One of the best things about going on world pilgrim tours, apart from the fact that it rinses your soul, is that you get to experience something that is unexpected and extraordinary. To go on holy land pilgrimage tours, you don’t need to be a religious person. Most of the holy land pilgrimage tours that are featured here take you to destinations that are naturally ecstatic. Even when you don’t consider the aspect of nature, there are numerous elements in these religious tours, such as the architectural beauty of the heritages, religious rituals, the passion of the devotees, and so on, that are sure to fascinate you. Provided that you have the time, energy and resources, you should definitely go for these religious tours.
Pilgrim Tours in Nepal
1. Muktinath Tour
Muktinath tour is a 7 days long journey altogether. Muktinath Pilgrimage tour takes you to the auspicious Muktinath temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the prominent Hindu deities, one-third of the holy trinity. Muktinath roughly translates to ‘the deity that offers you liberation. The place is an important religious heritage not just for Hindus, but also for the Buddhists.
They call it Chumig Gyatsa, which means ‘hundred waters’ in Tibetan. Muktinath tours takes you through some of the toughest places in the Annapurna Region. You will have to cross Thorung La, a high altitude mountain pass situated at an elevation of 5416 m to reach this place. During the tour, you will also get to explore the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. While one is known for its cultural, religious and historical significance, the other one is known for its natural beauty. Though the journey starts and ends in Kathmandu, the actual trekking starts from Jomsom, and you reach here in a flight from Pokhara.
It is for a reason that Muktinath is one of the highest altitude temples in the world. It is located at an elevation of 5416 m. Muktinath Pilgrimage tour also allows you to explore the natural beauty of the region, as you get to enjoy views of peaks like Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, summits on the Annapurna massif and so on. If you are looking to be a part of the pilgrim tours, Muktinath tours can prove to be the best option for you
2. Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham tours or Char Dham Yatra which is a prime example of pilgrim tours is based entirely in India. It takes you to four of the most prominent religious sites in the country, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Since the ancient times, it is believed that going on the Char Dham tours is the best practice for the liberation of one’s soul. One should definitely try this pilgrim tours at least once in their lifetime.
During the tour, you get to explore the major parts of the state of Uttarakhand, which is known for its natural beauty, consisting of speedy rivers, mountains, forests, lakes, and so on. The tradition of going on the Char Dham yatra is said to have started in the 8th century by a well known religious philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. Chardham tours is a 15 days long journey, and during this time, you trek for around 8 to 10 days. At some places, you’d have the option of either trekking or riding a vehicle.
Apart from the char dham, you’d cover places such as Mussoorie, Barkot, Uttarkashi, Joshimath, Gaurikund, and so on. These places are known not just for their cultural and religious significance, but also for their natural beauty. The tour starts and ends at New Delhi, which is the capital city of India. It is known all over the world for the numerous historical heritages that narrate the history of the different rulers that have ruled over this great land.
When it comes to visiting Namobuddha, you can make it a day long trip, as it is located quite close to Kathmandu, or you can go for a journey that lasts for a couple of days, and allows you to cover other Budhhist heritages as well. The latter option is a 7 days long journey, and during this time, you don’t just get to explore Namobuddha, but also other heritages like Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and so on. You also take a trip outside the valley to places such as Tilaurakot and Lumbini that are full of pagodas, stupas and monasteries.
If you’re someone who wants to explore Buddhism, this can prove to be the best trip for you. Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Lumbini are the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. While Swayambhunath is regarded as the most significant Budhhist pilgrimage site in Nepal by Newari Buddhists, Boudhanath is considered the same but by Tibetan Buddhists. Lumbini is popular mainly as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.
On that very spot, you’ll find Mayadevi temple, and Ashokan pillar. There is also a pond right in front of the temple. It is said that right after giving birth to Gautan Buddha, Mayadevi had her first bath here. The star of this pilgrim tours, Namobuddha, is a Tibetan monastery, and it is also popular by the name Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. It was established by Thrangu Rinpoche in 1978, and currently, it houses around 250 monks. The monastery also functions as a school for young monks.
4. Gosaikunda Trek
Pilgrim Gosaikunda trek can prove to be a great journey for you if you love journey that combines nature and religious heritages. Gosaikunda Lake trekking route is a part of the Langtang trekking region, and without a doubt, it’s one of the most beautiful regions for trekking in Nepal. Also, Gosaikunda trek route covers Gosaikunda Lake, which is a significant pilgrimage site for the Hindus. This feature alone makes Gosaikunda Lake trekking a perfect choice for pilgrim tours, Gosaikunda Lake is a high altitude mountain lake situated at an elevation of 4380 m.
One of the most amazing things about the lake is that it remains frozen for 6 months in a year, and for the next 6 months, it remains in its natural state. The area is actually a complex with many lakes, and Gosaikunda happens to be the main one among them. This religious site is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and his wife Parvati. Both are prominent deities in Hindu mythology, and the former one especially is a part of the holy trinity.
It is believed that if a devotee worships him, all his wishes are granted. Another significant aspect of the trek is Langtang National Park. It is one of the richest national parks of Nepal when it comes to flora and fauna. Apart from that, numerous other natural spectacles like glacies, rivers, icefalls, waterfalls, mountains, and so on are also significant elements of the park. During the journey, you’ll come across many of these, and you’ll surely love their views.
5. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is an ideal example of pilgrim tours. There are so many Kailash Mansarovar tour packages that allow you to explore these holy sites. Different Kailash Mansarovar tour packages cover different places and have different features. Depending on your interest, budget and other criteria, you can choose the Kailash Mansarovar yatra packages that are ideal for you. When you pick the Kailash Mansarovar yatra packages, make sure to go for one that covers multiple countries, so you can have a wider and more diverse experience.
#Holy Kailash Mansarovar Tour via Kerung
Holy Kailash Mansarovar Tour via Kerung is a journey that is jam packed with adventure. Despite the fact that it is one of the most popular pilgrim tours out there, and that most of the journey is covered in vehicles, you will have amazing fun throughout the trip. Altogether, it’s a 13 days long journey, and during this time, you’ll spend only around 6 days in Nepal, and the rest of the time is spent in Tibet. The major rest spots that you’ll cover during the journey includes Kathmandu and Nagarkot in Nepal, and Kerung, Saga, Darchen, Tharboce, and so on.
Now, though the majority of the journey is covered in vehicles, you’ll get the opportunity to go on short hikes and treks in multiple locations. For instance, around Kerung, from Tharboce to Diraphuk, and then to Zuthulpuk Gompa, and Darchen; it is during the trek that you will get to experience Kailash Mountain and Mansarovar Lake. What makes this journey a true pilgrim tours is not just the sites like Kailash Mansarovar area, but also the ones like Pashupatipath that you’ll get to explore during the trip.
Quite like Kailash Mansarovar, Pashupatinath is also dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Shiva. During the journey, you’ll also get to enjoy the views of so many natural spectacles like views of peaks like Langtang Lirung and Shishapangma. You will also get to experience the most amazing sunrise from Nagarkot. These are among the very few goodnesses that you’d get to experience during the tour.
#Holy Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Yatra Lhasa
What makes Holy Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Yatra Lhasa different from others is that it covers one of the most historical and religious cities in the world – Lhasa. The city is the capital of Tibet, and the home to so many interesting heritage. The city is full of monasteries and palaces, and a few of them include Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palace. Apart from sightseeing inside the city, you could also go for hikes on its outskirts.
Another factor that makes this particular trip different from other pilgrim tours is that it starts and ends at Tibet itself; Lhasa, to be more specific. There are so many ways of entering Lhasa. You can make your way into Lhasa from the neighboring country Nepal, or from various cities and towns in China. The duration of the journey is 12 days, and quite like any other Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Yatra, this one is covered both on foot and as well as on the vehicle.
Shigatse, a village that you will cover during the tour, is exclusive to this route to Kailash Mansarovar. Two of the most significant activities that the pilgrims involve themselves in during this pilgrim tours is Korra and Havan. While the former one simply means trekking or walking around a certain religious heritage, and the latter one means a religious ceremony that is conducted around fire. Both activities are conducted with a hope that the pilgrims will get to experience peace and prosperity in their life, and that their wishes will get fulfilled.
#Holy Mt. Kailash Mansarovar tour via Beijing
When you go for Holy Mt. Kailash tour via Beijing, you don’t just cover one historically, culturally and religiously significant city, but two. Basically, Holi Mt. Kailash Mansarovar tour via Beijing is an extended version of Holy Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Yatra Lhasa. The one destination that is added to this journey, which makes all the difference, is Beijing. As known to all, Beijing is the capital of China. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the world.
If you like travelling, well, Beijing should be on the top of your list. From the latest technological innovations to centuries old heritage sites, there are so many things to do and explore in Beijing. The city is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs, the Zhoukoudian, and few of the sections of the Great Wall of China, and the Grand Canal. Altogether, this pilgrim tours in 20 days long, and you’ll spend around three days exploring this amazing city.
Even after exploring so much and spending so much time here, you’ll definitely feel as the experience was not enough. From Beijing, you make your way to Lhasa either on a train or flight, and from there on, the journey is quite similar to that of Holy Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Yatra Lhasa. At the end of the journey, you can choose to either return to Beijing from Lhasa, or go to other popular destinations like Kathmandu. This was, you’ll be covering the capitals of all the three nations.
#Holy Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra using Helicopter
There is no other way to make your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra more exciting than adding a helicopter ride to it. During the Holy Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra using Helicopter, you will get to cover the distance between Simikot and Hilsa in a helicopter. You will get to do this both ways, i.e. on your way to Kailash Mansarovar, and in terms of returning. Each helicopter ride will span for a duration of around 30 minutes, allowing you to enjoy almost an hour long helicopter ride during the entire journey. The rest of the journey is covered on a flight, and in a vehicle.
Altogether, the journey is 12 days long, and during this time, you will get to visit many interesting places. Simikot, Hilsa and Taklakot are the places that are exclusive to this pilgrimage tours. The former two happens to be in Nepal, and the latter one is a town in Tibet. Hilsa and Simikot are the two settlements areas located in Humla district of Nepal.
The two places are 51 km apart by road. During the helicopter tour between these two places, you will get to enjoy amazing aerial views of the entire region, consisting mainly of the hills and mountains. Taklakot, on the other hand, is a town in Tibet. Its official name is Burang. Taklakot is a name that is used only by the people of India and Nepal. The place offers amazing views of peaks such as Abi Gamin in India, and Gurla Mandhata in Tibet.
When you go for pilgrimage tours, you will gain a deeper understanding of the religion, faith or belief that these destinations stand for. If you’re a religious person, you don’t really need much convincing into trying out these pilgrimage tours. You should definitely go for them. And even if you’re not, you should try them for sure. Just for a change may be, or for a break from nature!
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