|Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal|
The Holiest Hindu Temples in Nepal
Nepal is a country replete with temples, shrines and religious sites. The country is a big draw for both pilgrims and backpackers since most of its temples are masterpieces of art & architecture.
Here are some of the holiest temples which have spurred the popularity of Nepal tourism:
Pashupatinath: The temple of Pashupatinath is easily the biggest attraction in the country. It is a highly devout temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Pashupatinath) and is scenically situated by the Bagmati River. The premises are thronged and haunted by monkeys in surprising numbers. They add to the unearthly ambience and also the reputation of the deity as being the ‘lord of the animals’. As per the rules, only Hindu pilgrims are permitted to step inside the temple. So, if you are a non-Hindu, you will have to stay contented with an external view. But the experience of visiting the place would truly be worth it!
Muktinath: Muktinath is a temple which is hard to access. It is located at a very high altitude and it is no child’s play to manage the rough terrains. But ‘muktinath’ translates into ‘Lord who grants salvation’. So, people come here to seek salvation, as propagated by Lord Buddha. Despite being so inaccessible, it receives a fairly huge number of pilgrims.
Manakamana: Temple of Manakamana is dedicated to a deity who makes your wishes come true. Pilgrims and tourists come here to soak in its spiritual ambience and also to make a wish. The place has its own share of legendary tales and apocryphal stories. Its mysticism and devoutness together combine to make it one of the holiest places in the country.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Nepal tourism proudly flaunts the temple of Swayambhunath before the tourists. It is a grand place known for its hypnotic architectural beauty and lively atmosphere. Monkeys are rampant in this area, and it is a one-of-a-kind experience to visit this place.
Best time to visit Nepal: Though the country can be toured round the year, the best time to visit Nepal is during the autumn season (between September-November) or during the spring season (between February-April).
Manya Singh is a traveller and adventure seeker writing about a number of Indian & International holiday destinations. Solo Travelling, playing with nature and backpacking are few more undertakings she loves. As a blogger she writes about Nepal tourism and manages all exclusive holiday packages at WAH Holidays.