It is believed that for most of the religious pilgrims, whoever reached the temple of Pathibara Devi (Goddess) shrine, no one has returned without long-cherished wishes and dreams satiated after being blessed by the local deity here.
Elevated at a height of 3794 m, which lies in Taplejung has always been a symbol of religious aura and reverence among the domestic as well as foreign visitors until today.
The sacred site has in fact become a confluence of faith among the Hindus, Buddhists, and animist believers. The devotees usually traverse a long distance to reach here to ask for boons to get a son, daughter, or wealth in the family.
Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims from India and Nepal visit this shrine annually on the special occasions held here when it becomes very difficult to get across the crowd of devotees thronging here to offer their flowers and worship to this Goddess.
Staunch devotees sacrifice animals, offer silver and gold to this goddess too at the Pathibara temple located here. The months of March through June to September and November are considered suitable to visit this holy shrine.
The visitors to this site can also get the golden chance to view the rare Kanchenjunga mountain ranges along with the waterfall at Sawa Pokhari and the pond of Timbuk.
The diversity of wildlife, flowers, birds, and butterflies fascinate you all along the ice-covered trail that leads you up to the shrine of the Pathibara goddess.
The journey to Pathibhara starts from Suketar (2840m) which takes about a 2-hours walk to reach Phungling Bazaar. Pathibhara Devi is about 8-10 hours from Suketar. The airport at Suketar is the only airport in the Taplejung district. Suketar is connected to Kathmandu and Biratnagar by scheduled flights.
Tentalizing views of Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna can be seen from Suketar. From Suketar the trail passes through Deurali, Chhatedunga, Bhalugauda, Phedi, and finally to Pathibhara.
Delicacies of food, comforts of accommodation with all facilities are available along this route and the hospitality of local Limbus and other Mongoloid people such as Sherpas, Rais, Gurungs, Magars, Sunwars, Tamangs and Newars make your trip all the more pleasant and worth remembering after the visit.
Travel Plan for Pathibara Temple
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Breakfast/ drive from Kathmandu to Birtamod 12 hours Drive.
Day 03: Early breakfast/ drive from Birtamod to Taplejung by bus 12 hours
Day 04: After Breakfast, walk up to the Suketar
Day 05: After breakfast walk up to Phedi
Day 06: Phedi to Pathivara. Darshan of Pathivara Devi.
Day 07: Walk from Phedi to Suketar.
Day 08: Fly directly to Kathmandu from Suketar or via Biratnagar.
Day 09: After breakfast transfer to Airport
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