Gorkha and Manakamana tour is one of the popular destinations in the Himalayan foothills for cultural experience and the Himalayan scenery. The destination is about a halfway drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan or Pokhara making it the perfect place to break the long drive and explore the less touristy part of Nepal.
Gorkha or Gurkha is situated some 140 km west of Kathmandu at the altitude of 1,135 m. The district is the ancestral hometown of Nepal's royal family. The town of Gorkha is only 24 km off the Pokhara-Kathmandu Highway. This tour of Gorkha Manakamana gives more insight into Nepalese cultural life and history with mesmerizing landscape and Himalayan sightseeing.
Manakamana, the wish fulfilling goddess on the ridgetop is accessed by a 1.3 km cable car. The temple is one of the most popular Tantric goddess temples in Nepal. This side trip with an expert tour guide provides a close cultural encounter and the social and ethical reason for the tradition of blood sacrifice. There is a nice 3 – 4 hrs walk along the ridge with Mt Manaslu and Ganesh Himal looming at a distance.
Manakamana temple is 100 km / 3 hrs on Kathmandu - Pokhara highway. An Austrian - engineered cable car sweeps up an almost impossibly steep hillside to the ancient Manakamana temple, one of the most important temples in Nepal. Hindus believe that the goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati, has the power to grant wishes. Pilgrims sacrifice goats or free pigeons according to their vow as their wishes are fulfilled. Beside being the center of culture and religion, the ridge top of Manakamana temple also offers a good view of Mt, Manaslu.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, pick up and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive 3 hrs to Kurintar and ride a cable car to Manakamana Temple. Tour around, lunch and hike for couple of hours. Take a cable car down or hike down to Lakshmi Bazaar. Overnight in Gorkha. Enjoy the sunset over the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
Day 04: Visit the historical museum and the fort-palace of Gorkha Durbar in the morning. Later drive 2 hrs to Bandipur village. Check in the hotel in traditional Newari style building and later go on a village walk. In the evening hike half an hour to Thani Mai hillock for sunset view over the Himalayas.
Day 05: Drive 2 and half hours to Pokhara. Check in hotel and later hike to World peace pagoda.
Day 06: Pokhara sightseeing or a day hike.
Day 07: Drive or fly back to KathmanduDay 08: Drive to the airport for final departure.
Day 01 :Drive to Kurintar (100 km / 3 hrs) and take a cable car to Manakamana temple at 1,350 m hill overlooking the Gorkha and Himalayas towards north. Walk down to Betini village (20 mints) to be guest of community homestay. Village tour, sunset view over the himilayas and cultural program in the evening.
Day 02 : After breakfast start our trek to Bkreshower Mahadev temple and Lakhan Thapa cave. The Himalayan view appears magnificent from the Lakhan Thapa cave and above. The trail further follows the ridge through the forest for 2 hrs and finally come down to little hamlet of Tinmane Bhanjyang. From there we gradually climb down to Khimti Bhanjyang and drive to Gorkha.
Day 03 : Hike to the palace of Gorkha in the morning. The hill offers magnificent view of Manaslu range. After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.
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