Chandan Nath Mandir is one of the famous Hindu temples in Karnali zone. It is located at Khalanga Bazaar of Jumla District on western Nepal. This temple was built at the time of Kalyal dynasty. Festivals like Shivaratri, Dashain and tihar draws the huge numbers of devotees towards the temple. It is believed that a person named Chandannath came to the place all the way from Kashmir, India and he brought along the statue of God Narayan and put it at the place where the temple was then built.
Local people believe that the cow would offer milk in some secret place, known by her owner one day and the temple was being built. There is a lingo (a wooden pillar), changed every year. The length of the lingo is more than 52 feet and the locals believe that if the lingo breaks while changing then something bad will occur. Within the complex, there are the temples of Bhairav, Krishna and Hanuman. People from different parts of the country come to worship during Jatras, Ghatasthapana, Dashain , and Shivaratri.
There are regular flights to Jumla from Nepalgunj. A track road has recently linked with Surkhet- Jumla in the south.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03:Drive/Fly from Kathmandu to Surkhet (72 m/236 ft), 13 hrs.by bus (1 hour 5 min.flight) O/N stay at hotel
Day 04:Drive from Surkhet to Kalikot, 7 hrs. Overnight stay at tea house
Day 05:Drive from Kalikot to Chandannath Temple, 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house in Jumla
Day 06:Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 07:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotelUpon your arrival in Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets and transfers you to hotel at Thamel, 5 km west from airport. After check in hotel, if you feel fresh then you could explore Thamel market. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley After breakfast, we get ready for the day tour in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We begin our tour from Swoyambhunath Stupa, lovingly called it ‘Monkey Temple’, perched in conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground floor. The site of Swoyambhu Mahachaitya is the cradle of Bajrayana Buddhism, a traditional unique to Kathmandu Valley. Bajrayana is a tantric variation of the Mahayana (the larger vehicle) Tradition. This place is the spiritual house of all the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas symbolized by the five Dhyani Buddhas: Aksobya in the East, Ratnasambhava in the South, Amitabha in the West, AmoghaSiddhi in the North and Vairochana in the Center.Shantikar Acharya, the great tantric has built a temple for each of the five elements wind, earth, fire, water and sky. The hemispherical garba is made of brick and stone. Tibetan believers pour lime down the chaitya as a ritual to cure illnesses of family members. The magnificent temple on the western side of the dome is Harati temple, dedicated to mother protrectress known as Shitala for Hindus and Ajima for Newari and Harati for Buddhists, attracts worshippers for the protection of children against diseases. After this we drive 2 and half kilometers to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is actually made up of two sub areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Jagannath Temple, and Big Bell etc. while the inner complex comprises the old palace area, Hanuman Dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Lohan Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Basantapur Durbar and others. Besides the magnificent temples and shrines, other interesting aspects are various festivals, cultural activities and traditions people are following from centuries. The mystical charm of the Durbar Square allures the visitors to spend hours wondering around the area. The site is being renovated after the massive earthquake – 2015. Another place, after 6 km drive is Boudhanath stupa, one of the greatest stupas in the world. This has been partially damaged by the earthquake and now under restoration. The splendid dome of Boudha Stupa is approximately 120 ft in diameter, 1 hector in width and 43.25 m in height. It is known as Jyarung Khashyor. This stupa is religiously, culturally and archeologically very important. It has become the center of a thriving town of monasteries, craftsmanship, and businesses. It is believed that those who reside around this great stupa will never have to suffer from the hunger, famine and unfavorable conditions. The other important sites around Boudha Stupa are Ajima Temple, Guru Lhakhang Monastery, Samteling Monastery, Jhamchen Lhakhang and Palri Tahsi Migyur Dorje Gyaltsen Ling etc. There are more than 28 monasteries around this area. The fourth place we visit is Pashupatinath Temple, Shiva temple, described Him as Lord of the entire living beings and the source of eternal bliss and peace. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest temples of the world revered and worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists. We can see the cremation ghat, ritual bathers, priests performing ritual activities, and the sadhus lying smearing ashes in their bodies half naked. Since time immemorial, the Pashupati Area has been a place of prayer and worship for freedom from worldly bondage as well as a place of meditation to realize oneself as part of the Supreme Self. We can see the main Shiva Temple with its golden roof and silver doors, the Basuki Naga Temple, Shivalayas with phallic idols, other temples dedicated to Rama and Vishnu, the temple dedicated to mother goddess Parvati etc. After the sightseeing, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive/Fly from Kathmandu to Surkhet (72 m/236 ft), 13 hrs.by bus (1 hour 5 min.flight) O/N stay at hotel After breakfast, we drive to Surkhet, about 400 km west of Kathmandu. It takes about 13 hrs by bus. Surkhet is a valley, a regional area of mid western Development region of Nepal. We can fly to Surkhet which is 1 hour 5 minutes flight operated by Buddha Air and Nepal Airlines. Overnight at Surkhet
Day 04Drive from Surkhet to Kalikot, 7 hrs. Overnight stay at tea house After breakfast, we drive from Surkhet to Kalikot. It takes about 7 hrs which passes through difficult section of Karnali highway. It is very adventurous. Overnight at Kalikot
Day 05Drive from Kalikot to Chandannath Temple, 7 hrs. Overnight at guest house in Jumla After breakfast, we drive from Kalikot to Chandannath Temple at Khalanga, Jumla. Chandannath Temple is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in Jumla district. It takes about 7 hours by bus which is not easy journey but the scenic landscapes remove all the hardships of difficult journey. Overnight at Jumla
Day 06Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu We fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj in the morning. It is 20 minutes short flight. Tara Air and Nepal Airlines are operating the flight. The same day from Nepalgunj, we fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 07Transfer to the Airport The Chandannath Temple Tour ends today with lot more memories of mid western region of Nepal and with its panoramic views. We depart you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. If you have time for shopping, we can help you visit the local market and buy some dainty gifts to your families, friends, and relatives. Finally, we escort you to the airport and say bye and wish you have safe and happy journey. Namaste!!!