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Pashupatinath and Muktinath are two of the most revered Hindu temples in Nepal. Every year, millions of pilgrims make the journey to these holy sites to offer their prayers and worship the deity. Gorakhpur is one of the best places to start your pilgrimage, as it is home to two of the most important temples in Nepal - Pashupatinath and Muktinath. In this blog post, we will explore these two temples and what makes them so special.

The Significance of Pashupatinath and Muktinath

Pashupatinath and Muktinath are two of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal. They are situated in the Kathmandu Valley and attract pilgrims from all over the world. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the destroyer god in Hinduism. The temple complex is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and is a popular site for Hindus to perform cremation rites. Muktinath is another important Hindu pilgrimage site, which is situated in the Mustang region of Nepal. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver god in Hinduism. It is believed that a visit to Muktinath can help one attain mukti (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).

Both Pashupatinath and Muktinath are significant pilgrimage sites for Hindus due to their religious importance. However, they also hold great cultural and historical value. The temples at both sites are architecturally unique and are excellent examples of Nepalese temple architecture. In addition, both temples have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to their outstanding universal value.

Gorakhpur to Pashupatinath and Muktinath

Gorakhpur to Pashupatinath and Muktinath is one of the most popular pilgrim routes in Nepal. The journey takes devotees through some of the country's most beautiful landscapes, including the snow-capped Himalayas, green hillsides and rushing rivers. The route also passes through many important Hindu and Buddhist holy sites, making it a truly spiritual experience.

The first stop on the route is Gorakhpur, home to the famed Gorakhnath Temple. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus, and is said to be the place where the great sage Gorakhnath attained enlightenment. From Gorakhpur, pilgrims head north to Kathmandu, passing through the picturesque town of Pokhara en route. In Kathmandu, they visit the Pashupatinath Temple, one of Nepal's most important Hindu temples, before continuing on to Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists, and is said to be where the great sage Siddhartha Gautama attained Nirvana. The journey ends with a visit to Jomsom, a beautiful town in Nepal's Mustang region.

How to Reach Pashupatinath and Muktinath from Gorakhpur

Pashupatinath and Muktinath are two of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal. They are located in the Kathmandu Valley, about 10km apart. Gorakhpur is the nearest city to both temples, and is connected to Kathmandu by a direct flight. The best way to reach Pashupatinath and Muktinath from Gorakhpur is to take a taxi or bus to Kathmandu, and then take another taxi or bus to either temple.

If you're taking a taxi, the journey from Gorakhpur to Kathmandu will take around six hours. The fare should be around Rs 4500-5000 (US$60-70). From Kathmandu, it's a further two hours by taxi or bus to Pashupatinath Temple, and another hour to Muktinath Temple. Alternatively, you can fly from Gorakhpur to Pokhara, which is much closer to both temples. The flight takes just over an hour, and tickets cost around Rs 3500-4000 (US$50-55).


Day: 1 Gorakhpur – Sonauli – Lumbini – Pokhara

On arrival at Gorakhpur Railway Station, Meet & greet by our representative. Pick-up & transfer to Pokhara via Sonauli Border. En-route visit of Lumbini (birthplace of Budhha). On arrival, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day : 2 Pokhara – Jomsom – Muktinath – Jomsom

Early in the morning drive to Jomsom and further drive to Muktinath Temple. There will be a drive of approx 9 hours. Have the Darshan, Pooja & holy bath at 108 Tap, etc. Later drive back to Hotel, Dinner & Overnight Hotel halt in Jomsom.

Day: 3 Jomsom – Pokhra

Early morning drive back to Pokhara. On arrival check-in at the hotel and evening free for leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.

Day: 4 Pokhara Sightseeing

Early morning flight back to Pokhara, half-day Pokhara sightseeing tour David fall, Bindavasini temple, Madhev cave, etc. Dinner & overnight stay at Pokhara.

Day: 5 Pokhara – Manakamana – Kathmandu (260 Kms)

The morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel & transfer to Kathmandu via Manakamana. En-route visit Manakamna Temple (Maa Bhagwati Temple). There is a cable car of 2.8 Kms from Kurintar to the temple however trek is also available there. Later proceed for Kathmandu. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Evening free at leisure.

Day: 6 Kathmandu – Pashupatinath – Sightseeing

The morning after breakfast, full day to explore the holiness of the city & visit temples like Pashupatinath Temple, Guheshwori Temple (Shakti Peetham), Budhanilkantha (Jal Narayan), Shwambh Nath Temple, Durbar Squire, etc.

Day: 7 Kathmandu to Gorakhpur (360 Kms/8 Hrs)

The morning after hearty breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transferred to Gorakhpur railway station/airport for onward journey.

Price Per Person – Pashupatinath and Muktinath from Gorakhpur

No. of PassengerDeluxe
02 PaxINR 29,500/= Per Person
04 PaxINR 26,500/= Per Person
06 PaxINR 25,000/= Per Person

For Group enquiry please call us or send an email for a better discount.

Cost Includes

  • Welcome by our representative
  • Accommodation in double sharing basis with breakfast
  • Two nights in Gorakhpur Hotel.
  • Transport by AC Bus, Car as per group sizes.
  • ACAP-Muktinath permit.
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Road taxes / Toll taxes.
  • Complete tour services
  • Driver’s allowances.
  • Parking etc.

Cost Excludes

  • Manakamana cable car ticket.
  • Entry fees / Entry Tickets
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Airfare / Rail fare or any other expenses from your home location.
  • Any kind of Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Gov Service tax as applicable.
  • Any kind of donation or tip to Guide / Sherpa / Drivers /Cooks / Porter / Priest / or any crew member.
  • Extra days accommodation in Kathmandu / Pokhara / Jomson due to bad weather/flight cancellation or any other reason.
  • Any kind of extra baggage charges in-flight/helicopter during Yatra.
  • Anything which is not included in inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if canceled before 30 days of the tour.
  • 50% refund if canceled before 15 days of the tour.
  • 25% refund if canceled before 7 days of the tour.
  • No refund if canceled in the last 7 days of the tour.

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