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            Kathmandu, Pokhara & Jomsom/Muktinath ‏Tour

  Day 01:  Kathmandu

Meeting at airport upon arrival by Holiday World Personnel. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities Patan and Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

 

  Day 02: Kathmandu

This morning you will be taken for a visit of the Hindu culture in Nepal Pashupatinath temple on shore Bagmati river eastern part of Kathmandu's regarded as most sacred temple of Shiva (Pashupati)"Shivaratri" or night of lord Shiva's important festival celebrated.shores of river near the temple lies "Arya Ghat"place of cremation for the deceased in Nepal.only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. Non-Hindu visitors are allowed to have a look at the temple from the other bank of river.priests who perform services at temple has always been Brahmins from South India started Shankaracharya(Indian high preist in line with Jagadguru system)to Nepal's King in 6th century,for the practice and achievement of sacred,secret and top most shiva sadhana(Tantra)temple's pagoda architecture. The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. The western door has a statue of large bull or Nandi, again covered in gold. The deity is of black stone, about 6 ft in height and about 6ft circumference.priests called Bhattas & chief priest's known as Mool Bhatt or Raval. East of the temple is the Vasukinath.

Bouddhanath's one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Bouddha's known as Khāsti by Newars as Bauddha or Bodh-nāth by modern speakers of Nepali Located about 11 km (7 miles) from the center & northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal dominates the skyline.Stupa's largest in the world hv 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site's ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner, passes by Boudnath Stupa to the ancient and smaller stupa of Cā-bahī ('Little Boudnath') turns directly south, heading over the Bagmati river to Patan - thus bypassing the main city of Kathmandu.Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.Stupa's entomb the remains of a Kasyapa sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus.

Budhanilkantha - Sleeping Vishnu Temple Sleeping idol of lord vishnu, sacred places for the Hindus and Buddhists and others idol carved out of a single stone.Then we proceed on to Syambhunath ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city known as Monkey Temple-holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west 's one of the most sacred sites of Buddhist pilgrimage in Nepal 2nd only to Boudhanath complex consists of a stupa variety of shrines & temples including Tibetan monastery,museum,library has Buddha's eyes & eyebrows painted on. Between them looks like the nose -symbol of 'unity', hv shops, restaurants & hostels: two access points: a long stairway 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east. Continuing Kathmandu City Durbar Square which offers tourists a unique experience of the Nepalese art and architecture. A golden heaven to the most famous artists in the world,has old palace of Newar kings- UNESCO world heritage site's Basantapur next Freak Street, which was the popular hippie spot during the '70.Shah King's Palace stands right next to Thamel - the tourist hub of the country. A small world within itself, Thamel is famous for the most attractive hotels and shopping centers in the world' home to world famous hotels, ranging from different stars. The palace is at the head of Durbar Marg, a street lined with various shops.

 

  Day 03: Kathmandu / Pokhara

 City of close to 200,000 inhabitants in central Nepal located at 28.25 N, 83.99 E,, 198 km west of Kathmandu. It is the 3rd largest city after Kathmandu & Biratnagar's Headquarter of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region.'s most popular tourist destinations in Nepal 06 hours drive.In no other place do mountains rise so quickly within 30 km elevation rises from 1000m-7500m.3 eight-thousanders (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu) can be seen from Pokhara & there's Phewa Lakelake of 4.4 km˛ at an elevation of about 800 m above sea level) 3 caves Mahendra, Bat and Gupteswor & fall Patale Chhango or Devi's Fall where the water from the Phewa Lake thunders into a hole & disappears.climate's sub-tropical but due to elevation, temperatures are moderate : summer 25 -35°C winter 5 -15°C On the way to Pokhara we visit the famous Manakamana temple " The Goddess of Wishes" where you can take a cable car ride. Overnight at hotel.

 

  Day 04: Pokhara / Jomsom

After Breakfast, early morning fly to Jomsom where you will be transferred to hotel Majesty. Jomsom also known as the cold desert also known as Dzongsam or New Fort, is a town located at altitude of 2800m in Mustang, Nepal extends over banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki river there are rocks holy to the Hindus,soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri & Nilgiri form a backdrop's district headquarters,primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local residents of the region Thakalis Nearby is Jomsom Airport from where there are regular flights.A trail passes through the Lower Mustang region of Nepal, ending at the village of Kagbeni, a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, shortens and a Buddhist monastery. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River which forms the deepest ravine in the world; on one side lies the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there are views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. The Kali Gandaki is a quarter of a mile wide river bed; during the winter the river will be dry, but during the summer and monsoon it fills with rain water and melting snow. The scenery of the trail ranges from forests of brilliant red rhododendrons to rocky cliffs and desert. The culture along the track is a rich mixture of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism. The trail's highest point is Muktinath at 3800 m, a holy site of temples sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus for centuries.Overnight at hotel Majesty.

 

  Day 05: Jomsom / Muktinath / Jomsom

Holy Muktinath temple sacred place for Hindus & Buddhists,altitude of 3,800 m at foot of Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra"place of salvation"'s 51 Sakthi peetams. Buddhists"Chumig Gyatsa"means 'Hundred Waters''s very important place of Dakinis, goddesses-Sky Dancers & one of the 24 Tantric places-murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.. A Jeep on SIC basis will transfer you to Muktinath and bring you back to Jomsom.Muktinath is considered one of the eight most sacred shrines for Hindu Vaishnavas-Svayam Vyakta Ksetras, the other seven-Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar and Badrinath is most ancient small Hindu temples of God Vishnu. The murti is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man. The prakaram has 108 bull faces through which water is poured of freezing temperature. There is an old Buddhist monk present in the temple. The worship is conducted by Buddhist nuns,Legend's Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava had meditated at Muktinath on his way to Tibet.Sri Murthy Mahatmyam's the only place on earth where you can find all five elements from which everything's made:fire, water, sky, earth & air at the same place together in their own & distinct form's near Jwala Devi temple.most suitable time to visit Darshan Muktinath's March-June(weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months)The journey passes through many archeological sites and temples,entire river bed has Shalagram stones which are prominent in worshiping Lord Vishnu.According to Sri Vaishnava philosophy's considered to be one of the Divya desam (108 in total) holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu praised by Alwars in a compilation called the Nalayira Divya Prabandha's said that one has to be gifted to get the darshan of Lord Sri Murthi and Goddess Sri Devi Thayaar.Travel access's quite difficult to travel because of tough weather conditions can fly from Delhi/Kolkatta/Varanasi-Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom air.can Trek/private helicopter'd take 45 min to reach and then it would leave there for 1 hr and then the return trip is taken. The helicopter can be hired only when the weather permits. Arriving by helicopter for a longer period of stay is not recommended because of the risk of acute mountain sickness. Accommodation is available in the nearby village of Ranipauwa/Kagbeni/Jomsom) Overnight at hotel.

 

  Day 06: Jomsom / Pokhara

Fly back to Pokhara early morning and transfer to hotel. Today you will visit Bindebasini Temple. This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple,Goddess Durga. Sightseeing to Devi's fall, also known as Patale Chango is an awesome waterfall lying 2 km southwest of Pokhara. Just opposite of Devi's fall, on the other side of the road, there is Gupteshwor Cave. Overnight at hotel.

 

  Day 07: Pokhara / Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel. Rest day at leisure. One can indulge himself in shopping or visit one of the casinos. Overnight at hotel.

 

  Day 08: Kathmandu / Airport

Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight , you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.

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