Maha Shivaratri Festival Tour in Kathmandu

1 Day

Overview

Maha Shivaratri Festival Tour in Kathmandu is a Hindu festival tour that takes you on a spiritual journey to the heart of Nepal’s culture and religion. You will witness the grand celebrations of Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and experience the religious fervor of the festival. This tour will give you an opportunity to explore the Hindu culture of Nepal, its people, and their way of life.

What to Expect: During the Maha Shivaratri Festival Tour in Kathmandu, you can expect to experience the rich culture and tradition of Nepal. You will visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple and other religious sites where you can witness the grand celebrations of Maha Shivaratri. You will see thousands of devotees offering prayers and performing rituals to Lord Shiva. You will also get an opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life. The tour will be led by an experienced guide who will provide you with insights and information about the festival and its significance.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Hindu culture of Nepal
  • Witness the grand celebrations of Maha Shivaratri
  • Visit the famous Pashupatinath Temple and other historical and religious sites
  • Get an insight into the daily life of the locals
  • Learn about the history and significance of the festival

Itinerary

Early morning, our guide will accompany you to the famous Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important and sacred Hindu temples in the world, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. You will see thousands of devotees from all over Nepal and India who come to pay their respects to Lord Shiva during Maha Shivaratri. Our guide will provide you with insights into the history and significance of the temple and the festival.

After exploring the temple, you will be taken to other important religious sites in Kathmandu, such as the Budhanilkantha Temple, and the Guhyeshwari Temple, where you can witness the grand celebrations of Maha Shivaratri. You will see colorful processions, hear devotional music, and see people dressed in traditional attire, adding to the festive atmosphere.

During the day, you will also get an opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life. You can talk to the priests and other devotees to gain an understanding of the religious customs and traditions.
In the evening, our guide will take you to attend the Maha Shivaratri festival at the Pashupatinath Temple. You will witness the holy rituals, including the chanting of mantras, ringing of bells, and the lighting of lamps. You can also see the "Mahashivratri Jyotirlinga" or the holy fire, which is lit during the festival, and devotees offer prayers to it.

After the Maha Shivaratri festival tour, our guide will take you back to your hotel, where you can rest and reflect on the spiritual experiences of the day.

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour guide
  • Private transportation with air condition
  • Bottled water during sightseeing.
  • All Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Monuments entry fees
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities for guide/driver.

FAQs

When is Maha Shivaratri celebrated?

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hindu month of Phalguna, which usually falls in February or March.

What is the significance of Maha Shivaratri?

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated to honor Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. It is believed that by observing Maha Shivaratri, one can attain salvation and cleanse oneself of sins.

What should I wear during the festival?

As it is a religious festival, it is recommended to dress modestly and wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Is it safe to travel during the festival?

Yes, it is safe to travel during the festival. However, it is recommended to follow the local customs and traditions and respect the religious sentiments of the locals.

Can I take photographs during the festival?

Yes, you can take photographs, but it is recommended to seek permission before photographing people and religious sites.

Is the festival only celebrated in Kathmandu?

No, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated all over Nepal and in other parts of India as well. However, Kathmandu is one of the most popular destinations to witness the festival.

Are there any specific rituals that are performed during the festival?

Yes, there are various rituals that are performed during Maha Shivaratri, such as fasting, meditating, offering prayers, and performing puja (worship) of Lord Shiva. Devotees also take dips in the holy rivers and visit temples to seek blessings.

Is it necessary to be a Hindu to participate in the festival?

No, the festival is open to people of all religions and beliefs. However, it is recommended to respect the local customs and traditions and behave respectfully during the festival.

Do I need to be physically fit to participate in the tour?

The tour involves some walking and standing, so it is recommended to be in decent physical shape. However, the tour can be customized according to your preferences and requirements.

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Maha Shivaratri Festival Tour in Kathmandu
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