Pilgrimage Sites

Pilgrimage Sites

Nepal has many pilgrimage sites as well that are very important to the people and their distinctive and respective cultures. Besides these important pilgrim sites; many included in the World Heritage Sites, These range from the Nuwakot Palace to Gorkha Palace, from Muktinath to Janakpur Dham. Most of these sites are remotely located, and have communities grown around them. These sites are important from historical as well from religious points of view. Most of these sites are also proven to be very good trekking routes, as in Muktinath and Gosainkunda Tours to these sites are highly encouraged not only for religious purposes but also for witnessing and appreciating the various cultural and traditional ethos of this small but diverse country. Most of these sites are open throughout the year. They are considered as living museums.

Baraha Chhetra
Baraha Chhetra
Baraha Chhetra

A few Km from the main city of Biratnagar is Baraha Chhetra, a Hindu pilgrimage site, located at the confluence of two rivers, the Sapta Koshi and the Kokaha. There is a temple of Lord Baraha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Historians have traced the existence of this image to the 12th century.

Bindhyasini
Bindhyasini
Bindhyasini

Bindhyabasini Temple is also one of the most popular and well known temples in Pokhara. It is situated in the laps of Machhapuchre and Annapurna ranges. This temple lies in the north of Pokhara .This temple is 3000 ft above from the sea level. You can get a fabulous view of Pokhara city and the Himalayas from this temple. The fragrance of the scented “Dhup” and refreshing air can keep anyone spellbound.

This temple originated when the Goddess “Bhawani “told king khadag Bum Malla to establish her statue in Bindhyachal hill. This temple was established in B.S 1845 since then this goddess is worshipped daily. (more…)

Budha Subba Temple
Budha Subba Temple
Budha Subba Temple

This temple is very unique in its own way, very sacred place for the Kirant (i.e. Rais, Limbus, Gurungs, Magars etc Indigenous people.). It is situated in a peaceful area surrounded by the bamboos, which is about a half-kilometer northeast of the Bijayapur Bazaar. Everyday, people come here with the roosters and the pigs along with other necessary worshiping bits and pieces, and they sacrifices these animals here especially when they get inflicted with dire problems aside from other anxieties and sufferings. It is believed that by sacrificing these animals and worshiping the sacred dome of the Subba inside this temple, people can get rid of all their sufferings, crisis etc. This place has the very rare kind of bamboos that grow without the top edges. People are not allowed to cut down the bamboos, as these bamboos are believed to be the symbol of the Buda Subba.

Chandeshwari
Chandeshwari
Chandeshwari

Chandeshwari shrine is located north of the sprawling trading town of Banepa near Dhulikhel. A track leads northeast past the town hospital to the temple on the bank of a forested gorge. The temple is dedicated to Parvati, whom they called upon to slay ‘Chand’, the most fearsome of the demons. It thus became known as Chandeshwari, “the slayer of Chand”. The main attraction is a remarkable fresco of Bhairav, painted on the western wall of the main structure. The torana and struts of the three-tiered temple are richly carved with the eight Astha Marikas, or “Mother goddesses” and eight Bhairavs.

Devghat
Devghat
Devghat

Devghat is a popular pilgrimage spot situated at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki & Trishuli rivers; it lies just north of the Royal Chitwan National Park. During the Makar Sakranti festival in January, Hindu devotes gather here to take holy dips in the river. There are a number of sacred and historic sites around Devghat.

Dolakha Bhimsen
Dolakha Bhimsen
Dolakha Bhimsen

The famous roofless temple Dolakha Bhimsen situated in Charikot of Dolakha District, about 133 Km from Kathmandu. Thousands of visitors including business personalities visit the Dolakha Bhimsen every year for their successful business and trade. This place provides a spectacular view of holy Mt. Gaurishankar in the eastern part and many more of great himalayan ranges.

Gosainkunda
Gosainkunda
Gosainkunda

One of the most famous pilgrimage destinations of Nepal is Gosainkunda Lake, which is situated at an altitude of about 4360 meters. The best approach to Gosainkunda is through Dhunche Bazaar, 1232 km to the northeast of Kathmandu. Dhunche is linked with Kathmandu by a motor able road. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and south, the lake is grand and picturesque. There are other nine famous lakes such as Saraswati, Bhairav, Surya, Ganesh Kunda etc. Hundreds of people including Indian’s pay their visit specially during the month of August (there is a festival called Janai Purnima, biggest festival for Brahmins) and have course many trekkers each year through this route to Helambu.

Jomsom  & Muktianth
Jomsom & Muktianth
Jomsom & Muktianth

Amidst the high Himalayan settlement of Tibetan-speaking people is a serene village called Jomsom. It is among the very few places in Nepal from where the Himalayan peaks can be admired at such a close range and yet from a safe altitude of only 8800 feet. Giant peaks like Nilgiri, Tilicho and Dhaulagiri seem almost at touching distance. Jomsom is not only the most popular trekking destination in Nepal but also the gateway to Upper Mustang ‘Kingdom’ within the Hindu Kingdom of Nepal. Jomsom is also the gateway to the Muktinath temple that holds great religious significance to both Buddhists and Hindus.

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Manakamana
Manakamana
Manakamana

The wish – Fulfilling Goddess also known as the Devi of all wishes Manakamana has been widely venerated all over the country, also due to Royal patronage. The famous shrine of Manakamana lies about 12 kilometers south of the historic town of Gorkha and 6 km north of Mugling on the Prithivi High way. Mugling is 110 km west of Kathmandu, 90 km from Pokhara and 50 km from Chitwan. The shrine is located on a prominent ridge (1,302 m) overlooking the river valleys of Trishuli to the south and Marsyangdi to the west.

One of the private agencies has already started first Nepal’s famous Cable Car service. The Cable Car covers the 2.8 kilometers stretch from Cheres along the Prithivi High way right up to the temple in less then 10 minutes.

Namo Buddha
Namo Buddha
Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha meaning “hail to the Buddha” a sacred site, where according to legend Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving tigress & her cubs. A carved stone slab at the main stupa depicts the moving story. It is situated on a hill above Panauti is an authentic Buddhist shrine. Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhists with the all-seeing eyes of enlightened one. This serene proves to be an ideal spot for sentimental meditation. A road leads up to Namo Buddha from Dhulikhel. A different trail returns descending south through a forest heading west up a long vale for a round trip walk of six to seven hours, or 2 to 3 hours to Panauti.

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