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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Our tour guide will pick you up and drop you off at the hotel or any representative team of the Great Vision Expedition. You must book a hotel before arriving.
Day 2: We will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site today including:
Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is for Shiva devotees one of Asia's four most important religious sites. The site was built in the 5th century and was later restored by the kings of Malla and was discovered by a Shiva lingam since the beginning of the millennium. It extends to both sides of the river Bagmati, which is considered holy by Hindus, the largest temple complex in Nepal. In the pagoda style, the main temple has a gold roof and four sides are covered in the finest quality silver and wood gravings. The Pashupatinath Temple is surrounded by temples dedicated to various other Hindu and Buddhist deities.
The temple in the vicinity is Guheshwori, the consort of Shiva, Sati Devi. On raised platforms along the river is Hindus cremated. The main temple gates are only allowed for Hindus. The inner sanctum has a Shiva lingam, the largest Nandi Bull statue, Shiva's vehicle, is outside. The compound contains hundreds of Shiva lingam. In the spring hundreds of thousands of devotees from Nepal and India are attracted by the great Maha Shivaratri Festival
One of 8 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites in the Katmandu Valley, Pashupatinath Temple. The last Hindus rites are also carried out at the cremation site. The site of the cremation and the events are not for the weaker; the visitors are still curious about the hill across the river. For an out-of-world experience, visit Pashupatinath Temple. Experience a combination of religious, cultural and spiritual experiences on this highly recommended religious hub. The shrine area also includes Deupatan, Jaya Bageshori, Gaurighat (Holy Bath), Kutumbahal, Gaushala, Pingalasthan and Sleshmantak Forest 3 km northwest of Kathmandu on the banks of the river.There are about 492 temples to explore, 15 Shivalayas( Lord Shiva Shrines) and 12 Jyotirlingas( Phallic Shrines).
Boudhanath is one of the most impressive landmarks in Kathmandu, 8 km east of downtown Kathmandu, visible as soon as you reach Tribhuvan International Airport. It's Kathmandu valley's biggest stupa. Boudhanath stupa, 36 meters high, is one of the biggest stupas in South Asia. Boudhanath is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with the countless monasteries around it.
The location of the stupa is interesting because it used to be on the ancient trade route to Tibet, where Tibetan merchants stayed for centuries and prayed. There is a pair of all-seeing eyes of Buddha on either side, symbolizing awareness. The canopy is 13 steps away. On the ground floor, there is a brick wall with 147 niches and 108 images of the Buddha meditation inset behind copper prayer wheel.
Swayambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple "among foreign visitors, sits on top of its hill overlooking most parts of the valley. It's a great place to enjoy panoramic city views. Swayambhunath is one of the most holy Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal, on a hill 3 km west of Kathmandu. It is said that the valley developed spontaneously more than 2,000 years ago.
The largest picture of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is on the western border of Swayambhu on a pedestal. Behind the hill there is a temple dedicated to the goddess of learning, Manjusri or Saraswati. The Stupa complex is filled with chaityas, Buddhist and Hindu deities ' statues and shrines. The base of the hill is almost entirely surrounded by recently installed prayer wheels. The stupa is situated on the top of the hill, and the extremely steep steps leading to the sanctuary are very difficult. However, there is also a road near the top, and you can drive up. Many Buddhists and Hindus have been visiting Swayambhunath all day long.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
One of the main attractions in Kathmandu Valley is Kathmandu Durbar Square (' UNESCO World Heritage Site'), also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square. Most of Nepal's cultural centers are concentrated around the Kathmandu Valley; Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square is one of those cultural sites. The name Hanuman-dhoka Durbar comes from the Hanuman statue created by King Pratap Malla at the entrance to the Royal Palace in 1672 A.D. King Prithvi Narayan shah built a storeyed residence in 1770, called Basantapur Durbar(palace). The entire complex is also called Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
The main things that can be seen here are: "Kumari "Gar "Kastha Mandap "Maru Ganesh, Temple of the Mahadev, Shiva Parvati Temple, Temple of the Old Bhagvati, the Temple of Sarasvoti and the Octangular Temple of Krsna, Big Drums, Kal Bhairav, Temple of the Jagannath, Talai Temple, etc.
Day 3: We will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site today including: Patan Durbar Square (Bangalamukhi Maha Temple + Lord Krishna+ Stone Medal)
Patan, the oldest of the three cities in the Valley of Kathmandu. They are best known for their artistic heritage. It is probably one of the world's most ancient Buddhist cities. The town is situated across the Bagmati River on a plateau. Lalitpur is another Patan name. The town is encircled by 4Stupas, four corners of Patan, one in each corner of its cardinal points. These stupas were supposed to be built by the famous Ashoka Emperor. This is one of the finest architectural treasures of which Patan is extremely proud. About the beauty of Patan, a western lady writer has to say this-" Patan means eternity itself, and Patan Durbar Square is indeed the spectacular sight of Asia.
The square is packed with antique places, temples and shrines famous for the exquisite sculptures. The former Royal Palace complex houses a museum containing bronze statues and religious objects and the center of the religious and social life of Patan. On the square are three principal courtyards, named central Mul Chowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk and Sundari Chowk.
The museum is specialized in bronze statues and religious objects within the square. It is considered to be one of Asia's best museums, which includes:
Hiranya Varna Mahavihar
Located in Kwabadehul, this three-story golden Lokeshwar pagoda (Lord Buddha) was built by King Bhaskar Verma in the 12th century. It is famous as the Temple of Gold. The upper floor of the pagoda contains golden images of Lord Buddha and a great wheel of prayer.
Lord Krishna Temple
Built in the 17th century, Lord Krishna 's temple occupies a commanding position in the Patan palace complex. It is the only temple in Nepal that has 21 sanctuaries and is made of stone. Most important scenes of the ancient Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, were graved on their friezes.
This has been constructed especially for King Siddhi Narasingha Malla. His devotion to Lord Krishna and Karunamaya Lokeshwar, the Buddhist god of compassion, is a famous episode in Nepalese religious history.
Day 4: Changunaryan Temple and Lord Shiva Statue at Sanga
The Temple of Changu Narayan Hilltop is Vishnu the oldest shrine in the Valley of Kathmandu, 4 km north of Bhaktapur. Established in 325 AD, it is one of Nepal's best-known and most important historical structures. In 1702, after its destruction by fire, the two-story temple was reconstructed with a large number of complex carvings made by ten Vishnu incarnations and various tantric multiarmed goddesses. However, the true gems of Changu Narayan are the Lichhavai stone, wood and metals gravings in the courtyard surrounding the main temple (fourth-9th centuries).
Lord Shiva Statue at Sanga
Kailashnath Mahadev statue is the world's largest Shiva statue. The statue of Garuda Wisnew Kencana in Bali is the second highest deity in the Hindus. It is located in Sanga, about 20 km from Kathmandu on the frontiers of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok in Nepal. It is made of copper, zinc, concrete and steel, and it is 143 feet high (43.5 m). The statue was built in 2003 and finished in 2010, and looked like the images of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god and seen as a wonder of Nepalese engineering. It was mainly built by Kamal Jain and "Hilltake, "a Jain company that was created in Nepal in 1992.
The base of the statue is about 100 feet deep, which was necessary for the structure to be anchored in the ridge. Due to the threat of potential slides, structures have also been built to stabilize the ground. Approximately 5,000 visitors visit the statue on a weekday and much more on weekends, national holidays and Hindu festivals. Because of the number of visitors, the statue has contributed both locally and internationally to religious tourism in Nepal, has increased the economic activity of the local community and has had an impact on the development of nearby towns.
Day 5: Doleshwor Mahadev
Bhaktapur, Nepal, has a very interesting link to the Mahabharata temple. This Lord Shiva residence, known as Doleshwar Mahadev, is located in Jangam math in Sipadol village, near Bhaktapur. For the last 4,000 years, devotees have been looking for Lord Kedarnath 's missing head, who took the form of a bull in pastime with the five brothers Pandava. In recent years, Temple priests have determined that Doleshwar 's deity was indeed Kedarnath Bull's missing head. The Pandavas resigned their kingdom after the battle of Kurukshetra and left for the High Himalayas.
Day 6: Kathmandu to Manakamana Temple
Gorkha, is a picturesque hill town of historic importance. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who in the 18th century united the Kingdom of Nepal, was born in the township of Gorkha. A 25-kilometer road from the main road between Pokhara and Kathmandu takes you to an ancient Gorkha–Nepal 's untouched and captivating city! Nepal was divided into 50 small states about 300 years ago and Gorkha was one of them. King Prithivi Narayan Shah, founder of the Shah Dynasty, now running Nepal, has united Nepal into a single kingdom.
Gorkha palace is situated on a hill at an altitude of 3,281 feet (about 1000 metres) and the King would watch his people as far as his eyes could see from the highest palace in the very center of Nepal! Gorkha is also home to the legendary brave warriors Gurkhas, who fought against guns with knives. It offers panoramic Himalayan views, including spectacular views of Manaslu, snow-fed mountains and valley views. There's a lovely old palace named Gorkha Durbar. There are two attractive temples of Gorakhnath and Kali in the palace area. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple of Gorakhanath.
Day 7: Gorkha to Lumbini
Siddhartha Gautama, Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C., in the sacred area of Lumbini in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by a pillar inscription erected in 249 B.C. by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka. Lumbini is one of the most holy places in one of the great religions of the world, and its remains contain important evidence of the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from the 3rd century BC onwards.
Remains of the Maya Devi Temple consisting of brick structures in a crosswall system dating from the 3rd century BC to the present century and the Ashoka sandstone pillar inscribed in the Brahmi script with its Pali. The remains of Buddhist viharas (monasteries) from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD and the remains of Buddhist stupas (memorial shrines) are also excavated.
Lumbini 's integrity was achieved by preserving the archeological remains within the limits of the property, which give the property its outstanding universal value. The important property attributes and elements have been preserved. The buffer zone gives the property another protective layer. For the integrity of the property, further excavations of potential archeological sites and adequate protection of the archeological remains are a top priority. The property boundary does not, however, cover the whole archeological site and various parts of the buffer zone are found. The entire property, including the buffer zone, is owned by the Government of Nepal and managed by the Lumbini Development Trust and there is therefore little risk of development or disregard. Nevertheless, the effect of industrial development in the region was identified as a threat to the integrity of property.
Day 8: Lumbini to Janakpur
The town was named the birthplace of Sita in Ramanayana, the consort of Ram. As Ram is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, according to the great Hindu epic Ramayan, Sita is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. It is also thought that Lord Ram and Sita met in Janakpur and were married. Janakpur is also on the Holy Route of Parikrama (Holy Circle) in Ayodhya, Kashi and Brij in India by the Hindus as a form of worship. Another important religious site in the vicinity is Dhanushadham, the Ramayan era.
It is believed that it was the place where Sita 's hand was brought into marriage after Ram broke the broken remains of God's Shiva. There is yet to be a fossilized fragment of the broken part. Dhanusha offers: religions, a lush environment of trees and groves, the semicircular charm of the Terai suburbs and the colorful Maithali art and culture.
Day 9: Kathmandu is approximately 390 km away and Janakpur 's 10-hour drive. Bus leave from the Central Bus Station to Kathmandu District Headquarters. As an option we can also take a 40-minute flight. It's an hour's drive from Janakpur, Dhanushadham, 18 km away. There is public transport from the city district to Dhanushadham.