Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Built in the 5th century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here.The largest temple complex in Nepal, it stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River which is considered holy by Hindus. The main pagoda style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver, and wood carvings of the finest quality. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath.
Devotees at the evening Aarati by the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple,
Pashupatinath is centre of energy with active participation of people all times of the day, every day. The daily rituals of Pashupatinath Temple are as follows:
4:00 am: West gate opens for visitors.
8:30 am: After arrival of Pujaris, the idols of the Lord are bathed and cleaned, clothes and jewelry are changed for the day.
9:30 am: Baal Bhog or breakfast is offered to the Lord.
10:00 am: Then people who want to do Puja are welcomed to do so. It is also called Farmayishi Puja, whereby people tell the Pujari to carry out a special Puja for their specified reasons. The Puja continues till 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
1:50 pm: Lunch is offered to the Lord in the main Pashupati Temple.
2:00 pm: Morning prayers end.
5:15 pm: The evening Aarati at the main Pashupati Temple begins.
6:00 pm onward: Recently the Bagmati Ganga Aarati; done by the shores of Bagmati, has been gaining lots of popularity. We can see the shores of Bagmati crowded mostly on Saturdays, Mondays and on special occasions. Ganga Aarati along with Shiva’s Tandava Bhajan, written by Ravana, is carried out on evening Ganga Aarati.
7:00 pm: Door is closed.
Day 01: Pick up from airport or bus station and Transfer to Hotel. After refreshment you will have a short walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit around the historical places.
Day 02: Early morning you will go to Pashupatinath Temple for Aarati and Puja. After puja, you can visit around Pashupatinath temple for a while. Around 9AM you will return back to hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast you will go for Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square. You can have lunch in Patan and then go to visit Bouddhanath, a famous Buddhist stupa. After Bouddhanath you will go Budhanilakantha where you will see and pay homage to sleeping lord Vishnu.
Day 03: Today you will start much earlier, 4 AM, to Nagarkot, a famous hill station to see the sunrise and Himalaya n panorama. You can have breakfast in Nagarkot and then drive back to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. In Bhaktapur you will see ancient Newari lifestyle, number of temples and fascinating arts and crafts. In the evening you will have farewell dinner in Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: After breakfast transfer to bus station or airport for onward journey.
Cost not included:
Lunch and dinner
Flight or bus tickets
Tips or any food and beverages