Manakamana Darshan / Manokamana

Pokhara Valley and Manakamana 4 nights, 5 days

Located on a hillside is the pagoda-style temple of Manakamana. Mana means heart and Kamana means wish in Nepali. Hence, it is believed that people who go to Manakamana never leave empty handed as their wishes will be  fulfilled,  if devotees pray with good and pure intentions. While on the top of the temple, you also get to see the natural beauty of Nepal's Himalayas and see mountains like Manaslu, Annapurna and Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers. 
 

     

    Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

    Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel.

    Day 02 Fly to Pokhara | Boating on Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple Darshan, visit Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Davis Falls

    Fly to Pokhara | Boating on Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple Darshan, visit Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Davis Falls 

    ***(Optional Everest Experience Mountain Flight - Fly with us to the top of the world, and indulge in the majestic views of Himalayas of Nepal, including Mt. Everest.)***

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport to take a morning flight to Pokhara. Once you land, check-in at the hotel and enjoy lunch, where you’ll also have some free time. 

    Later in the afternoon, get ready for a boat ride on Phewa Lake and visit Tal Barahi Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Davis Falls 

    What better way to start a visit to a place referred to as the Lake City than to go boating? Boating is almost an unwritten law in Pokhara. From the expanse of the lake most of the nearby places are visible, so you can pick and plan visits. Boating becomes a pilgrimage if you go to the Pokhara’s most famous Hindu temple, the Barahi Mandir. It is the 18th  century Vishnu temple, the god residing here in his boar avatar. 

    The Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is a subterranean spiritual center. There is a large stalagmite in the cave, revered as a natural Shiva Linga. There is also something for the atheist and agnostic. You can enter a tunnel behind the linga and reach a moist chamber near the roaring Davis Falls. 

    Local legend has it that this waterfall got its name from a Swiss tourist called David and his girlfriend, who unfortunately fell into the waters and drowned. Perhaps Devi was easier on the locals’ tongues than David; hence Devi’s Falls. Patale Chhango as it is called in Nepali is a spectacular waterfall marking the point where the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. Hearing the water plunging through makes it a more sensory experience.

    You’ll get a ton of free time here to shop for souvenirs or just relax near the lakeside. After which, return to the hotel for dinner. 

    Day 03 Early morning drive to Sarangkot for sunrise view and Bindhyabasini Temple Darshan

    You’ll enjoy breakfast along the early morning drive to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is like taking a step nearer to the mountains visible from Pokhara. Stretched out on the horizon are Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156 m), the iconic Machhapuchhare (6,997m), and numerous peaks of the Annapurna range.

    Sitting on a small hill in Old Pokhara is the legendary Bindhyabasini Temple. This temple is where Goddess Durga has resided in the form of a   saligram   (fossil) since the 17th century. There are many ceremonies that occur daily at Bindhyabasini, the most common one being wedding ceremonies. As the temple is located 3,000 feet above sea level, you’ll also photograph breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges. 

    ***(Optional Activities: Paragliding,   zip   flyer and ultralight flight)***

    Thrill-seekers can soar in the skies by paragliding or blaze downhill on a zip line. For an experience that is somewhere in between an artist’s languor-filled day and an adrenaline junkie’s minutes of exhilaration, Pokhara offers walks through forests and boating on the iconic Phewa Lake.

    Return to the hotel for lunch and enjoy some free time to roam the streets of Pokhara. 

    After which, you’ll enjoy dinner with a live cultural show. 

    Day 04 Drive to Kathmandu with stopover at Manakamana for Darshan and visit Swayambhunath Stupa.

    Take a drive towards Manakamana Temple where you’ll have breakfast along the way.   Located    at    a   hillside, Manakamana Temple an important pilgrimage stop for Hindus. The easiest route is on a cable car from Kurintar. Enshrined in the temple is Goddess Bhagwati who has the power to fulfill wishes if asked with pure intentions. 

    Enjoy lunch at Riverside Springs Resort, Kurintar. 

    In the evening, you’ll visit Swayambhunath. The white domed stupa with its all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha beckons you.  From the top of Swayambhunath Stupa, you get to see panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit  Swayambhunath and are one of the best places to observe religious harmony. 

    After which, you’ll check in at a hotel in Kathmandu and have dinner at the hotel. 

    Day 05 Pashupatinath and Guheshwori Darshan

    Breakfast at Hotel, and visit Guheshwori and Pashupatinath for Darshan. 

    Regarded as a Shakti Peetha, Guheshwori Temple was built by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva). It is considered an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. After Guheshwori Temple, you will make your way to Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s important Hindu Temple. The present pagoda style temple was constructed in 1696 A.D. The Pashupatinath Temple complex resembles a life-size collage of life: faith, generosity, poverty, life, death mingle here in an unceasing flow.   

    Enjoy a light lunch at the hotel and get ready for departure. 

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    The best time to visit?
    February – March and then September to early November are the best times to visit.


    Attire
    Kathmandu is hot from March to May. September is cool with chances of rain, so carrying umbrellas is wise. Avoid dresses that reveal too much of your body. October onwards, warm clothes are needed for Chitwan’s chilly mornings and evenings.


    Visa
    The minimum duration of a tourist visa to Nepal is fifteen days and costs $25.


    What to do when inside temples and monasteries?
    When inside or near temples and monasteries do not act in any way – excessive photography, talking loudly, wearing shoes into prayer rooms – that impinges on the activities of the priests or devotees.


    Are Jungle Walks Safe?
    Yes, provided you follow the safety measures.  Explain to your guide that you would be happy to spot animals, but do not want to flout safety rules to do so. It’s good to carry a span stick for protection against animals.


    Necessary Items
    Sunscreen, insect repellent, hats and sunglasses, binoculars, Swiss army knife, a book on Nepal’s birds.

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    Package Includes

    • Bed and Breakfast

    Package Excludes

    • Nepal entry visa fee
    • Monument entrance fee
    • Meals (lunch / dinner) other than mentioned above
    • Tips
    • Bottled drinks
    • Travel insurance
    • Emergency evacuation and rescue in any form
    • Personal expenses like bar & beverage bills, telephone bills, laundry
    • Cost arose due to political disturbances, natural calamities, strike etc.
    • Any cost whatsoever not mentioned in our above cost includes section.
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