Manakamana Darshan Tour
Manakamana Darshan is a pilgrimage tour that takes you to the Manakamana Temple, one of the most revered Hindu temples in Nepal. The temple is located on a hilltop in the Gorkha district, approximately 105 km west of Kathmandu. The word Manakamana is derived from two words, Mana, meaning heart, and Kamana, meaning wish. Therefore, the temple is also known as the "temple of wishes."
The tour to Manakamana Temple usually starts early in the morning from Kathmandu. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Kurintar, which is about 100 km from Kathmandu. From there, you will ride a cable car for 15 minutes, which offers a scenic view of the surrounding hills and valleys. After reaching the hilltop, you will have to walk for another 10 minutes to reach the temple. Manakamana Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Bhagawati, an incarnation of the goddess Parvati. It is believed that the goddess grants wishes to those who visit the temple with a pure heart and devotion. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees every year, especially during the festivals of Dashain and Tihar.
Apart from its spiritual significance, Manakamana Temple is also known for its natural beauty. The temple is situated on a hilltop, and the panoramic view of the surrounding hills, valleys, and rivers is breathtaking. On a clear day, one can even see the Annapurna range, Manaslu, and Himalchuli mountains from the temple. The tour to Manakamana Temple is usually a day trip, and it can be combined with other popular destinations in Nepal. For instance, after visiting Manakamana Temple, one can travel to Pokhara or Chitwan National Park for a few days of relaxation and adventure.
Manakamana Darshan is a popular pilgrimage tour in Nepal, which takes you to the Manakamana Temple, one of the most revered Hindu temples in the country. The tour offers a perfect blend of spirituality and natural beauty, as one gets to witness the panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys. The tour is usually a day trip and can be combined with other popular destinations in Nepal, making it an ideal choice for those who want to explore the cultural and natural beauty of Nepal in a short period.
History of Manakamana
In 1614 to 1636 AD Gorkha King Ram Shah's queen possessed divine powers known only to her devotee Lakhan Thapa, her religious preceptor. One day, the king found the Queen as Goddess and Lakhan as a lion, So he mentioned it to the Queen and suddenly he died. He was cremated, and when the Queen approached the funeral pyre to commit sati as was the custom back then, she consoled her lamenting devotee Lakhan by saying that she would reappear soon near his home. Six months later a certain farmer plugging a field hit a stone, cleaved it and saw blood and milk flow forth. When the news got around to Lakhan, he knew that his wish had come true. The flow ceased when Lakhan worshipped the stone using his tantric knowledge. When the ruling king of Gorkha learnt of this incident, he donated land and a grant to perpetuate the worship of Manakamana. This deed was invested with a lal Mohar and the present Thapa-Magar pujari is the 17th generation descendant of Lakhan Thapa.
Transportation to Manakamana
Kathmandu - Manakamana By car: Kathmandu to Manakamana by Car is suitable for a group of 4-3 people. You will drive from Kathmandu to Manakamana by car. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Manakamana from Kathmandu by car depending on the road condition. Manakamana from Kathmandu by car is suitable for a family trip.
Kathmandu - Manakamana By Jeep: Kathmandu to Manakamana By Jeep is suitable for a group of 5 to 8 people excluding drivers. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Manakamana depending on the road condition.
Kathmandu - Manakamana By Toyota Hiace Van: Kathmandu to Manakamana By Toyota Hiace Van is capable of holding 7 to 15 people excluding the driver. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Manakamana depending on the road condition.
Kathmandu - Manakamana By Bus: Kathmandu to Manakamana By Bus is suitable for 25 to 30 people on a tourist bus and 15 to 20 people on a coaster depending upon the number of people in the group. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Manakamana depending upon the road condition.
Manakamana Cable car ticket price
- Normal NPR. 675.00
- Student NPR. 505.00
- Child NPR. 405.00
- Elderly NPR. 470.00
- Differently Abled NPR. 335.00
- Goat NPR. 240.00
- Indian NPR. 840.00
- Indian (Child) NPR. 552.00
- SAARC and Chinese USD10.00
- SAARC and Chinese (Child) USD 7.00
- Foreigner USD 20 .00 (Other than Indian, SAARC and Chinese)
- Foreigner Child 15.00 (Other than Indian, SAARC and Chinese)
Manakamana Tour Package Itinerary
- Pick up from Kathmandu Valley at 6 o’clock
- Receive two-way Cable Car Ticket
- Stop in Malekhu for refreshments (Interested can take their Breakfast)
- Take the Cable car at 10 to 11 AM (Your’s Bus, Hiace wait for you in Kurintar Base)
- After Manakamana Darshan you can enjoy your lunch at Manakamana or in Kurintar
- 3 to 4 PM Departure from Kurintar
- 6 to 7 pm drop in Kathmandu.
- Cable car ticket
- which is not mentioned in the Inclusion section.