Hindu Pilgrims in Nepal: There are three kinds of Hindu Pilgrimages in Nepal for
1. Lord Shiva, 2. Lord Vishnu, and 3. Ma Shakti . According to Puran mythology
Himalaya is home of Lord Shiva and Parbati. Hence there are many Pilgrimage sites related to Lord Shiva in Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple is the
Holiest pilgrimage of Lord Shiva. Mt. Kailas is the mountain of Lord Shiva and it is considered holiest of all holy mountains. Mt.
in Tibet near Nepal Tibet border. A mountain with a Temple on its top is also considered Holy Mountain.
There are several Shakti-peeths related to Durga Ma through out Nepal. Dakhinakli and Guheswori are most famous Shakti-peeths of Kathmandu
valley. Other important Shakti-peeths are Pathibhara, Shaileswori, Vindyavashini, Mankamana, Jogeshwori, etc. Such Shakti-peeths are usually
situated on the top of a mountain. The confluence of rivers, particularly when they are major tributaries of the Ganges, is always regarded as
religiously significant by Hindus, as it is believed a third spiritual river also joins. Such confluence is called Tribeni.
Pashupatinath: Lord Shiva is worshipped as Pashupati the Lord of all living creatures. The temple of Pashupatinath is 6 Km east of
Kathmandu. Pasupat-Chhetra (site of Pashupatinath) is one of the holiest places in Nepal for Hindus all over the world. Many Hindu Pilgrims come Pashupatinath
round the year. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu from all over World make Pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri (Night of Shiva,
one day before black moon in February). There are many temples of various Hindu Gods in the holy site. Guheswori temple is the most
important among other temples. A walk from this temple to Aryaghat near Pashupatinath temple is very popular among non-Hindu tourists.
Pashupatinath Temple area is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal.
Buddhist Pilgrims in Nepal: Buddha was born in Nepal at Lumbini as
Shiddarth Gautam. Shiddarth
Gautam led the world on the path to enlightenment and became Lord Buddha two thousand five hundred years ago.
Lord Buddha was born in Nepal at Lumbini. He was born as a prince called Siddhartha Gautam. Shiddarth Gautam led the world on the path to enlightenment and
became Lord Buddha two thousand five hundred years ago. Lord Buddha's birth site was then made a beautiful garden. The beautiful Garden in the Buddha's time still
exists in the present day Lumbini Garden with its legendary charm and beauty.
Places of interest: Maya Devi Temple (birth site), Asoka Pillar, Archeological excavation sites, various Buddhist temples and
monasteries from Buddhist countries from all over worlds. Tilaurakot was the capital city in the Lord Buddha era. The archeological excavation around Tilaurakot is another
Access: Lumbini is about 20 minute drive from Shiddarthnagar (Bhairawa), a town in mid western Nepal. Shiddarthnagar is best accessed by car,
Local bus, and Air (Kathmandu). Shiddarthnagar is just 6 Km from Sunauli a Nepal/India border if you are travelling Nepal from India. Sunauli is the important
Immigration post between India and Nepal.
Some Buddhist pilgrim sites: Important Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu valley are Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath, four
Stupa built by
Asoka Emperor in Patan and one Chabhil, etc. There are several Tibetan monasteries around Kathmandu valley. Some of the monasteries are recently built.
Monasteries at Kapan and Pharping are noticeably popular among tourists. Tengboche Monastery is the highest altitude monastery in Nepal.
Namobuddha is the place where Lord Buddha, in an earlier life, offered his body to a starving tigress so she could feed
her cubs. It is said that his hair, bones and so forth were made into a Stupa, the Stupa now known as Namobuddha. It is in east of Kathmandu valley near Panauti.