Devghat is set at the confluence of Trishuli and Kali Gandaki rivers. A sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, the place is an oasis of tranquility. Situated about five kilometers north-west of Narayanghat and 150 km south-west of Kathmandu, the place finds mention in the two important Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that Sita, the wife of Lord Ram passed away in Devghat. The ashram of the great Hindu sage Balmiki is also located around Devghat, as is Pandavnagar, the one time residence of the Pandavas(the chief protagonists of Mahabharata) while they were in exile. The religious significance of the place has made Devghat the last retreat for many old and ailing Hindus. They come here to spend their last days at the ashram located just above where the Kali Gandaki & Trishuli rivers converge to form the Narayani river.
If you are travelling to Chitwan or Pokhara from Kathmandu you can make a stopover (hour or two) at Devghat and explore this scenic and tranquil place. Walk on the sandy banks of the river, visit the temple and ashram and take a boat ride across the river. Devoid of crowds and other tourists and the jarring noises of the city, the tranquil and calm atmosphere of the place will soothe your senses and leave you relaxed and refreshed.
Confluence of Kali Gandaki & Trishuli rivers. These two rivers converge to form the Narayani river.
Devghat – Temple & Ashram
A cremation site
Devghat Ashram- where Hindu devotees in their twilight years prefer to spend their last days
(Pics Courtesy: Nadia Neupokoeva)