This is the temple 58 km. east from Kathmandu, located in Panchkhal Municipality of Kavre Palanchowk district. The temple is situated on the top of the hill named Palanchowk. It is 7 km north from Panchkhal and 30 km from Dhulikhel on the Araniko highway. There is an idol three feet tall finely carved black stone studded with jewelries. This is the temple said to have been built in the time of king Manadeva. This is the powerful goddess temple, attracts large number of pilgrims during Dashain. The temple houses 3 feet long idol of Goddess Bhagawati carved in the black stone. This is the temple specially visited on every Tuesday and Saturday. Animal sacrifice is offered to the goddess. It is also believed that Naxal bhagawati and Shova Bhagawati in Kathmandu are the younger sisters of Palanchwok bhagawati. All the three idols are said to be made by the same sculptor.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel (1,440 m).Sightseeing,Sunset. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 04:Drive from Dhulikhel to Palanchowk Bhagawati (1,563 m). Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 05: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 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley 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 from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel (1,440 m).Sightseeing,Sunset. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we drive to Dhulikhel, 32 km east from Kathmandu. This is on the edge of Araniko Highway (Kathmandu – Kodari Highway). Dhulikhel is situated at an altitude of 1440 m, a well preserved ancient town, famous for sun rise. It is the notable dining spots in and around the town, a marvelous spot from which we can do 1-2 days hiking, a place from where we can go to picturesque pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. The Newar town of Dhulikhel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views – lovely buildings, intricate wood carving. This had an important link to Tibet in the past. We can visit the central square of Narayanthan containing a temple of Narayan and a smaller one to Harisiddhi. The Bhagawati Mandir set at the high point of the village. The peaks from Annapurna to Everest are visible from the summit (1,715 m) marked by a small Kali shrine. Overnight at Dhulikhel
Day 04Drive from Dhulikhel to Palanchowk Bhagawati (1,563 m). Drive back to Kathmandu We drive early from Dhulikhel to Palanchowk Bhagawati which is 30 km from Dhulikhel. It is really tempting valley view and of adjacent hills. We reach at an altitude of 1,563 m and find an amazing Bhagawati idol, 3 feet tall carved in a black stone. After worshipping the goddess and exploring the area, we return back to Kathmandu by the same way. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 05Transfer to the Airport Your trip to Palanchowk Bhagawati Pilgrimage 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!!!