Savoring Spirituality in Kathmandu
The sheltering canopy of Buddhism in Nepal becomes apparent with a few visits to monasteries scattered across the Kathmandu valley; indeed, you can immerse yourself in local handicraft stores selling Buddhist artifacts too. But a mon......
Accessible, Acceptable White Water Rafting: Nepal Style !
Legend has it that the powerful Hindu god Shiva drove his trident (Trishuli) into the ground, thus creating three springs from which the river Trushuli flows. Named after Shiva's trident, this bordering river between Tibet and Nepal is the......
Do you know the way to Kathmandu ?
You almost have to be a detective to follow clues and tips to find a manageable route to the eclectic environs of the Kathmandu Valley and the myriad sites that compel people from around the world to visit! My location on the west c......
Kasthamandap’s Journey Through History
Towards the south-west of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, at dawn, the entire settlement of the Gods enjoys a perfect glow of grandeur. The sunbeams dance and dart from the draped gilded bronze pinnacles to the carvings on wood, from the carvi......
Mystical Tiger’s Nest
The Himalayas are a mystic adventure for many people especially from the west and the far-east. Grand white mass of mountains, dark forested hills, beautiful waterfalls…the list of rhetoric are endless. They all seem to attract the discerning travelers as the bees to flowers. The memories are sweet nectar.
Hikes for Dykes – The Nepal Trekking Experience
As travel to so many once exotic destinations has become more accessible and affordable, the opportunity to explore in the same way as those before you 100 years ago is difficult to find.Nepal, nestled at the foot of the Himalayas between I......
Creating a wonderful experience
I was asked by a friend what brought me 10,000 miles away from home, over 10 times, to Nepal. It brought me a little up short and I had to go back some 6 years to remember the path that lead me to this beautiful Himalayan land. Serendipity ......
It is a well known fact that Hinduism and Buddhism are the two major religions of Nepal, each having it’s own rules and rituals. However, like most festivals of Nepal, both Hindus and Buddhist unite to celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra. This festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists with great enthusiasm. It is also believed that Indra Jatra is a festival of classical dances.
During the month of Kartik in the Bikram Sambat calendar (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Thorough out the kingdom of Nepal the goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing, thus drenching the goddess for days in blood.
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Treasures of Sikkim
Among a vast range of plants, the rhododendron come first in Sikkim, not just because it is a state plant, but also because different species of it is widely available in the northern parts of the state. About 36 types of Rhododendrons are found in Sikkim.