Swargadwari, one of the most significant historical and religious shrines locates in the province no.5, Pyuthan district of western Nepal. The literal meaning of Sworgadwari is Gateway to Heaven. The Sanskrit word Swarga means heaven and Dwari means gateway.
Remaining at 2,121m/6,960ft from the sea level, Sworgadwari is a heavenly site in every aspect as naturally, historically, and religious ones. Along with the lush rhododendron and subtropical coniferous forest, this hilltop offers the areal views of snow-clad peaks including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and other neighboring peaks.
Each year chiliads of Hindu devotees reach Swargadwari believing to get Moksha (nirvana) after their demise. Several legends and myths prove that it is a religious shrine for ages. Hindu sacred scripture mentions that once Indra - King of Gods had visited here during Satya Yuga to perform Yagya. Later, as declared in the Hindu epic Mahabharat, this place was Taposthal where Tapasya (meditation) was completed by the Panch Pandavas while making their journey to Heaven via the Himalayas.
Devotees believe that their doorway to heaven is opened after visiting this bliss sanctuary.
The present structure of this temple and its surrounding was founded by Guru Maharaj Narayan Khatri (Swami Hamsananda). He was born in Rolpa, grown-up there, and migrated here, and explored around. He used to spend most of the time herding and milking cows along with meditation and other performances. Holy fire is burning continuously till then which was burn by Guru Maharaj with his mantras.
Swargadwari is popular for cows as well. Hundreds of cows are kept there and cared for them well. Visitors are welcomed with pure vegetarian food and milk of those cows. The accommodation facility is also provided in the Ashram at a minimum cost.
Not only the Hindus but people from all religions and countries can also visit Swargadwari. It welcomes all the people regardless of their culture, ethnicity, and religious values. A less explored and yet to a very commercialized region of the western region of Nepal is awaiting us.
A pilgrimage shrine of Nepal, the birthplace of the 'Light of Asia'-Lord Gautam Buddha, Lumbini has carried historical, religious, and spiritual importance. Situating just 21 km west of Bhairawa Airport and 282 km south-west of Kathmandu welcomes thousands of internal and external tourists each year.
Several Buddhist monuments are existing in Lumbini. Maya Devi temple, Ashoka pillar, Famous Lumbini Museum, World Peace Stupa, World Peace Flame, Tilaurakot, Devdaha, Kunda, and Sangrahawa are some of the major attractions of the Lumbini-Swargadwari tour.
Several Buddhist monasteries and stupa are built and some of them are under construction following the Master Plan. As it is enlisted in the World Heritage Sites, several arts, architectures, and inscriptions, historical objects are protected well. Mauryan and Kushana coins, religious manuscripts, terracotta fragments, and stone and metal sculptures related to Buddhism are some of them.
History of Lumbini and its surroundings Tilaurakot, Kudan, Niglihawa, Gotihawa, Sagarhawa, Aurorakot, Devdaha, and Ramagrama dates back to born in 623 B.C when Siddhartha Gautam was born as a prince while his mother Maya Devi was going to her maternal town. Now Lumbini comprises 62 archaeological puts that parade different event’s during and after Buddha’s life. Lumbini is the place where Siddhartha spent his first 29 years before leaving his house enlightenment. After wandering around 6 years, he enlightened around 528 BCE.
Maya Devi Temple was established in the 3rd century BCE. It is significant because it has preserved an ancient idol of Mayadevi, the Birth Marker stone of Buddha, and the carcasses from the 3rd century BC to 7th century BC.
Another significant proof of Gautam Buddha is Ashoka Pillar which was erected and inscribed by an Indian Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC, positions just behind the Maya Devi Temple. Several other monuments as viharas, stupas, and other memorials are exhumed which were built from 3rd century BC to 15-16th century AD.
General Khadga Shamsher Rana and Dr. Alois Fuhrer exposed the Ashokan Pillar In 1896. Several inventions have occurred afterward till the date. Department of Archeology, the Government of Nepal, and some international organizations are involved actively to discover noble truths. The Lumbini Master plan is in the progress according to the designation of Japanese scholar Prof. Kenzo Tange, 1978.
The journey to Lumbini and Swargadwari is combined with the religious tour in Kathmandu. The next day we explore different aesthetic shrines of Kathmandu valley. The following day, we head towards Lumbini. Reaching Lumbini, we go to Maya Devi temple. The next day we explore Lumbini and head towards Swargadwari for an overnight stay. Exploring various aspects of Swargadwari the whole day long, we drive back to Kathmandu the following day.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Kathmandu Pilgrimage tour||Kathmandu|
|Day 3||Kathmandu to Lumbini||Lumbini|
|Day 4||Explore Lumbini and drive to Swargadwari||Swargadwari|
|Day 5||Explore Swargadwari and hike down to Bhingri||Swargadwari|
|Day 6||Drive back to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
|Day 7||Final departure|
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives awaits you at the terminal gate with your nameplate. He/she will shift you to your hotel. After some refreshment, you will meet your guide who will explain your upcoming pilgrimage tour.
In the evening, stroll around the streets of Thamel exploring the people, testing typical Nepalese cuisines if you prefer.
After the first meal, our journey begins. You will be picked up by a private car/bus with a guide and head towards religiously, culturally, and traditionally significant shrines of Kathmandu valley.
Visiting Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Durbar Square, you will have plenty of insights about the historic, spiritual, and edifying aspects of this city.
Visiting those temples, architectures, and stupas one understands the deep aesthetic attractiveness of an urban.
The journey continues to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. Popularly known as the 'Light of Asia', Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha was the founder of Buddhism. Reaching Lumbini, we check-in the hotel and drive to Maya Devi Temple nearby. Exploring therearound and visiting the peaceful pond and Ashoka Pillar, we get back to the hotel and stay overnight there.
Note: There are plenty of options to reach Lumbini. As our company provides a private car/bus, you can customize this by either flying or using a regular tourist bus.
The next day, after breakfast, we visit Lumbini Museum where various inscriptions, coins, art, and architecture are preserved well. Subsequently, we visit different viharas/monasteries and stupas which are attractively decorated.
After lunch, we head towards Swargadwari. Reaching Bhingri- the base of Swargadwari, we check in the hotel and stay overnight.
After the first meal, we drive to the Swargadwari temple. We spend the whole day exploring the temples, Goberdhana-the mountain of cow dung, caves, Dharmasala, and cows, diverse terrains, landscapes, and hospitable people.
In the afternoon we hike down to Bhingri following the hiking route exploring rhododendron forests, sightseeing diverse flora and fauna, and having an aerial view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu peaks. In course several orange orchids can be seen. If you visit in November you can get fresh oranges from the tree.
Note: If you have a problem with hiking, can drive down using the vehicle we are using. In the evening, we arrive at the same hotel and stay overnight there.
After breakfast in the hotel having the picturesque views of the river valley, we head towards Kathmandu. On the way, we stop at Jhimruk Hydropower Project-12MW. Afterward, we drive back to Kathmandu following the east-west highway. Reaching Kathmandu, we check-in the hotel and get some refreshments. In the evening we will participate in a farewell dinner organized by Holy Mountain Treks.
You are leaving Kathmandu today carrying the sweet memory of a pilgrimage tour of different Hindu and Buddhist shrines. One of the representatives of Holy Mountain Treks shifts you to the airport with private vehicle 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
Have a safe journey!!!!