Pathivara Devi temple, located in the Taplejung district of Nepal, is one of the most important temples of Hindus. Situated on the hill of Taplejung, at an altitude of 3,794 meters, Pathivara Devi or Mukkumlung (as mentioned in Mundhum of Limbu people) is the most significant temple in Nepal. It is also considered the holy place of the Limbu people.
Devotees from different parts of Nepal and India come to the temple on special occasions, and it is believed that visiting the temple will fulfill the wishes of the pilgrims.
The temple is named Pathivara as the shape of the temple is like ‘Pathi’. Pathi means a grain container. Located in a remote area, this temple is difficult to travel in snowfall and rainy seasons.
Where is the Pathivara Temple?
The distance between Kathmandu and Taplejung is about 680 Km. One has to travel 235 km from Birtamod to reach Pathivara temple. Similarly, the distance from Ilam Bazar to Taplejung Bazar is about 6 hours or about 163 km.
One has to walk from Kafle Pati to reach Pathibhara Temple. There is the facility of porter or Horses.
Besides the religious aspect, many trekkers also travel through Pathivara Devi Temple to have an awesome view of the Jannu Himal and Kanchanjunga mountain ranges.
Every year, approximately 30,000 or more devotees visit the temple. Pathivara Temple is also a side route to the Kanchenjunga Base Trek.
How to reach Pathibhara Temple from Taplejung/Phungling Bazaar?
Most of the devotees start the journey from Phungling Bazaar which takes about 2 hours to reach the Kafle Pati. Similarly, a few hours of the walk is required to reach this hilltop temple of Goddess Pathibhara, Devotees also start their journey from Suketar which takes about 20 minutes to reach Phungling Bazaar.
Pathivara Temple Tour From Kathmandu:
The departure starts from Kathmandu in early in the morning around 6-7 a.m. We drive towards the Ilam. After driving for about 10-12 hours, we will reach the beautiful old market of Ilam widely known as ‘Phikkal Bazar’. This town is directly linked with Darjeeling (the hilly city of India) by road. Due to the long drive, we will be all exhausted and tired so we can check into the hotel to take a rest.
After spending the night in the Fikkal and re-energizing ourselves, we are ready for our journey. On the second day of the Pathivara temple tour, we will drive about 6-8 hours to reach Thulo Phedi, the place in Taplejung Bazar. To reach Thulo Phedi we have to hike for 2 hours. This hiking opportunity serves us to observe the beautiful landscape view of the Taplejung district.
After reaching Thulo Phedi we will check into the hotels there. The hotel provides a single or common bedroom with an attached bathroom. The other day, the actual journey to Pathivara Temple begins, we have to walk for about 3-4 hours to reach the temple which is at an altitude of 3,794 meters. If you are traveling there during the winter season, the road may be covered with snow.
Many Travel agencies in Nepal or local Travel and Tours companies also provide various packages for Pathivara Devi Temple Tour. Also, you can Book a Vehicle for 4 night and 5 days package from Kathmandu to Pathivara Devi Temple and back.
Pathivara Trip Highlight.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Ilam Bazar.
Day 2: Drive from Illam to the Thulo Phedi.
Day 3: Drive from Thulo Phedi to Pathivara Temple to Taplejung.
Day 4: Drive from Taplejung to Itahari.
Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu from Itahari.
Pathivara Temple Route:
The route of Pathivara Temple is referred to as ‘padayatra’. This route is also known as the secondary route to the Kanchenjunga trek.
The breathtaking view of the mount Kanchenjunga, Kumbarnakarna, and the beautiful landscape of the Taplejung district, and we finally enter the Pathivara temple area. After praying to the Goddess Devi, we have to walk 3-4 hours downstairs and we will return to Taplejung and stay in a hotel and relax our bodies.
Safety Tips for Your Trip:
The trip to Pathivara is also one of the long periods of treks, so when you are planning to visit Pathivara you must follow the option.
- You should be prepared with the necessary gear and equipment, in the winter season.
- Maintain your hygiene.
- Slow walks will prevent your early exhaustion.
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