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Religious tourism is an industry in which religious sites are used for both immersion and education. Nepal is famous for religious harmony between various religions in different areas, ranging from Hindu to Christian to Buddhist to Islam.

A typical tour might consist of visiting one or more temples, stupas, monasteries, synagogues, mosques, and other sacred areas.

What is Hinduism?

Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, with roots in ancient India. Hindus believe in karma and reincarnation, in which they are reborn into different lives in order to pay for their karmic debts. Hinduism has often been labeled as polytheistic because many Hindus worship multiple gods. However, Hinduism is actually monotheistic because all the gods are part of Brahman.

Nepal is a Hindu-dominated country where above 80% population is practicing Hinduism. This is the reason you will see Hindu temples on every street all over the country. There are numerous Hindu sites for pilgrimage and exploration and 5 most popular places are listed below.

01. Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is a temple that sits on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the dozens of shrines in the area and it has become a popular tourist attraction for Westerners who visit Nepal each year.

02. Muktinath Temple

The Muktinath Temple, located in the Muktinath Valley, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in Nepal. In Sanskrit, ‘Mukti’ means liberation from death and ‘Nath’ means Lord. The temple’s meaning is geared toward helping devotees escape death and reach salvation or moksha. The temple was constructed by King Yashovarman during the 7th century.

03. Manakamana Temple

Located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, the Manakamana Temple sits on a steep hillside and dates back to the 1600s. The temple is considered holy to both Hindus and Buddhists alike, because it’s where they believe that Vajrasattva performed a mystical dance while waiting for a Hindu god to pass by. When pilgrims arrive at this site, they must walk around the temple three times to complete their pilgrimage.

04. Kumari, Living Goddess

The Kumari, or Living Goddess as she is known, is a young girl whose life is dedicated to the service of the Hindu goddess Taleju. The Kumari’s official ritual service starts at the age of three and lasts until puberty. Interestingly enough, a woman can become a Kumari as a substitute for a deceased daughter of a family who has no son to carry on the family line. Once their time in service has ended, they are married off.

05. Budhanilkantha Temple

Budhanilkantha is a picturesque Hindu temple complex in the Kathmandu valley, and it is believed to be one of the oldest and largest monuments in the country. The complex features several temples, monuments, and other structures. Budhanilkantha is situated on a square base and its pointed peak rises 42 meters above the ground. The site is also considered to be an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus in Nepal.

Before concluding...

Nepal travel is often featured as a dream destination for many tourists due to the unique and exciting natural beauty of the country.

In addition, Nepal offers a refreshingly untouched culture that has been left well intact from the outside world. The government has been working hard for years now to regulate and protect their natural and cultural heritage sites, ensuring that Nepalese culture will be around for generations to come.

In the end, this is the best time to plan your holiday to Nepal. It will support the local economy as well as those people / workers who were fully relied on tourism works. They desperately need you to come now!

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