Halesi Mahadev Darshan Tour (5 days)
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Halesi Mahadev Darshan Tour is a exciting holy trip into one of the famous Hindu Pilgrimage destination of Haleshi Mahadev. Halesi Mahadev, Temple of Lord Shiva, is located at the small hilly area between holy rivers Dudh Koshi (Right) and Sunkoshi (left) at Khotang District of Nepal. Halesi Mahadev Darshan Tour is very popular among Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims who consider it as Pashupatinath Temple in Eastern Nepal. It sits on the top of the hill and inside a gorgeous cave. There lie other numerous small beautiful caves too which have their own importance. You can see the image of the god is inside the cave, which is full of natural beauty. The cave is dark and there are bats flying here and there. It is also a kind of pride for the people living there, as it is as famous as other temples like the Pashupatinath, the Lumbini etc. even it is recognized internationally. This natural cave lies in 4th remote hilly region and is believed to be in existence since 6000 years. It is the place full of natural beauty and cultural inheritance. Halesi Mahadev Darshan Tour is popular not only among the Hindus as well as the Buddhists all over the world.
The place is a gift of nature. There are three mysterious caves, which are believed to be the three eyes of lord Shiva. One can see an image of lord Shiva which is called as Haleshwar Mahadev in the first cave. In second cave also known as Basaha Gufa, image of Nandi can be seen. And there is an image of Bhairav in the third cave. Among these three mysterious caves the first one with the image of Lord Shiva is the main part of the temple. After marching down 25 to 30 steps down the stairs at the walls of the cliff there is a big red stone which is worshiped as Gaura Parbata. It is believed to be a joint image of Goddesses Gauri and Parvati. This cave lies in the depth of about 300ft. There is the image of Mahadev made of stone at the bottom of this cave which about two and half feet long. One can reach to the end or to the image of the god after walking 102 stairs made of the stones arranged well in the stairs. The stairs are wide enough to walk for a 4/5 people at a time.
It is said that the base of the statue 'Linga' of Mahadev which is nearly two and half feet high up from the ground but the base of the statue leads to the next cave (Basaha Gufa) through a small hole. The base of the statue is full of water although it stands at under the ground. The main statue of the temple is fenced with the cement pillars which are situated in a square at the middle. Above the statue in the cliff there is an image of cows' udder from which white drops fall on to the statue. It is believed that Kamadhenu (Cow in the heaven who can fulfill the desires wishes if asked) is worshiping the god by offering her milk.
The beautiful and mysterious natural caves are full of different natural images inside it which themselves are mysterious.
Ghoptay Dwar: This door is named after its location. Ghoptay Dwar is a Nepali word which means downward facing door. It is located to the Northwest of the image of the god. People enter here from the South and come out of the North. It is about 9 feet long.
Janma Dwar: A little further the Ghoptay Dwar to the east after walking 6 feet sliding way we can get to another door where one is allowed to enter first by putting one leg and the head carefully. It is Janma Dwar which means the door of birth.
Pap Dwar: To the East-South of the image of the god, there is another door called Pap Dwar. In this door people enter from the east and come out hardly from the West.
Dharma Dwar: After praying the Haleshwar Mahadev when we move forward in the West-North there are two 9/9 feet square shaped stones with a small gap between them. There is a tradition of going in and coming out from that gap. This gap is called Dharma Dwar.
Swarga Dwar: There is another famous door called as Swarga Dwar. Ii looks really amazing if it is viewed from Yagya Shala, close to pap dwar. People can't reach there, as it is located really in a difficult place where there is no way to get through. It may have been named Swarga Dwar as Swarga in Nepali Means heaven where no people can reach and live in.
Legend Says, “People who are really religious can easily enter the four dwars. But those who are not religious cannot enter any of these Dwars/Doors”.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Haleshi Mahadev Temple
Today you will be heading out to the one of the holiest temple of Nepal, i.e. Haleshi Mahadev. There are three options to get there,
1. Direct fly to Haleshi by helicopter and visit the cave, temple and worship the lord. Then head back to Kathmandu.
2. Take 35 Minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lamidanda and then driver through Armholes Bazaar to the spot via jeep or local busses/ private vehicle. Explore the cave, temple and surroundings and then back to Kathmandu.
3. A long drive to Ghurmi through Khurkot and stay overnight at normal lodge and then next day morning again drive to Haleshi Mahadev area then perform worship, visit and explore the surroundings. Then head back to Kathmandu
Day 4: Haleshi to Nagarkot
After breakfast you will be visiting local villages and surroundings there and then you will fly back to Kathmandu and then drive for Nagarkot hill. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Sunrise at Nagarkot and back to Kathmandu
Early morning you get a wake up call to see the mesmerizing view of sunrise over the snowy capped mountain, after sunrise you headed to Nagarkot tower from where you can encounter the panorama view of different mountain like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Mahalangur and Numbur. Then drive back to Kathmandu . And enjoy the yourself by exploring different Pubs, dance bar etc. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Departure
Today your Haleshi Mahadev Darsan Tour comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous acivities like hiking, river rafting, Bunjy Jumping, Paragliding etc.
Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle.
Accommodation in Kathmandu at standard hotels with breakfast.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.
Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees.
Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House on Halesi.
Kathmandu- Lamidanda -Kathmandu flight ticket including 15 kg Baggage’s
All additional government tax & permit.
Nepal entry visa fee
International / any air fare.
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.