Muktinath-Pashupatinath Darshan Yatra is probably the best pilgrim tour that attracts tourists and devotees from India and abroad to pay a spiritual visit. This religious tour includes visits to various temples and shrines. Along with this, the pilgrims and travelers are also provided with the opportunity to visit the valley with seven heritage sites that is further identified as the Cultural World Heritage Site. A visit to Pashupatinath, Manakamana and Muktinath temples is included in the Yatra package.
Muktinath Pashupatinath Darshan Yatra is also considered of huge significance according to the Hindu religion. Attractions like Ashokan Pillar, Eternal Peace Flame, Pillar Edict of Aśoka, Bodhi tree and pond, Burmese Lokamani in Lumbini and Lumbini Garden, are visited, making the Yatra a wholesome experience for the devotees and travelers.
Here is a brief description of the destinations and attractions covered under the Muktinath Pashupatinath Darshan Yatra:
The trip details begin with visit to the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. This temple sprawls over an area of 52 acres. The Garbh Griha is the attracting feature of the temple. Here, sage Gorakhnath is pictured in deep meditation posture as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. At the meditation site, the holy Charan Paduka is also placed. Mansarovar is also a holy pond located in the east of the Gorakhnath Temple. The managing authorities of the temple have converted it into a boating site.
There is a huge crowd of devotees visiting the temple every day. On Tuesday and Saturday, the number of devotees gets increased to a great extent. Khichari Mela is also one of the attracting features that gather devotees from all round the globe. This festival usually falls in the January month.
As the devotees and travelers move ahead to reach Pokhara, on the way, they could enjoy sightseeing tour at Sunouli. Thereafter, Lumbini, Lord Buddha’s Birth Place, is also covered on the way, excursion to this World Heritage Site includes a visit to attractions like Ashokan Pillar, Eternal Peace Flame, Chinese Maitreya Temple, Bodhi Tree and Pond, Lumbini Garden, and Burmese Lokamani Cula Pagoda. On arrival at Pokhara, a visit to The Lake City could deliver the most tranquil experience.
Pokhara is very popular for attractions like Peace Temple, International Mountain Museum, Barahi temple, Poon Hill, Phewa Tal- Nepal’s 2nd Largest Lake, Begnas Lake, etc. Adventure lovers could also take pleasure in sunrise Paragliding.
Jomson is one of the destinations covered in this India pilgrim tour. From here, devotees and travelers have to get on the jeep to drive to Muktinath. This is one of the most sacred destinations and devoted to Lord Vishnu. The location, Muktinath valley, also offers a panoramic view to the visitors.
The devotees offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and enjoy the spirituality infused in the aura. Jomson is actually a connecting destination to reach Muktinath.
Kathmandu is one of the sought-after destinations for Indian and foreign travelers. The popular Manakamana Temple and Pashupatinath Temple have also attracted devotees from all across the globe to attain salvation.
The Pashupatinath Temple is identified as a World heritage site by UNESCO. The location, on the River Bagmati Banks, has also made this temple look more beautiful and pleasing. Apart from this, attractions like Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Guhewari Temple are also worth visiting.
Contributed by:- Neelam Talreja