11 Days Nepal Mahashivratri Tour
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11 Days Nepal Mahashivratri
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Mahashivaratri Festival
Mahashivaratri FestivalMahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of February - March in English Calendar. Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva.

Legends of Mahashivratri
There are various interesting legends related to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Some believe that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivratri legend stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivaratri - the grand night of Shiva.

Traditions and Customs of Shivaratri
Various traditions and customs related to Shivaratri Festival are dutifully followed by the worshippers of Lord Shiva. Devotees observe strict fast in honor of Shiva, though many go on a diet of fruits and milk some do not consume even a drop of water. Devotees strongly believe that sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri, absolves a person of sins and liberates him from the cycle of birth and death. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. While married women pray for the well being of their husbands unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband.

To mark the Shivratri festival, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath, preferably in river
Ganga. After wearing fresh new clothes devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple to give ritual bath to the Shiva Lingum with milk, honey, water etc.

On Shivaratri, worship of Lord Shiva continues all through the day and night. Every three hours priests perform ritual pooja of Shivalingam by bathing it with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water amidst the chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya’ and ringing of temple bells. Nightlong vigil or jaagran is also observed in Shiva temples where large number of devotees spend the night singing hymns and devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva. It is only on the following morning that devotee break their fast by partaking prasad offered to the deity.


When is Shivaratri?
Shivaratri 2010 is on February 12, Friday
Auspicious festival of Mahashivaratri falls on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. The Sanskrit term, Krishna Paksha means the period of waning moon or the dark fortnight and Phalguna corresponds to the month of February - March in English Calendar. Shivaratri Festival is celebrated on a moonless night.

Accoring to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri or 'Shiva's Great Night' symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many however, believe, Shivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya - the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. Celebrating the festival in a customary manner, devotees give a ritual bath to the Lingam with the panchagavya - milk, sour milk, urine, butter and dung. Celebrations of Shivaratri Festival mainly take place at night. Devotees of Lord Shiva throng Shiva temples across the country and spend ‘the Night of Lord Shiva’ by chanting verses and hymns in praise of the Lord. The festival holds special meaning for the ladies. They pray to Goddess Parvati also called 'Gaura', the giver of 'suhag' for good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life.

Itinerary for Maha Shivaratri Tour

Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Day 01:
February 11, 2010: Arrive Kathmandu .
Upon arrival meet assist and transfer to the Norling. Country Club and Spa or in Guest House in Boudhanath. Check – in at the Guest House. Evening: Walk around the Boudhanth and Dinner at the Restaurant in Boudhanath.
Overnight at the Guest House in Boudhanath.

Day 02: February 12, 2010: This day is the auspicious Shivaratri.
Breakfast at the Resort . Morning Visit Gokaneswor Mahadev and Gokarna National Park . Lunch at the Gokarna Forest Resort and Spa. PM: Visit to Pasupatinath and around Pasupatinath till the Evening Arati.
Dinner at the Resort or Guest House.
Overnight at the Resort or Guest House.

Day 03: February 13, 2010: Breakfast at the Resort.
Check – out from the Resort. After breakfast, drive or ride to Daman . Check – in at the Resort in Daman .
Lunch at the Resort. Visit Rikheswor Mahadev. Dinner at the Resort.
Overnight at the Everest Panorama Resort.

Day 04: February 14, 2010: Breakfast at the Resort.
After breakfast, check – out from the Resort and drive or ride to Pokhara. En route lunch at the River Side Spring Resort. Check - in at the Hotel Barahi in Pokhara. Evening explore lake side.
Overnight at the Hotel Barahi in Pokhara .

Day 05: February 15, 2010: Breakfast at the Hotel.
AM: Visit Gupteshowr Mahadev, Davis Fall and boating at the Fewa Lake . Lunch at the Restaurant in Lake Side. PM: Drive or Ride to Sarangkot for Sun set. Dinner at the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel Barahi in Pokhara.

Day 06: February 16, 2010: Breakfast at the Hotel.
Check - out from the Hotel . Drive Pokhara to Bandipur. Check – in at the Hotel in Bandipur. Walk around Bandipur village. Dinner at the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel Bandipur Mountain Resort in Bandipur.

Day 07:
February 17, 2010: Breakfast at the Hotel.
Hike to Patalidwar and Siddha Gufa with packed lunch. Dinner at the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel Bandipur Mountain Resort in Bandipur.

Day 08: February 18, 2010: Breakfast at the Hotel.
Check – out from the Hotel and drive to Kurintar. Take a cable car ride to Manakamana Temple by cable car. Check – in at the Guest House in Manakamana. Explore around Temple . Dinner at the Guest House.
Overnight at the Guest House in Manakamana.

Day 09: February 19, 2010: Hike to Tarakeshowar Mahadev. Return to Guest House.
Breakfast at the Guest House. Take a cable car ride down and continue drive to Bhaktapur. En route Lunch at Hill Top Restaurant.
Check – in at the Guest House in Bhaktapur. Dinner at the Guest House.
Overnight at the Guest House in Bhaktapur.

Day 10: February 20, 2010: Breakfast at the Guest House..
Full day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and around. Lunch at the restaurant in Bhaktapur. Lunch at the Guest House.
Overnight at the Guest House in Bhaktapur.

Day 11: February 21, 2010: Breakfast at the Hotel.
Check – out from the Guest House. Drive to Kathmandu .
Departure transfer to airport.

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