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Arrival at GoingNepal, you will meet your guide and plan for the Chandragiri Hill Tour. After everything prepare you will be a drive to Chandragiri Hill. Now your guide will head you to Cable Car station from where you will be driving for a few minutes to reach the top of Chandragiri Hill. Here you will see the historical temple of Bhaleshwor Mahadev with the spectacular view of Himalayas ranges and Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy the day with the historical background about the goddess and late King Prithvi Narayan Shah facts during the unification of Three State Kasthamandav(Kathmandu), Patan(Lalitpur) and Bhaktapur.
Fact About the Historical Background
With reference to the description written in Himvatakhanda, Bhaleshwor Mahadev appeared at the spot where Satidevi’s ‘Bhala’ or the forehead fell off from her dead body. It is believed that Satidevi, Shiva’s consort, gave up her life by jumping in a fire pyre at her father Daksha Prajapati’s yagna (sacred fire ritual) after Daksha insulted her husband Shiva in front of scores of gods and goddesses invited at the religious ceremony. An enraged Shiva then carried her dead body on his back and walked across the world like a madman for a long span of time, without taking note of Satidevi’s decaying body. Different ‘shakti-centres’ were established at sites where different parts of Satidevi’s body fell in course of Lord Shiva’s mourning.
A temple was erected at the same site where Bhaleshwor Mahadev appeared. The legend of Bhaleshwor Mahadev is also associated with Gandharva, a low ranking Hindu deity, named Sumukha. Sumukha forcedly kissed Rambha, an angel who had recently retired as a courtier at Heaven, believed to be Indra’s (king of gods) kingdom. Rambha then cursed Sumukha for his misdemeanor after which he was forced to live on earth leaving his abode in the heaven. Sumukha was wandering around the mortal world while living the curse when met with a sage, Galab, who suggested a way out for Sumukha to repent and break the curse. Sage Galab advised Sumukha that he should offer prayers before Bhaleshwor Mahadev after purifying himself every day as penance. Fortunately, in due course, Mahadev was pleased and he blessed Sumukha, following which he settled down with Rambha. Sumukha was also taken in as a close aide by Bhaleshwor. The Himvatkhanda also has another folklore tied in with the Bhaleshwor Mahadev. A Brahmin named Birupas was suffering from leprosy as a result of the sins he had committed in his past life. The leper Birupas was wandering aimlessly in his misery when he came across Sage Nemuni who advised him to visit 64 Shiva Lingas as atonement for his transgressions. Birupas is said to have visited Bhaleshwor while making rounds of 64 different Shiva temples.
It is believed that the people who come here to worship Bhaleshwor get their wishes fulfilled and that they will find abode in the Shivaloka or Lord Shiva’s world in their afterlife.
Chandragiri hills carry historical significance as well. It was from these hills that King Prithvi Narayan Shah caught the first glimpse of a much scenic and prosperous Kathmandu valley, which in fact installed in the king’s mind an idea of annexing the valley into his kingdom. According to folklore, Prithvi Narayan Shah is believed to have amassed spiritual powers for the unification process after undergoing rigorous ‘sadhana’ or meditation at these very hills. The Gorkhali King disguised himself while ascending the hills in order to avoid being recognized by the Malla Kings of Kathmandu Valley.
In his ‘Divyopadesh’ (Divine Preaching), it has been mentioned that King Prithvi Narayan Shah was determined to the first annex and then make Kathmandu the capital of unified Nepal. He apparently first saw the valley while on his way back to his kingdom in Gorkha from his in-law’s realm in Makwanpur. Astrologers Bhanu Aryal and Kulananda Dhakal who accompanied the king during that trip had made a prediction that their king’s wish to take over Kathmandu would definitely come true. As per popular belief, pleased with his perseverance and Sadhana, it was Bhaleshwor Mahadev that granted King Prithvi Narayan Shah his wishes.
Elevation of Chandragiri Hill: 2551m/8369ft
Driving duration: 1 hour
- Airport Pickup and Drop
- City-Changdrairi-City vehicle service
- Nepalese visa fee
- Historical Site Entry Fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- All meals during tour
- International flights.
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water etc.)
- Tips for guide and driver
- Service charge for the organizer
Mostly we do arrange a trip with single supplement (except for some region most of the regions needs min. 2 persons). Before booking the trip, you make sure that you do have a group and then only we will arrange the trip in a huge scale as per your request.
Tour Head and Employees:
With an experience of a decade in the adventurous tourism, we do have our unbelievable teams of conductors and employees who are the backbone of this company inculcated with experiences and are highly professional with their technical expertise, proven safety measures records, solicitous judgment, and as well as support training styles and abundant personalities. Mostly we do have our field staff from the local area that covers from eastern to western Himalayan ranges, which backs the local people directly. As being local they have good knowledge of that respective region and they have good health fitness, can cope with the worst case scenario, as well as well experienced with a good team leading capabilities in the Himalayan region.
Emergency Evacuation Rescue Service (EERS) and Travel Insurance:
As we know that the trip can be canceled, or in those worst case scenario we need to be aware, so we highly recommend to purchase trip cancellation and travel insurance. This broad travel insurance offers you huge benefits including the coverage of trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance.Climate and Weather:
A country with a diversified culture does have a diversified topography as well beginning from 60 meters to top of the planet 8,848 meters i.e. the top of Mt. Everest. We have arid season start from October until May and the rainy season (monsoon) from June to September.All season are better for the sightseeing but during the end of winter (end of march) is best for clear sightseeing tour.
Passport and Visa Necessities:
The foremost thing to confirm before traveling to this trek is to check your passport and its valid date. Passports must have at least 6 months’ validity just after ending date of your trip. We must need your copy of passport and its full details sent either by fax or scan. While staying in Nepal you will need a visa which can be gotten in advance from the Nepalese Embassy in your country or you can even get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (Conditions: Within a peak season you need to wait long in the airport to get your visa). The general list of Nepalese visa fee is mentioned below and you can even surf thoroughly this web link as (www.nepalimmigration.gov.np )
Fees charged while delivering tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:
US Dollars 40 or another convertible foreign currency equivalent for 30days multiple entry visas.
US Dollars 100 or another convertible foreign currency equivalent for 90days multiple entry visas.
Notwithstanding anything written in clause (a) and (b), no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.
US Dollars 25 or another convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15days multiple entry visas.
We need to have permission in many places in Nepal for tour. Mostly the sightseeing tour of Nepal are listed in World Heritage list so, we need world heritages site entry permits. All these relevant entry fees are included/excluded in the given cost(according to proposal) except the personal donations & contribution. Just in case of any such unassured conditions we will inform you if any additional fees are required or not before you make a booking with us.
Information on Health and Medical Evidence/Assistance:
We need to know about our health and the medical information during our Nepal Tour. As mentioned earlier our squads are well-experienced travelers and are achieving the traveler’s ambition since long. We are expert in the adventurous tour and the best thing is we all are from the Himalayan region with plenty of local knowledge as we have been guiding for a decade, which stands as a key factor to enunciate the standard service that we have been delivering to our clients. The utmost thing we believe is client’s safety and satisfaction. We deliver the extraordinary series of quality services and we even take care personally of our clients during pour trip. Each of our guides carries medical kit bag for any kind of worst-case scenario during our trip and all of them are trained medical assistance especially the “First Aid”.
Our motto is sustainable development thus we are extremely sensitive to protect our nature i.e. environment and contributing to many environmental cleanup and nature saving campaigns. We do believe in “Tourism within Nature,” thus our responsible tourism conveys a good message to the locals and we vow and train them to do’s and don’ts, how to keep environment in perfect shape, how to eliminate environmental degradation etc. and how to conveys message to save environment and leads towards environment friendly society or country. The tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations as well. These days many NGOs are collaborating with many tourism agencies and are much keen to save environment form doom. For example, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) (http://www.keepnepal.org ) is helping to co-work with many trekking companies and this organization is also providing much useful training to our staffs and awareness program in the mountain.
Our Experience and Familiarity:
Going Nepal Pvt. Ltd. is a Govt. registered company based in Nepal and we have been working in adventurous travel in the Himalayas of Nepal. The operator of this company has more than a decade of experience in the relevant field of adventure tourism working, in fact initiating as a guide, adventure travel consultant and thus stabilizing own company. We are more dedicated to fulfilling our clients’ requirement and always sincere with client’s gratification and the utmost thing we always carry within us is the client’s satisfaction. We are also pleased to convey that many of our past clients who institute their trip in the Himalaya they wouldn’t hesitate to apprise you about our organization and about our professional organizing skills.
How to Book a trip?
If you have chosen your trip with our company, contact our head office either by email or phone to check the available dates (you may visit the updated departure date page of our sites as well, groups or any queries you have. We feel very pleased to help and reply promptly and responsively. Before your final decision, we will hold your booking.
Both advance payment and full payment are possible through the bank transfer or as per your comfort we do have a procedure pay through your Credit Card (VISA/MASTER CARD) along the details within the booking form. After you choose the process of advance payment in an appropriate way still we want a signed and completed booking form for the confirmation. Once we received a completed and signed booking form with the mentioned amount of payment, bookings will only be confirmed and we start looking forward towards our trip together.
A: The walk into the sightseeing area is easy ones. In some places you have to face the stairs trials.
Q: What kind of food do I get there?
A: During a tour, you will find different restaurant and lodge. Every restaurant and lodge serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup). Many of them have western food on the menu. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the restaurant and lodge.
Q: What kind of clothes is needed for tour?
A: The normal clothes that you wear is better for the tour.
Q: What type of shoes should I have?
A: For tour, comfortable tennis shoes or snickers is enough which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots.
Q: What happens in the case of emergency?
A: We are prepared for any emergency situation and know how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a hiking. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.
Q: How much weight of luggage can I carry?
A: You can carry light handbags and gadget accessories with you.
Q: What about the phone? Does it work there?
A: Yes, the telephone service exists in the place you visit. The network will works properly.
Q: Do I have to carry Passport, Money, Id with me during the tour?
A: Yes, you have to carry Password, Money, Id, and Travel permit along with you during the tour.
Q: What sort of experience do your guides have?
A: Our guides have many years of guiding experience in Nepal as well as Tibet. Most of them have been spending years exploring the country. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and happy to share their deep knowledge of the country and beauty of Nepal with you. We believe in and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained. Our main concern is to make your trip in Nepal safe, memorable and fun!