip-flyer/ Ultra-light in Sarangkot. Evening an hour boat ride in Fewa lake

Early in the morning we will drive to Sarangkot hill for viewing sunrise and stunning snowcapped mountain ranges. There’s a non-descript village just before the view point. The village is located on Sarangkot mountain at an altitude of 1600m and is renowned for its panoramic Himalayan views Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu as well as down on the city of Pokhara and Phewa lake. In recent years, Sarangkot has become a hotspot for Paragliding,Zip-flyer, Ultra-light, Bungee jump etc.While you are in Sarangkot, you can enjoy these activities. At evening you can have an hour boat ride in Phewalake and visit Tal Barahi temple.

Tal Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or Barahi Temple is a two story pagoda temple located in Kaski District in western Nepal. There stands Tal Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake, as an island. A colorful boat at Barahi Ghat is a means of transport to reach to the temple. The Temple is a small pagoda-style temple devoted to the deity Tal Barahi and is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of Phewa Lake. The roof of the temple is of copper sheets and the Gajur (pinnacle) is made of Pittal (brass with gold coated). A stone idol of Barahi Devi is placed inside the temple.The original structure of the temple is made of stone and has a thatched roof. This temple is flooded by the visitors throughout the year to worship the deity or just to enjoy the beauty of the location as the dramatic location attracts the visitors itself.But there is no authentic historical source to prove this legend.With a view to conserve the temple,the Barahi conservation committee is in existence since 2053 B.S. This committee looks after the day-to day Puja and the conservation of the temple. The temple has guthi land for its conservation and maintenance.
The legend has it thatmany years ago a deity named “Barahi” came here to see the local people. Barahi Devi located on the top of Phew Lake (i.e. Sharan) was filled with debris due to which the lake was converted into a solid land. The Devi gave a gesture to Kulamandan Shah (King of Kaski) that that she had a keen interest to stay in the middle of the lake. Kulamandan Shah being a true devotee of the Devi shifted her temple to this place and hence Tal Barahi was established since then. But there is no authentic historical source to prove this legend.Thus, the Barahi Devi is considered as the protector Deity representing the female force.

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Fly / Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today after breakfast, we drive or fly to Kathmandu. Getting to Kathmandu from Pokhara just takes about 30 minutes by flight whereas it will take 6 hours if you travel by a road transport through Prithvi Highway. Flight to Kathmandu gives an ample of opportunity to view the Mountains of Dhaulagiri, Lang tang and Annapurna Regions.Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and after check-in you could stroll around the city or have some rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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Transfer to airport for departure

Depending upon you flight schedule, transfer to airport for departure. With the beautiful and a lifelong memory you will take your flight to your hometown. We wish to see you back again in future.

Nepal enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after destinations in Asia. It has been a fiercely independent country which is famous in the World for the highest peak known as Mount Everest. Though being a small country, it has never set its limit to offer its visitors with the natural beauties. Since opening to foreign visitors in the fifties, it has been the epicenter of Himalayan photographic activities. Photographing in Nepal not only offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in Himalayan bliss but also a rare opportunity chance to take a step back in time. This photography tour lets you capture the lifestyle and nature of the historic Nepal and beyond. You will meet the genuinely gracious Nepali people along the way who are always eager to welcome their guest with a hospitable smile on their face. Most Nepalese are as interested in you as you may be in them and they are not bothered if you want to take their photo, as long as you politely ask first.

Come away with an appreciation of a culture that is unmatched anywhere in Asia. The moment you start to think you’re right on the precipice of unraveling one of Nepal’s deep mysteries, she has an uncanny way of reminding you that it would take more than just a few lifetimes to do so. Indeed, demystifying Nepal is a perpetual work-in-progress. And that is precisely what makes the country so deeply addictive. And knowing that, just when it’s least expected, you can find yourself up close and personal with moments that have the power to alter the way you view the world and your place in it. The multitude of sacred sites and time-honored rituals are testament to the country’s long, colorful, and sometimes tumultuous, religious history. And then there are the festivals! Nepal hosts some of the world’s most spectacular devotional celebrations – from formidable city parades celebrating events on the religious calendar, to simple harvest fairs that pay homage to a locally worshipped deity. The festival will give us endless photographic opportunities: devotees taking ritual baths in the Bagmati River, making offerings of bael leaves, fruit, and rice to Shiva, chanting prayers and hymns, lighting of bonfires, incense sticks and cotton-made wicks and oil lamps.

This adventurous tour is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. Our goal is to put you at the right place so you can make great images and have time to review and improve your photographic vision and technique throughout the trip while we take care of the logistics. In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun.

Some of the sightseeing spots are described below in details:
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located in the Basantapur, heart of the city. It is an ancient courtyard incredible with spectacular craftsmanship that reflects the local inhabitants of yesteryear. The stone paved streets, pagoda style edifices and the religious monuments inclusive of many different deities are exquisitely displayed as far as the eye can see. When Nepal used to be ruled by the Kings, this was the place where crown ceremony of the city’s kings was held and legitimized. It’s easy to spend hours wandering around the square and watching the world go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval; it’s a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although most of the square dates from the 17th and 18th centuries (many of the original buildings are much older), a great deal of rebuilding happened after the great earthquake of 1934. The entire square was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The Durbar Square area is actually made up of three loosely linked squares. To the south is the open Basantapur Square area, a former royal elephant stable that now houses souvenir stalls and off which runs Freak Street. The main Durbar Square area, with its popular watch-the-world-go-by temples, is to the west. Running northeast is a second part of Durbar Square, which contains the entrance to the Hanuman Dhoka and an assortment of temples. From this open area Makhan Tole, at one time the main road in Kathmandu and still the most interesting street to walk down, continues northeast. Construction is being made after the devastating earthquake which took place in 25th April 2015.

Swayambhunath is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. For the Buddhist Newars in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice, Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a Stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. The Stupa has Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on. Between them, the number one (in Devanagari script) is painted in the fashion of a nose. The site has two access points: a long stairway with 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra. According to Swayambhu Purana, the entire valley was once filled with an enormous lake, out of which grew a lotus. The valley came to be known as Swayambhu, meaning “Self-Created.” The name comes from an eternal self-existent flame (Swayambhu) over which a Stupa was later built. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. They are holy because Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning was raising the hill which the Swayambhunath Temple stands on. He was supposed to leave his hair short but he made it grow long and head lice grew. It is said that the head lice transformed into these monkeys. Manjushree had a vision of the lotus at Swayambhu and traveled there to worship it. Seeing that the valley can be good settlement and to make the site more accessible to human pilgrims, he cut a gorge at Chovar. The water drained out of the lake, leaving the valley in which Kathmandu now lies. The lotus was transformed into a hill and the flower became the Swayambhunath Stupa. The complex of this temple also suffered from April 25th earthquake but is now under construction.

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the center of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attractions is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. There is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square built by the Newa People. Patan is one of the oldest known Buddhist cities. It is a center of both Hinduism and Buddhism with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Some names of them are: Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath temple, Taleju Bhawani temple, etc. It offers a wide array of wooden arts in the form of monumental historic edifices that reflects the architectural influence in the city during ancient and medieval times. The creative wooden carvings depicting the sutras of Lord Kamadeva (God of Human love or desire) are scattered throughout the pagoda style temples in the backstreets.

Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. It is a must visit temple for all the Hindus in their life. Shiva in the form of Rudra was imagined by the early Aryans and later was worshipped in the form of a Linga, a Phallus, a vertical piece of stone placed in an upward position on a round pedestal. The Indus Valley civilization in Pakistan has shown that the people there worshipped Shiva in the form of a Linga in about the 3rd century BC. Besides south Asia, archaeological excavations in some ancient cities of Europe have revealed that the Linga-worship cult existed there too. Shiva has been worshipped in Nepal from the beginning of the Neolithic civilization in the Kathmandu Valley, with scientific archaeological studies and findings around the temple proving that the god Pashupatinath was worshipped here from about the beginning of the Christian era. From about the 7th century onwards it became the first and foremost temple of Nepal, with kings, aristocrats and the rich offering a great deal of wealth and land in trust to the god, making it one of the richest temples in Nepal. Many temples and statues around the temple were added making it a big complex rather than just a temple. The main God or the Linga of Pashupatinath is carved on a blackish stone, with four faces engraved on four sides of the Linga. Pashupatinath temple is one of the UNESCO enlisted world heritage site located in the bank of holy river Bagmati and has a history of more than 2000 years. Pashupatinath temple also being the temple of Lord Shiva possessed its two-storied golden roof and silver doors and is famous for its superb architecture. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Shiva Linga, or phallic symbol. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple. Only Hindu pilgrims can enter the premises of the temple. This temple stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. It is believed that Pashupatinath temple was built in the fifth century and later renovated by the Malla king of Kathmandu. In this temple thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit every year from all around the world. In Maha Shivaratri which falls in the month of February or March, people swarm to Pashupatinath to celebrate the birth of the Lord Shiva. Maha Shivaratri is one of the great Hindu festivals of the valley attracting thousands of Hindu pilgrims to one of the four most Shiva shrines. In this day you see Sadhu, follower of Shiva, covered with sack clothes, dust and ashes.

Boudhanath Located about 11 km (6.8 mi) from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the Stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical Stupas in Nepal. The Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. As of 1979, Boudhanath is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. According to the myth, it is believed that even if a person who has committed great sins circles around the Stupa even once shall be granted one chance to atone for their sins. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake badly damaged Boudhanath Stupa, severely cracking the spire. As a result, the whole structure above the dome, and the religious relics it contained, had to be removed, which was completed by the end of October 2015. The reconstruction began on 3 November 2015 with the ritual placement of a new central pole or “life tree” for the Stupa at the top of the dome.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a cluster of prehistoric temples, shrines, and sculptures: the Golden Gate, 55 Windows Palace, Big Bell, Dog Barking Bell, Taleju Temple, Vatshala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla etc. which is scattered all over this site. It is a museum of medieval art and architecture with several examples of sculpture, woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses which is 15 km far from Kathmandu. It is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-struts, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows-all seem to form a well-orchestrated symphony. Pottery and weaving are its major traditional industries. On 25 April 2015, major earthquake damaged many buildings in the square. The main temple in Bhaktapur’s square lost its roof, while the Vatsala Devi temple, famous for its sandstone walls and gold-topped pagodas, was demolished by the quake.

Tal Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or Barahi Temple is a two story pagoda temple located in Kaski District in western Nepal. There stands Tal Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake, as an island. A colorful boat at Barahi Ghat is a means of transport to reach to the temple. The Temple is a small pagoda-style temple devoted to the deity Tal Barahi and is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of Phewa Lake. The roof of the temple is of copper sheets and the Gajur (pinnacle) is made of Pittal (brass with gold coated). A stone idol of Barahi Devi is placed inside the temple. The original structure of the temple is made of stone and has a thatched roof. This temple is flooded by the visitors throughout the year to worship the deity or just to enjoy the beauty of the location as the dramatic location attracts the visitors itself. But there is no authentic historical source to prove this legend. With a view to conserve the temple, the Barahi conservation committee is in existence since 2053 B.S. This committee looks after the day-to day Puja and the conservation of the temple. The temple has guthi land for its conservation and maintenance. The legend has it that many years ago a deity named “Barahi” came here to see the local people. Barahi Devi located on the top of Phew Lake (i.e. Sharan) was filled with debris due to which the lake was converted into a solid land. The Devi gave a gesture to Kulamandan Shah (King of Kaski) that that she had a keen interest to stay in the middle of the lake. Kulamandan Shah being a true devotee of the Devi shifted her temple to this place and hence Tal Barahi was established since then. But there is no authentic historical source to prove this legend. Thus, the Barahi Devi is considered as the protector Deity representing the female force.

Muktinath Temple Muktinath; “Mukti” means “Salvation/Nirvana” and “Nath” means “God”. It is the famous pilgrimage site known as the place of salvation and eternity for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is located in the Trans Himalayan region Mustang 20 kilometer north east of Jomsom at the elevation of 3800 meter above sea level. Muktinath also known as Muktichhetra, has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha. Buddhists of Tibet called this temple as “Chumig Gyatsa” which means “Hundred Waters”. They also called this temple is place of “Dakinis” which means “Goddesses known as Sky Dancer”. For Buddhists this place is one of 24 tantric places. They understand the Murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.

Hindu believe that Lord Vishnu lives at Muktinath temple in the form of ammonites which means Shilas, they also called it Saligram-Shilas. Many Saligram found here are considered by Hindu as incarnation of lord Vishnu and worship them. According to Hindu Myth lord Vishnu turned into Saligram because of Brinda’s (wife of Jalandhar) Curse. Hindu regards Muktinath as Vishnu whereas Buddhist worships Vishnu as Avalokiteshvara. Muktinath temple is a pagoda-shaped temple which is dedicated to lord Vishnu. It is situated on a high mountain range and is visited during fair weather. In this sacred site thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit and pay homage to Lord Vishnu. Both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims believed that if they go for pilgrimage to Muktinath, they are relieved from all miseries and sorrows. This is a must visit place for Hindus to attain salvation after the Chardham Yatra. It is also one of the 51 Sakti peetams. The Temple depicts metal statues of lord Vishnu, goddess Laxmi, Saraswoti, Janaki, Garuda, Lava-Kush and Sapta Rishis. The building in 1815 of the Buddhist-Hindu temple of Vishnu and Chenrezig at Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa was initiated by the Nepali Queen Subarna Prabha who considered Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa Salagrama.

Attraction of Muktinath
• Kunda: Visitors can see two water ponds in front of Muktinath Temple. People take a holy dip inside this Kunda in the belief that it can wash away negative karma and one’s past negative actions.

• Mukti Dhara: Muktinath temple is surrounded by a wall where 108 waterspouts (Dhara) are placed in a semi-circle way with a gap of hardly a foot between the faucets at a height of seven feet. The 108 faucets is cast in the shape of bulls’ heads, pour fourth-sacred water. As this water flows through the Gandaki River, it is ice cold. So, it requires desire and courage for pilgrims to take a holy bath in each of these spouts with a belief that it cleanses all their sins and brings salvation. During the festival of Janai Purnima, Buddhist’s Yar tang Mala is celebrated here. It is also believed that the deity was originated from Jumla, far western part of Nepal helping this area to be the center of attraction for the tourist.

• Jwala Mai Temple: A short distance below the Muktinath Temple, you can hear the sounds of water issued from rock inside the ancient Tibetan style “Jwala Mai Temple”. This temple is situated south and is more sacred. There are three eternal flames known as “Holy flame from soil”, “Holy flame from rock” and “Holy flame from water” inside this temple fed by small natural gas jest that produce continuously burning flame behind a tattered curtain. At present, you can see two flames continuously burning. Hindu believes that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by Brahma (the creator of universe) himself. Hindus worship the fire as Jwala Mai (Goddess of Fire). Buddhist believes that Padmasambhav, the great Indian master who inducted Tantric Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet meditated at this place. Buddhist living will show foot prints which they say are those of the great master. They called it “Dhola Mebar Gompa”. It is often possible to see Tibetan woman with elaborate turquoise embedded headdresses, engaged in devotion at these shrine.

• Mharme Lha Khang Gompa: This is a newly built monastery and is dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). His huge clay image is placed center of altar along with bon deities: red Trakpo at right side and blue singe Doma at left side. Singe Doma is lion headed deity, Hindu worships this as “Narasimha” and name of monastery as “Narsingh Gompa”. It is believed that founder of this monastery Syandol Lama came from Tibet. Originally this monastery was a big hostel for monks that later collapsed and people of Khinga and Jharkot jointly reconstructed it. The main deities’ monasteries are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is situated at left from entrance gate of Muktinath temple. Mharme Lha Khang translates as thousands of holy lamps.

• Shaligram: Another attraction for the pilgrimage is the River kali Gandaki from where one can collect fossils of the Jurassic park age. One may find a fossil within a few minutes or it may take hours and without success. However, these fossils can be had from the local people at a price. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered sacred and is kept in pooja (prayer) room in the house. It is supposed to be symbol of Lord Vishnu.

• Swaminarayan: One Hindu Guru connected to Muktinath is Lord Shri Swaminarayan, Satguru of Sabij Yoga, the goal of which is the realization of and service to God Supreme. At the end of the 18th century this Satguru practiced severe penance in Muktinath for two and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency in Nishkamvrat. In 2003 his followers funded the new wall around Muktinath and raised a small monument for him at Muktinath. You can also visit this monument.

• Kagbeni: Other attraction of this pilgrimage tour are the holy site of Kagbeni, where you can have an excellent panoramic view of the mountains like Annapurna Range, Mt. Machapuchare, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Range, etc. You can also closely observe the culture of the Himalayan people, Himalayan landscapes, river valleys, world deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri etc. Kagbeni is famous for the Saligram, a stone on which image of lord Vishnu is inscribed.

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