Like Mecca for Muslims, Char Dham, literally the four sacred sites, is the pilgrimage that Hindus must do at least once in their life time. According to the Mahabharat, Pandavs – the five brothers – did this pilgrimage to wash away sins of killing their cousins and uncles. All the four sacred sites are in India – Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram. These sites draw Hindu pilgrims from all over India as well as Nepal.
Not many people know that Nepal has its own set of Char Dhams. Though not popular among Indians, Nepalis have been doing this Char Dham pilgrimage for years. The Char Dhams in Nepal are (starting from east): Baraha Kshetra, Pashupat Kshetra, Mukti Kshetra and Ruru Kshetra.
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you and escort you to your hotel. In the evening, your guide will brief you about your tour.
Before starting your journey to the Char Dhams, we will take you to some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley so that you are introduced to this beautiful country. The three palace complexes of Kathmandu Valley are rich in the art and crafts dating back to the Malla era about three centuries ago. Meet local people, interact with them, and try local food.
Today you are visiting Baraha Kshetra – the first of the Char Dhams. After having breakfast at your hotel, our representative will transfer you to the airport for a short flight to Biratnagar. Then you will be driven to Baraha Kshetra. Enjoy the ambience of the holy place. If you want to perform Shraddha ritual, our guide will arrange a local priest for you. Perform Pooja at the Baraha Temple. The spiritual ambience in the temple complex will be a different experience altogether. Overnight: Hotel.
Today, you will visit the Budha Subba and Dantakali temples before you board a flight to Kathmandu. After you check into your hotel, you will be driven to the Pashupatinath Kshetra for some sightseeing. Enjoy the evening in a small park across the Bagmati River as priest offer a spectacular aarti to Lord Shiva. Overnight: Hotel.
Today you will perform special pooja at the Pashupatinath Temple. A dedicated priest will accompany you throughout your stay in the temple. He will help you in the Shraddha ritual, if you want to, and to perform pooja at the Pashupatinath Temple as well as guide you on the temple premises. After completing Pooja, you catch an afternoon flight to Pokhara. Check into your hotel. Enjoy the evening in the Lakeside Area – the main tourist district in Pokhara. Overnight: Hotel.
You catch an early flight to Jomsom airstrip from Pokhara. Only morning flights are possible to Jomsom, as strong winds make take-off and landing difficult after noon. Drive to Muktinath Temple in a jeep. Our guide will stop you at Kagbeni so that you can perform Shraddha ritual.Peform pooja at the temple and cherish the ambience. If interested, you can take a holy bath at 108 water spouts on the temple premises. Return to Jomsom in a jeep. Overnight: Loge.
After breakfast, catch a flight to Pokhara. The flight is of only half an hour. At the airport, board a jeep for about two hour’s drive to Ruru Kshetra. Once you arrive at the temple premises, you will meet a local priest who will perform Shraddha ritual and guide you in the pooja process. In the evening, board your vehicle for an easy ride to Pokhara. Overnight: Hotel
Wake up early in the morning to catch sunrise from the Sarangkot Hills. The view of snow capped mountains glittering in the morning sun will remain etched in your memory for long. You can see beautiful mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli, among others, lined up in the northern horizon. Return to your hotel. After having breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu. The journey takes around seven houts. Overnight: Hotel.
Today is the departure day. Carrying memories of Nepal, you are returning to your country today. Our representative will transfer you the airport three hours before your flight time so that you can complete customs formalities with ease. Have a safe flight back home!