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Visit Pashupatinath temple, the “Abode of Lord Shiva” in Kathmandu. Witness evening Arati in the temple and morning rituals at the holiest Hindu shrine.
This three days Pashupatinath Darshan Tour itinerary is specially created to cover Hindu temples in Kathmandu. The main highlight of this tour is the Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple is the holiest Hindu shrine, and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is on the sacred river Bagmati on the eastern outskirt of Kathmandu.
Pashupatinath temple is a masterpiece of Hindu architecture. The roof of the temple is made of gold, with four doors made of silver. The two-storied roof is made from copper and is covered with gold. This richly decorated temple with wooden sculptures is believed to make wishes come true. One of the most astonishing decorations of the temple is the enormous golden statue of Nandi – Shiva’s bull.
Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple complex. For other religions, followers can go to another side of the temple and see the views of the temple. For Hindus, the Pashupatinath temple is the holiest, and they must visit it once in a lifetime.
Along the right bank of Bagmati, numerous platforms for funeral pyres are built. The cremations on these platforms are an everyday activity.
According to a legend in local texts, especially the Nepalamahatmya and the Himavatkhanda, the Hindu god Shiva once fled from the other gods in Varanasi to Mrigasthali, the forest on the opposite bank of the Bagmati River from the temple. There, in the form of a gazelle, he slept with his consort Parvati. When the gods discovered him there and tried to bring him back to Varanasi, he leaped across the river to the opposite bank, where one of his horns broke into four pieces. After this, Shiva became manifest as Pashupati (Lord of Animals) in a four-face (Chaturmukha) linga.
We have designed this Pashupatinath Darshan Tour itinerary covering the major festivity and rituals inside the temple. You will see a colorful evening Arati on the bank of the river. The following day you will visit Pashupatinath at the four-door opening time to offer worship at the temple.
Similarly, you will also cover other significant temples in Kathmandu.
Pashupatinath Darshan Tour Highlights
Tour Type: Pilgrimage and Heritage
Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
Destination: Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrimage site
Group Size: 1 & above
Arrival city: Kathmandu
Departure City: Kathmandu
Meals: Daily Breakfast
Price: Budget, Standard, Deluxe & Luxury
Pashupatinath Darshan Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by an airport representative waiting at Kathmandu airport with a signboard and your name just outside the arrival hall. You will be assisted and transferred to your hotel.
In the evening, you will drive to the Pashupatinath area. Enjoy a short darshan of the temple and go to the bank of the holy river Bagmati to witness the evening Arati dedicated to the Lords of the animals, "Pashupatinath." Return to hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Morning start your sightseeing tour with a first visit to Pashupatinath temple. Enjoy complete darshan inside the temple, and if you are interested in "Special Pooja," then you can do the same now. For special pooja, you need to obtain a special permit at least a week in advance, and we can organize the same for you. However, the price depends on the pooja you are looking at, and the temples will make every arrangement.
After the visit to Pashupatinath temple, you will proceed to Boudhnath stupa, located 3 Kilometers away from the temple. Boudhnath stupa is also known as "Mini Tibet" and is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Tibetan settlements and monasteries surround this stupa. You will witness Buddhist rituals and traditions at the Boudhnath area, which is en-circle by Buddhist prayer flags and manes.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Budanilakantha temple located north of Kathmandu.
The Budhanilkantha statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, located approximately 10 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu at the base of the Shivapuri Hill, is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal. It is also the most enigmatic.
Carved from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the Budhanilkantha statue is 5 meters long. It lies in a reclining position inside a recessed water tank (representing the cosmic sea) 13 meters long. Called the Sleeping Vishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statue depicts the deity reclining on the twisting coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha (Shesha is the eternal, multi-headed king of the serpent deities known as Nagas and also is the servant of Vishnu). Vishnu's legs are crossed, and the eleven heads of Shesha cradle his head. Vishnu's four hands hold objects that are symbols of his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (representing the mind), a conch shell (the four elements), a lotus flower (the moving universe), and the club (ancient knowledge). Return to hotel for overnight. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Morning visit to Patan Durbar Square, another UNESCO site located in Kathmandu. Patan is known as the "City of Beauty," A visit to Patan Durbar Square offers an excellent opportunity to see local Newari people, ancient Royal complexes, and architecture of the medieval era. Stroll narrow lanes of Patan visiting Patan Durbar Square, Krishna temple, Mahaboudhi stupa, and Golden temple. Patan is also famous for metal works and wood carvings.
Today's particular highlight at Patan is the famous Krishna temple. Although it is unique, it is built in the Shikhara style imported from India. The most notable stone carvings along the bean above the first and second-floor pillars. The first-floor pillar carvings narrate the events of the Mahabharata, while on the second floor, there are visual carvings from Ramayana.
The temple was built in 1637 by King Siddhinarasimh Malla. One night, the King saw Lord Krishna and his consort Srimati Radha standing before the royal palace. He ordered a temple to be built in the same spot. There are 21 golden pinnacles in the temple. Below the pinnacles are three stories. The first floor holds the main shrine of Lord Krishna, with shrines of Radha and Rukmini on each side. The second floor is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the third to Lokeshwor(Lord Buddha).
The square is crowded with thousands of Hindu Pilgrims and devotees during Krishnastami.
After the visit, transfer to Kathmandu airport to board your flight back home.