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Nepal

Nepal is synonymous with trekking and adventure and is truly a paradise for adventure and culture loving tourists and travellers. The combination of the natural beauty of the Himalayas and the wildlife, culturally inclined temples, stupas and monasteries, and the various kinds of adventures and sports available here makes it the perfect destination for a tour like a pot-pourri.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu as a city is a treat to all senses the moment you step off your plane with a riot of colours, sights, smells and sounds. Travel through the jam-packed lanes on a rickshaw in the old town and explore the stunning temples. This city can be amazing, intoxicating and make you exhausted all at the same time! although the earthquake which occurred in 2015 shook the country, many of the temples here remained intact.

Pokhara

With its stunning scenery, adventurous activities, a galore of food and accommodation to choose from, and many other attractions, this city of Pokhara will tick the right boxes on your Nepal Tour packages. This city is the perfect destination in Nepal to give you a boost of energy and rejuvenation after you have had a tiring trip exploring this country. the feel of the city is much more chilled out and relaxed when compared to Kathmandu.
Pokhara is known to be the gateway to the treks in the Annapurna region which are famous world over.

Some of the places to visit in Pokhara are;

● Sarangkot
● Phewa Tal
● World Peace Pagoda
● Moondance restaurant
● Devi’s falls
● International Mountain Museum
● Seti River gorge
● Varahi Mandir
● Gurkha Museum
● Old Pokhara

Kal Bhairav Temple is one of the ancient temples of Lord Shiva that can be found in Varanasi. This temple has a strong link with the history and culture of the city. Kal Bhairav Temple is the fiercest form of Lord Shiva. The deity is portrayed as a man wearing garlands made with human skull. It is said that the death itself is afraid of this form of Lord Shiva. It is said that Kal bhairav decides who has to stay in Varanasi and who should not. People of Varanasi get permission from the deity before leaving the town for any reason. Anyone visiting Varanasi should visit the temple first and get permission to enter into Varanasi, according to folklore.

Sarnath is an important Buddhist pilgrim spot. It is the place where Buddha made his first sermon after getting enlightenment.

Later, many kings including King Ashoka built many stupas and monuments that are now a famous tourist attraction and pilgrim spot. In Sarnath, you will be visiting Chaukhandi stupa, archeological museum, Dhamekha stupa and others.

You can find many ancient Aartifacts, terracotta objects and other items inside the museum.

Ramnagar fort is a fortified building made with cream-colored sandstone built in Mughal styled architecture. The fort includes Veda Vyasa temple, Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman temple, museum, big astronomical clock, carved balconies, pavilions, open courtyards, Durbar hall and reception room. The private residence area of the king is not opened for tourists.The museum inside the fort is also called as Sarawati Bhawan. This bhawan was a public audience hall in the past. Today, the museum holds a rare collection of ivory works, vintage cars of America, medieval costumes, gold ornaments, silver works, sedan chairs, palanquins, old guns, elephant saddles and others.There are many books, manuscripts, Mughal miniature illustrated books and others are also found here.

The campus is a semi circle with roads in the form of arcs. The building is an example of ancient Indo-Gothic architecture

  • Shri Vishwanath Mandir : This temple is located in the center of the university. The temple comprises of seven different shrines, whichwere built in the early 20th century. It took 30 years to complete the construction of the temple.
  • Bharat Kala Bhavan : An archaeological museum that is famous for ancient Artifacts, wood works, statues and others. There are more than one lakh items in display in this museum

Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple or Sankat Mochan temple is located in the southern part of Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey God of Hinduism. The term ‘sankatmochan’ refers to reliever of all problems. The temple is also famous for offering made with dal and jaggery, which is given to the visitors. Offering marigold garland to Lord Hanuman is an important pilgrim activity here.

Booklet containing chants of Hanuman and Lord Ram are given free to the visitors. You can find a lot of monkeys inside the temple.The main deity is placed in a direction that Lord Hanuman is found look at Lord Ram located in the same temple. A bright orange powder is given as an offering to the visitors. Worshippers place the offering on their forehead. It is not mandatory.

Durga Temple, Durga Mandir, Durga Kund Mandir and Monkey temple are some of the names for this temple. It is one of the famous temples, which is dedicated to Goddesses Durga. The red colored temple structure is attracting numerous tourists and plenty of pilgrims every day.

The temple has a deity dressed in red color and riding on a tiger. The deity has weapons of all the Gods of Hinduism. Right to the temple, a rectangular pond can be found which is connected to River Ganges. Now, the connection is blocked. During Nag Panchami celebration, a structure representing Lord Vishu resting on Shesh Nag will be erected in the pond.You can find many monkeys in the premises.

Pashupatinath Mandir

  • The original temple was built in 400 AD, making this temple to be an important historic structure and the oldest temple in Kathmandu Valley.
  • The structure of the temple holds bulks of gold on the roof and spire. The doors are lined with silver sheets and the large statue of bull inside the temple is also made with gold.
  • The lingam of the temple is unique when compared to other Shiva temples. The lingam holds four faces and the deity is five-sided structure, with the top portion distinguished as Ishan.
  • This is one of the very few temples around the world, which has an restriction of allowing only Hindus to access the main temple of inner courtyard
  • Most of the paintings in the temple are made with gold.

Budanilkantha

The most interesting part of Budanilkantha, also known Narayanthan temple, is the reclining Vishnu statue, carved from a basalt monolith. The statue is placed on Shesha – a multi-headed snake, lying on a lotus pool. Located the base of Shivapuri Hill, Budanilkantha temple permits only Hindu devotees inside, while others can observe this idol from a distance. In late October and early November, Haribodhini Ekadashi is celebrated in Budanilkantha, pulling thousands of tourists every year.

SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA

Find peace and prayers on the little hillock of Swaymbhunath in the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley. Visitors for whom the name was a tongue twister have called it “Monkey Temple”from the 1970s. Swayambhu, overlooks most parts of the valley,.giving visitors panoramic views of the city. The stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities incorporated in this Buddhist site. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. 

Resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises. 

Swayambhu literally means “self-existent one”. Believed to date back to 460 A.D., it was built by King Manadeva and by the 13th century, it had become an important center of Buddhism. 

Kathmandu Pokhara

Pokhara is a natural capital of Nepal and a starting point of trekking in Annapurna. Pokhara exploration includes drive or hike to several view points for different perspectives of geographical enigmas. One can hike and mountain bike to several hillsides like Sarangkot, World Peace Stupa etc. Your exploration sites will be designed according to your preferences.

Muktinath

 (Chumig Gyatsa) is the symbol of the religious symbiosis between both Hindus and Buddhists. The Hindu believes that Lord Vishnu got salvation from the curse of Brinda (wife of Jalandhar) here. Therefore, he is worshipped as Muktinath (Lit. the lord of salvation). The holy shrine, which is said to have arisen on its own, is one of eight such shrines (the others include Srirangam, Sri Mushnam, Tirupati, Naimisaranyam, Thottadri, Pushkaram, and Badrinath). This Pagoda Style Muktinath Temple is also one of 108 Vaishnava shrines.

ManaKamna Devi

According to Hindu lore the goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati, grants wishes to those who make a sacrifice in her name. Newlyweds praying for children and other favor seekers visit Manakamana Temple, located in Nepal’s Gorkha district, to do just that, often in the form of a goat sacrifice made in a pavilion behind the temple. The pagoda-style temple has a history dating back to the seventeenth century, but the structure as it stands in its current form was built in the nineteenth century. While worshipers and visitors once had to make an arduous trek up uphill, today the temple is serviced by the Austrian-designed Manakamana Cable Car now makes the 1.7-mile (2.8-kilometer) journey in less than 10 minutes. From the top, the temple offers spectacular views of the Trisuli and Marshyang-di River valleys as well as the peaks of Manaslu, Himalchuli and Annapurna.


Lumbini

Nirvana is not too far when you step foot in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas in Nepal near the Indian border. A UNESCO World Heritage Site,  Lumbini has a plethora of ancient stupas dating back to 2000 years and monasteries built by far-flung communities from all over the world. People come here from all over the world come to this abode of Buddhism to study scriptures, meditate, practise yoga, trek, learn more about Buddhism and find inner peace. ‘Lumbini’ literally means ‘The Lovely’ in Sanskrit, and true to its name it stands!

The entire site is decked up with prayer flags that have blessings and incantations upon them, which have been put up by thousands of tourists. Each of the monasteries here is architecturally distinctive, with beautiful façades and paintings. 

 

Janakpur (Janki Mata Mandir)

Janakpur is a city in Nepal, close to Indian Border, which is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and place of her marriage with Lord Ram. Watch history come alive and dance vibrantly right in front of your eyes, as you explore the sacred city. Also known as the City of Ponds, Janakpur boasts of more than seventy ponds that dot its verdant landscape. Rediscover your spiritual roots as you learn more about the ancient and revered Hindu epic – the Ramayana and its significance today. Visit the actual sites mentioned in the great epic and listen to local lore as well – the entire experience is sure to be culturally fascinating and spiritually invigorating!

The city is located in the Terai region of Nepal and is the administrative headquarters of Dhanusa district. Every year, Janakpur sees thousands of tourists throng its borders, as pilgrims from all over the world come to step foot in this holy city. The pleasant weather, the grand and colourful festivities through the year, the stunning architecture of the temples and the friendly locals make Janakpur a favourite spot for tourists and pilgrims alike.