Special tour with Maha Shivaratri Celebration
Maha Shivaratri (or the great night of Lord Shiva) is an important Hindu festival celebrated annually in the honor of Lord Shiva. It is observed by remembering Lord Shiva along chanting prayers, fasting & lightning sacred fires whole night as a celebration of his birth.
Shiva is one of the three of the main deities of Hinduism. He is regarded as the quintessential destroyer or transformer. As the cycle of destruction and recreation is always in a circle, Shiva’s primary responsibility is maintaining the life cycle. The other two being, Lord Brahma – the creator and lord Vishnu – the Protector.
Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Pashupatinath, Lord of the Animals, who protect and care for all men. It is also believed that Lord Shiva once roamed as a deer in the forest behind Pashupatinath.
Hindu devotees on this night throng Shiva shrines everywhere, but the grandest of all activities revolve around the 2,000 year old Pashupatinath temple located on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River.
Shivaratri is one of the best cultural festivals you will experience along with the locals. The aura and the mood around the temple will be spiritual. You could see people dancing as if in a trance, sadhus (Saints) covered with ashes and walking barely with any clothes. Many of them will cover their bodies in ash to give it a pale complexion while then decorating many parts in bright colors. Thousands of devotees from within and outside the country, predominantly from India, throng the Pashupatinath temple from early morning and queue up for hours for the darshan of Lord Shiva.
The huge crowds may scare you but everyone is on their best behavior as this is a particular auspicious time to gain positive karma. We ensure you will have one of the best trip of your life.
You will have ample opportunities to capture the crowd and the sadhu’s (Sanits) in different avatars never seen before, the trance-like atmosphere in the temple and the biggest cultural festival of Hinduism in your lens.
The conditions stated in the itinerary are applicable for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.
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During our tour, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese vegan food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.