Nepal has several ancient
pilgrimage sites. Each temple is attached to a legend or belief that
glorifies the miraculous powers of its deity. Kathmandu Valley is home
to the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Stupa and several other
famous temples. Hundreds of famous temples are located in and around
the Kathmandu Valley.
Some well-known pilgramage sites are: Barah Chhetra, Halesi Mahadev,
Janakpur, Pathibhara, Tengboche in East Nepal; Manakaman, Gorkha,
Lumbini, Muktinath, Gosainkunda, Tansen, Kathmandu Valley in Central
Nepal; and Swargadwari, Khaptad Ashram in West Nepal.
Nepal is also the Gateway to Kailash Mansarovar, the mythical abode of
Lord Shiva. Devotees from various parts of Nepal and India throng the
temples during special festivals. Even though weak infrastructure
renders some places hard to reach, efforts are being made on national
level to develop and promote some popular sites.
Pilgrimage sites of Nepal like Muktinath and Gosainkunda make popular
trekking destinations. Tours to these sites are encouraged for the
novelty they provide in terms of nature and culture.