Manakamana temple is 104 km west from Kathmandu. This lies 12 km south from Gorkha. The temple of Manakamana has two words: Mana means ‘heart’ and Kamana means ‘the wish fulfilling’. So, she is revered as the wish fulfilling goddess, situated in Gorkha district of Western Nepal. This is the sacred pilgrimage site of Hindu Goddess Bhagawati, an incarnation of Parvati. The temple was built in 17th century. it is believed that Goddess Bhagawati grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her. The temple is located on a ridge 1302 meters above sea level and the river valley of Trishuli on the south and Marshyangdi flowing in the west can be viewed from the top. The temple can be reached via cable car from Kurintar along Prithivi highway, trekking or by road from different way of Gorkha district.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar (258 m), 3 hrs. Go to temple by cable car. Back to Kathmandu
Day 04:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure cordially greets you and transfers to hotel. After you get refreshed from jet lag, you can walk around Thamel and explore touristic area. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing and the first place we go to Swoyambhu, the monkey temple, perched on the top of the conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground level. From the hilltop setting, Swayambhunath offers the fine views over Kathmandu and the valley .Atop the soaring swell of the whitewashed dome, a gold-colored square block depicts the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out across the valley in each direction. There are five different elements from the nature, shown in five different places. After this, we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Most of the interesting things to see in Kathmandu are clustered in the old part of town, focused around the majestic Durbar Square and its surrounding backstreets. The Hindu temples, Kumari House, neo-classical building, Old palaces, Basantapur – the open space for souvenir shops, many courtyards, and the tallest temple – Taleju Bhawani are the charming places to see there. Then we go to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world, situated inside where the houses surrounded it. It is built in Mandala shape or in lotus flower shape. Here is more Tibetan influence. The fourth place we visit is the Shiva temple where we can see the cremation, ritual bathers, people paying annual service to their deceased father or mother, many phallic symbols and half naked Sadhus. Finally, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar (258 m), 3 hrs. Go to temple by cable car. Back to Kathmandu After breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar, 105 km to the west on the Prithivi Highway. We get off from the car and ride the cable car over the distance of 2.8 km in 10 minutes more or less. Manakamana is a sacred place of the Hindu goddess Bhagawati, built in 17th century. Manakamana is also believed as a wish fulfilling deity. We visit Manakamana temple and surrounding village. Manakamana is the gateway for the Lower Manaslu trekking. It offers the best view of countryside, mountain ranges, and Gorkha Bazaar. The short hiking to the Bakreshwori and the adjacent hills would be really a great fun. The temple has great historical and religious significance. People from different parts of the country are found thronging worshipping and offering here. After the exploration of this area, we again descend down by cable car and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 04Transfer to the Airport Your Manakamana Temple tour ends today and you fly for the next destination. We depart you to the Airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. If you have enough time before you fly or reach to the airport, we can help you guiding to the bustling local market around Indrachowk, Asan, otherwise we leave you in the airport with warm greetings. We thank you joining Himkala Adventure and wish you have your safe journey to the next destination. Namaste!!!