The most enigmatic statue of Hindu God Bishnu, Budhanilkantha is located at a distance of 8 km. from the center of Kathmandu. It is located at the base of Shivapuri hill and is the largest and the most beautiful stone carving of Nepal from Lichhavi period. It is also the most enigmatic. Carved from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the statue of Budhanilkantha is 5 meters in length and it lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water also representing the cosmic sea which is 13 meters in length. Also referred as the sleeping Bishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statue depicts the deity reclining on the serpent deities known as Nagas, and also is the servant of Lord Bishnu. Budhanilkantha receives large numbers of pilgrims during Haribodhini Ekadashi, which takes place during the 11th day of the Hindu month of Kartik (October – November). It is the major festival for the year in celebration of the awakening of Lord Bishnu from his long sleep.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03:Drive to Budhanilkantha, 8 km far, takes 30 min. visit the temple & return back to hotel
Day 04:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotelAfter you get off the plane, you pass through the passage where the panels are hung on the wall those identify the country and you approach the custom clearance section. After the custom formalities, you arrive in the exit door of the airport. Our representative from Himkala Adventure will be waiting for your arrival and greets you heartily and transfers you to hotel at Thamel. Thamel is 5 km west from airport which is touristy place and you could recreate a lot with its old and new architectures, many different souvenirs shops, restaurants, narrow lanes, artistic wooden arts and crafts etc. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing, first we head towards Swoyambhu Stupa or people call it lovingly ‘The monkey Temple’, perched on hill 3 km west of Thamel. It is the great place to get your bearings, geographically and culturally. The hill commands a sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley. It is a real eye opener. The monks and the visitors walking around Stupa , the monkeys running here and there, seems playful and the old stupa with Buddha eyes painted in all its four sides is the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal. Tantric Buddhists consider it the chief power point of the Kathmandu valley.After this, we come to teeming, touristy Kathmandu Durbar Square which is known by other names like Hanuman Dhoka, Basantapur. It has many Hindu temples, the Kumari – the living goddess Gaddhi Baithak, Nasal Chowk where the coronation would take place. The third place we visit is Boudhanath Stupa, which is about 6 km from Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas in the world.It is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Tibetans simply call it Chorten Chempo or “Great Stupa”.This has been the Mecca of Tibetan exiles in Nepal. The fourth place for today’s sightseeing is Pashupatinath – the Shiva Temple, the temple of supreme Hindu God. It is Nepal’s holiest pilgrimage sites where we can see a time warp enclave of exotic temples, cremation ghats, ritual bathers and half naked sadhus. After the sightseeing of these four places, we return back to hotel in Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive to Budhanilkantha, 8 km far, takes 30 min. visit the temple & return back to hotel We drive from hotel to Budhanilkantha which is 8 km north from the heart of Kathmandu. Budhanilkantha is a sacred place where people come to worship Vishnu. It is called Budhanilkantha which literally means “Old Blue Throat”. This is open air Hindu Temple where 5 m (17 ft.) long reclining Vishnu is lying on the 13 m (43 ft.) long water tank. This is Jalasayan Narayana lying on the cosmic ocean on the bed of Ananta Shesha and 11 hooded snakes. It is believed that the idol was carved in 7th or 8th century in the Lichhavi period. Vishnu is sleeping with his legs crossed and holding conch shell, disc, club and bibhuti on his hands. The site is on the lap of Shivapuri national park and it is full of serene beauty. There are other small shrine dedicated to Shiva, Ganesha and Laxmi. This is the famous place for performing Hindu ritual activities like ritual thread ceremony, marriage and so on. The main festival celebrated here is Haribodhani Ekadashi which falls on late October or early November. After walking around the temple, we return back to hotel and take rest. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 04Transfer to the Airport Your trip to the Budhanilkantha Temple Tour ends today. We depart you to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. If you would like to buy dainty gifts for your family, relatives and friends, we could help you guiding into the bustling local market of Kathmandu. Finally, we escort you to the airport and leave you on the gate of departure. Wishing you safe and happy journey, we say bye and Namaste!!!