• Worship and receive blessings at the holy Halesi Mahadev temple
• Chance to explore the Halesi Caves along with Matrika monastery
• Full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu
• Safe and enjoyable pilgrimage trip
Khotang Halesi Tour is a pilgrimage tour to one of the oldest and holiest religious sites in Nepal, the Halesi Mahadev temple and caves. Sometimes also called the Pashupatinath of the east, the temple and caves receive a huge influx of pilgrims during the festive periods like Shivaratri, Ram Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi and more. The natural caves here, which is believed to have been in existence for over 6000 years were supposedly the abode of Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri at one point.
Legends say Lord Shiva took refuge in this cave to hide from the demon Bhasmasur. Inside the caves are natural images of Shiva as well as a Shiva Linga. North of the Shiva linga, you will also find a narrow pass through which sinners supposedly cannot go through. The water dripping from the caves’ ceilings are also treated as quite holy. The Halesi Mahadev temple and caves attract thousands of Hindu devotees every year. But Hindus aren’t the only one that revere this site. The caves are also sacred to Buddhists, who believe that Padmasambhava, better known as Guru Rinpoche meditated in these caves for three months.
Our Khotang Halesi Tour first starts with a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu’s various cultural and religious landmarks. The following day, we will depart early for Halesi, which lies around 220 km away from the capital. After a full day of driving, we will finally arrive at our lodge in Khotang. The next morning, we will explore Halesi, starting with the Halesi Mahadev temple, then moving on to the intriguing caves and finally ending the tour at the Matrika monastery. The 5 day Khotang Halesi Tour ends with the return drive to Kathmandu, followed by your departure the next day.
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When you arrive in Kathmandu (Tribhuwan International Airport), complete all visa formalities before meeting up with our representative. They will be waiting with signboards of your name and assist you in transferring to your hotel via private vehicle. In the evening, you can visit our office if you have time for the briefing regarding the tour. Otherwise, the briefing will be scheduled for the next morning.
Accommodation – Hotel, Meals – Dinner
Visit our office after breakfast for the briefing regarding the tour. Once that’s completed, we will head out for a guided tour around the valley. There are various UNESCO world heritage sites to explore across the capital, each with lots of cultural and religious significance. First, we will head over to Boudhanath, spend some time there and move on to Pashupatinath, which is only a few kilometers away. Next, we will visit Swayambhunath, a hilltop Stupa surrounded by numerous small Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Finally, on our way back to the hotel, we will stop at the old palace, the Kathmandu Durbar Square before ending the day around Thamel.
Accommodation – Hotel, Meals – Breakfast, Dinner
Today’s plans consist of a full day of driving along the BP Highway across central Nepal to Halesi. We will leave after an early breakfast as we have over 220km to cover. There will be a few breaks along the way, including one for lunch. After about 8 hours or so of being on the road, we will finally arrive at Halesi in the evening. We will spend the night at a nice local lodge.
Accommodation – Lodge, Meals – Breakfast, Dinner
Rise and shine early today as there is a lot to explore. First, we will head to the Halesi Mahadev Temple, which is also known as the Pashupatinath of the east. After worshipping and receiving blessings at the temples, we will resume our tour and explore Halesi Cave next. According to myths and legends, this cave located 67ft below the surface has been in existence for over 6000 years. Lord Shiva is once said to have made this place his abode when hiding from the demon Bhasmasur. Guru Rinpoche is also said to have meditated here for months during his journey. As such, Halesi carries a lot of significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Matrika monastery near the temple is also quite popular among Buddhists.
Once we are done exploring, we will head back to our lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, we will hop on our vehicle for the return drive to Kathmandu. We will follow the same route as before and likely arrive in Kathmandu late in the evening.
Accommodation – Hotel, Meals – Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy the last day of the tour with some delicious breakfast at your hotel. During your leisure time, you can explore Thamel and shop for some mementos to take back home if you’d like. If you have a flight scheduled, one of our staff will assist you in reaching the airport a few hours before your flight. Otherwise, you are free to continue your holiday as you wish.
Meals – Breakfast
• Ground Transportation as per group size
• Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
• 3 Night’s accommodation in 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
• 1 Night accommodation at Halesi on twin sharing basis
• Meals provided (B, L, D) as per itinerary
• Personal nature expenses (Laundry, drinks, snacks, telephone/fax calls, internet)
• Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents.
• Travel insurance / health insurance
• Tips and gratuities to drivers, hotel staff, guides
• Any meals apart from the ones mentioned in the itinerary