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Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Darshan 2019

Jyotirlinga Darshan Yatra

Fixed Departure Dates:

1. Arrival in Delhi: 24 November 2022, Trip Concludes: 18 December 2022

2. Arrival in Delhi: 20 January 2023, Trip Concludes: 13 February 2023

3. Arrival in Delhi: 16 February 2023, Trip Concludes: 12 march 2023

Yatra Overview:

Jyotirlinga is considered one of the prime worship spots for the devotees of Lord Shiva. In Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Jyotirlinga means “The Radiant symbol of the Almighty”, so it is the resplendent flame of the almighty solidified to make the worship of it simple. There are a total of 64 Jyotirlingas that are well spread around the landscape of India. However, 12 Jyotirlingas are presumed to be very auspicious and highly revered among them.

These jyotirlingas are positioned in eight states of India, likes of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. As per the Hindu mythologies, visiting Jyotirlingas is an important pilgrimage that wades off all sins and makes the soul sacrosanct and pure. The devotees visiting these Jyotirlingas become chaste, pure, and calm. After visiting these Jyotirlingas, devotees turn home illuminated and enlightened with the highest and divine knowledge. It is also believed that wishes are fulfilled after visiting and having Darshan of these sacred Jyotirlingas. Thus, these Jyotirlingas are visited by Lord Shiva’s devotees every year in huge numbers.

Reflecting years of experience, Karnali Excursions has crafted a comprehensive itinerary for Ekadashi Jyotirlinga Darshan. The 24 nights and 25 days itinerary takes you to the 11 sacred Jyotirlingas out of 12 that lie in different states of India. Along with seeking Lord Shiva’s blessing, you will experience diverse Indian cultures and hospitality.

Trip Highlights

  • Pilgrimage to Eleven Jyotirlinga out of 12.
  • True experience of diverse Indian culture and lifestyle.
  • Visit 11 different states of India by luxury buses, airplane and trains.
  • Darshan of some other major attractions besides of Ekadash Jyotirlinga in India.
  • Visit Tirupati Balaji, Meenaxi temple, Gangasagar, Puri Jagannath, Kanchipuram, Ellora Cave, Belur Math, Shirdi etc.
  • The tour is escorted by professional and well versed Karnali team leader and other support crew members.

Itinerary/Cost:

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and cost.

 

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 yatra

Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra

(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-run 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.


Karnali Excursions Brochure-2019

Char Dham Yatra 2023

Fixed Departure Dates for 2023

Batch Arrival in Delhi Return Home
1 st Batch 10 June 2023 25 June 2023
2 nd Batch 26 June 2023 11 July 2023
3 rd Batch 12 Sep 2023 26 Sep 2023
4 th Batch 27 Sep 2023 11 Oct 2023
5 th Batch 12 Oct 2023 26 Oct 2023

YATRA OVERVIEW:

India is a big subject, with a diversity of cultures 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 traveling the length and breadth of India, nourished her people and sustained 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 the hotel
One of the Karnali representatives will meet/greet at the Delhi Airport. He will arrange an immediate transfer to the 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 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 full 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 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 Gangotri. 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 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 the 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, and 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: Explore Rishikesh

We will spend time in Rishikesh to explore the spiritual zones and holy places of Rishikesh then rest.

Day 15: 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 16: Depart for onward journey
Karnali Excursions will provide a vehicle for airport transfer.


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Kailash-Mansarovar Pilgrimage by Helicopter 2023

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 the situation demands. This journey not only saves time and avoids arduous vehicular journeys, 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. The helicopter is used to fly from/to Simikot.

Flight cancellation or delay due to the bad weather, 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 2023

SN PILGRIMAGE MONTH ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU DEPARTURE TO NEPALGUNJ RETURN TO KATHMANDU DEPARTURE TO HOME
1 May (I) 3 May 2023 4 May 2023 14 May 2023 16 May 2023
2 May (II) 10 May 2023 11 May 2023 21 May 2023 23 May 2023
3 Sep (I) 6 Sep 2023 7 Sep 2023 17 Sep 2023 19 Sep 2023
4 Sep (II) 13 Sep 2023 14 Sep 2023 24 Sep 2023 26 Sep 2023

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 the 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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amarnath yatra

Shree Amarnath Yatra 2023

The Journey to Satyam, Shivam, and Sundaram

Fixed Departure Dates:

1. Arrival in Delhi: 12 July 2023, Trip Concludes: 23 July 2023

2.Arrival in Delhi: 25 July 2023, Trip Concludes: 5 August 2023

Yatra Overview:

The Holy Amarnath Cave of Kashmir is amongst the holiest shrines in Sanatan Dharma. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the cave shrine is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at an elevation of above 3,658m/12,000 feet. The Amarnath Cave shrine is claimed to have a history of over 5,000 years, and its legends are part of the Hindu Puranic Tradition.
Inside the main Amarnath Cave is found the Amarnath Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva. This naturally formed Ice Lingam grows in size during the months of May through August. During this time, pious people come from around the world for the annual pilgrimage and festival of the Amarnath Lingam. The Amarnath Lingam is said to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon, reaching its height during the summer festival.

According to Hindu mythology, this is the cave where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Mother Parvati. Within the cave are also two other ice formations that represent Mother Parvati and Lord Ganesha.

This is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus – about 400,000 people visit during the 45-day season coinciding with the Hindu holy month of Shravan. Devotees generally take the Pilgrimage on foot from the town of Pahalgam and cover the journey in four to five days.

There are two alternate routes to the Amarnath Cave Shrine, the longer and more traditional path from Srinagar, and the shorter route from the town of Baltal. For devotees who are unable to make the Pilgrimage on foot, horses and travel assistance are available. Arrangements to ease the journey for the elderly and infirm are available along the Pilgrimage route, provided by charitable organizations.

Since Karnali Excursions is one of the first tour agencies in Nepal/India to offer pilgrimages to Amarnath for a long time, we have developed a strong, well-organized, and spiritually fulfilling experience for those who join us for this holy Yatra.

Trip Highlights

  • Darshan of highly revered Amarnath.
  • Pilgrimage at Ma Vaishnodevi and Shiva Khodi in Jammu.
  • Sightseeing in Srinagar including Shankaracharya Temple, Kashmir.
  • Houseboats stay at Dal Lake.

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Day-to-day detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi Airport and transfer to hotel.
One of Karnali’s representatives will receive you at the airport and arrange an immediate transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel Jaypee Sidhartha or similar ones on a full board basis.

Day 2: Fly to Jammu and Drive to Katra.
After having breakfast, we will fly to Jammu and drive to Katra. We will spend overnight in K.C. Residency or a similar one on a full board basis.

Day 3: Vaishnodevi Darshan.
Katra is the base point of Mata Vaishnodevi. Vaishnodevi is a 14 km uphill trek from Katra. Doli and horses are available for the trek. We will spend overnight in K.C. Residency or a similar one on a full board basis.

Day 4: Day excursion to Shiv Khodi.
After having breakfast, we will drive to Ransoo (80 km) and then we will trek to Shiv Khori Gufa (4 km). We will return to Katra after visiting Shiv Khori Gufa. We will spend overnight in K.C. Residency or a similar one on a full board basis.

Day 5: Fly to Srinagar and transfer to hotel.
We will fly to Srinagar and drive to the hotel. Today will be our Medical Certificate obtaining day. We will also do a sightseeing tour if time permits. We will spend the overnight in Hotel Grand Mahal or a similar one.

Day 6: Morning Sightseeing in Srinagar and Drive to Sonmarg.
In the morning, we will do guided sightseeing in Srinagar and then drive to Sonmarg. We will spend the overnight in Thajwass Hotel or a similar one.

Day 7: Drive to Baltal and fly to Panchtarni.
We will drive to Baltal and then fly to Panchtarni. It is a 6 km uphill trek to Shree Amarnath jee Gufa. We will spend overnight below Gufa in the tented camp or return to Panchtarni if time and situation permit.

Day 8: Trek downhill to Panchtarni and fly back to Baltal.
First of all, we will trek downhill to Panchtarni and then fly to Baltal. It is 3 hours scenic drive to Srinagar and then we will ease at leisure. We will spend the overnight at Mahjong Houseboat or a similar one.

Day 09: Fly to Delhi transfer to hotel.
We will fly to Delhi and drive to the hotel. We will spend overnight at Jaypee Sidharth Hotel or a similar one.

Day 10: Trip concludes and departs for onward journey.
Karnali Excursions will provide a vehicle for your airport drop.

Day 11: Contingency Day

Day 12: Contingency Day

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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


Download – Nepal Pilgrimage Tour Brochure