Maha Shivaratri: 'The Night of Shiva'

Description

Maha Shivaratri is an annual festival dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. Unlike any other festivals that are celebrated at daylight only, Shivaratri is celebrated both day and night. Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil, is worshipped at day and at night big bonfire is lighted outside the temple and people stand around the fire and rejoice the festival.

Offerings of special leaves ’Beal’ along with milk, sweets and fruits are made to God and a whole day of fasting is observed. In Shiva temples ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, the sacred mantra of Shiva is enchanted all day long.

Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu holds more than 400K pilgrimage alone on this auspicious occasion. Hindus from all around the world come here to pay their homage on the day of Shivaratri.

A huge number of Sadhus and naked Nagas smoking marijuana across the temple is a very common site in Pashupatinath temple on this day.

Your itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport.
Day 2: Visit Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 3: Manakamana Darshan and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 4: Final departure.

Day 1: 

Arrive Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport you will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. Our office representative from ‘Rupakot Travels’ will be present with our vehicle to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport.  At the hotel, you will be briefed on your itinerary. Your first overnight in the valley of the gods.

Day 2:

Visit Pashupatinath Temple for Mahashivaratri Festival.
We set out on an early morning visit to Pashupatinath temple for worship with evening Arati on the banks of the Bagmati River. This major Hindu shrine offers countless temples dedicated to different Hindu deities within its huge areas. However, the main temple Pashupatinath is dedicated to Shiva, mythically said to be ‘the Destroyer’. A huge number of pilgrims visit Pashupatinath on this day.

Day 3:

Manakamana Darshan and drive back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast; we drive down to Manakamana and get to the temple by a cable car. We explore the temple’s surroundings, learn of its history, and maybe make our wishes, too. Manakamana from her name is the goddess who fulfils your wishes. We will also get some breathtaking views of the famous Manaslu peak and the Annapurna range of mountains. We then drive down to Kathmandu in the afternoon, a 4 hrs drive cruising down the lush green highway as we stop in-between for lunch.

Day 4:

Depart Kathmandu for that lovely place we all call home.
Our escort team from Rupakot Travels will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or you can just stay longer for short tours such as a game drive at National parks, or go on some go-wild rafting), Tibet overland is another option. If you enjoy hiking then you can also do some outdoor excursions. Just let us know what you want. We’ll give you programs that would suit your budget.

 

 

Accommodation

Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. The options are many for your hotel stay…the choice exclusively yours.

Dining

The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. Most tourists’ based hotels and resorts are sensitive to the hygienic requirements in the preparation of all food and beverage items when catering to tourists’ visiting Nepal. 

Cost Inclusion

  • 3N Hotel accommodation @ Kathmandu  on Twin sharing basis with BB
  • Airport Transfer arrival / Departure
  • Ground transfer & Sightseeing as specified in the Itinerary
  • Driver cum guide below 4 pax
  • Entrance fee as specified in the Itinerary

Cost Exclusion

  • International Air Fare
  • Domestic Air Fare
  • Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner )
  • Tips to Guide & Driver
  • Bar Expense
  • Entrance Fee in sightseeing places
  • Telephone, Laundry and Internet
  • Personnel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • All other personal expenses
  • Nepal visa fee

This price is for Indian Nationals only. For people with different nationalities please contact us.

If you come to Nepal and have a flexible schedule, then take the time to visit these places.  Nepal always has something to offer its guests.  During the peak season (October to December) and (mid of February to May), the stunning panorama of the Himalayas is at its crisp-beautiful-best, but there is really no season in which Nepal is not a beautiful or pleasant place to visit.

Shivaratri normally falls on 13th or 14th day in luni solar month generally on Falgun(Feb/March) varying on the Hindu calendar, please confirm the dates while you book for the package.

Trip Information

Trip Duration : 3N / 4D
Tour Code: RH/SSH/01
Package: Kathmandu
Accommodations: Budget/Standard/Deluxe
Transportation: Private Transfer
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activities: Sightseeing Tour
 

 

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