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Swaminarayan Trail Tour

Tour Overview

This meticulously crafted itinerary is for everyone who would like to integrate oneself to those places where Pujya Neelkantha Varni Swam Narayan had been and sanctified. The spiritual journey begins in Kathmandu, the city of gods and goddesses, medieval history and culture, and takes to Pulah Ashram, Bharat Ashram and Chhapaiya and eventually concludes in Delhi after visiting Akshardham Temple.

Tour Highlights

  • Following some of important same pathways of Pujya Swamynarayan
  • Pilgrimage to sacred Pulah Ashran (Muktinath) and Bharat Ashram (Galeshwordham)
  • Explore Kathmandu, the city of Gods, history and culture and Pokhara, the city of serenity
  • Visit Chhapaiya, the birthplace of Neelkantha Varni
  • Pilgrimage to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha
  • Visit Varanasi, the epicenter of Vedic education and ancient Sanatan culture

Day-to-day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to hotel (Distance 8km/45 minutes drive)
You will be received at the International section of the Kathmandu airport and transferred to hotel immediately. After check-in, ease at leisure.

Day 02: Guided sightseeing
Guided sightseeing to Patan, the city of fine arts, Budhanilkantha (Jal Narayan) and Doleshwor temples. There will be a detailed briefing about the trip and its preparations in the evening.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (800m) and explore around 500m Descent and 25 minutes flight
Fly to Pokhara Airport and check-in to the hotel. After lunch, explore Barahi temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Gaighat where Neelkantha Varni Swamy Narayan had stayed for 4 days when he was on his way to Muktinath.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,680m) and drive to Muktinath (2,180m Ascent, 25 minutes flight, driving return journey distance (to go and come back) 44 Km, driving duration 1.5 hours each way)
We will fly to Jomsom by the morning flight and drive to Muktinath for holy bath, Puja and meditation. Visit the site where Neelakanthav Varni had done meditation for 4 months. We will drive back to Jomsom after having lunch at Muktinath. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 05: Drive to Kalopani (80m Descent, distance 35 Km, drive 2 hours)
After breakfast and visiting Swami Narayan Ashram near Jomsom, we will drive to Kalopani.  This is one of the places from where one can see Annapurna I, the tenth highest mountain in the world. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Pokhara via Bharat Ashram (Descent 1600m, distance 120Km, drive 6 hours)
After breakfast drive to Pokhara following the holy Kaligandaki River. On the way visit Bharat Ashram. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 07: Drive to Lumbini (Descent 550m, distance 165 km, duration 7 hour)
After early breakfast, drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. Visit the birth place of Lord Buddha, Maya Devi temple, Peace Stupa and The sacred garden. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 08: Drive to Chhapaiya (Distance 206km, duration 7 hour)
Today we will enter from Nepal to India via Sunauli border. After driving 26 Km from Lumbini to Sunauli and completing border formalities on Nepal and India sides, we will continue driving to Chhapaiya, the birthplace of Neelkanth Varni.

Day 09: Drive to Varanasi (Distance 238km, duration 7 hour)
Early morning visit Chhapaiya and afternoon drive to Varanasi, the ancient city of Vedic culture and civilization.

Day 10: Sightseeing at Varanasi
We will visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Vishalakshi Temple; attend Ganga Aarati and we will do boating.  There will also be sometime to stroll around.

 Day 11: Fly to Delhi, visit Akshardham Temple
Today, we will fly to Delhi and check-in to hotel. After taking rest for sometime; we will visit Akshardham Temple and participate in various activities performed inside the temple.

Day 12: Trip concludes and final departure
Karnali Excursions will provide airport transfer.

Muktinath Tour

Muktinath Darshan Tour

Tour Overview:

Muktinath is considered as one of the holiest Divya Dhams in the world for Sanatan Dharmis. It is located in the trans-Himalayan region and on the lap of towering Annapurna peaks. Muktinath is combination of two Sanskrit words: Mukti (salvation) and Nath (lord). So, literally, Muktinath means the lord of salvation. Muktinath is the place where lord Vishnu himself was liberated from the curse given by Vrinda, Jalandhar’s wife. Thus, devout Hindu followers make a pilgrimage to Muktinath believing their sin of a lifetime is cleansed after worship. Neelkantha varni Swaminarayan and Padmasambhav have also visited and sanctified the site.

Tour Highlights

  • Darshan of Muktinath, Pashupatinath, Manakamana Maata and other holy places.
  • Enjoy serenity of Pokhara and boating on Fewa Lake.
  • Capture mesmerizing views of towering Himalayan peaks.

Day-to-day detailed itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1,350m/4,428ft)
One of Karnali representatives will receive at the Kathmandu Airport and arrange immediate transfer to hotel. A detailed about immediate arrangements and Muktinath Darshan will be delivered before dinner.  You will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara, en-route visit Makamana Temple
After having breakfast, you will commence your journey to Pokhara on a private vehicle. It takes 2.5-3 hours to reach Makamana Maata Temple. It is believed that wishes of visiting pilgrims are fulfilled. After worshipping at the temple and having lunch at the Manakamana Cafe, you will continue driving to Pokhara, the city of serenity and beauty. You will spend overnight in a hotel in Pokhara on full board basis.

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom and drive to Muktinath (3,800m/12,464ft)
You will to Jomsom by the earliest flight and then drive to Muktinath. As the name Muktinath suggests, it is the place of salvation. It is believed that those who make pilgrimage to Muktinath are liberated from all sins of a lifetime. Jwala Mai and Paduka of Neelkantha Varni Swaminarayan are other sacred sites in the vicinity. After visiting sacred sites and worshipping at Muktinath, you will drive to Kagbeni where it is possible to find real Saligrama by yourself. After offering tarpana, you will drive to Jomsom where you will spend overnight in a local lodge on full board basis.

Day 04: Fly to Pokhara and explore around
You will return to Pokhara by the earliest flight. After settling in the hotel, you will be taken out to explore some of major highlights of the Pokhara, notably Fewa Lake, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Davi’s Fall and Bindavashini Temple. You will spend overnight in a hotel in Pokhara on full board basis.

Day 05: Fly to Kathmadu and visit Pashupatinath Temple for evening Aarati
You will fly to Kathmandu as per your flight schedule and settle in the hotel. You will have Darshan of Pashupatinath and attend evening Aarati. You will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

kailash mansarovar trip with EBC

Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra with Everest Basecamp 2020

(The Ultimate Destination for the Realization of Satyam, Shivam & Sundaram)

“As the dew is dried up by the morning sun, so are the sins of human beings by the sight of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar” – Skanda Purana”

Yatra Overview:

Holy Mount Kailash is believed as an important pilgrimage destination as well as a power point, where it is possible to gain inspiration and energy to transform oneself from this physical to higher spiritual level. The custom of circumambulating Mount Kailash is believed to purify the soul and cultivate in each visiting pilgrim the ability to experience the divinity. The experience is elevating and inspiring, and many pilgrims return to their homes with feeling of exaltation and spiritual inspiration.

Karnali Excursions is one of the first tour agencies in Nepal to offer pilgrimage to Holy Mount Kailash in 1993, when China opened its doors to tourism. Ever the since, it has been organizing a well-organized and spiritually fulfilling experience for those who join with us for this pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Here are some of the little things we offer that make our pilgrimage special, meaningful and different than other tour companies.

  • We teach yoga and pranayam, which help to acclimatize in high altitude.
  • We perform morning and evening prayers followed by Bhajans and Kirtans.
  • We demonstrate walking, trekking, eating and sleeping techniques during the entire journey.
  • We provide personal escort to senior citizens, and those who need extra support.
  • Medically trained Karnali senior leaders join as facilitators and team leaders.
  • We serve North Indian, Chinese, Gujrati and South Indian pure vegetarian meals.

Yatra Highlights

  • Darshan of highly revered Pashupatinath and perform Rudravishek.
  • Darshan of Doleshwor Mahadev (head part of Kedarnath).
  • A journey from holy city to the holiest mountain (explore the best of Lhasa).
  • Pilgrimage to sacred Lake Mansarovar, holy Mt. Kailash and Tirthapuri.
  • Nandi and Asthapada Darshan.
  • Lake Mansarovar Parikrama by tourist coach.
  • Magnificent view of the North Face of the Mt. Everest.

Day-to-day brief itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at the Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Guided sightseeing to explore some major attractions of Kathmandu and briefing on Kailash-Mansarovar trip.
Day 03: Rudravishek, Puja, Pashupatinath Darshan and trip preparation.
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport (75 minute flight) and drive (1.5 hour) to Lhasa (3,550m).
Day 05: A day in Lhasa for sightseeing and acclimatization.
Day 06: Drive (5-6 hours) to Shigatse (3,900m).
Day 07: Drive (8-9 hours) to Saga (4,450m).
Day 08: Drive (8-9 hours) to Mansarovar Lake (4,588m).
Day 09: Havan, Holy bath in the Mansarovar Lake and rest day (4,588m).
Day 10: Drive (3-4 hours) to Tirthapuri, explore around and return to Darchen (4,700m).
Day 11: Kailash circumambulation starting day: Drive to Yamadwara and commence trekking (4-5 hours) to Driraphuk (4,920m).
Day 12: Cross over the Dolma La Pass (5650m) and trek (7-8 hours) to Zutulphuk after having darshan of Gaurikunda (4,800m).
Day 13: Trek (2.5-3 hours) to Tangsar (Shree Kailash circumambulation concludes here) and drive to Saga (4,450m) after having lunch at Darchen.
Day 14: Drive (6-7 hours) to Rongbuk Monastery (4,980m) and explore Everest Basecamp North.
Day 15: Drive to Kerung Border and fly to Kathmandu by helicopter.
Day 16: Trip concludes and depart for onward journey.

Karnali Excursions Brochure-2019

Char Dham Yatra

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YATRA OVERVIEW:

India is a big subject, with a diversity of culture of unfathomable depth, and a long continuum of history. India offers endless opportunities to accumulate experiences and memories for a lifetime. Since very ancient times, participating in the Char Dham Yatra has been held in the highest regard throughout the length and breadth of India. The Indian Garhwal Himalayas are known as Dev-Bhumi, the ‘Abode of the Gods’. Here is the source of India’s Holy River Ganges. The Ganges, starting as a small glacial stream in Gangotri and eventually travelling the length and breadth of India, nourishing her people and sustaining a continuum of the world’s most ancient Hindu Culture. In the Indian Garhwal Himalayas lies the Char Dham, 4 of Hinduism’s most holy places of pilgrimage, nestled in the high valleys of the Himalayan Mountains. Wearing the Himalayas like a crown, India is a land of amazing diversity. Home to more than a billion people, we will find in India an endless storehouse of culture and tradition amidst all the development of the 21st century!

Trip Highlights

  • A complete darshan of Char Dham: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedharnath and Badrinath.
  • Visit the holy places of Rishikesh, Haridwar, Uttar Kashi, Gupta Kashi and Gaumukha.
  • Pancha Prayag, the five holy confluences (Dev, Rudra, Karna, Narad and Vishnu Prayag).
  • Garhwal parts of the Himalaya & Mana Gaun, the last village of India.
  • Visit Surya Kund, Divya Shila, Tap Kund, Narad Kund and Vyash Gupha etc.

 

DAY-TO-DAY DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive at the Delhi Airport and transfer to hotel
One of the Karnali representatives will meet/greet at the Delhi Airport. He will arrange immediate transfer to hotel. Karnali’s team leader will deliver a detailed briefing on immediate and further arrangements. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel on full board basis.

Day 02: Drive to Haridwar
After breakfast, we will commence our scenic vehicular journey to Haridwar, the gateway to the heaven. The driving distance is 206 km and it takes 5-6 hours to reach Haridwar. After settling in the hotel and being freshened up, we will visit some of the important temples of Haridwar and attend Evening Ganga Aarti. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel in Haridwar on full board basis.

Day 03: Drive to Barkot
After early breakfast and exploring major not-to-miss places of Haridwar, we will drive to Barkot. The driving distance is 170km, but it takes 8 hours to reach Barkot. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel or Tent House on bull board basis.

Day 04: A side trip to Yamunotri (Barkot-Yamunotri-Barkot)
After breakfast, we will drive to Janaki Chatti (84km) via Hanuman Chatti and Phool Chatti. And then, we will start trekking of 6 km to Yamunotri, where we will take a holy dip in the Garam Kund. We will also perform Puja and Darshan of Shree Yamuna jee. After performing Puja and having Darshan of Shree Yamuna jee, we will retrace our journey back to Janaki Chatti and then drive back to Barkot. We will spend overnight in the same hotel on full board basis.

Day 05: Drive to Harshil
Today, we will drive to Harshil (172km) via Utter Kashi, which takes approximately 9 hours. En-route we will also visit Prakateshwar Cave. We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 06: Drive to Gangotri and trek to Gaumukh
After having early breakfast, we will drive to Gongotri. It takes an hour to reach Gangotri where we will have Darshan of Gangotri Temple. After Darshan, we will commence trekking to Gaumukh and return to Bhoj- Basa (22 km in total). We will spend overnight in a guesthouse at Bhoj-Basa.

Day 07: Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Uttar Kashi
We will trek back to Gangotri (14km), and then, we will drive to Uttar Kashi. Utter Kashi is situated on the bank of Holy Bhagirathi Ganga, and the temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here. The massive iron trident is the special attraction of the Lord Vishwanath Temple. We will spend overnight in a hotel at Uttar Kashi.

Day 08: Drive to Gupta Kashi
After breakfast, we will drive to Tehri Dam, and from there on, we will continue driving to Gupta Kashi (225km). We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel at Gupta Kashi on full board basis.

Day 09: Helicopter Ride to Kedarnath
Today is one of the important days of our Char Dham Yatra as we will fly to Kedarnath by helicopter and visit major holy shrines of Kedarnath. We will attend the evening Aarti of Kedarnath. We will spend overnight in a guesthouse at Kedarnath on full board basis.

Day 10: Fly back to Gupta Kashi and trek to Rudra Prayag/Pipalkoti
After performing morning Pujas, rituals and having Darshan at the temples, we will fly to Gupta Kashi. We will drive to Rudra Prayag/Pipalkoti (157km). We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 11: Drive to Badrinath
After breakfast, we will commence our vehicular journey to Badrinath (72km) from Rudra Prayag/Pipalkoti. En-route, we will also visit Narsimha Temple. After settling in the hotel and having lunch, we will visit Badrinath Temple and have Holy Darshan. After darshan, we will spend our time exploring the Mana Village, the last village before the Tibetan border. We will also have Darshan of Vyas Gupha, Bhim Pul and Saraswati River. We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 12: Drive to Srinagar/Dev Prayag
Today, after breakfast, we will drive to Dev Prayag (222km/9 hours), which is a town and a “Nagar Panchayat” in Tehri Garhwal district, in the state of Uttarakhand. Dev Prayag is one of the Pancha Prayags (Five confluences) of the Alakananda River, where the Alakananda and Bhagirathi Ganga rivers meet, and from here take the name Ganga or Holy River Ganges. We will spend overnight in a tourist standard hotel on full board basis.

Day 13: Drive to Rishikesh
After breakfast, we will drive back to Rishikesh. Once again, we will attend the evening Aarti in Rishikesh.
For those who are wishing to experience rafting on the Ganga River, can be arranged (optional). We will spend overnight in the hotel on full board basis.

Day 14: Drive to Delhi
We will drive back to Delhi after breakfast. If time permits, we will explore Akshardham Temple as well. We will spend overnight in a hotel on full board basis.

Day 15: Depart for onward journey
Karnali Excursions will provide a vehicle for airport transfer.


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Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Helicopter-2020

Kailash-Mansarovar Pilgrimage by Helicopter 2020

Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage by helicopter is a specially crafted itinerary for those who would like to have a wonderful Darshan of Kailash and Mansarovar Lake within a short period of time, but would not mind going through some physical and mental challenges if situation demands. This journey not only saves time and avoids arduous vehicular journey, but also provides ample opportunity to experience true Nepalese culture and lifestyle. The journey begins with a fixed wing flight to Nepalgunj and onto Simikot and vice versa to end the trip. Helicopter is used to fly from/to Simikot.

Flight cancellation or delay due to the bad weathers, beyond the basic accommodations in Simikot and Hilsa and lack of acclimatization days, are some drawbacks of this journey. Thus, those who would like to experience a smooth and hassle free Darshan of Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, may participate in our Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage via Lhasa.

Fixed Departure Dates for 2020

SN PILGRIMAGE MONTH ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU DEPARTURE TO NEPALGUNJ RETURN TO KATHMANDU DEPARTURE TO HOME
1 May (I) 3 May 2020 4 May 2020 14 May 2020 16 May 2020
2 May (II) 10 May 2020 11 May 2020 21 May 2020 23 May 2020
3 Sep (I) 6 Sep 2020 7 Sep 2020 17 Sep 2020 19 Sep 2020
4 Sep (II) 13 Sep 2020 14 Sep 2020 24 Sep 2020 26 Sep 2020

Pilgrimage Highlights

  • Pashupatinath Darshan and Rudravishekh at Pashupatinath Temple
  • Ritual dip and Havan in Mansarovar Lake
  • Kailash Darshan and Parikrama in a short period of time
  • Breathtaking helicopter ride to/from Hilsa

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Rudravishekh and Pashupatinath Darshan in the morning and fly to Nepalgunj (157m) in the afternoon
  • Day 03: Fly to Simikot (2,910m)
  • Day 04: Fly to Hilsa (3,640m) by helicopter and drive to Taklakot (3,772m)
  • Day 05: A day in Taklakot to rest and acclimatize
  • Day 06: Drive to Mansarovar Lake (4,588m)
  • Day 07: Ritual dip and Havan in Mansarovar Lake and explore Tirthapuri
  • Day 08: Drive to Tharboche and trek to Driraphuk (4,900m)
  • Day 09: Cross over the Dolma La Pass (5,650m) and trek to Zutulphuk (4,835m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Tangsar and drive to Taklakot via Mansarovar Lake
  • Day 11: Fly to Simikot and onto Nepalgunj
  • Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 13: Explore Doleshwor Mahadev and Budhanilkanth
  • Day 14: Trip concludes and depart for onward journey

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Lumbini

Nepal Pilgrimage Tour

Nepal abounds in Holy sites and many of them are little known outside of Nepal. If one references the Vedic literature, especially the Puranas, we find uncountable places associated with the stories of the Rishis and Devattas. Because Nepal is largely composed of the Himalayas, many places require a bit of effort to visit and are just tremendously inspirational by both Vedic association and by the beauty of the Himalayas.

Nepal is divided into two spiritual zones (mandalas). The western zone of the Nepali Himalayas is known as Mukti-Kshetra and the eastern zone (mandala) is known as Pashupat-Kshetra. The origin of the Kali Gandakhi River is in the Mukhti-Kshetra at Damodhara Kunda… The origin of the Trishuli River is at Gosain Kunda in the Pashupat-Kshetra.

These two Holy rivers abound with Holy sites and merge in a confluence at Dev Ghat in the Nepali Terai. Dev Ghat is the ‘Adi-Prayag’. The place where the Devattas go for their Holy Bathing and is also called Hari-Har Kshetra… the place where lord Shiva and Mother Parvati and all their attendant Devotes like to stay and where Lord Vishnu and Mother Laxmi also like to reside. Dev Ghat is the place the Devattas come to take their Holy Bath in relation to Allahabad where the mortals go to take their Holy Bath at the Sangam of the Ganges and the Yamuna Rivers. It should be noted that ALL the holy Rivers of Nepal eventually join merger into the Holy Ganges and are part of the origination of the Ganges.

This is also according to legend the actual place where Mother Sita entered the earth and just across the Kali Gandaki River is the place legend has it that Veda Vyasa composed and organized the Vedas and Puranas. It is in the Kali Gandaki River that the Holy Shaligram Stones are found that are worshiped in every devout Hindu home.

The Himavat Khanda of Skanda Purana lists 64 JyotirLingas as being found in Nepal. In addition there are Vedic references to 8 places of Kumbha Mela found in Nepal in addition to the 4 well known locations in India.

So, if one wishes to explore Nepal, the Holy places are virtually uncountable and as they are not much exposed, they retain their original and unexploited nature.

Depending on the interest, there are so many wonderful T.V. shows and documentaries that could be made about these places.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Janakpur Dham, Valmiki Ashram, Lumbini, Muktinath Temple, Damodar Kund/Kagbhusundi Lake and Manakamana Temple
  • Scenic overland journey
  • Wildlife safari in Chitwan


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