Maha Shivaratri Festival Tour Overview
Maha Shivaratri Festival tour is famous as the Hindu Pilgrimage tour in Nepal.Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is also known as Padmarajarathri. Alternate common names/spellings include Maha Sivaratri, Shivaratri, Sivarathri, and Shivaratri.
Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha month of the Hindu calendar. Since many different calendars are followed by various ethno-linguistic groups of India, the month and the Tithi name are not uniform all over India and Nepal.
Celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha according to the Shalivahana or Gujarati Vikrama or Phalguna according to the Vikrama era. The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael or Bilva/Vilvam leaves to Lord Shiva, all-day fasting and an all-night-long vigil. All through the day the devotees, chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra dedicated to Lord “Om Namah Shivaya”.
In accordance with scriptural and discipleship traditions, penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach life’s summum bonum steadily and swiftly. A week-long International Mandi Shivratri Fair held at Mandi in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh every year is one of the major tourist attractions in the state.
In Nepal, millions of hindu attend shivaratri together from different part of the Globe at Famous Pashupatinath Temple. Thousand of devotees also attend Mahasivaratri at Different Famous Shiva shakti peetham of Nepal.
On Mahashivratri, Nishita Kala is the most perfect time to observe Shiva Pooja. On this day, in all Shiva temples, the most auspicious Lingodbhava puja is performed during this time.
February 16th 2016 / Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)
February 17th 2016 / Day 03: Shivaratri Festival day in Pashupatinath and late evening finish. And overnight in Hotel and rest of the time for shopping (B)
February 18th 2016 / Day 04: Final departure to the Airport (B)
- International Airport Pick up and drop off by our private vehicle
- Kathmandu hotel room on bed and breakfast (B) basis
- Fluent English speaking license holder sightseeing tour guide and his fee
- Sightseeing entrance fee
- All land transfer as per above itinerary by our private vehicle
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Kathmandu Hotel Lunch and Dinner (L, D)
- Travel insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency
- Personal spending money and all bar bill, i.e. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc.
Dear Madhav and the Skyline Team,
Just wanted to say thank you very much for helping to make our maha shiva ratri festival trip to Nepal so wonderful. We had a fantastic time - enjoying both the tour of Kathmandu and the 4 days tour. You and your team were all very helpul and kind with the arrangements both before hand and during our trip.
Rachel & Tom