The pilgrimage starts in the morning. We will pick you up from your hotel or pickup location decided on and ride a private vehicle to the city of Bhaktapur. It is about 12 km away from Kathmandu city. We will reach the city of Bhaktapur in half an hour if there is less traffic. There are many places that we must visit during our trip today. Various stop locations for our religious tour are provided below.
Stop At: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the heart of Bhaktapur city. It houses many architectural marvels and different temples. You can see the ancient red stone paved and slated roads throughout the courtyard. From the entry point to the exit point, there ate many temples, iconic buildings, and historic relics. As the city of Bhaktapur has Newar influences, many Newar communities and vendors are around the region with local delicacies. The pillars with statues of historical kings can be found there.
Stop At: Nyatapola Temple
The Nyatapola Temple is a pagoda-style temple with five leveled roofs. The roofs symbolize five basic elements. Goddess Siddhalaxmi is worshipped in the temple. The temple stands over 30 meters with stone statues placed on both sides of the stairs leading to the temple entrance. The stone statues are on the plinth and are regarded as guardians. There are the idols of Lord Ganesha on the four shrines.
Stop At: 55 Window Palace
The fifty-five-window palace, as its name suggests, has 55 windows. The windows are all marvelous beauty and are hand carved. The palace lies next to the "Golden Gate", another great architectural beauty. The carvings of Aasta Bhairav, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Kumar can be found around this two-story palace. More ancient stories are carved around the palace.
Stop At: Dattatreya Temple
The Dattatreya Temple is on the east side of Bhaktapur. The deity Dattatreya also believed to be the personification of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (Trimurthi), is honored in the temple. Like Kasthamandap, this temple was built using a single tree.
Stop At: Siddha Pokhari
The Siddha Pokhari is a man-made lake near the gates of Bhaktapur. Build in the 15th century, the pond is also named Indra Daha. It covers a volume of 171m*23m*3m (length*width*depth). It is a preferred hangout place for locals and people enjoy feeding the fish in the pond. This pond is a religious site because many local inhabitants visit the pond for rituals.
Stop At: Doleshwor Mahadev Temple
The Doleshwor Mahadev Temple lies in the southeast part of Bhaktapur District. It is the temple of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the head part of the Kedarnath temple of Uttarakhand lies in this temple as the engravings and many relics in the temple date the same as the findings in Kedarnath. It is believed by the pilgrims that if you have visited Pashupatinath in Nepal and Kedarnath in India, to completely receive the holy benefits, you must visit Doleshwor Mahadev Temple.
Stop At: Kailashnath Mahadev Statue
The Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is a 44-meter-tall Shiva Statue at the top of a hill. It is the marvelous Nepali architecture of recent decades. Being one of the major tourist attraction centers, many devotees come to the place to receive the blessing on this remote hill. The statue overlooks the whole of Kathmandu blessing the entire region.
Stop At: Changu Narayan Temple
The Changunarayan Temple is an ancient heritage of Nepal. It worships lord Vishnu as the main deity and has statues and idols of many other deities surrounding the temple premises. It was built in traditional Nepali architecture which cannot be found commonly. So due to its significance in historic architecture, location, and religious importance, the temple of Changunarayan was enlisted as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple lies on top of a hill covered by champak trees. The carvings around the temple and the main temple are beautiful. There are stone pillars with inscriptions in Sanskrit towards the western entrance.
The trip ends in the evening as you have visited most of the temples in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley. Be sure to pray and devote yourself to the gods and goddesses that you have visited. If you are looking to travel to other pilgrimage sites in Nepal, be sure to contact us and we will provide you with the best help possible.