Every year, thousands of pilgrims from various part of the world visit Gosiankunda to celebrate Jainai Purnima festival. During this festival, the most pious Hindu devotees who have time and can afford it, make a pilgrimage to Gosainkunda, the mountain lakes which are regarded as sacred to Lord Shiva. It is believed that, a dip in the lakes on this day adds considerably to a devotee’s stock of merit. The scene of Gosainkunda, located at elevation 4360 meters, north of Kathmandu and just south of the Langtang range, is quite exciting, and is well worth the climb (often through rain) up to the site.
Traditional faith healers called Jhankris dressed in belted white robes and crowned with porcupine quills and peacock feathers; perform ritual dances to throbbing drumbeats night and day. Thousands of people from all over Nepal and parts of India gather in boisterous song, dance and earnest devotions, camping and cooking in make-shift shelters. In the morning the lake’s edge turns red with vermillion powder and the air is impregnated with sweet incense. Devotees dip in the freezing waters and change their sacred threadsude of 4,610 m (15,120 ft) is on its outskirts.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Dhunche
Day 04: Dhunche to Sing Gompa
Day 05: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4361m)
Day 06: Free day at Gosaikunda.
Day 07: Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa (3250m)
Day 08: Sing Gompa to Dhunche
Day 09: Dhunche to KathmanduDay
Day 10: Final departure