Famous Buddhist monasteries in Nepal

1.    Bouddhanath Monastery

Temples in Nepal
Bouddhanath Monastery, Nepal’s largest monastery located east of Kathmandu. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Boudhanath Stupa is one of Nepal’s most holy sites for the Buddhist faith. The atmosphere of the whole place lightens up with zest as the fragrance of incense drifts through the air. This Stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in the World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. After the Chinese invasion in 1959, Tibetans in thousands came to this famous Buddhist Chaitya and energized the Stupa. In the Tibetan New Year, the most popular festival Lhosar celebrated here every February.

2.    Swoyambhunath Monastery

Temples in Nepal
Swayambhunath Monastery is a traditional Buddhist shrine that sits on a hilltop of the Kathmandu valley. It is regarded as one of the oldest Monastery in the world. The word Swayambhunath means “the self-existent” in English. It is a prominent pilgrimage place for many Buddhists and Hindus around the world. The temple is also known as the monkey temple, the large tribe of monkeys can be seen every time. Swayambhunath Monastery is complete with Buddha eyes looking out across the valley, an iconic symbol. This Swayambhunath monastery offers an opportunity to study the religious harmony.  It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.

3.    Kopan Monastery

Kopan monastries
Kopan the Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated on the hillock behind the Bouddhanath Stupa. Located at the top of Kopan Hill, the Kopan Monastery, and Tibetan Buddhist home with over 300 monks. Dominated by a magnificent Bodhi tree, it was once the home of the astrologer to the king of Nepal. The Kopan Monastery also offers a panoramic view of the town of Boudha below and the spectacular Himalayan mountain range. More than hundreds of visitors come to visit here yearly from around the world.

4.    Namoduddha Monastery

Namo-Buddha
Namo Buddha a magnificent Buddhist monastery lies 38 km east of Kathmandu with 1,750 meters. Namo Buddha is one of the most important pilgrim sites in the valley, particularly for Tibetan Buddhists. In one of his previous lives as a prince, it was here that the Buddha gave up his body out of compassion for a starving tigress and her cubs. It has a fantastic story concerned with the Buddha which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a Stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This holy land is very relaxing and comfortable places. Namo Buddha temple is designed by Thrangu Rinpoche as a representation of the three yana or path; it is beautiful, elegant and filled with symbolic meaning as befits this holy Buddhist pilgrimage place.

5.    Lumbini Monastery

Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is one of the most popular holiest pilgrimage places in the world. Lumbini is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the four significant Buddhist sacred places commemorating the most significant events in the Buddha’s life.  Each reflects the unique interpretation of Buddhism of its home nation, and together the monasteries create a fascinating map of world Buddhist philosophy. Attractive part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. This temple, dedicated to the mother of Lord Buddha- Maya Devi, was excavated a few years ago. The main attraction of Lumbini remains the Sacred Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, sacred pond, China Temple, etc. The shrines and monasteries built by different countries and in different times reflect the architectural traditions of the respective states and thus giving Lumbini an international feel with a message of universal friendship and brotherhood.

 

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Most Sacred Hindu Temples

Generally, Hinduism is regarded as the world’s oldest organized religion. Most forms of Hinduism are henotheistic religions. They recognize a single deity and view other Gods and Goddesses as manifestations or aspects of that supreme God. Henotheistic and polytheistic religions have traditionally been among the world’s most religiously tolerant faiths. Here we present you some of the sacred Hindu temples and religious centers in the world.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pasupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath, or Pashupati, is a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. Regarded as one of the four sacred Hindu temples in the world the shrine of Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century the temple glitters in gold and silver. The two famous, pagoda styled temple features roofs made of gold plates and four entrances at four directions of silver, portraying artistic works of highly skilled artisans. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings.’

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple
Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of Thorong La mountain pass Mustang district, Nepal. The Hindus call the sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which means the “place of salvation.” Mainly the temple is a predominant SriVaishnava origin and worshipped by Buddhists. The main shrine of Muktinath is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The statue is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man.

This Sanskrit name Muktinath itself has religious overtone and a sort of emotional ring to it for the devout Hindus. This words separation two word Mukti & Nath. Mukti means Salvation and Nath mean god and Nirvana, so it holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian subcontinent. Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha (freedom) from the cycle of birth and rebirth.

Budhanilkantha Temple

Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley on the northern side. It is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple. Budhanilkantha means “Old Blue Throat.” The deity is about a thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meters (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty-three fits) long tank as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as the conch shell, Chakra as disc, Gadha as club and Padma as the lotus flower. It is believed that the deity was carved in the seventh or eighth century during the Licchavi period.

Prambanan Temple
Prambanan is a Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple was built in 850 CE and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250 surrounding smaller ones. Nearly all the walls of the temple are covered in exquisite bas relief carvings, which narrate stories of Vishnu’s incarnations, adventures of Hanuman the Monkey King, the Ramayana epic and other legends. Though not the biggest temple in Indonesia (Borobudur is larger – see below), Prambanan makes up in beauty and grace for what it lacks in size.

Srirangam Temple
The Temple of Srirangam (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple) in the Indian city of Tirmarcate enclosures within enclosures; each more sacred than the next, with the inner-most enclosure is forbidden to non-Hindus.

Shaivism Temple
Shaivism
 also was known as Shaivam (lit. “Associated with Shiva”), is one of the four most widely followed sects of Hinduism, which reveres the god Shiva as the Supreme Being. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas,” and also “Saivas” or “Shaivites,” believe that Shiva is All and in all, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that ive: it encompasses an area of over 150 acres (63 hectares) with seven concentric walls, the outermost being about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) long! The walls demarcate enclosures within enclosures; each more sacred than the next, with the inner-most enclosure is forbidden to non-Hindus.

Shaivism Temple
Shaivism
 also was known as Shaivam (lit. “Associated with Shiva”), is one of the four most widely followed sects of Hinduism, which reveres the god Shiva as the Supreme Being. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas,” and also “Saivas” or “Shaivites,” believe that Shiva is All and in all, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that is. Shaivism is widespread throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The temple is designed to dissolve the boundaries between man and the divine. Not merely his abode, the temple ‘is’ God. God and therefore by implication the whole universe is identified with the temple’s design and actual fabric. The ground plan is perhaps the best example. The Vastu Shastras describe it as a symbolic, miniature representation of the cosmos. It is based on a strict grid made up of squares and equilateral triangles which are imbued with profound religious significance.

 

All you need to know about “Nepal”

PatanLots of question come to your mind when you plan to travel to a new place. Same questions may arise when you think of Nepal.

Why Nepal?

Nepal is a beautiful country with a distinct culture and tradition. It is not only famous from the religious view, but also it is the naturally gifted place. Traveling in Nepal means experiencing a great spirit and beauty of Nature. Out of the 14 highest peaks, eight peaks lies in Nepal with World’s highest mountain “Mt.Everest.”
It is said that Trekking was born in Nepal. It was started when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed the summit of Mt.Everest. There are lots of trekking routes that you can go for with your choice. Everest Base Camp trekking, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Langtang Valley trek, Manaslu trek and so forth are the popular treks of Nepal. Similarly, there are the choices for the tour too like Kathmandu Rim Trek, Pokhara tour, Chitwan National Park tour, etc. Likewise, Adventures trekking like Bunjee Jumping, Zip flyer, Paragliding, mountain biking, is also the popular ones.

Is Nepal Safe to travel?

Due to the religious nature and kindness in people, Nepal seems to be safe compared to most of the countries around the world. Hospitable people and their welcoming heart are amazing things that you can experience and learn.
After the disastrous Earthquake, the question of safety while traveling can appear in your mind. Not to worry the trekking routes were not much destroyed and the thing that was damaged is constructed and ready to be explored.

What are the best seasons for trekking and Touring in Nepal?

The most important thing is the weather. You need to plan your holidays when you will be able to explore the places with good weather and when you can see the unobstructed view of nature. For details click here.

Accommodation and Fooding

Accommodations are mostly available with sharing basis, but if you pay a little more, you can get your private room. Talking about the remote places, it is hard to find the perfect hotel, so you need to stay in tea houses. Tea houses are also good with all the facilities that you need, but it is hard to find the single room as they are in the remote regions. Similarly, food is available on your choice.

There may be still lots of question in your mind. Do not hesitate to ask us in the comment section below. We will love to help you out. Thank you

 

 

Honey Hunting

Honey hunting tourHoney Hunting is an ancient activity of collecting honey from the wild bee colonies. It is performed by crushing the wild bees with smoke cracking the rock or trees where the colonies of bees are located.

How is Honey conquered from a wild bee?

The honey from wild bees located on the rock or trees is harvested by using the ladder and ropes. The honey hunter hang themselves to the cliff high above using ladder specially made from bamboo and a rope made from sturdy fabric.

Honey Hunting in Nepal

Honey hunting is a part of traditional behavior in Nepal. The activity has been performed from the centuries till now. Mainly, the Gurung tribespeople performs it in the west to the central part of Nepal. In the Himalayan low hills of central Nepal, the men collectively gather themselves to the cliff to the home of world’s largest honeybee “Apis laboriosa” (Himalayan giant honey bee) twice a year to collect the honey. The tradition has been followed from many years that the men harvest the honey bee in the Himalayas.

Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

Nepal is known as the best place to honey hunt. The tour of Honey hunting is gradually rising in Nepal due to the favorable environment and the honey hunters with exceptional skills of it.

Honey hunting falls under the adventurous activity tour in Nepal as you have to climb the cliff located on the rock where the giant bees are found to harvest the honey. With honey hunting, the tour includes the unusual and surprising scene of Nepal. There are at least five different species of Honeybee in Nepal. This tour can be a challenging tour for those with knowledge of rock climbing and are brave enough to take the risk. There is the chance of viewing and experiencing the traditional honey harvest of the Gurung people and the experience the natural view of those places in the Himalayas.

Some facts and highlights of Honey hunting Tour in Nepal:

Duration: 08 days
Best time :
April 15 to May 15
November to Early December
Place of Tour:
Bhujung, GhaleGaun, Pasgaun, Nai Chi, Naya Gaon, ludhi, Budhi Gandaki Valley
The process of Huney hunting: takes 2 to 3 hours depending on location and size beginning with prayer, a sacrifice of flowers, rice, and fruits.

Top tourists attraction to explore in India

Travel where your heart wishes.” Make your journey a lifetime memory and explore the places you want to like there is no tomorrow waiting for you. Many of you may be planning or may have India tour in the bucket list. So, before you plan to travel let’s take a look at top places in India to explore.

India is renowned for its vast culture, ethnicity, and religion. The country has a lot of things to experience which is why many travelers are attracted to India. Here is the list of Top tourists attraction to explore in India.

1. Taj MahalTaj Mahal

Taj Mahal is situated at the heart of Agra. It is said that Mughal King Shah Jahan made the palace for his beloved queen Mumtaz Begum. Taj Mahal falls under the seven wonders of the world and is considered as the best architectural achievement that is famous as a symbol of love.
Best Time to Travel: April to October
Highlights: Taj Mahal

2. GoaGoa

Goa, known for the place for party animals is Indias one of the famous site to Travel. The location is renowned for the beach and party and is mostly attracting the young and energetic people. Also, a lot of people visits goa as their Honeymoon destination.
Best time to Travel: November to February
Highlights: The Beach, Temple of Bodgeshwar, Dudh Sagar Waterfalls, St Xavier’s Church, Grand Island, Club Cubana and many more.

3. DarjeelingDarjeeling

Darjeeling is the favorite hill station of northeast India. Hills and natural scenario surround the place. Those who love to drink Tea Darjeeling can be the best spot to experience. Similarly, Tiger hills lie in Darjeeling from where you can view Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks.
Best Time to Travel: February to March and September to December
Highlights: Batasia loop, The Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill, Nightingale Park, Sandakphu Peak, and many more.

4. LadakhLadakh

Ladakh is famous as little Tibet in India. It is said that Buddhism went to Tibet from India through the Himalayas of Ladakh. The place is beautiful with a fantastic view of mountains which are located in the north Indian Himalayas with Jammu and Kashmir.
Best time to Travel: April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October
Highlights: Hemis National Park, Zanskar Valley, Spituk Gompa, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass and many more.

5. VaranasiVaranasi

Varanasi is the religious place in India. The site is famous for the spiritual tour for the travelers. People can experience the 100 ghats out of which some are renowned worldwide in Varanasi. The arati which been practiced many years may attract many people around the world.
Best Time to Travel: October to February
Highlights: Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Durga Temple.

Hotel Jampa

hotel jampa

Yayy! We are very excited about our new venture and thought you might be excited to find out about this too that we are coming up with our own New Hotel(Hotel Jampa), right in the midst of Thamel. Hotel Jampa could be your home for your next visit to Kathmandu. We tell why you should opt for it:

Location :
The first reason being the location, Hotel Jampa is located ideally in the midst of Bustling Thamel As Thamel is one of the tourist’s hub, this place is housed with many restaurants and shops. With convenient locations, one can find everything you could possibly need just in few steps away from Hotel.

Comfort:
Hotel Jampa has 38 well-appointed rooms of 6 different categories. Each category has its charm and can be ideal for any traveler, be that Business or leisure. Traveling with friends or Family or maybe just on your own, we have rooms that are meticulously designed to meet your needs. In additions, we have our very own Garden Patio Restaurants that serves breakfast, lunch, and Dinner with the availability of an option of getting it room helped. Guests can also make the most out of our Rooftop terrace which can be used either for meditation or just a tranquil place to beat.

Value:
With that vast array of facilities being available, we offer service at excellent value for money. Our rates are quoted basically on Bed & Breakfast Basis.

We aim to provide our guest a very comfortable stay at a very reasonable price and to sustain the quality of our service at the same time. We hope to serve you soon shortly and expect you the same love and support you have given it to “Above the Himalaya” so far.

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