Aarati tour is a unique evening tour in the heart of Kathmandu which includes two historical, cultural, and spiritual world heritage sites of Nepal i.e Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath.
Mixed with Hindu and Buddhist culture, an evening tour of these spots will help you to explore the daily ritual ceremonies in the temple and the monastery of two different sites.
As Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples and (Gumba) monastery, an evening tour that begins from Bouddhanath will take you to the biggest stupa of Nepal dates back to the 5th century.
Afternoon monastery gets open for the devotees and the ritual ceremonies of the monk can be observed and you can take active participation inside the monastery, as the monastery is open for all sentient beings.
A cup of tea/coffee on the rooftop of some restaurant will add an extra advantage, as the devotee pays homage to the stupa moving clockwise spinning the praying wheels all around and the views from the top will be amazing.
Further heading towards Pashupatinath which is just a 15-minute distance from Bouddhanath, you will be amazed to see the Hindu ritual ceremony on the bank of the holy river Bagmati and also the cremation of the dead bodies on the other side of the river.
Pashupatinath is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, build in pagoda style has religious importance for Hindus all around the world. Every evening there is an Aarati ceremony and devotees flock to observe.
Inside the main courtyard of the temple foreigners as strictly prohibited to enter, but the entire area can be visited except the temple courtyard. The evening will be a special time to view the ritual Aarati and some Bhajanas being sung.
On the same bank of the river live cremation ceremonies are being done, this shows the importance of life and death in Hindu philosophy where both rituals Aarati and death ceremonies go together,
To have this view every day thousands of devotees visit the temple. As it is believed that Lord Shiva flocks around Pashupatinath to have the view of Aarati and for devotees visiting this temple means gaining liberation from the circle of rebirth.
This Aarati Tour to Pashupatinath will make you feel the spiritual vibration with the live ritual ceremonies in two religious world Heritage Sites of Nepal.
If you have a free evening then we advise you to enjoy the spiritual evening tour in the heart of Kathmandu with our government-registered religious Tour guide, who will help you to know each ceremony with its importance and ritual significance, with stories about the legends that follow.
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