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Another holy site in the country, the Manakamana Temple holds a powerful religious value and is a sacred one for Hinduism followers. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati; an incarnation of Parwati. The name of the temple comes from two Nepalese words; Mann and Kamana. Mann meaning Heart and Kamana meaning Wish. When brought together, the name Manakamana means wish of one’s heart.
It is believed that one who visits and worships the temple, his wishes are fulfilled by Goddess Manakamana. Located at 12 kilometres south of Gorkha town, the temple rules the region from an altitude of 1,302 metres above the sea-level. The site is surrounded by Trishuli in the south and Marshyangdi in the west. It can be easily accessed after a 104 kilometres drive from Kathmandu and after about 3 – 4 hours from Pokhara.
Natives call it Darshan when one makes a pilgrimage trip to the temple. Visits are made by thousands every year that has successively expanding its popularity and religious value as well.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264ft]. Transfer to hotel. Hotel overnight
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparations. Hotel overnight
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar [304m/997ft] that takes about 3 hours. Ride cable car to visit Manakamana temple [1,292m/4,239ft]. Return back to Kurintar from Manakamana hill and then further drive to Gorkha bazaar. Hotel overnight
Day 04: Full day sightseeing in Gorkha Bazaar [1,152m/3,780ft]. Visit some of the major sites such as Gorkha Durbar, Gorakhnath Temple, Gorkha Museum and the beautiful village near the bazaar. Teahouse overnight
Day 05: Drive back to Kathmandu. Free time for shopping in Thamel. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 06: A short sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner along with a cultural show. Hotel overnight
Day 07: Final departure