Haleshi Mahadev

Haleshi Mahadev, also known as Haleshi Temple or Haleshi Mandir, is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site located in the Khotang district of eastern Nepal. The temple is situated at an altitude of 4,734 feet (1,443 meters) above sea level, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Legend has it that the temple was built around a cave where Lord Shiva took refuge to escape from the demon Bhasmasur, who was trying to kill him. The cave is said to be the exact spot where Lord Shiva emerged victorious over the demon.

The temple complex consists of several small shrines dedicated to various deities, and is surrounded by lush green forests and towering mountains, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere for devotees and visitors alike. The temple also houses a holy pond called Kunda, which is believed to have healing properties.

Haleshi Mahadev is considered one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is believed that visiting the temple and taking a dip in the holy pond can wash away one's sins and grant blessings and good fortune. The temple attracts thousands of devotees from Nepal, India, and other parts of the world, especially during the festivals of Mahashivaratri and Teej.

Visitors to Haleshi Mahadev can also explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area, which is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. Trekking and hiking in the nearby hills and mountains are popular activities for tourists. Accommodation options are available nearby, ranging from basic lodges to more comfortable hotels.

The cost of visiting Haleshi Mahadev varies depending on the mode of transportation, accommodation, and other expenses. On average, a one-day trip to Haleshi Mahadev can cost around 3,000 to 5,000 Nepalese rupees (approximately $25 to $45 USD) per person, including transportation, accommodation, and food. It is recommended to carry cash as credit cards may not be accepted in the area.